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May 21, 2009

CAMARADAS Open Floor, Open Mic Night Postponed Until Further Notice
-Harlem Tap Party: Saturday, May 23rd!
-Tap Extravaganza May 24, 2009 - 20th Anniversary Performance!
-Special Memorial Day Dance Class with Sue Samuels
-Jason Samuels Smith at Windy City Rhythms
-Just Announced: Jason Samuels Smith Master Class in Chicago
-Sue Samuels- NEW LOCATION! New Class *New Price*Let's Dance!
-Amazing Kaleidoscope of Tap Dancing by Emmy Award winner Jason Samuels Smith
-Philly TAP Challenge "ON FIRE!" officially announced
-JASON SAMUELS SMITH and A.C.G.I. At Jacob's Pillow Dance
-Tap City 2009
-CHRP Rhythm World 2009
-LA Tap Festival 2009
-Tap Into A Cure 2009 

- Remembering Dr. Jimmy Slyde
-You are invited to honor Safi A.Thomas this Friday, May 22nd
-NJN Broadcast -- UPDATE
-Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre

-Creative Soul Entertainment invites you to their fundraiser featuring M.A.D.D. Rhythms
-LA IRONWORKS Presents Steve Zee at the M Bar with Sarah Reich
-Celebrate National Tap Dance Day & Sarah Reich's 20th Birthday
-NICO RUBIO IN LA! TAP CLASS 5/26 @ Universal Dance Designs!

-Tap Messengers
- Israeli Tap Dancers


Thank you for your support!
Harlem Tap Party

Saturday, May 23, 2009

9:00 PM – 3:00 AM

The Harlem Tap Studio
401 West 149th Street NYC


ATTENTION!!! ALL tap dancers, musicians, and party people!
Once again the "HARLEM TAP PARTY" is on!!
Drinks, Food, DJ, & Live Music
BRING YOUR SHOES...Hoof 'til you drop!!!


Tap Extravaganza May 24, 2009 - 20th Anniversary Performance!

Join us on Sunday, May 24, 2009 @ 7 PM for tfor the 20th Annual Tap Extravaganza®! Presented by the NY Committee to Celebrate National Tap Dance Day, this annual tap performance and awards show should not be missed!

2009 Tap Extravaganza - 20th Anniversary!

Presenting Flo-Bert Life Achievement Honors to:?Dr. Prince Spencer (of the Four Step Brothers)?Mercedes Ellington (Choreographer, Dancer, Producer)

Sunday, May 24th, 2009?7 PM?F.I.T's Haft Auditorium?227 West 27th ST (btwn 7th & 8th Aves)?NYC

with much anticipated performances by ?Jerry Ames, Chloe & Maud Arnold, Calvin Booker, ?Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer, Ebony & Jeremiah Edwards?, DeWitt Fleming?, Rod Ferrone, ?Mable Lee?, Michela Marino Lerman and her Dancers ?Traci Mann and Mann Arts Tap Company?, Andrew J. Nemr and CPD PLUS? The New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble?, Professor Robert L. Reed?, Yvette Glover, ?Savion Glover*?Bill Robinson’s Dance??*schedule permitting?? Music by The Frank Owens Trio ?Frank Owens, piano; Bernice Brooks, drums; Lisle Atkinson, bass



Tickets: $69, $55, $45, $25?
Tickets may be purchased online through the link below or at the door the day of the performance.


Can't make it to the show but still want to help? Here's how...

If you are unable to attend this year's show but would still like to show your support, you may make a tax deductible contribution! Donations of $50 or more may be made by following the link below to Ticket Central. To make a donation less than $50, simply mail your check made out to Flo-Bert, Ltd. to our office at Tap Extravaganza, PO Box 2156, New York, NY 10108.


Special Memorial Day Dance Class

Memorial Day is here next Monday.
I will have 2 classes that day.

10:30-12 at Broadway Dance Center
322 W. 45th St. bet. 8th and 9th Ave.


1:30-3 at Alvin Ailey
405 W. 55th St. @ 9th Ave.

We will have some special dance that day...

We will have FUN, FUN, FUN!!!!!

So, if you don't have to work that day,

Bring your family and friends! 
(Children over 8 years who know how to take class)

See you on Monday!!

Live, Love, Laugh, and... DANCE!!!

Sue Samuels
Jason Samuels Smith at Windy City Rhythms

May 29, 30 and 31 at the MCA
We're thrilled to announce that Emmy-award winner and reigning
Superman of tap, Jason Samuels Smith, will be appearing alongside
Barbatuques at our upcoming Windy City Rhythms concerts.

To top it off, our talented performing ensemble BAM! will kick off the
performance with premieres of three new pieces choreographed by tap
masters from around the world.

May 29, 30, and 31 at 7:30pm
at the Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Tickets: $35



Just Announced: Jason Samuels Smith Master Class in Chicago

Sunday, May 30 at the Tap Studio
Study with Jason while he is here for our Windy City Rhythms concerts!

Sunday, May 30 at 11am
2933 N. Southport 
Limited to 20 students
Call 773-281-1825 to register



not Europe :)
but ill be there from APRIL 22nd-28th
Breakin' Convention 2009
MAY 4th-5th

MAY 7th-9th

contact: superfunkjam@yahoo.com

PS: FINLAND i will be there for sure! sorry for th last cancelation.
But these classes are gonna be CRAZY FRESH i PROMISE!
see you soon
MAY 10th

MAY 17th

1. Black Book Session: 10h - 12h
Learn basic New York style graffiti letters and history, and learn how
original writers bombed there black books (hard cover sketch pad).
2. Graffiti Jacket Session: 13h - 15h
Learn how to paint a denim jacket with acrylic paint, spray paint and
paint markers. Wiggles will take you through all the steps of painting
an original New York style graffiti jacket.
3. Outdoor spray session: 15h30 - 17h30
Learn how to rock a can, sketch, fill ins, hook ups, clouds, outline,
force fields and more. All spray can sessions will be outdoors, and on
bristol boards.
You have to bring with you:

also more dance workshops in SWITZERLAND will be announced soon:)

contact: be_magical@hotmail.com

MAY 30th

contacts: steinjoar@gmail.com or williamottestad@gmail.com





Mr Wiggles demonstrates many STYLES, FLAVAS, CONCEPTS, SKILLS, and MOVES.

Vol 1 featuring:
lurchin, dime stops, walk outs, fresno styles, twisto flex, neck o
flex, spottin, scare crow, saccin, puppet strings, remote control,
snakin, double pops, air posin, peek a boo, tickin, filmore, electric
boogie, tuttin, front knee bop. and more!
sells for $25 on mrwiggles.biz,
Buy now for $20

Sue Samuels- NEW LOCATION! New Class *New Price*Let's Dance!

Hi Everyone!
I'm excited to announce 2 new classes.
Broadway Jazz - Beginner level
Tuesday and Thursday mornings 10-11:30

***NEW*NEW* Convenient location***
244 W. 54th St. Bet. Broadway and 8th Ave.
Suite #404 Flaminco Latino Studio

***Dance More Pay Less***
single class $14.00 10-class card $120.00

Now you can dance every morning! What a way to start the day!
These classes are going GREAT!

For more information, please call me:
or e-mail.
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I look forward to seeing you there!
Live, Love, DANCE!!
Sue Samuels


Amazing Kaleidoscope of Tap Dancing by Emmy Award winner Jason Samuels Smith




(from the Movie "TAP", Bring in Da'Noise, Bring in Da'Funk, Black and
Blue, Star of The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang, Superstars of Dance)


401 West 149th street (take A train and walk 4 blocks north)

THURSDAYS (Intermediate Advanced Level)


ONLY $15 per class!


Philly TAP Challenge "ON FIRE!" officially announced!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jaye Allison, 215-490-3717
May 1, 2009 534 South 56th Street 1st floor
Philadelphia, PA 19143

JA’s Philly TAP Challenge ‘09 ON FIRE! It’s Over the TOP!
Take ten! Only $10 for any class or ticket, no registration fees! VISIT:www.phillytapchallenge.webs.com

Some of the World’s Top Tap Dancers arrive in region to instruct, perform, meet and celebrate Philly. Friday-Saturday, June 26-27, all events held at the following locations:
Community Education Center (CEC), 3500 Lancaster Ave; Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center (GBDC), 3611 Lancaster Ave & The Arts Bank Theater (ABT), Broad & South Streets, along The Avenue of the Arts

Friday – Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center (GBDC) or Arts Bank Theater (ABT)
GBDC Studio A- AM: 10a Stretch Class (PCBC) - 10:30a Paddle n Roll (Jaye Allison) – 11:40a Choreography (Darrell Williams)
PM: 2:30p Student Class (Chloe Arnold) – 3:55p Student Class (Karen Callaway Williams)
GBDC Studio B- AM: 10:30a Hip Hop – 11:40a Lindy Hop PM: 2:25p African
ABT -7:30p Showtime Amateur / Professional Showcase*
Community Education Center (CEC) in the East Community Room (ECR) or Meetinghouse Theater (MT)
CEC –ECR AM: 10:40a Teachers Only (Dianne Walker) – 11:55 Student Class (Jason Samuels Smith)
MT – PM: 1:25p Tap History (Tony Nicholas) – 2:30 Films
ECR: 2:25p Student Class (Nicole Nicholas) 3:45p Teachers Only (Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards)

Saturday – Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center (GBDC) or Arts Bank Theater (ABT)
GBDC Studio A- AM: 10a Stretch Class (PCBC) 10:30a Student Class (Corinne Karon) – 11:40a Student Class (Tim Yue)
PM: 2:30p Student Class (Robert Burden) – 3:55p Student Class (Dianne Walker)
GBDC Studio B- AM: 10:30a Hip Hop – 11:40a Lindy Hop PM: 2:25p African
ABT -7:30p Showtime Amateur / Professional Showcase*
Community Education Center (CEC) East Community Room (ECR) or Meetinghouse Theater (MT)
CEC -ECR AM: 10:40a Teachers Only (Chloe Arnold) – 11:55 Student Class (Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards)
MT – 11a Tap Films... 1:30p Tap History (Dianne Walker) – 2:30 Films
ECR: 2:25p Student Class (Cathie Nicholas) 3:45p Teachers Only (Jason Samuels Smith)

*Both showcases featured house band is the first Lady of Jazz Guitar, Monnette Sudler and her Quartet.
Info and tickets available online at www.phillytapchallenge.webs.com

For the 6th year, Jaye Allison, Founding director of New LEJA Dances, organizes JAPTC with The Philadelphia Civic Ballet Company (the oldest dance company in the Commonwealth of PA.), to honor Philadelphia’s Tap history. Her vision links today’s generation to Philadelphia streets from the 1930s- 80s, inspiring the future. Open workshops and performances with various styles of Classical and Hoofing Tap Dance, African, Hip-Hop and Lindy Hop styles include: Jason Samuels Smith, Dianne ‘Lady Di’ Walker, Nicholas Sisters, 2nd Generation Silver Belles, Chloe Arnold, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Karen Callaway Williams. Showcase appearances include Philadelphia hoofing professionals, Robert Burden Jr., Rochelle Haynes, Corinne Karon, JoAnna Turner, Darrell Williams, Tim Yue and more along with many students represent the Philadelphia Region over this 2 day blowout of TAP TOWN Philadelphia.

JAPTC is devoted to recognizing the treasure chest Philadelphia holds for Tap and making Tap Dance synonymous with Philadelphia. There are 4 components: Workshops with Master teachers and professionals, Philly TAP Idol Competition (age appropriate), 2 nights of Performance Showcases (Friday, Amateurs and Professionals – Saturday, Professional), the Virtual Quilt Project Premiere.
Philadelphia Inquirer: “TAP TOWN” City Paper “LEJA celebrates and affirms the nurturing power of African American culture.” DANCE Magazine “LEJA’s dancing reinvigorates the standard African American concert dance vocabulary.”
American TAP History - Yesterday, Today and Forever – in Philadelphia! Workshops, Performances, Showcase, “Tap Challenge Dance-Off,” Semi-Formal Reception Ball, Films and Documentary, Live Jazz, and more!!!
The Philly Tap Challenge presented by New LEJA Dances, the co & Philadelphia Civic Ballet Co. and made possible through a PA state DCED grant, Senator Mike Stack, and The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance.

JASON SAMUELS SMITH and A.C.G.I. (Anybody Can Get it)
July 22 – August 2
Doris Duke Theatre
Two-Week Engagement
Live Music

Be uplifted and astounded by tap sensation Jason Samuels
Smith and his super-troupe A.C.G.I. (Anybody Can Get It)
featuring some of the best feet in the business. A prodigy
when cast in Savion Glover's Broadway hit Bring in ‘da
Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk at age 15, Smith went on to become
an Emmy Award-winner, television and feature film star,
director, and choreographer carrying on the great tradition
of tap. Audiences may recognize Smith as a featured guest
performer on the hit television show So You Think You Can
Dance. Expected to be in hot demand, this show is a
two-week engagement and features live music!
NEW! Doris Duke Theatre now opening on Wednesday evenings
Wednesday – Saturday, 8:15pm
Saturday, 2:15pm
Sunday 5pm
Tickets: $33 adults, $30 seniors, students, child, $29
Full, and Flex 5 subscribers. Members enjoy early ordering



July 6 - 11

Register NOW for HUGE savings! All packages include a ticket to the
Premier Performance at Symphony Space!

Festival classes include:
Half Day & Full Day Festival for Youth
Pre-Professional Program for Teens
Residencies, 2-day Courses & Master Classes for Adults
Performances opportunities for all festival participants
An AMAZING premier performance at Symphony Space
Tap Talks / Tap Films
More events TBA
Scholarships available for children ages 6 - 19
Faculty includes: Michelle Dorrance, DeWitt Fleming, Derick K. Grant,
Susan Hebach, Max Pollak, Barbara Duffy, Jason Samuels Smith,
Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Randy Skinner, Harold Cromer, Brenda
Bufalino, Mercedes Ellington, Germaine Salsberg, Thelma Goldberg, Lisa
LaTouche, Lynn Schwab, Carson Murphy, Chloe Arnold, Acia Gray, Geo
Hubela, David Rider, Ray Hesselink, Jimmy Tate, Michele Ribble, Alicia
Smith, & Kelly Kaleta

Check it out!


July-Aug Rhythm World

Good morning. Chicago Human Rhythm Project's annual festival of
American tap--the oldest and most comprehensive of its kind--July 27-
Aug. 9 at several venues in downtown Chicago. Week-long residencies
with tap masters, classes and workshops with a range of expert
instructor/performers and a series of performances, ranging from tap
slam competitions to a free concert in Millennium Park are among the
festival's activities.

I hope you'll help us get the word out about the festival, including
the free performance in Millennium Park along w/ the other
activities. Bios of the instructor/performers are provided at the
links in the release. Low-res images will be available on the Press
page of CHRP's website, chicagotap.org, this week, and I'd be happy
to send high-res versions of any that interest you.

Thanks much for your time and consideration.



Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s 19th Annual Festival Takes Place at
Jay Pritzker Pavilion,

Cultural Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, Fine Arts Building,
Roosevelt University

CHICAGO—The peak of summer in Chicago will offer the peak of tap
festivals when the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), the world’s
only year-round presenter of American tap dance and contemporary
percussive arts, presents Rhythm World, the oldest and most
comprehensive festival of American tap in the world. Now in its 19th
year of performance and education programs, Rhythm World takes place
July 27–August 9 throughout downtown Chicago, including the Jay
Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, the Fine Arts Building, Chicago
Cultural Center, Museum of Contemporary Art and Roosevelt University.

CHRP Founder and Director Lane Alexander returns to the
director’s seat after three years of guest direction by Jason
Samuels Smith, Dianne Walker and Derick Grant. As always, this
year’s Rhythm World will feature perennial favorites, including
Bessie Award winner Sam Weber and Broadway diva Dormeshia Sumbry-
Edwards, alongside new and emerging artists, including Jason Janus, a
principal of the Texas tap repertory company Tapestry, and Chloe
Arnold, founder and director of the Los Angeles Tap Fest.

Education Programs

Rhythm World begins July 27 with intensive residencies led by Sam
Weber and Derick Grant at the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan
Ave., and members of Step Afrika! at the Museum of Contemporary Art
(MCA), 220 E. Chicago Ave. Weber, a Bessie Award winner and former
Joffrey 2 member, is internationally recognized as one of the
greatest tap virtuosos of all time as well as a master choreographer
and master teacher. Grant was an original company member and dance
captain for Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk and recently toured
the country with his creation A Night Out: Tap!. Step Afrika!, based
in Washington, D.C., is the first professional company in the world
dedicated to the tradition of stepping, and they will make their full-
company Chicago debut on CHRP’s Global Rhythms program at the Harris
Theater in November 2009.

Courses, workshops and master classes take place August
3–9 at the Fine Arts Building and Roosevelt University, 430 S.
Michigan Ave. The highly respected faculty of master teachers, in
addition to Weber, Grant and members of Step Afrika!, includes CHRP
Director Lane Alexander, Chloe Arnold, Julie Cartier, Idella Reed
Davis, CHRP Associate Director Martin “Tre” Dumas, Ray Hesselink,
Jason Janas, Gene Medler, Billy Siegenfeld, Jason Samuels Smith,
Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Dianne “Lady Di” Walker and Mark Yonally.

Now in its eighth year, CHRP’s annual Youth Tap
Ensemble Conference (YTEC) takes place August 3–7 at the Fine Arts
Building. PrepTEC, a new component in this year’s YTEC, offers
younger members of the pre-professional repertory companies an
opportunity to benefit from the expertise available during Rhythm
World. More than 120 dancers between the ages of 12 and 19,
representing 14 youth tap ensembles from the U.S., China, Brazil,
Canada, Panama and other locations, will gather to study new
choreography, technique, improvisation and theatre-related topics.
YTEC participants will learn three new works by Jason Janus,
Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Step Afrika! while the PrepTEC students
will learn an historical dance from Dianne Walker created by her
mentor, native Chicagoan Leon Collins.

An expanded Kids Program August 5–7 at the Fine Arts
Building offers intermediate tappers ages nine through 12 a
curriculum including oral and video histories, tap technique classes,
improvisation instruction and individual development of style and

To register for any of the education programs, visit
chicagotap.org or call 773-281-1825.


CHRP kicks off a week of performances with its second annual free
performance featuring Rhythm World faculty, YTEC participants and
special guests Sunday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker
Pavilion in Millennium Park, as part of the City of Chicago’s summer
music and dance performance series. Chicago’s finest tap repertory
companies will perform, including CHRP’s ensemble BAM!, Jump Rhythm
Jazz Project, Jus’ LisTeN and Chicago Tap Theatre, as well as last
year’s smashing percussion/dance group, Be the Groove.

The week continues with a Tap Jam, a fun, free evening of
improvisation by Rhythm World participants Monday, August 3 at the
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. Tuesday, August 4 is a
double-header evening featuring the Tap Slam and the Cutting Contest
at 7:30 p.m. at Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan
Ave., 7th floor. The Tap Slam puts the spotlight on 10 group or
individual Rhythm World participants competing for the Tap Slam entry
fees; the audience votes to determine the winner. The Cutting
Contest, an improvisation competition, pits 16 of the hottest young
tap dancers against each other in a foot-to-foot combat tournament. A
select panel of Rhythm World faculty members will judge the
competition and the winner will receive the Contest entry fees. A
student showcase performance takes place Wednesday, August 5 at 7:30
p.m., also at Ganz Hall. Admission to the August 4 and 5 evenings is
$5 each at the door or in advance at chicagotap.org.

Rhythm World culminates with CHRP’s annual performances, “JUBA!
Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance,” featuring a host of
extraordinary foot drummers on Thursday, August 6 and Saturday,
August 8 at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s MCA Stage, 220 E.
Chicago Ave. Thursday’s performance includes Emmy Award winner Jason
Samuels Smith, Broadway diva Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and renowned
choreographer Chloe Arnold, joined by CHRP Founder and Director Lane
Alexander and CHRP's ensemble BAM!. Saturday’s performance includes
the Ella Fitzgerald of American tap, Dianne “Lady Di” Walker,
alongside tap virtuoso and Bessie Award winner Sam Weber, wunderkind
Jason Janas and Chicago’s finest tap ensembles. Both performances
also feature guest artists from around the world and live music by
the Vijay Tellis-Nayak Trio. Single tickets are $30, $25 for Rhythm
World participants and MCA members.

For complete Rhythm World information, visit chicagotap.org or call
773-281-1825. For tickets to “JUBA!” performances, call
312-397-4010 or visit mcachicago.org.

CHRP’s 2009 season concludes with Global Rhythms and Thanks 4
Giving, a series of shared revenue, contemporary percussive arts
performances featuring the Chicago debut of Washington D.C.’s Step
Afrika!, November 19, 20, 21 at the Harris Theater for Music and
Dance in Millennium Park.

CHRP’s 2009 season is supported by The MacArthur Fund for the Arts
and Culture at the Prince, The Chicago Community Trust, Prince
Charitable Trusts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Target,
American Airlines, Leo’s Dancewear, The Illinois Arts Council, The
Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg Family Foundation, The Gaylord and
Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Jerome and Jeanette Cohen Family
Foundation, The Oppenheimer Family Foundation, L!VE Marketing (sic),
Charter One Bank, the Illinois Arts Council, the City of Chicago
Department of Cultural Affairs, the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation,
Arts Midwest, The The Dr. Scholl Foundation, American Overseas
Transport, L and L Hardwood Flooring and generous individual donors.
All programming is subject to change. For information, visit

Founded in 1990, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project is America’s
oldest institution dedicated to preserving, presenting and teaching
tap and percussive dance by bringing together generations of tap
dance legends, professionals, students and enthusiasts for classes,
performances and workshops. CHRP has four artistic focuses:
presenting world-class dance concerts, building a permanent
educational forum for tap and percussive dance, sustaining the art
form through preservation and documentation and promoting respect and
appreciation between various communities by presenting ethnically and
aesthetically diverse artists.

All programming is subject to change. For information visit


Save the Date – LA Tap Festival 2009!

2009 LA Tap Fest

Presented by The Debbie Allen Dance Academy

August 10-15th 2009


Tap Into A Cure 2009

August 19 – 21, 2009
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
780 722 9562
Registration now available
Click “Register” on web site to view class schedules, class descriptions and registration sheets.
Tap Into A Cure’s “THE AFRICA PROJECT” is back for another amazing year of classes and showcase. This will be our fourth year in the City of Champions, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
We have brought together another exciting year of tap dance, returning to us for a second year New York City’s amazingly talented Jason Samuels Smith, New York is also sending us the incredible Michela Marino - Lerman, Los Angeles California will be proudly represented with the unique talent of Christopher Broughton and the founder of THE AFRICA PROJECT and Tap Into A Cure, Edmonton’s own Andrew Merrigan. We have also included our hip hop friends again this year, as hip hop roots derive from tap dance we feel compelled to include this art form in our workshop. The Rock Steady Crew is sending us the very talented Ynot !
We have added an advisory board, the addition to our family are Bril Barrett, Steffan Clemente, Elka Samuels Smith and Jason Samuels Smith. Upon the advice of our board we have change our dates for the workshop and showcase, so please be aware that this year our showcase will be on a Saturday night and the workshop runs from Wednesday to Friday. We have also made our packages more affordable. There are three packages of tap dance for you to choose from ranging in prices of $80 to $240. And our Hip Hop classes are below $100.
Last year the world renown “Mr. Wiggles” Steffan Clemente joined us for 3 days of classes and made history on our stage with a battle of hip hop and tap between himself and Jason Samuels Smith. The jaw dropping performance was absolutely mesmerizing, and brought the house down! The Magical Rhythms Showcase will be back at a new location this year, but promises to be as jaw dropping as last year. Check our website for info coming real soon and some exciting additions to our showcase family! This year’s show will absolutely blow you away.
We need your support to help build the dream of building the Dr. Jeni LeGon Library and Music Room in Mukeu, Kenya. Hope we will see you in August, it will be so much fun, to much to miss!


Remembering Dr. Jimmy Slyde

This Month marks the one year anniversary of the passing of Dr. Jimmy Slyde. One of the true masters and mentors of the art of tap dance, Slyde was beloved by so many. His absence has been truly felt over the past year.

We are proud to announce that a Memorial Celebration will be held in his honor on National Tap Dance Day this year, May 25, 2009. Details are listed below.

Dr. Jimmy Slyde Memorial Celebration

555 West 141st Street, NYC
6pm -8pm; Memorial Tribute
Sali Ann Kriegsman, MC;
Jimmy’s Beloved’s / special honored guests
(Reservations Recommended)
9pm; Jam Session in honor of Slyde

RSVP HERE (alljem@aol.com)

As part of the Memorial Celebration the planning committee is putting together a collection of "Slyde-isms" to be included as part of the event. Do you have an iconic or favorite Slyde phrase, saying or one-liner?  Please share them with us!

E-MAIL YOUR “SLYDE-ISM” HERE (alljem@aol.com)


You are invited to honor Safi A. Thomas this Friday...

Dear Supporters of The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory,

It is with great pleasure that I inform you that Safi A. Thomas, the Artistic Director and Founder of The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory, is being honored as an American hip-hop dance pioneer and choreographer at Noble Technique Arts and Subculture Arts Festival in Series 1, DANCEINFUSED. Please join us in congratulating him on his exemplary work by viewing our premiere repertory piece, “Ghetto Pop Life: A Dream Sequence” featuring The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory Repertory Company (Principal Dancers Ray Davis, Raphaela Riemer, Yvonne Chow, and Yasmine Fequiere). 
Ghetto Pop Life: A Dream Sequence
As Charles Fisher once said, "Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives." This voyeuristic look into said precipice of insanity takes us on a journey through the mind of a hip-hop dancer. As most artists, a dancer's mind is a veritable cornucopia of tectonic activity reeling with ideas and motivations spurred by what they witness in their environment and social interactions. You will witness all elements of hip-hop dance; breaking, popping, locking, boogaloo, and illusion styles. Each vignette is a representation of the seemingly nonsensical latticework of reverie that hip-hop dancer witnesses as she slips into a deep slumber.
Event Information:
Date: Friday, May 22, 2009 ?Time: Opening reception 9pm-11pm, 11pm - 2am ?Admission: $10 w/ RSVP guest@nobletechnique.com, $15 door ?Venue: Die Fabrik , 38 Howard St, 5th floor, Soho, NY, NY, 10003 ?Trains: 6, N, R, Q, W to Canal St.
RSVP at guest@nobletechnique.com  ?www.nobletechnique.com
On May 22, 2009 premieres Noble Technique Arts & Subculture Arts Fest. The New York based art collective, Noble Technique, presents the first of a four - part event series highlighting New York City based arts and subcultures. This festival will be celebrated in a four-part series, individually focusing on Dance, Skate culture, Kicks (sneaker) culture, and the Body Arts.The first is "DANCEINFUSED" and is a unique window for viewing the culture of dance and celebrating everything about it.??“DANCEINFUSED” is presented in a 7500 sq ft. interactive loft space at Die Fabrik in NYC’s Soho district. The opening reception from 9pm – 11pm features the work of photographers, painters, and videographers on their interpretation of dance, as well as a collection of autobiographical work of well - established representatives of dance. The rest of the evening continues until 2am with performances, interactive displays, and a celebration with music provided by Hardy Boys featuring DJ Lloydski and Blu Jemz.??Performances throughout the evening featureThe Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory, dance photographer Lois Greenfield & The Dario Vaccaro Dance Project, Broadway dancer/choreographer James Kinney and NYC nightlife’s, Roela LaMazing, interactive demonstrations by Voguers, Capoeiristas, B-Boys, B-girls, Burlesque, and more. An ongoing exhibition of the visual displays will continue for the rest of the weekend, May 23 & 24, 1pm - 7pm
Noble Technique is a New York based art collective whose mission is to create experiences where both participants and spectators can observe art and subcultures through various mediums. Every event will focus on a specific theme and include visual art, performance art, and interactive components. The goal is to create a unique experience that both participants and spectators can all appreciate them equally.
Thank you for your continual support and I hope to see there!


Yvonne Chow
Education Director
The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory
Bridging the Gap Between Higher Education and the True Foundations of Hip-Hop Dance
1.800.697.4698 Office/Fax


NJN Broadcast -- UPDATE

Another View?Tap Artistry Special

As promised, NJN will re-broadcast the program Another View arts special featuring New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 7:00 pm and again on Friday, May 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm. Be sure to tune in to watch this extraordinary program. NJN can be found on channel 23 on Comcast Cable of New Jersey and Time Warner, and on channel 8 on Cablevision, Camden - channel 23, Trenton - channel 52, New Brunswick - channel 58, Montclair - channel 50.

Deborah Mitchell
New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble


Theater for the New City Newsletter
Week of May 18 - 24, 2009

This Weekend, we are proud to present our FREE and FABULOUS 14th Annual LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS!

This Festival will take place in and around TNC all weekend, beginning with performances on Friday night at 6pm. 

Saturday, we will have a Street Festival on East 10th Street beginning at 11am. Indoors, we will have Youth Performances from 2 to 5pm and a Film Festival beginning at 12 noon. Our program of evening performances will begin at 6pm.

Sunday, we have a Poetry reading from 5 to 7:30pm. Our Evening Program of Performances will begin at 6pm and run until Midnight.
Can't afford to spend your holiday weekend in some exotic clime this year? Nevermind! Laugh at the Depression with us by luxuriating in the Arts instead. Spend your Stay-cation saturating your senses, exercising your funny bone and going for an intellectual joy ride at the still free and more fabulous than ever,LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS. And if you're a Tourist trapped by Up and Midtown Prices, break free with LES's Free Breakout Entertainment and culture. It is what the Real New York has always really been about.

Join our literally hundreds of performers as they gather at Theater for the New City to gift you with their time and talent at our 14th Annual LES. As always, we will sing hosannas to the Lower East Side and East Village's Artistic Past, dig its Present and sneak preview its Artistic Future. 

Classical Theater, Yiddish Theater, Vaudeville, Burlesque and the nascent Silent Film Industry all flourished here. George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Yip Harburg, Eddie Cantor, the Adlers, Molly Pican, Charlie Parker, Eugene O'Neill, Garcia Lorca, Mark Twain, the list goes on and on. They all lived and created here at one time. Now, it's our time to both remember them and continue their tradition by continuing to create.

The LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS is Theater, Music, Dance Comedy, Poetry, Film, Video and the Fine Arts as well. Nearly all the Theater and Dance Groups in our area help to make up this cultural cornucopia. 
LES - MAY 22, 23 and 24, 2009

Friday, May 22nd
We kick off at 6pm until 1am, Upstairs in the Johnson Theater: Non-stop sensational performances.

7pm - Midnight, Downstairs in our "Black Box" Cabaret Theater: More Theater,  Music, Comedy, etc- Usually a little more Sub-rosa, more intimate and slightly more outré.
Saturday, May 23rd
Starts Outdoors from 11am to 6pm on East 10th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue, and there, writer, composer, musician and cultural anthropologist Richard West curates and hosts numerous performers, fellow musicians, singers, belly and flamenco dancers, comics and poets. The Street will be lined with vendors so you can feed your belly, your soul and your need for exotic shopping, all at the same time.

Now, our overlapping events Indoors on Saturday May 23rd:

Downstairs in the Cabaret Theater with Film and Video from Noon to Midnight, curated by the savvy, charming, knowledgeable Francesse Maingrette. There will be features, shorts and animation all either thematically or ethnically linked to the Lower East Side or the East Village, or created by local auteurs.
Also, Saturday Indoors, Upstairs in the Johnson Theater from 2pm to 5pm, the Youth Portion of LES, dedicated to Kids, Teens and Tweens. Emceed by John Grimaldi of the New York Lyric Circus, Juggler Extraordinaire, who also does a mean Scottish Fling. Numerous Youth Groups will be performing.

LES Continues on Saturday evening, May 23rd, Indoors, upstairs in the Johnson Theater from 6pm to 1am. Live performances, stars and stars-to-be keep it going with Theater, Music, Dance and Comedy.
Sunday, May 24th
5pm - 7:30pm, Upstairs in the Community Space Theater, Poetry and Poetical Prose takes to the stage. Curated by Playwright, Director, Actor and Unrepentant Poet Lissa Moira. Never a Slam, always a Jam and completely egalitarian. The Stars and the Newcomers continue to be embraced in the nurturing style established by the founder of LES's Poetry-Fest, Jushi.

Upstairs in the Johnson Theater, from 6pm to Midnight (Click for Schedule!), Brilliant Theater, Music, Dance and Comedy continues non-stop. And 7pm to Midnight downstairs in our Cabaret Theater (Click for Schedule!), continuous Theatrical Performances.

Also, indoors throughout the Festival, our Lobby Gallery boasts a magnificent large group Art Show. Human Kinetics and other performance artists will also be performing intermittently in the Lobby. Prepare to be Surprised!
The Theme for the 14th Annual LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS is Art: A Necessity for Life, in Good Times and Bad Times.



Theater for the New City


Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre

FREE TRIAL / $12 class - Peniel, Richard, Danielle, Velly and Malang

From Friday, May 22 to Sunday May 31:
10 days only!

Invite your friends and yourself to take advantage of
+ FREE TRIAL CLASS for new students
+ $12/class for existing students

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+ Peniel - Haitian
+ Richard - Afro-Caribbean
+ Danielle - Samba
+ Velly - Afro-Brazilian
+ Malang - African  Bugarabu
+ ...more!

Selected classes only. See schedule:

Get fit! Have fun! Live drumming!

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Creative Soul Entertainment invites you to their fundraiser featuring M.A.D.D. Rhythms


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Steve Zee at the M Bar 
Volume 5

Saturday, May 23rd 
8 PM

One Show Only!


Live Jazz Trio!
Louis Durra
Domenic Genova
Aaron Williams

and special guest:

Tap Dancer
Sarah Reich

$15 Cover and $10 Food Minimum 

For Tickets, Call 800-838-3006



1253 North Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90038

Tap Jams! Tap Footage! Live Music! Free Food!
All dancers, musicians, friends and family invited
When: Monday, May 25th from 2:00PM until 10:00PM
Where: LA Hoofer's House (4271 Madison Avenue - Culver City, CA)
More Info: Contact Sarah Reich at sourtaps@yahoo.com


NICO RUBIO IN LA! TAP CLASS 5/26 @ Universal Dance Designs!

Master Tap Class
Nico Rubio!!! 
May 26, 2009
7:30- 8:45 pm
Only $15!!!
Intermediate/ Advanced
Universal Dance Designs
6009 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90232 

Nico Rubio, a native to Chicago, has been tap dancing less than a decade performing and teaching around the U.S. and now the world. He is currently performing with S.A.C. (Sour Apples Crew) and most recently Jus'LisTeN. Nico is a former member of M.A.D.D. Rhythms with whom he has done shows throughout much of the Chicago Metropolitan area and U.S. He has traveled throughout his career to Los Angeles, St. Louis, Indiana, Iowa, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Michigan and even Beijing, China. Nico is currently teaching tap dance around Illinois at The RH School of Performing Arts, Légere Dance Centre, Deforest Dance Academy and other studios as well as after school programs at Andrew Carnegie Elementary and Paul Revere Elementary School. He has appeared on television in the opening segment for CLTV at the Taste of Chicago, a promotional documentary for the Chicago Park District, Local L.A. news channels (for the L.A. Tap Festival in the summers of 2004-2007), ABC 7 Chicago for the grand opening of their new State Street Studio, Channel 9 for the Premier of Happy Feet at Navy Pier and recently starred in Chicago Works TV segment “Chicago Revealed” which played every day for over a month. He has appeared in Newspapers and Magazines such as the Red Eye, Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Dailey Harold, Defender, The Beacon, The Forest Park Review, Dance Spirit Magazine, Dancer Magazine, Dance Magazine and On Tap (ITA) Magazine. Nico was also the winner of the first annual Cutting Contest at CHRP and in his age group at the L.A. Tap Festival. He has been giving back for over 5 years by street performing on the Chicago streets and CTA platforms collaborating with artist such as Clarinet players, Drummers, Saxophone players, Dancers, Rappers and even face painters. Nico has also studied skills from drawing to acting, rapping to stage handing and even playing the "Prince" in Ballet Legere's Nutcracker for two years. Nico is proud to be a tap dancer and preacher of the art form through his love of the dance!



"Improvised tap dance with live music. Come watch or come play"
What: Jam Session
Host: London Tap Jam
Start Time: Sunday, May 24 at 8:00pm
End Time: Sunday, May 24 at 10:30pm
Where: Ronnie Scott's

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:


A musical adventure that invites you into the pulsating heart of a Paris jazz cellar and its own special brand of heated jazzy ambiance. In the human and
intimate setting, you listen to the tap dancers trade joyously with the jazz musicians and revel in their musical and rhythmic conversations.

Friday JUNE 12th at 8:30pm at the Studio de l’Ermitage in Paris
Sarah Petronio has often invited dancers, with whom she feels an artistic connection to jam with her on stage, in keeping with the hoofing
tradition of friendly tap exchanges. Now, some of these international tap dancers will be joining her to show what happens when Tap meets
Jazz in her new creation “The Tap Messengers”.

Sarah Petronio is a pioneer in the field of Jazz Tap Dancing. An instrumentalist with her feet, she is an integral part of the jazz
trio as she dances the melody, exchanges musical riffs with the piano, bass and drums and swings with straightforward delight
in pure motion. Referred to as "The First Lady of Swing" by the late Jimmy Slyde, who she often partnered, she is recognized
around the world for her contribution to the renaissance of Tap Dancing through her teaching and performing. In 2005 she
received the prestigious “Hoofer Award” in New York City, and in 2007 was invited by the French National Center for Dance to
present “La Grande Leçon” (a Master's Class).
LeeLa is a tap dancer known internationally for having developped "Hip Tap" – an original blend of tap dancing, Body Percussion
and Hip Hop moves. She joined the show STOMP in 2001. Her stage references include a solo opening act with French
pop singer Camille at the Cirque d'Hiver in Paris, participation in the Festival of Urban Cultures at la Villette (Paris), The Paris Tap
Sessions at the Sai Sai Jazz Club, “LeeLa and Friends” at Jamel Debouze - Le Comedy Club, solo performance with the Orchestre
Lamoureux at the Opéra Comique in Paris, a leading role in the documentary “Les Claquettes, le pied!”.

Kazu Kumagai lives in Japan where he performs as a rhythm tap dancer in many different creative collaborative projects. He
is capable of virtuosic performances that combine speed and poetic emotion. In New York City, he worked with Savion Glover
in “Bring in da noise, bring in da Funk” and graduated from Ted Levy’s “Funk University”. This is his first visit to France as one of
the “Tap Messengers” to collaborate with Sarah and LeeLa.
The leading Parisian Jazz musicians who will accompany the dancers include:

Philippe Milanta (piano), Luigi Trussardi (bass), John Betsch (drums)

STUDIO DE L'ERMITAGE : 8 rue de l'Ermitage Paris 20e / M° Jourdain ou Ménilmontant
Concert: 20:30h (8:30 pm) Doors open: 20h (8:00 pm) Tarif: 20 euros

Tap Messengers © will also be presented in Barcelona on May 28th at Mercat de les Flors, with special guests Ayako
Ukawa, Sharon Lavi & Laia Mollins. Information: www.tapbcn.com
Hip Tap Project : +33 680 983 296 • hiptap@orange.fr
www.myspace.com/hiptapproject • www.myspace.com/sarahpetronio


Israeli Tap Dancers

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Hey Guys!
The Shablul Jazz club will be hosting a tap jam on monday, 25.5 at 22:30 (Tel Aviv port).
Bring your shoes and let's get started!

See you all there :)