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May 29, 2009


-Jason Samuels Smith at Windy City Rhythms
-Just Announced: Jason Samuels Smith Master Class in Chicago
- UPAJ Trailer, a new documentary, Starring Pandit Chitresh Das & Jason Samuels Smith
-Sue Samuels: Saturday Class - New Time
-Philly TAP Challenge "ON FIRE!"
-JASON SAMUELS SMITH and A.C.G.I. At Jacob's Pillow Dance
-Tap City 2009
-18th Annual St. Louis Tap Festival
-CHRP Rhythm World 2009
-LA Tap Festival 2009
-Tap Into A Cure 2009

-Shim Sham hosted by Harold Cromer: Save The Date June 22!
-Weekly Classes in NYC with Lisa La Touche
-National Tap Dance Day Celebration
-Tappers With Attitude: Tap Into the Energy!
- Kwikstep and Rokafella launch B Girl documentary
-Advanced Tap Technique with Heather Cornell
-Jacob's Pillow Announces a Berkshires Bonus to Kick Off the 2009 Festival
-7th Annual Uptown Arts Stroll * A multi-ethnic celebration of arts & culture north of 155th Street * June 2009 *
-Inside the Grant Process: From Application to Panel
-Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, disciple of Pandit Chitresh Das, performs in NYC
-Tap Classes with Lisa La Touche in Times Square
-Call for Artists/Choreographers

-Arlene Kennedy honored at Lester Horton Dance Awards - Lifetime Achievement in Dance 

-OPPORTUNITY: VH1's Casting for " I Want To Work For Diddy 2"

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
A teaser for UPAJ, a new documentary, Starring Pandit Chitresh Das & Jason Samuels Smith



Hi Everyone,
With the arrival of summer, we have a new class time for the 

Saturday class at Ailey 405 W. 55th St @ 9th Ave. 

 NEW TIME  12 noon - 1:30.  

This class is intermediate level, however, all are welcome to be in the class and do what ever you can!!!

My full schedule of classes is:

Monday 10:30-12 -Broadway Dance Center - Beginner level

Monday 7:30-9- Ailey - Basic level

Tuesday 10-11:30 -244 W. 54th St. Suite 404 -  Fast Beginner level

Tuesday 1:30-3 -Broadway Dance Center - Basic level

Tuesday 6-7:30- Ailey - Beginner level

Wednesday 10:30-12- Broadway Dance Center - Beginner level

Thursday 10-11:30- 244 W. 54th St. Suite 404 -  Fast Beginner level

Thursday 1:30-3- Broadway Dance Center - Basic level

Friday 10:30-12- Broadway Dance Center - Beginner level

Saturday 12-1:30- Ailey - Intermediate level

Sunday 10:30-12- Broad way Dance Center - Beginner level

Let's have a DANCING HOT TIME this Summer!!!!

Sue Samuels



(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!


18th Annual St. Louis Tap Festival
Join us for a week-long celebration of TAP!

Bringing Professional Tap Dance, Flamenco, Irish Step and Salsa dancers to St. Louis for 69 Workshops, Tap Jam, Panel Discussion, Salsa Session, Participant's Showcase and Masters Performance - ALL THAT TAP XVII

Professor Robert L. Reed
Other - Festival

Start Time:
Monday, July 27, 2009 at 8:30am
End Time:
Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 10:30pm
Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel
7730 Bonhomme Avenue
Saint Louis, MO

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!


Shim Sham hosted by Harold Cromer: Save The Date June 22!

him Sham
Hosted by Harold Cromer
featuring the Theo Hill Trio
Monday, June 22, 8pm

Legendary tap dancer Harold Cromer is known internationally as one half of the well-known song and dance comedy team, Stump and Stumpy. His fifty-year career has included Broadway performances with Ethel Merman and Betty Grable and as a guest soloist in The American Dance Machine, as well as appearances in leading theaters and night clubs with Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, and Count Basie. Join Cromer for a free open jam session in which some of the finest of New York City’s rhythm tap community come together to share and showcase their moves. The evening also features live musical accompaniment and promises to make for a unique and exciting gathering of rhythmic exchange. The jam is open to tap dancers of all levels and concludes with Leonard Reed’s famous Shim Sham Shimmy, the hoofers’ international anthem. So come enjoy the show or bring your shoes and join the jam!

This program is made possible by a generous donation of tap floor instruments from The American Tap Dance Foundation, and with support from Altria Group, Inc., The Bay and Paul Foundations, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, IAC/InterActiveCorp, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.


Weekly Classes in NYC with Lisa La Touche

Arias Dance NYC
300 West 43rd Street (between 8th and 9th Ave)
Thursdays 3:00-4:00- $12/class
Phone: 347 273-1536

Originally from Canada, now residing in New York, Lisa’s platforms have ranged from the Beijing International Dance Festival as a dancer, choreographer and American media spokesperson, to performing on CBS with r&b/pop star Mya and Emmy Award winning choreographer Jason Samuels Smith. Recent performances have included “Tap into Peace”, a story told in tap by way of the music of Stevie Wonder and “Sophisticated Ladies”, honoring the music of Duke Ellington.   Lisa has taught and performed at the Brazilian International Tap Festival, L.A. Tap Festival, The Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World, The St. Louis Tap Festival, The Vancouver Tap Festival, Munich On Tap, and the Eastern Canadian Tap Conference to name a few.  While residing in Chicago for over two years, she worked as Artistic Associate for the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and their performing ensemble BAM!, and also alongside Tre Dumas’ company, JusLisTeN. She was Assistant Director and Choreographer for multiple years working with Bril Barrett's M.A.D.D. Rhythms, and founded their International extension, M.A.D.D. Rhythms Canada in her hometown of Calgary, Canada.   She also has the honor of working with other highly reputable artists such as Chloe Arnold, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Ted Levy, Roxane Butterfly, Max Polack, Barbara Duffy and currently works alongside Cecelia Leal Calloway honoring her father Cab Calloway and his musical Legacy. Lisa La Touche was recently featured in the May 2oo8 issue of Dancer Magazine as an emerging artist and is continuously pursuing new heights in her talents while establishing herself as a versatile artist in New York City.  For more info please visit www.lisalatouche.com .


National Tap Dance Day Celebration

  "Tap Into Silver Spring!"
What: Concert
Host: Knock On Wood & Tappers With Attitude
Start Time: Friday, May 29 at 7:30pm
End Time: Friday, May 29 at 9:30pm
Where: Round House Theatre

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


Tappers With Attitude: Tap Into the Energy!

"TWA - two shows - Atlas! What's not to love??"
What: Concert
Host: Knock On Wood Tap Studio
Start Time: Saturday, June 13 at 8:00pm
End Time: Sunday, June 14 at 6:00pm
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center

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


Kwikstep and Rokafella launch B Girl documentary

Please join us for Full Circle's next incarnation of the breaks at the screening of
All The Ladies Say- a documentary about the B girl lifestyle as lived by 6 iconic
street dance masters --Chicago's Lady Champ, California's Aiko, Atlanta's Vendetta, Severe, NYC's
Baby Love who was featured in 80's Hip-hop film "BEATSTREET" and Miami's Beta
directed by NYC B girl pioneer Rokafella.
Classes at BDC that week by
main characters of film. 
Screening is on June 3, 2009 6pm sharp
at Bronx Museum hosted by Teen Council.


Advanced Tap Technique with Heather Cornell

What: Rehearsal
Host: ATDF
Start Time: Sunday, May 31 at 3:30pm
End Time: Sunday, May 31 at 5:00pm
Where: Chelsea Studios

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


Jacob's Pillow Announces a Berkshires Bonus to Kick Off the 2009 Festival

To kick off the season and celebrate the Berkshire community, Jacob's Pillow is offering Berkshire residents an exclusive ticket offer:


Just purchase two tickets to any performance June 24 through July 3 and the third ticket is free. In exchange, all we ask is that you help us spread the word about the Pillow. 

Berkshires Bonus is available for:
Mujeres: Belén Maya & Rocío Molina
Radio and Juliet by Ballet Maribor
LAFA & Artists

To take advantage of this offer, please call the box office at 413.243.0745, Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm and mention that you'd like your "Berkshires Bonus." Proof of residency required; subject to availability. 

We thank our Members with a Special Event: Happy Birthday, Marge Champion!

Marge Champion has been a dancer all her life. As a teenager, she was a movement model for Disney animators for the roles of Snow White and Hyacinth the Hippo inFantasia. Later with her husband and dance partner Gower Champion, Marge danced in many MGM Musicals, including Show Boat.
On Sunday, June 14, the Pillow welcomes Members to a free, exclusive, work-in-progress screening of Keep Dancing, a new documentary film by Douglas Turnbaugh about the amazing lives and careers of Marge Champion and her long-time dance partner Donald Saddler, in celebration of Marge's 90th birthday. RSVP to the box office at 413.243.0745, Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm.

Not a Pillow member? Become a member, support the Pillow, and enjoy this event and many more member benefits for as little as $60 per year. Read about membership and call us at 413.243.9919 x24 to start experiencing Pillow membership first-hand.

Announcing the Pillow's 2009 Community Class Schedule

This summer the Pillow welcomes esteemed teachers and dancers to its studios to teach the following Morning Jumpstart Classes, beginning at 8am on June 8:
Mondays: Pilates with Sean Gallagher of the NY Pilates Studio
Tuesdays: Ballet with Deirdre Duffin Swindlehurst of Albany Berkshire Ballet and Sharon MacDonald of American Dance Institute and a Jacob's Pillow Alumna
Wednesdays: Modern with Cary Heilman of LiquidBody Dance
Thursdays: Arab-American Tribal Fusion with Donna Mejia, a Smith College Dance Faculty member
All experience levels welcome, ages 16+; $8/class; walk-in and enjoy!

Click the image to the right to download the Community Class brochure (pdf).

Mark your calendar: Join us for Community Day on Sunday, July 26, 10am-1pm for a free day of fun activities and dance. 

Featured Business Alliance Member:  Applegate Inn, West Park Street, Lee, MA
Looking for a charming place to stay when you visit to the Pillow?  Make a reservation at the Applegate Inn, a park-like, 6-acre country estate located just 10 miles from Jacob's Pillow in Lee, MA.  Book an elegant room at this tranquil bed and breakfast where guests are pampered noon and night with candlelight breakfasts, afternoon wine and cheese, and bedtime cognac and chocolates, and where beautiful gardens and a heated swimming pool are part of an idyllic Berkshire getaway. 

A loyal Member since 2007, the Applegate Inn is welcomed as a new Inside/Out sponsor of our Business Alliance this year.

Do You Know the Pillow?
Be the first to correctly answer the following question and win two tickets to Mujeres(Women) on Saturday, June 27 at 2pm. Email your answer to info@jacobspillow.orgwith "eclub trivia answer" in the subject line.
For More Information
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jacob's Pillow Community Classes
Applegate Inn
Jacob's Pillow Box Office 413.243.0745, Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm
Call today, tickets going fast!


Media Contacts:
Neyda Martinez
Monserrat Ltd., 917-656-7846, monserrat536@msn.com, neydamartinez1@hotmail.com 
Sandra Garcia-Betancourt
NoMAA, 646-552-2109, SGBetancourt@nomaanyc.org
Celebrate Upper Manhattan’s Rich Cultural Offerings
Dance, Theater, Music, Art and Theater at the
7th Annual Uptown Arts Stroll 2009
June 5 – 28, 2009
Uptown Arts Stroll 2009
Honors MacArthur Fellow, composer, Miguel Zenón,
and acclaimed jazz artist, Marjorie Eliot
Highlights include:
Mozart Requiem Sing-along, The Merchant of Venice,
3rd Annual Children’s Festival of Russian Culture,
Inwood POP: Portraits and Poetry, Art in the Park, Open Artist Studios,
Metropolitan Soloists Wind Ensemble, and more!
May 28, 2009 (New York, NY) – Uptown Arts Stroll 2009 (www.artstroll.com), a program of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (www.nomaa.org), presents a month-long celebration this June, featuring a rich array of art exhibitions, artist talks, and performances of exceptional artistic quality designed to serve and engage the diverse, multi-ethnic communities of Washington Heights and Inwood. Uptown Arts Stroll invites New Yorkers from all of the boroughs and the surroundings metro area join the fun. 
Arts Stroll 2009 will celebrate its kick-off on Friday, June 5th and will continue with special events through Monday, June 28th, 2009.  Celebrating its 7th year, Arts Stroll was created to promote upper Manhattan’s arts, cultural, and local business scene by attracting neighborhood residents and visitors from New York City and its metro area, to enjoy a month-long celebration of art exhibits and performances north of 155th Street.   To get a complete list of activities and events visit: www.artstroll.com.  (Admission: Varies--Ranges from FREE, donations/contributions, to approximately $15.  Patrons are encouraged to refer to the event page at www.artstroll.com for precise information.)
The Uptown Arts Stroll 2009 serves as a platform for showcasing local painters, musicians and other performing and visual artists who contribute to the dynamic life of Northern Manhattan.  Highlights of this year’s programming will include a day devoted to children’s art, an exhibition of paintings from the local Dominican-American community, the annual Inwood Shakespeare Festival in Inwood Hill Park celebrating its 10th anniversary, and readings and exhibitions at local libraries, among other activities.  Programming spans genres and cultures with special events taking place in indoor and outdoor settings, accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.  
Sandra Garcia-Betancourt, NoMAA’s Director explains, “This year, the Uptown Arts Stroll recognizes local luminaries, Marjorie Eliot and Miguel Zenón. Eliot, a pianist, vocalist and thespian, is widely known for hosting, Parlor Entertainment, a jazz concert series taking place on consecutive Sundays in her Washington Heights home (555 Edgecombe Ave., Apt. 3F). Parlor concerts will take place on Sundays in June (June 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th), 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Miguel Zenón (www.miguelzenon.com), saxophonist and composer, and recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship Award in 2008 will perform at the Hispanic Society (Broadway between 155th & 156th Sts.), Tuesday, June 23rd, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Both artists are proud residents of our local community, Washington Heights.”
Programming Highlights
(Note: Refer to the website, www.artstroll.com, to view a complete schedule of events and to obtain information on various admission charges.) 
Hike the Heights V / Giraffe Path
Sat 6 Jun 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
5 different locations 
Celebrating its fifth year, Hike the Heights V encourages children and their families to explore the parks north of W. 135th Street. For the third year the hike will also include a scavenger hunt with over 100 giraffe sculptures – a reference to the resemblance of the northern tip of Manhattan to a giraffe – created out of paper mâché and decorated by close to 1000 local school children and teens.
To “Hike the Heights,” begin at one of 5 locations at 9:30 am - St. Nicholas Park* (St. Nicholas Ave and W. 135th Street); Jackie Robinson Band shell (W. 148th Street and Bradhurst Ave); Swindler’s Cove* (Dyckman Street and 10th Ave); The RING Garden (Broadway and Riverside Drive); or 110th and Central Park West. (*will have art activities for children before hike). The hike begins at 10:30 am and ends with a community celebration at Highbridge Park, 173rd St. and Amsterdam Ave. until 3:00 pm. Presented in association with CLIMB (City Life is Moving Bodies), CAW (Creative Arts Workshops for Kids) and other community partners.
3rd Annual Children’s Festival of Russian Culture 
Saturday, June 6, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fort Tyron Park
The Russian American Cultural Heritage Center presents the 3rd Annual Children’s Festival of Russian Culture at the Cloister Museum Lawn in Ft. Tryon Park. The Festival features a dozen children’s folk groups, dancers, singers, and musicians all sharing traditional Russian culture. Enjoy Russian food, souvenirs, games, comic characters, interactive arts & crafts, storytelling, and much more.  Info: www.rach-c.org, Tel:  888.762.9031
Perfect 8 Bodega Installation
Friday, June 12, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Last Stop Convenience Store, 4971 Broadway, corner of Isham St.
Art Installation- Magazines in a local bodega will be replaced with the PERFECT 8 publication - bringing together works by artists and writers that engage the public in a dialogue about the negative impacts of objectification and the promotion of empathy in contrast to objectification. Info: www.PerfectEight.com
Art in the Park
Saturday, June 13, 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm. 
Ft. Tryon Park. Take advantage of the warm weather during the Uptown Arts Stroll 2009 at Art in the Park – a day of art, dance, and music, celebrating our creative community and natural resources.  From 1pm-3pm the day begins with Salsa & Merengue dance class with Sita Frederick/Areytos and body percussion/rhythm classes with Max Pollack/Rumba Tap to get you ready to dance the rest of the summer!  Later in the day, check out a variety of community activities in art, music and dance offered from 3pm- 6pm at Margaret Corbin Circle, Linden Terrace, along the path to the Cloisters and down on Broadway. Take a walk around the park and see local artwork, create your own artwork with MoMA Outdoors and neighborhood artists, hear storytelling, see colorful dance, and hear music including Latin jazz and opera!  The day concludes at 6pm with the premier of a site-specific dance piece by Edgar Cortes Dance Theater inspired by The Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries on view at The Cloisters Museum.  Bring a blanket and enjoy the day! Info: (212) 568-4396 • info@nomaanyc.org
Metropolitan Soloists Wind Ensemble
Monday, June 15, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Isham Park
Concert. Mozart, Haydn, Dvorak Isham Park - near the traffic circle at the south end of Park Terrace East (below 215th St.) Rain Location: Holy Trinity Church, 20 Cumming St. between Broadway & Seaman Avenues
June Half Moon: Words and Music for the Planet
Friday, June 19, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Payson Lawn, Payson Ave. and Dyckman St., behind the playground.
Performance. Featuring original songs in English and Spanish by Ruben Gonzalez and original poems and performance pieces about Upper Manhattan by Carlo Baldi. Info: www.rubengonzalez.info
Metropolitan Soloists Wind Ensemble
Jelly Roll Morton, Joplin, and a Salute to M.G.M.
Monday, June 22, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Isham Park is located  near the traffic circle at the south end of Park Terrace East, below 215th St., Rain Location: Holy Trinity Church, 20 Cumming St. between Broadway & Seaman Avenues.
Miguel Zenón at the Hispanic Society
Tuesday, June 23, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Hispanic Society of America
Broadway Avenue between 155th & 156th Streets.
Washington Heights resident Miguel Zenón was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. There, he studied classical saxophone at the famed Escuela Libre de Musica. It was at the Berklee School of Music that his formal jazz training began. Zenón went on to attend Manhattan School of Music and received a Masters in Saxophone Performance.
In 2008 Zenón received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Later that year he was one of 25 distinguished individuals chosen to receive the MacArthur “Genius” Grant. The fellowship is a prestigious addition in Zenón’s fast-rising career fusing jazz with various forms of music from Puerto Rico, like bomba and jibaro. To date, he has four albums of his own and has appeared as a sideman in more than 15 others.
Open Artist Studios
Sunday, June 28, Jun 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Various locations
Local artists open their studios to visitors and provide a closer look at the cultural and art produced in Northern Manhattan.  For a detailed listing of artists and studio locations, see the Open Studios web page at: http://www.artstroll.com/open-studios/.
Press Contacts:
Neyda Martinez, Monserrat Ltd., T: 917 656 7846, Email: monserrat536@msn.com, or neydamartinez1@hotmail.com.
Sandra A. Garcia-Betancourt, Executive Director, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), The Cornerstone Center, 178 Bennett Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10040, Tel: 212 568-4396, Cell: 646/552-2109, Email: SGBetancourt@nomaanyc.org.

Inside the Grant Process: From Application to Panel

Inside the Grant Process: ?From Applications to the Panel

Two session seminar: ?Tuesday, June 23, 6-8:30pm and Tuesday, June 30, 6-8:30pm
Grants provide much needed funding, yet the process can be overwhelming. Join us for a two part workshop on grant seeking, including an inside look at how a grant panel is run and decisions are made. Session one will focus on the nuts and bolts of finding grants and creating a strong application. Session two will walk through the panel process using real life examples from visual arts workshop participants. Come and see what matters when a panel sits down to vote. Please note this workshop is geared towards visual artists.
Location:?New York Foundation for the Arts?20 Jay Street 7th Flr?Brooklyn, NY 11205?Directions available on-line
Price:?$30 - this will cover both sessions. ?Please note this workshop is geared to individual visual artists and participants are expected to come to both sessions.
RSVP: ?To purchase tickets on-line please visit NYFA's events page at events.nyfa.org.
Questions or problems registering:?Contact Christa Blatchford at cblatchford@nyfa.org or call 212 366 6900 x 238


Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, disciple of Pandit Chitresh Das, performs in NYC

Please call to reserve tickets!

Planned attendance for the show is looking good - but the venue does have a max capacity. Please call 212-243-5995 or 212-243-5994 to reserve tickets! Also, please plan to arrive at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 show.



Tap Classes with Lisa La Touche in Times Square

"Come out and make music!"
What: Class
Host: Lisa La Touche
Start Time: Thursday, May 28 at 3:00pm
End Time: Thursday, May 28 at 4:00pm
Where: Roy Arias Studio

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


OPPORTUNITY: Call for Artists/Choreographers

4th Annual Charlotte Dance Festival
Application Deadline for Dancing in the Streets and Dance Charlotte!
June 13, 2009
Application Deadline for CEDA (Charlotte Emerging Dance Awards – Youth Event)
September 16, 2009
Visit www.charlottedancefestival.org for more information and applications.





Lester Horton Dance Awards - Lifetime Achievement in Dance

 Every year the Dance Resource Center selects four members of the Los Angeles Dance Community to receive special awards.
Our fourth honoree has tremendous longevity in her dedication to dance.  She has also contributed greatly to the success of others.

ARLENE KENNEDY is an icon in the Tap Community.  She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Universal Dance Designs and the world famous Kennedy Tap Company. This company has produced more professional and Broadway Tap dancers than any other school in Los Angeles, including performers who have appeared with the world famous Rockettes and, in the shows Black and Blue; 42nd Street; Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk; and Las Vegas Storms.  Under Ms. Kennedy's direction, her students have had the honors of dancing with and for Savion Glover in the Cannes Film Festival in Paris, France; Gregory Hines, Ben Vereen, the former Mayor of Los Angeles Richard Riordan, the 45th Celebration of love for Michael Jackso n, Melba Moore, Miriam Nelson, Fayard and Harold Nicholas, the Choreographers Award Ceremony, the Steve Harvey Show, the Hollywood Beautification Project, the NAACP Theatre Awards, the Professional Dance Society, and the Opening of the Annual Holiday Show at the Dorothy Chandlier Pavilion.

Ms. Kennedy began dancing at the age of three and studied at the Academy of Theatrical Arts in Washington, D.C. under the direction of Whilamae Freeman, and later under the direct supervision of her mother, Mildred Kennedy Bradic who founded the Kennedy Dance School.  She subsequently began to expand her training all over Europe under the direction of Paul Stephan in Italy.She has performed nationally and internationally with Teddy Powell Productions for such artists as Jackie Wilson & The Temptations, was a featured performer in the opening number of the Jerry Lewis Telethon sharing the stage with legendaries Arthur Duncan, Skip Cunningham, Dr. Fayard Nicholas and, with the Bob Curtis Company of Italy.  Furthermore,Ms. Kennedyhas had the opportunity to teach and choreograph in Boston, Washington D.C., Rhode Island, and Los Angeles, where she is currently on the faculty of Debbie Allen Dance Academy and the L.A. Tap Festival.  She is also the recipient of the "Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award" and serves as an Advisory Boardmember of the Professional Dance Society.  

The 18th Annual
Lester Horton Dance Awards
"The Horton Effect"
         Dance for Change 

Sunday, May 31, 2009
Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main Street
         Santa Monica, CA  90042

Tickets are on sale NOW!

DRC Members: $15
Non-Members: $20
  Cash Only at the Door
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OPPORTUNITY: VH1's Casting for " I Want To Work For Diddy 2" 
Type: Casting Call
Casting Category: - Other
Submission Type: Self Submit
Information for submitting:
VH1 and Sean P. Diddy Combs are now accepting resumes for potential candidates to compete for the position of P.Diddy's Personal Assistant on the reality TV show, “I WANT TO WORK FOR DIDDY 2.

Diddy will once again hold a nationwide search for an Assistant with the mental and physical stamina it takes to work for one of the world's most high profile CEOs.

A batch of new hopefuls will once again be put through the rigors of what it takes to win one of the toughest, but most rewarding jobs in “the business.

Whether you call him P.Diddy, Puffy or Sean Combs¦Now is your chance to call this legend of hip-hop.
If you think you have what it takes to be P.Diddy's Assistant, then we want to hear from you.

Applicants must be 21 or older by June 2009. Must have a WHATEVER IT TAKES†attitude. You'll need a big personality to stand out amongst the other candidates. You must be available and on-call 24/7. You must be able to cater to the BAD BOY Chairman of the Board, P.Diddy. Characters welcome.

In order to submit yourself as a potential cast member please go to www.workforpdiddy.com . Or, you can submit a cover letter, resume, and two current pictures tochicago@workforpdiddy.com .