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Jun 11, 2009


-The 11th Annual North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival
-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

-BOLERO NYC at The JOYCE Theater
-Shim Sham" on Monday, June 22 at 8:00pm.
-Andrew J. Nemr and CPD PLUS (Cats Paying Dues)
-The 11th Annual North Carolina Rhyhtm Tap Festival
-The Ailey Experience TEACHER Workshop
-Healing the Dancer Seminar
-Salute to the 2009 Presidential Scholars
-Summer Workshops Announced
-The Chalks in June
-Arias Dance NYC – free classes!
-Merce Cunningham to Receive Award at Jacob's Pillow Opening Gala

-M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Inc. Events
-CHRP Summer Events

-Monday Night Tap Experience
-In Da Beginning: A Musical Journey From Existence to Life

-Tap Dance in France : Rennes TAP Intensive 2009 !!!
-Spectacle de La Cour des Riffs-Cie TAPAGE
-International Physical Theatre Laboratory



The 11th Annual North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival
June 12-14, 2009

sponsored by the
North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble

Guest Artists:
Chloe Arnold
Brenda Bufalino
Michelle Dorrance
Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
Yvette Glover
Josh Hilberman
Gene Medler

Location: The Ballet School
1603 E. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (919-942-1339)

Contact: Gene Medler (919-967-9624)

To download festival brochure, please visit:


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


***Discounted Hotel Rate Expires June 19th!

"The 2009 St. Louis Tap Festival will be hosted again at the beautiful Clayton Sheraton Plaza Hotel. The heavily discounted host hotel rate expires June 19th. Reservations made after the 19th will be at standard rates. You can make reservations online at http://www.facebook.com/l/;http://www.tapheritage.org/hotel.html
See you in St. Louis!"

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!



Event: BOLERO NYC at The JOYCE Theater
""GO" - The New York Times "
What: Performance
Start Time: Tuesday, June 23 at 7:30pm
End Time: Saturday, June 27 at 10:00pm
Where: The Joyce Theater

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


Shim Sham" on Monday, June 22 at 8:00pm.

Event: Shim Sham
"Hosted by Harold Cromer"
What: Jam Session
Host: The Kitchen
Start Time: Monday, June 22 at 8:00pm
End Time: Monday, June 22 at 10:00pm
Where: The Kitchen

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


Andrew J. Nemr and CPD PLUS (Cats Paying Dues)

CPD PLUS and I will be featured performers as part of Bushwick Open Studios High Society Cabaret this Saturday at 8pm......


$5 suggested donation......

The show also features the Xylopholks, and a special surprise by the Rabbit Hole.

Additional performances by Natalie Agee, Brynne Billingsley, Jessica Finn, Michael Freeman, and Angus Ruth. Live art by 0H10M1ke and Abby Weg.


The 11th Annual North Carolina Rhyhtm Tap Festival

June 12-14, 2009

sponsored by the
North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble

Guest Artists:
Chloe Arnold
Brenda Bufalino
Michelle Dorrance
Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
Yvette Glover
Josh Hilberman
Gene Medler

Location: The Ballet School
1603 E. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (919-942-1339)

Contact: Gene Medler (919-967-9624)

To download festival brochure, please visit:


The Ailey Experience TEACHER Workshop:

Leap 'N Learn Workshop?Friday, June 26, 2009??Enhance your teaching ability to teach young dancers ages 3 – 6 years in 8 hours with Leap ‘N Learn, a comprehensive early childhood method lead by its creators Beverly Spell and Annie Spell Ph.D. Develop a better understanding of each stage of a child’s physical, emotional and cognitive development and how it relates to dance and the classroom environment.

Workshop cost: $195

Ailey souvenirs
Catered lunches, snacks and beverages
Ailey Boutique and Leap 'N Learn discounts
Hotel and Broadway Show discounts (Billy Elliott & ABT)



Healing the Dancer Seminar

The Third Annual Healing the Dancer Seminar
June 8, 2009
10 am - 1 pm
The New 42nd Street Studios
229 West 42nd Street, New York, NY

Hosted by:
Bebe Neuwirth
Founder of The Dancers’ Resource of The Actors Fund
And featuring key-note speaker:?Virginia Johnson?Newly appointed Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem
Presenters?Sandra Foschi, Physical Therapist, Nutritionist?Bradley Jones, Psy. D., LCSW, Psychotherapist, former dancer
Guest speakers will offer insight and discussion on dancer physical and emotional wellness. Obtain information and resources for accessing health insurance and health care, financial wellness, and support from community agencies/organizations. This seminar is FREE and open to professional dancers and those who serve them. ??Contact Alice Vienneau, 212.221.7301 ext. 261 or avienneau@actorsfund.org for more information.


Salute to the 2009 Presidential Scholars

Event: Salute to the 2009 Presidential Scholars
"All of the sickest performing artists in voice, dance, acting, cinematography, jazz and classical music who are graduating high school, I am one of them including other amazing performers."
What: Performance
Host: Eisenhower Theatre in the Kennedy Center

Start Time: Monday, June 22 at 8:00pm
End Time: Monday, June 22 at 10:15pm
Where: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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


Summer workshops announced

-Summer Workshops for adults with Bill and Livia Vanaver-
This summer spend a week (or two or three) with Bill and Livia Vanaver learning and sharing the music and dance they have collected over the past 38 years! We'd love to have you join us!
Join Bill and Livia for Traditional Week at the Common Ground on the Hill, an annual festival at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, first held in 1994. Common Ground brings together musicians, artists and craftsmen from many different cultures for the celebration, also offering a number of classes and workshops.


A Celebration of World Dance & Music with Livia and Bill at Omega Insitute?JULY 12-17, 2009

As we learn traditional dances and songs from around the world, we uncover deeply embedded movements and messages from the past in the present moment within our own bodies and voices, and experience the universal presence of joy in all festive traditions.??This workshop offers a fun opportunity to explore a diverse repertoire of world dance and music, including line dances and songs of Greece, harmonies of Bulgaria, polyrhythms of the Georgia Sea Islands, the Chinese Ribbon Dance, the Indian Stick Dance, the South African Boot Dance, and Middle Eastern songs, dances, and drumming. From percussive to lyrical, flowing dances and music, we receive inspiration for our own dance as an affirmation of life itself.??Dancers, musicians, and teachers gain information to integrate into their performances and teaching.
Please register in advance. No dance or music experience required.



The Chalks in June

After 236 cities, 289 venues, and 1 spontaneous roadside show
we’re back in NYC!

THE CHALKS – Makin’ Do & Getting’ By World Tour
Thursday, June 18th
9:30 pm
Laurie Beechman Theatre / Westbank Café http://www.westbankcafe.com
407 w. 42nd Street / just west of 9th Ave.
$10 cover / $15 food & beverage minimum
reservations strongly recommended: 212.695.6909

Your best bet for celebrating a birthday / graduation / divorce. See you at the show!



I'm happy to announce that this week Roy Arias Dance studio will be featuring my class this week for students to take FOR FREE!!!! I would LOVE to have you all come join in the fun. Please help in trying to get spread the class awareness and get everyone pumped for the summer. Please spread the word and I hope to see you there!

And of course, if this week doesn't work, reminder that this is an ongoing class and is other wise $12 any other week. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Roy Arias Studios
300 W. 43rd St

FYI: Please note as well that every Monday you can see me perform live at the Cotton Club with Dormeshia Sumbrey-Edwards and Omar Edwards as part of the Sophisticated Ladies. 9pm Every Monday night in Harlem! 656 W. 125th St


Arias Dance NYC – free classes!!

Free Ballet Class
with Shayne Dukevitch
June 15, 2009
4:300-6:00 PM
Level Int/Adv


Free Dance Improv Class
with Shelley Masenoir
June 11, 2009
Level Open


Merce Cunningham to Receive Award at Jacob's Pillow Opening Gala

Jacob's Pillow Season Opening Gala
to Support Young Artists

Saturday, June 20
6:00 pm

Tickets Still Available

The Season Opening Gala supports the exceptional artistic and educational programs of Jacob's Pillow. During the evening you'll have a chance to support scholarships for talented students to attend the renowned School at Jacob's Pillow.

It's a notoriously great party - join us!

The evening includes:

Gala Performance ~ 6:30 pm
in the Ted Shawn Theatre featuring

Jason Samuels Smith
Gallim Dance
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
World Premiere Ballet by Viktor Plotnikov for ballet dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow
Rare Footage from the Pillow Archives
Presentation of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Award to Merce Cunningham
Silent Auction featuring dance collectibles and one-of-a-kind experiences ?
A Delectable Dinner on The Great Lawn ~ 8:00 pm
Dancing to Unity, one of Boston's hottest party bands

Tickets starting at $350
Festive Dress
To order tickets or for more information call 413.243.9919 x24


M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Inc. Events



Join us for entertainment at the James R. Thompson Center, as we celebrate The Salvation Army's 71st Annual Chicagoland Donut Day. This is your chance to make a difference and TAKE A BITE OUT OF HUNGER! We'll have celebrity friends, music, and more.

Date: Friday, June 5th
Time: 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Location: James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL 60601

Donations on both days can be given to the Donut Day taggers throughout Chicagoland.


CHRP Summer Events

Independence Day in Millennium Park
July 4 at 1:30pm


Chicago Dancing Festival
August 22 at 7:30pm


Rhythm World
at Millennium Park
August 2 at 6:30pm


JUBA! at the MCA
August 6 and 8, 7:30pm


June 1st - Maddie Schwartz
June 8th - Nicole Forde
June 15th - Sarah Reich
June 22nd - Sebastian Chung
June 29th - Annisa Irving
When: All classes will be held from 7:00-8:15PM. The tap jam is open to all tap dancers from 8:30-9:30PM
Where: LA Hoofer's House (4271 Madison Ave - Culver City, CA)
Cost: The class AND jam is ONLY $5
More Info: Contact Sarah Reich at sourtaps@yahoo.com

In Da Beginning: A Musical Journey From Existence to Life

Event: In Da Beginning: A Musical Journey From Existence to Life
"One Night Only!!"
What: Performance
Host: Art in Motion (AIM) dance company
Start Time: Saturday, June 27 at 6:30pm
End Time: Saturday, June 27 at 9:30pm
Where: USC Bovard Auditorium

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We are pleased to share with you the link to your interview with Better.tv! This interview also aired on television stations across the country, reaching more than 10 percent of American households!

To view the video, please visit: http://www.better.tv/videos/m/22403525/dancing-through-life.htm


Tap Dance in France : Rennes TAP Intensive 2009 !!!
Here is the Rennes TAP Intensive 2009 !!!!
fromJuly 6 to 11 included
with the great teachers :
Josh Hilberman (Boston)
Leela Petronio (Paris)
Kurt Albert (Heidelberg)
Intensive workshops with live musicians
Tap sessions (impro, démos, archives…)
Body Music
African Percussions
All the information in the attachment !!!
+33 2 99 92 03 82 / info@tapbreizh.net


Spectacle de La Cour des Riffs-Cie TAPAGE

Event: Spectacle de La Cour des Riffs-Cie TAPAGE
"Jacques a dit...."
What: Performance
Host: La Cour des Riffs-Cie TAPAGE
Start Time: Monday, June 15 at 9:00pm
End Time: Monday, June 15 at 11:00pm
Where: Pandora

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International Physical Theatre Laboratory


Date & Time: 2009-07-01 5:00 PM

International Physical Theatre Laboratory
under the guidance of the Russian director and teacher Sergei Ostrenko

intensive practical training, lectures, discussions, performances

July 1-12, 2009
Bovec, Slovenia

Participants: actors of physical, dramatic, dance and musical theatres, circus performers, dancers, choreographers, directors.

The event will take place in the beautiful resort town in Slovenian Alps. Hotel accommodation and meals are organized for the group.

To apply for participation, candidates should send a cover letter and CV with photo.

Programme, registration, contact details: