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Jun 26, 2009

-Philly TAP Challenge "ON FIRE!"
-Sue Samuels: Saturday Class - New Time
-JASON SAMUELS SMITH and A.C.G.I. At Jacob's Pillow Dance
-Novos Videos featuring Christiane Matallo
-Tap City 2009
-18th Annual St. Louis Tap Festival
-CHRP Rhythm World 2009
-LA Tap Festival 2009
-Tap Into A Cure 2009
- Creations: Choreographic Introductions
-Mujeres" Opens Tonight
Tap Jam at Skipper's!
-Fellowship Announcement
-The Washington Post presents Tamika Jones Live @ Carter Barron :: Fertile Ground, Wayna & Deborah Bond
-Don't miss the next Jazz Tap Brunch
-OPPORTUNITY: Bi-Annual Auditions - CPD PLUS
-OPPORTUNITY: Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory 2009 Auditions


-Jessie Sawyers with pianist Tim Kennedy and drummer Claudio Rochat-Felix
Featuring Special Guest tap dancer Mark Mendonca
-London Tap Jam
-Roxane Butterfly's Worldbeats' upcoming concerts
Philly TAP Challenge "ON FIRE!"

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 atwww.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.


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!


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


Novos Videos featuring Christiane Matallo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaQMsXqtNiA (Derico sapateando com Chris)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zPr0I_iivs  (Maracangalha)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSx5IHW2BCk (Estamos aí)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7izxhkZdEg (Cotovelo)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq2VKgxlen4 (Sambaki)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22SnENhw-Nc  (BAMBA C HENRIQUE)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJplMcEDW9g  (COTOVELO C JEFF RAMALHO)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFLnH-C5AMU  (SAMBAKI C JEFF RAMALHO)



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 athttp://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.


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, visitchicagotap.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 changed 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!


Sunday, June 28th, 2pm – 3:30pm

Studio 2, Club Level 6

Members: $25
non-members: $35-

Please contact Anne-Sophie Rodriguez, Group Exercise
Coordinator, at asrodriguez@reeboksportsclubny.com
or 212.501.1419 for more information and to register.


Creations: Choreographic Introductions

Event: Creations: Choreographic Introductions
      "If you like tap dancing, come see this show!"
What: Performance
Host: David Rider
Start Time: Saturday, June 27 at 3:00pm
End Time: Saturday, June 27 at 9:00pm
Where: John Birks Gillespie Theater @ the NYC Baha'i Unity Center

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



As of Friday, June 26, 2009, please forward all correspondence to:
590 Bloomfield Avenue
Suite 383
Bloomfield, NJ 07003 


Mujeres" Opens Tonight

Mujeres Opening Wednesday This Week- Call NOW for tickets!

At the Pillow for just one week, Mujeres(Women) lights up the stage with an exclusive program straight from the heart of Spain. Directed by the late Mario Maya, considered one of the greatest flamenco masters of all time, Mujeres features the astonishing Belén Maya and 24-year old dance prodigy Rocío Molina (pictured in the header above) in a night of traditional flamenco brought to the modern age that The Miami Herald calls a "ferocious and deeply satisfying evening of flamenco dancing."

Don't miss your opportunity to see these two incredible dancers and be part of the opening week excitement. If you're a Berkshires resident, ask about your Berkshires Bonus. Call the box office now:413.243.0745.


Calling all alt-rock fans!
A new way to experience the music of Radiohead.

Check out the Jacob's Pillow website for a new video trailer of Radio and Juliet (http://www.jacobspillow.org/festival/2009/07/radio-and-juliet-1/), a modern take on Shakespeare's classic tale set to the music of Grammy-winning band Radiohead. Edward Clug, Artistic Director and choreographer of Ballet Maribor, has fused razor-sharp, intricate balletic movement with the music of Radiohead to give the story new relevance and meaning for modern audiences.
Critics lavishly praise the show: "Radio and Juliet has an abundance of fine dance and deserves to be more widely seen" (Dance Europe); "[Radio and Juliet is] white hot in a way Shakespeare could never have imagined" (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). This is Ballet Maribor's only U.S. engagement for the year, so you don't want to miss your only opportunity to see this ground-breaking show. Visit our website for more information and to order tickets, or call the box office at 413.243.0745.


Attention Young Audience Members! Under 35 for $35 -- July 4th Weekend

This July 4th weekend, the Pillow is offering audience members under 35 years old $35 tickets to Radio and Juliet. Part of our initiative to help younger audiences experience dance, this offer is available for any Friday, Saturday, or Sunday performance and tickets are going fast. Tell a friend and call the box office to take advantage of this great ticket offer: 413.243.0745


Tap Jam at Skipper's!

Join us for a tap jam with LIVE music!
All tap dancers and musicians welcome.
No cover charge!

**Attention all NY Tap Dancers: There is a train from NY Penn Station to the Newark train station, which is very close to the bar. It's a VERY short and inexpensive ride!

Hope to see you all there,
Your support is greatly appreciated!

Thursday, July 30, 2009
8:00pm - 11:55pm
304 University Ave
Newark, NJ



Contact:          Marcea T. Daiter
Wadleigh Secondary School for
The Performing and Visual Arts
Photo Credit: Vincent Frye< /FONT>
Marcea T. D aiter Wins Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship for Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Surdna Foundation Awards $115,500 to High School Arts Teachers in National Competition
New York City, New York, June 17, 2009-Local arts discipline teacher Marcea T. Daiter has been selected to receive a $5,500 Fellowship from the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship Program. Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where Ms. Daiter has taught for 3 years, also has been awarded a complementary grant of $1,500 to support post-fellowship activities in the school.
The Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship Program (SATF), a venture of the Surdna Foundation’s Arts Program, recently announced Fellowship recipients for the ninth20round of its national awards.  Twenty-one outstanding arts teachers, representing 17 specialized public arts high schools and arts-focused magnet and charter high schools from around the country, were selected from an ini tial pool of 90 applicants.  The teachers excel in a broad spectrum of visual, performing and literary arts.
Award recipients were evaluated by a peer review panel based on demonstrated excellence both as artist and teachers.  All permanently assigned, full-and part–time arts faculty in eligible arts high schools were eligible to submit applications.
Ms. Daiter plans to use the money to reconstruct Batonis, an 18th century martial art dance of French/African origins, through research, interviews, field work, and classes in Haiti.
“I am honored and delighted to have been awarded this Fellowship.  It will help me continue to inspire arts students in Harlem where I am employed as a Licensed Full-time New York City Dance Educator for the Department of Education at Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts.”
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“We’re thrilled to be able to offer these Fellowships to teachers of the arts.  By focusing on their own creative work and interacting with professional artists and colleagues, these teachers are exposed to new ideas and practices that they can carry back to the classroom. After nine rounds of Fellowships-and over 80 Fellows-we’ve witnessed the transformative effect of the Fellowship experience on both the individuals and the schools,” said Ellen B. Rudolph, Program Director for Arts, Surdna Foundation. 
About the Surdna Foundation
The Surdna Foundation, a national family foundation established in 1917, helps support organizations in five program a reas: Environment, Community Revitalization, Effective Citizenry, the Nonprofit Sector, and Arts.  Additional information can be found on the Foundation’s website at: www.surdna.org.
The Surdna F oundation’s Arts program aims, in various ways, to strengthen the artistic abilities of teens.  The goal of the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship Program is to support the artistic revitalization of their arts teachers.  Surdna’s goal is to help them increase their effectiveness as they guide and train young people for careers or advanced study.
For the next round of Fellowships, Letters of Intent to Apply are due by November 13, 2009.  For application information, go to:www.surdna.org/artsteachersfellowship
The Washington Post presents Tamika Jones Live @ Carter Barron :: Fertile Ground, Wayna & Deborah Bond 

Friday, July 10, 2009 from 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM (ET) 

The Carter Barron Ampitheater
Washington, DC 20008 

                         JAZZ TAP BRUNCH


SUNDAY, JULY 12, 12:30PM-3:30PM

105 W. 13TH ST (BET 6TH & 7TH)

No Cover     Great food! Brunch menu from $9.50 to $16.50    


Subway: 1,2,3 to 14th Street  F,V,L  PATH

Bi-Annual Auditions

Event: Bi-Annual Auditions
What: Audition
Host: Andrew J. Nemr and CPD PLUS (Cats Paying Dues)
Start Time: Sunday, July 12 at 12:00pm
End Time: Sunday, July 12 at 5:00pm
Where: Chelsea Studios

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



Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory 2009 Auditions

Event: Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory 2009 Auditions
      ""Sine Qua Non""
What: Audition
Host: The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory
Start Time: Saturday, July 25 at 10:00am
End Time: Saturday, July 25 at 1:00pm
Where: The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory (Midtown Campus)

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



Hi Everyone!

Just spreading the word that I am performing my first solo evening of tap dancing next month in Seattle at Egan's Ballard Jam House! This is huge because if I can fill the house, it will hopefully mean I'll be able to get tap dancing into the local clubs around here as a regular thing! If you're in the Seattle area around this time, I'd love to see you there! For more info, check out www.myspace.com/jessiesawyers.


Jessie Sawyers with pianist Tim Kennedy and drummer Claudio Rochat-Felix
Featuring Special Guest tap dancer Mark Mendonca

Date: Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
Time: 9 -10:30pm
Location: Egan's Ballard Jam House (www.ballardjamhouse.com)
Cover: $7

London Tap Jam

Event: London Tap Jam
      "Come and watch or come and play!"
What: Jam Session
Host: London Tap Jam
Start Time: Sunday, June 28 at 8:00pm
End Time: Sunday, June 28 at 10:30pm
Where: Upstairs Bar at Ronnie Scott's

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


Roxane Butterfly's Worldbeats' upcoming concerts

- July 1st: Meet the Artist/ Centro Maxime d'Harroche (Barcelona, Spain)
- July 4th: Mood-Danza @ 18th Festival Musicale del Mediterraneo (Genova, Italy) 
- July 16th: Screening of Hoofalogies and Jam with Central Art Process´s artists @ NIUBCN (Barcelona, Spain)
- July 17th: Mood-Danza @ Ateneu 9 Barris (Barcelona, Spain)
- July 18th: Master-class on Jimmy Slyde @ Tap On Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)

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