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Jul 2, 2009


-Tap City 2009
-Sue Samuels: Saturday Class - New Time
- Backstage.com Preservation Call: Jazz Dance
-Study with Tap Sensation Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
-Jason Samuels Smith and A.C.G.I. At Jacob's Pillow Dance
-Preview Documentary of Pandit Das & Jason Samuels Smith
-Novos Videos featuring Christiane Matallo
-18th Annual St. Louis Tap Festival
-CHRP Rhythm World 2009
-LA Tap Festival 2009
-Tap Into A Cure 2009

-Proud To Announce: Jersey Tap Fest!
-'TAP'PY HOUR on Thursdays
-Dance Teacher Summit UPDATE
-Help Ailey Reach Its Fundraising Goals!
-New Studio that rents to tap dancers!!!
-Ofer Ben - Executive Director - JTC Updates
-Trish Contest Winners Announced for Monsters Orlando Tour Finale - July 17-19, 2009
-Opportunity:CPD PLUS Auditions

-See World-Wide News Updates & Events

-See World-Wide News Updates & Events

-DanceMedia.com June Contest Winners Announced. Post Now For July!
-SBB teaching at Studio Harmonic
-Dance for a Cure - 22 August 2009
-The Dance Community Mourns the Passing of Pina Bausch
-Jazzonia & the Harlem Diaspora




July 6 - 11

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

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!



The Main Event!
Friday, July 10th 8:00 PM

Peter Norton

Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
2537 Broadway at 95th Street

Once again, the Mayor of Tap City Tony Waag brings together an eclectic cast of legendary tap dance veterans, cutting edge soloists, contemporary ensembles, and the hottest new hoofers on the scene today, in honor of America’s most virtuosic and entertaining art form. Tap City creates a rich and diverse kaleidoscope of tap artists and a unique variety of styles, rhythms and musical feet including a premiere performance by the “New” Tap Dance Orchestra with a reconstructed work by the legendary dancer and choreographer Brenda Bufalino.
New work, new faces and new voices will also be premiered and performed by an international cast of tappers that include Chloe Arnold, Michelle Dorrance, Barbara Duffy and Company, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Derick K. Grant, Nicole Harris, Sean Jackson, Chikako Iwahori, Jamaal Kendall, Kazu Kumagai, Carson Murphy, Claudia Rahardjanato, Sarah Reich, Lynn Schwab, Chris Scott, Jason Samuels Smith, Jimmy Sutherland, the Tap City Youth Ensemble, Tony Waag, Joseph Webb, Baakari Wilder and others. Please join in the fun as we celebrate our ninth year!

General $35
Children 17 & under/Symph. Member/College Student/Senior: $18
Box Office: 212.864.5400
Hours: Tues - Sun from 12 noon until 6pm. (Box office windows remain open on the night of a show until one half hour after curtain)
Or visit: www.symphonyspace.org



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


Preservation Call: Jazz Dance
A new company tends to traditions.
By Lisa Jo Sagolla
JULY 2, 2009

Calling all jazz dancers! Old-school jazz, that is—and your age doesn't matter. New York–based jazz dance teacher Sue Samuels is forming a new dance company, Jazz Roots, featuring choreography in traditional jazz styles from the 1960s and '70s. It will encompass both a professional troupe of young dancers and another group of performers over age 50.

"The mission of Jazz Roots is to keep the traditional forms of jazz dance alive," says Samuels, who teaches at Manhattan's Broadway Dance Center and the Ailey School. "In tap, they honor their traditions. In ballet, tradition is undeniably important. And in modern, even while they're moving forward, they still do Graham choreography and Horton technique and keep the work of all the traditional moderns alive. But jazz does not do this. A lot of my young students know nothing about the history of jazz dance, how it evolved, where it came from."

Samuels feels there's too much sameness in jazz dance today. "You can't even identify the choreographer of most jazz dances that you see," she says. "It's all turned into a kind of bending, twisting, acrobatic kind of a thing, which is not to say there's anything wrong with that. But the individual voices of the choreographers are no longer distinctive like they were in the older jazz styles. You used to be able to recognize right away if dancers were doing Jo Jo Smith's style, or Phil Black's, or Chuck Kelley's, or Frank Hatchett's. Jazz has many facets: It's lyrical, it's Latin, it's theatrical, it's funky. But today it's all gotten separated. If you want lyrical, you have to take a contemporary class. If you want Latin, you have to go somewhere else and take Latin dance. If you want something theatrical, you'll go to a theater-dance class. In the old days, it was all part of jazz dancing."

The younger Jazz Roots company will perform work representing all facets of traditional jazz dance, but Samuels is committed to employing older dancers as well. "It's true that with age the body becomes limited in its movement," she says, "but the spirit is never limited. I know so many older dancers who are still dancing with a lot of energy and finesse and have a lot to offer. They know when to step out and when to relax, much more so than younger dancers, who are always performing full out. They have a lot of passion, and I think there's still a place for them on the stage."

A Family Business

Born in Miami, where she received solid training in classical ballet, Samuels moved to New York after graduating from high school and studied jazz with Jo Jo Smith, whom she later married. Continuing a family tradition—her mother was a hoofer and danced with Katherine Dunham's company—the couple had two "dancer" children: Their son is the distinguished tapper Jason Samuels Smith, and their daughter is producer Elka Samuels Smith, who also manages celebrity dancers, including Mr. Wiggles and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards.

Samuels performed as a backup dancer for the Fifth Dimension; as the lead dancer in Smith's international touring company, Jo Jo's Dance Factory; and in the Broadway musicals Promises, Promises and Got Tu Go Disco. When she and Smith divorced and she was left to support the children on her own, she retired from performing and began teaching.

Ironically, Samuels admits, the sameness she observes in jazz dance today may be rooted in her own actions. By the late 1970s, real estate was so expensive in midtown Manhattan that many jazz dance teachers could no longer afford to maintain their own studios. "Before that, each teacher taught at his own place," she explains. "There were no mega-studios with lots of teachers together under one roof. Jo Jo had one of the biggest places back then. It was at 1717 Broadway and had four studios in it. One day I saw Frank Hatchett walking down the street, and his face was hanging down to the ground. When I asked him what was wrong, he told me that his studio space had closed down. Now remember, there was a lot of competition back then among the different teachers, as it was a rather egotistical business. But I went upstairs and spoke to Jo Jo. I appealed to his heart, and his sense of business, and convinced him to rent some of our space to Frank."

Teachers of different dance forms soon joined the faculty, and Smith's business grew enormously. Ultimately it was bought out by Richard Ellner, who developed it into what became Broadway Dance Center. "What it did was allow teachers to watch one another's classes, maybe borrow a step here and there, and to share more," Samuels says. "It was wonderful in terms of building a sense of community, but it did make the styles start to mesh, and I'm wondering if that wasn't the beginning of all of this sameness."

For more information about Samuels' classes or her company auditions, scheduled for this fall, contact her directly at Susamjaz@aol.com.

View the article online at: http://www.backstage.com/bso/advice-dance-movement/preservation-call-jazz-dance-1003990409.story



(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


A documentary on Pandit Das' award-winning collaboration with Tap phenomenon Jason Samuels Smith is currently in production and will air nationally on PBS.



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)


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!



Proud To Announce the Jersey Tap Fest!

I could not be more ecstatic to share with you and announce the first ever New Jersey tap dance festival! Kicking off in 2010, Jersey Tap Fest will be an annually fantastic New Jersey tap dance event that will educate and serve diverse students with great passion for tap dance.

Founded by Hillary-Marie, Jersey Tap Fest provides repertoire classes to celebrate today’s young, emerging tap dance artists and master classes to celebrate the tap masters and allow them to train the artists who are the future face of the tap dance community. We are committed to tap dance by being dedicated to its advancement for the purposes of promoting and preserving its traditions, history and musicality as an American Art form. Jersey Tap Fest provides non-competitive opportunities of self-advancement and networking for the basic tapper, tap teacher, tap enthusiast, pre-professional and professional artist and tap master. This stimulating, demanding and rigorous program will serve diverse students with great passion for tap dance in the tri-state area, allowing them to improve their technical abilities and increase their overall knowledge of the art form. All participants will be awarded opportunities of performance to give them valuable experience in which they can reflect on. Over all, Jersey Tap Fest is focused on serving tap dance, teaching its history, preserving its percussive traditions and promoting it for what it is, a cherished American art form.

Please spread the word and visit www.JerseyTapFest.com for a schedule of events, faculty listing and more information on this exciting tap dance event.

Interested in supporting Jersey Tap Fest? Please contact Hillary-Marie regarding contributions that will encourage, inspire and provide scholarships for young, eager tap students while furthering the American art form of tap dance. Your support for the tap dance community is greatly appreciated!

Tappingly Yours,

Founder and Director of Jersey Tap Fest

'cause it's so much fun to tap dance in a bar!

Looking for something fun and different for a Thursday night? Enjoying happy hour is one option, but what if you could do a little tap dancin’, too?
You can at ‘Tap’py Hour!

Come to Undertoe Dance Project's recreational adult tap class.

The 2nd Thursday of every month
7 – 8 pm
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 East 7th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Ave)
$15 at the door – includes your first drink.

2009 Schedule
July 9
August 13
September 10
October 8
November 12
December 10

No previous tap training? Don’t have tap shoes? NO PROBLEM! Just bring yourself, your friends and your party spirit. We are happy to have you if this is your first time tap dancing or if you did it as a kid and want to get back into it. We hope this casual & alcohol friendly setting will get you off your tush and onto your toes. All tap classes taught by members of Undertoe Dance Project.


Dance Teacher Summit UPDATE

July 27-29 – Hilton NYC

Back at the Hilton New York!

The Dance Teacher Summit features more than 60 classes and seminars designed just for teachers. This three day event will be packed with things to do, morning noon and night. Dance classes, business seminars, meeting the exhibitors, the cocktail party, fashion show, Capezio A.C.E. Award Competition and MORE!

If you have any questions please call us at 212-767-0744 or just register @ http://danceteachersummit.com/register.aspx


Help Ailey Reach Its Fundraising Goals!

Yes, I Want to Make a Special Year-End Contribution!

Go to: https://www.alvinailey.org/page.php?p=cntr&v=36&t=frm1&sec=membership


New Studio

Hi Everyone,

I just found out about a new studio that just opened and they rent to tap dancers! (haven't actually been there yet, but called)

Flamenco-Vivo Carlota Santana Studio
4 West 43rd, bet 5th & 6th

They have a sprung wood floor and a boom box.

Rates for the summer are:
Peak: M-F, 5PM-10PM and Sat. & Sun. all day, $20 per hour
Off Peak, M-F before 5PM, $10 per hour

“Flamenco Vivo has officially opened its first dance studio. The studio is available for rent immediately and boasts a width of 38’ wide by 16’ deep with 12’ ceilings, brand new sprung wood floors and mirrors. Centrally located in Midtown Manhattan the space has easy access to all subway, LIRR and Metro-North train lines and is located at 4 West 43rd Street, Suite 801 (between 5th & 6th Avenues).
For the months of July and August we are offering NYSCA comparable rates ($10/hr) for rehearsals on Monday – Friday from 7am-6pm and $20/hr at all other time periods.
Please contact our studio manager if you are interested in reserving space at 212-736-449 and fvcsinfo@flamenco-vivo.org.
We look forward to working with you soon!”



Sean invited you to "SUMMER TAP CLASSES WITH SEAN FIELDER" on Saturday, July 11 at 12:00pm.


ADULTS - 1 P.M. - 2 ".

"TAP, master class, SEAN FIELDER, Boston tap company"
What: Workshop
Host: Boston Tap Company
Start Time: Saturday, July 11 at 12:00pm
End Time: Monday, August 31 at 2:00pm
Where: Riverside Theatre

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


Ofer Ben - Executive Director - JTC Updates

Avi Miller & Ofer Ben - The Israeli Hoofers will participate in the following events during the 2009 summer season. The Miller & Ben Tap Shoes will be sold in all of those events as well.

• Ongoing Broadway Dance Center – New York City:
Every Friday (Basic + Beg.) & Saturday (Beg. + Adv. Beg)
(Schedule permitting)

• July 7-8 Ticket To Broadway – Swiftwater PA
Tap Master Classes 1-908-730-0364

• July 9 Mar-Le-Nie' Dance Studio, Chambersburg, PA
Master Classes 1-717-262-8463

• July 27-29 Broadway Dance Center’s Teachers Workshop - New York City

• Jul 27-Aug 1 The 18th St. Louis tap Festival
1-314-531-TAPS (8277)

• August 3-6 Dance Life Teachers Conference - Orlando Florida

• August 8 DancEtc. Inc. Crystal River Florida
Tap Master Classes 1-352-795-3265

• Aug 29-30 Southeastern Tap Explosion - Roswell, GA

The Miller & Ben Tap Shoes are sold in New York City at the Broadway Dance Center store during store hours.
Address: 322 West 45th St. 3rd. Floor, New York City. 1-212-582-9304
Special fitting with Avi Miller & Ofer Ben on every Friday & Saturday 2-4 PM (Schedule permitting).
Check out our display unit at the BDC studio with our newest models, colors and patterns.

• The Miller & Ben Tap Shoes are also sold worldwide and online at www.JazzTapCenter.com
• See the web site for a complete list of stores.
• Deadline for custom color orders is August 31st with delivery of the shoes in mid October 2009.
• Teachers and Studio Owners: Don’t miss on a special ‘Back to School’ promotion for orders greater than 10 pairs. Call for details.

Please feel free to e-mail me with any question or comment you might have.

My E-mail address is: Tap@JazzTapCenter.com or call me directly at: 646-383-4949

Thanks and Shalom,

Ofer Ben – Executive Director
Jazz Tap Center, Inc.

Jazz Tap Center, Inc. (TM)

Postal Address:
P.O.Box 821
New York City, NY 10108, USA
Phone: (646) 383 4949

Website: www.JazzTapCenter.com

Monsters Dance Conventions

Wednesday evening, Monsters Orlando Tour Finale musical guest Trish & choreographer Luther Brown went through hundreds of video submissions of dancers from around the country, dancing to Trish's new song 'Bump'.

Trish & Luther want to say, "Thank you to all the dancers who put in the effort to submit their video - it was tough to pick just two! We so appreciate each of you and look forward to meeting everyone in Orlando for Monsters Tour Finale in a few weeks!!"

Congratulations to Ian Eastwood & Latoya Webley, winners of our Trish Video Contest!!! Ian & Latoya win a free trip to Orlando, FL to perform Live on stage with Trish, choreographed by Luther Brown.

Trish will be performing LIVE with our winnersat our special Club Stylz on Saturday night during the Monsters Orlando Tour Finale, July 17-19, 2009, featuring The Beat Freaks teaching on Friday, Monsters of HipHop Choreographers Tabitha & Napoelon Dumo, Flomaster, Luther Brown, Marty Kudelka & so much more!

Space is filling up fast - reserve your spot today!


CPD PLUS Auditions

Bi-Annual Auditions
Host:   Andrew J. Nemr and CPD PLUS (Cats Paying Dues)
Type:   Music/Arts - Audition
Network:   Global
Date:   Sunday, July 12, 2009
Time:   12:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:   Chelsea Studios
Street:   151 West 26th Street (between 6th and 7th), 6th Floor
City/Town:   New York, NY
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Email:   info@23prime.com
Seeking—Tap Dancers: male and female, 18-26, all ethnicities, with a solid foundation in rhythm tap, ability to improvise a plus.

If you have auditioned before, we encourage you to come and be seen again.






Want inspiration for your July entry? See the June 2009 winners here. Post your video now!

Congratulations to the June 2009 Editors' Choice and Viewers' Choice winners! Thousands of you voted,
and the winners are...

June Editors' Choice: AXIS Dance Company To Color me Different
June Viewers' Choice: Art is Llife

June Editors' Choice: Hans van Manen's Five Tangos
June Viewers' Choice: Baby Sister

June Editors' Choice: The Garden-Noelle Marsh
June Viewers' Choice: What's Love Got to Do With It

June Editors' Choice: Legends
June Viewers' Choice: Hometown Glory

June Editors' AND Viewers' Choice: Grand Pas Classique

June Editors' Choice: Kim McSwain Teaching Junior Hip Hop Class
June Viewers' Choice: Learn Yollet Technique

Post your videos today to enter the July contests. The sooner you post, the more people will see you. Good Luck!
All monthly winners are finalists for the Best of 2009!

If you're selected as an Editors' Choice winner, you'll see yourself on the pages of an upcoming issue of the magazine!


SBB teaching at Studio Harmonic

Event: SBB teaching at Studio Harmonic
"stage international, summer workshops"
What: Jam Session
Host: Studio Harmonic
Start Time: Today, June 29 at 1:00pm
End Time: Friday, July 10 at 2:30pm
Where: Studio Harmonic

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


Dance for a Cure - 22 August 2009

SA's top dancers, The Lyric Theatre unite in fight against cancer??The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City Casino will be hosting Dance for a Cure for One Performance Only on 22 August 2009 as part of a drive to create awareness around cervical cancer and how it can be prevented. Proceeds from the two performances will be utilized to fight against this disease. ??Dance for a Cure, is a community-driven and volunteer-based organisation committed to fighting gynecological cancer. This will be a rare opportunity to support a worthy cause while watching some of South Africa's top dancers across a range of styles and disciplines tell a tale of hope, fear, suffering, courage, rebirth and love. ??Confirmed participants who will dance for the greater good include the South African Ballet Theatre, Ballet Theatre Afrikan, Moving into Dance, Tap Talk Rhythm Company, KMAD, David Matamela, Salome Sechele, Taryn Sudding, Hanli Stapela, Michelle Veenemans and Odette Richards. ??Join Mary-Anne Barlow as she lives out one woman's struggle with cervical cancer, aided by some of South Africa's finest dancers. All performers are giving their time at no charge, which means that all the proceeds will be used to provide cervical cancer vaccines to the underprivileged and to fund further research into finding a cure for cervical cancer. ??Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer worldwide in women under 45 and the third leading cause of cancer deaths among women worldwide after breast and lung cancer. In South Africa, it is the most common cause of cancer deaths among women. ??A vaccine has been developed to protect against the two types of HPV responsible for most cervical cancer. It can potentially reduce the risk and incidence of cervical cancer significantly in countries such as South Africa, where there is limited screening. ??The show takes place on 22 August at 7:30pm. Tickets are priced from R180 and are available at Computicket or The Lyric Theatre Box office on 011 248 5000 or log onto Gold Reef City Casino.


The Dance Community Mourns the Passing of Pina Bausch

This morning, the dance community lost one of its legends. Pina Bausch passed away at the age of 68 in Wuppertal, Germany. A pioneer of the neo-expressionist form Tanztheater, Bausch created over 40 full-length pieces for her company Tanzthe ater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. Janice Steinberg wrote in the November, 2008 Dance Magazine, "Her passionate fans applauded the work's courage, visual genius, and life force."
Jazzonia & the Harlem Diaspora

Host: CHELSEA space

Start Time:   Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 11:00am
End Time:   Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 5:00pm
Location:   CHELSEA space, Chelsea College of Art and Design
Street:   16 John Islip Street, SW1P 4JU
City/Town:   London, United Kingdom

Curated by Diana Rodriguez and Judith Waring

1.07.09 – 01.08.09
Tuesday-Friday 11am-5pm
Saturday 10am-4pm

Bring your shoes - the stage is open for jamming!

Photo by Vicky Annand of the Private View: Tuesday 30 June 2009 6-8.30pm with performance by dancers Tunji Falana and Annette Walker

In a Harlem cabaret
Six long-headed jazzers play.
A dancing girl whose eyes are bold
Lifts high a dress of silken gold.

This stanza from Langston Hughes? paean Jazzonia (1923) is a poetic riff on the vitality of New York?s Harlem and an ode to African-American cultural history during the „Jazz Age?. Harlem, real and imagined, challenged boundaries, racial, sexual and
indeed musical. Throughout the inter-war years a diaspora of black artists arrived in Europe, epitomised now by Josephine Baker at the Folies Bergère in Paris. By the late 1930s London was the next gig.

In this show at CHELSEA space the London legacies of singers Adelaide Hall and Elisabeth Welch, who both had been in Paris with „La Baker? are re-united with Jazz Tap legends Chuck Green and Honi Coles. George T. Nierenberg?s classic film “No Maps on
My Taps” (1979) was the catalyst for a renewed wider interest in artists originally from Harlem.

Vestiges of lives and of performances, a syncopation of the highs and lows of the 20th century against a backdrop of the Modernist movement reverberate from a variety of archives and reminiscences. The genesis of this exhibition was in a conversation with David Gothard. In the 1980s Gothard re-introduced these stars, by then in their 80s themselves, to live and film audiences during his artistic directorship at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith.

Archival footage, photographs, correspondence, posters, programmes and recordings „perform? around what is absent and what is present: „freedom? and improvisation with the voice and
with the feet offer an aural history of African-American Modernism.

Chelsea College of Art and Design
16 John Islip Street
United Kingdom
Map: http://www.annettewalker.co.uk/ccad-map.jpg

Part of the CHELSEAprogramme