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Jul 12, 2009


-Jason Samuels Smith and A.C.G.I. At Jacob's Pillow Dance
-Third Coast Rhythm Project Project

-Sue Samuels: Saturday Class - New Time

-18th Annual St. Louis Tap Festival

-CHRP Rhythm World 2009

-LA Tap Festival 2009

-Tap Into A Cure 2009

-A Taste of Chicago with Nico Rubio

-Broadway Underground – July 15th

- Jazz Tap Workshop

-CorbinDances @ DTW for the SummerDANZ festival

-Arias Dance NYC'


-Dance Intensive Master Classes Schedule € July 15-19, 2009

-M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Boot Camp!

-Chicago Tap Theatre Complimentary Ticket Industry Offer!
-Rhythm of the Night auditions

-Opportunity: Audition Notice for Chicago Tap Theatre


-Opportunity: Roswell Civic Ballet Auditions


-Capezio A.C.E. Award Finalists announced!

-New news – Roxanne Butterfly!


-Dancers Day Out

-Giovanni Honored at Jazz Fest & Oquendo Tribute

JASON SAMUELS SMITH and A.C.G.I. (Anybody Can Get it)

July 22 – August 2

Doris Duke Theatre

Two-Week Engagement as part of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2009

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 the20great 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

For more info:
Jacob's Pillow Dance
358 George Carter Road
Becket MA, 01223 USA

Third Coast Rhythm Project

July 23-26, 2009

San Antonio, Texas

Featured Artists:

Dianne Walker, Sam Weber, Martin "Tre" Dumas, Acia Gray, Josh Hilberman, Gene Medler, Barbara Phillips, Nicole Hockenberry, Lisa La Touche, Mark Rubinstein

This summer's 12th annual fest hosts 4 days of intensive master classes and courses, adult and youth programs, jam sessions and gala concert performance featuring a distinguished faculty of rhythm masters and the best jazz musicians in the southwest.

All Classes Will Be Held At:

Earle Cobb Dance Studio
4503 De Zavala Rd., Suite 110
San Antonio, Texas 78249

Fest Hotel Information:
Hampton Inn - Six Flags/ Fiesta Texas
11010 IH 10 West
San Antonio TX 78230

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
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

Monday, July 27 - Saturday, August 1

Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel
7730 Bonhomme Avenue
Saint Louis, MO

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

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=2 0of 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 CHRP8 0s 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 Walker20created 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=2 0tap 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 L20Hardwood 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!


A Taste of Chicago
with Nico Rubio

Int/Adv Class
Tap Jam

$5 = Class & Jam
$2 = Jam

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
Chelsea Studio
151 W 26th
New York, NY
JUST IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We got ANNALEIGH ASHFORD from the Tony Award winning Broadway hit "WICKED"
JUSON WILLIAMS from the ENCORES hit "THE WIZ" rocking the BU stage!!!!!!!!!!!
TICKETS AT http://www.facebook.com/l/;GOLDSTAR.COM ANDhttp://www.facebook.com/l/;TICKETMASTER.COM

Lets go!!!!!

Jazz Tap Workshop
Event: Jazz Tap Workshop
"part of Jazzonia & the Harlem Diaspora"
What: Exhibit
Host: CHELSEA space
Start Time: Wednesday, July 29 at 4:00pm
End Time: Wednesday, July 29 at 6:00pm
Where: CHELSEA space, Chelsea College of Art and Design
To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:
Free summer intensive theater program
CUNY's Creative Arts Team Junior Youth Theatre is running a free summer intensive theater program for kids aged 10-14 (grades 6-8). Students will learn theater skills through games, activities, and improvisation and create original theater to share with friends and family. Moreover, all participants are guaranteed a spot in the free after school program. The summer program is from August 24th-August 29th, 9:30-1. No experience is necessary. Call 212 652-2828 for more information. Spaces are limited, so act fast (get it?). (NYC)
CorbinDances @ DTW for the SummerDANZ festival
This is a reminder that CorbinDances will perform at the SummerDANZ Festival, Wednesday July 15 and Thursday July 16 at Dance Theater Workshop at 7:30pm. General Admission tickets are $25, $20 for DTW members, and $15 for Seniors and Students.
Tickets are selling fast. Don't wait until the last minute to get your tickets! I know that this will be a great event.
Copy and paste the link to purchase tickets:
Arias Dance NYC
Letter from the Director
Dear Friends:
What a summer this has been. Arias Dance NYC has been growing and growing! I spent the past week teaching in Canada. What an amazing place Canada is. Its my 10th summer being here and their love of dance and their technical prowess just blows me away! I love traveling but I love being home just as much.
Now that I am back, I am creating a new Latin Dance Program here at Arias Dance NYC. We are looking at having various classes (Ballroom, Salsa, Mambo, Tango) Mon-Fri. The classes would be at the same time every day with a ballroom party on Friday after the finish of the last class.
I am also excited that our Junior Program is here! We have classes on Saturdays and Sundays in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Creative Movement, Musical Theatre and Voice. The program starts in September. If you are interested, please contact Denise Dallmus at denise@ariasdancenyc.com.
Come stop by, check out our classes or just say hi. We look forward to seeing you.
Geoffrey Doig-Marx
Director of Dance
Arias Dance NYC
Dance Intensive Master Classes Schedule € July 15-19, 2009
Dance Intensive at Howard University
Contact Dr. Sherill Berryman Johnson for more information:
Tap Boot Camp!
This is your last chance to get your young tapdancer registered for this year's Youth TAP Boot Camp
Cost: $200 for one week, $300 for both weeks
REGISTER TODAY space is limited. You may register securely online via PayPal [see below] or call M.A.D.D. Rhythms at 773.604.1899 or emailinfo@maddrhythms.com for more information.
Secure Online Registration
Special Industry Offer: One Free Ticket
to "Beyond Blue!"
CTT is offering a complimentary ticket to all you wonderful folks in the dance and theatre industry to our show "Beyond Blue: New Tones in Tap" on July 18th. What a great deal! If you'd like to take advantage of this free ticket offer, we would highly appreciate it if you would be able to bring a paying guest to enjoy the show with you! This will really help in spreading the word about the production, and will allow us to keep giving great offers like this in the future! To reserve your one complimentary ticket, please call our offices directly at: 773-655-1175 or click here to email us. Additional guest industry tickets can be purchased for the discount price of $18 online here. Thanks, and enjoy the show!

CTT's "Beyond Blue: New Tones in Tap" will be performed on July 18th at 8pm in the Athenaeum Theatre's mainstage. Beyond Blue promises to be a wonderful production of all-new premiere tap pieces, including a mastepiece choreographed by tap pioneer Brenda Bufalino, pieces by Artistic Director Mark Yonally, two new dances by up-and-coming tap choreographer Kendra Jorstad (including the intricate Click, which explores the sounds made by two dancers’ shoes striking each other!) and a piece by Innovation in Percussive Choreography winner Caitlin Gudat. You won't want to miss these never-before-seen pieces! The evening will feature special guests such as Marc Smith of The Green Mill's Poetry Slam and banjo legend David Bragman.

Make sure to get your tickets now!

Beyond Blue: New Tones in Tap
Date: Saturday, July 18th
Time: 8:00pm
Location: The Athenaeum Theatre Mainstage, 2936 N. Southport.
Parking: Parking is available for $6 in the lot behind the theatre, which can be entered from Oakdale Street.
Price: For your complimentary industry ticket, call: 773-655-1175 or click here to email us.
Other tickets are $30 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $18 for students or dancers. Discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more.
For your additional guest tickets: Call 1-800-982-2787


Attention all Singers, Dancers, Dance Troupes, and Musicians!
(Chicago - Lake View)
Casting for the “Rhythm of the Night” Variety Show have begun because...

The Central Lake View Merchants Association is bringing a little bit of Broadway to Lake View for one spectacular evening again!

We are in search of an enchanting mosaic of singers, dancers and musicians to entertain Lake View residents and visitors at the beautiful Brixen Ivy Theater (1242 West Addison). Auditions will be held at Studio BE @ 3110 N. Sheffield, Chicago IL on the following dates:

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, July 17th, 2009
6:00 pm -- 9:00 pm

Thursday July 23rd, 2009
6:00 pm -- 9:00 pm

Open - TBA
6:00 pm-- 9:00 pm

If you are interested in auditioning, please send an email with your name, skill, description of your performance, and the day you will audition to clma@mylakeview.com. Or mail your materials to:

The Central Lake View Merchants Association
Attn: Rhythm of the Night
3355 N. Clark
Chicago, IL 60657

Rhythm of the Night will be held on Saturday, August 22nd, 2009, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Compensation for the performance is $50 and a gift basket comprised of donations from Lake View businesses. Guests will be treated to delicious hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beverages! All local press is will be invited. For additional information please call 773-665-2100 or visit www.centrallakeview.biz .

Larissa M. Tyler
Executive Director
The Central Lake View Merchants Association
3355 N. Clark
Chicago IL 60657
773-665-2100 - ph.
773-665-2101- fax
Deadline: Sat Aug 01, 2009
Audition Date: Saturday, August 1
Contact: www.chicagotaptheatre.com
About Chicago Tap Theatre
Chicago Tap Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)3 tap dance company with a multifaceted mission: to preserve America's indigenous dance form, to promote that dance through story-based shows and innovative presentation, to educate the community and make tap dance accessible to a broad spectrum of people and to foster relationships with other arts organizations.
Chicago Tap Theatre will hold auditions on Saturday August 1st at 2pm at the Joel Hall Dance Center, 5965 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL. Dancers should arrive at 1:30 to fill out an application, and please bring a headshot, resume, and your tap shoes! We're looking forward to seeing you there!
There are opportunities for male and female apprenticeship positions only. Apprentices are offered performing opportunites, although compensation is not provided. Contracts run mid-September through July. CTT is an equal-opportunity employer.

Any Questions? Call 773-655-1175 or visit chicagotaptheatre.com
OPPORTUNITY: Roswell Civic Ballet Auditions
"Roswell Civic Ballet, Fusion Pointe Dance Studio, NM Dance Auditions, "
Start Time: Saturday, August 15 at 9:00am
End Time: Saturday, August 15 at 5:00pm
Where: Fusion Pointe Dance Studio
To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:



Capezio A.C.E. Award Finalists announced!
(in alphabetical order)

Peter Chu
Averie Delgrosso & Hefa Tuita
Teddy Forance, Hani Abaza & Allison Schultz
Jacki Ford
Kate Jablonski
Chris Jacobsen
Shyrelle Kalilikane
Tawnya Kuzia
Erin Lamont
Nicki Loud
Dana Metz
Erin Novak-Lustig
Jamar Roberts
Jaci Royal
Amanda Tae
Kersten Todey
Travis Wall

-Choreographer finalists for the NEW Capezio A.C.E. Award!
-Chosen by a special panel of Capezio and Dance Teacher Magazine representatives!
-Selected as among the best choreographers in the nation!
-Don't miss the final competition on Tuesday July 28, 2009 in NYC as part of the Dance Teacher Summit!
-Winner receives a $15,000 production budget towards their very own show in NYC!


View their videos!
48 hours with Roxane Butterfly
By Ruby
After taking her chorey and impro classes at Tap On Barcelona festival 2008, I was invited by tap dancing icon Roxane Butterfly to return to Geneva via Toulon and stay a few days at her family home in the centre of town. Noting she was equipped with camescope, I took the opportunity to do a series of casual interviews while following her around the local markets and patisseries, past her high school where she created her first tap teaching gig and to a family friend’s birthday celebration where she performed with the band…
Here are some excerpts that find Roxane talking about what she learnt from the legendary Jimmy Slyde, her integration into the world of Flamenco and being French…
Roxane will be teaching a Jimmy Slyde masterclass at Tap On Barcelona 2009. I hope to be there.


* TAP ON BARCELONA July 13th-19th, Barcelona , Spain - www.taponbarcelona.com
Dancers Day Out
"Adult Tap Workshop"
What: Workshop
Host: Associated Tap Dancers
Start Time: Sunday, September 27 at 10:30am
End Time: Sunday, September 27 at 3:00pm
Where: Blackbourne Centre

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:
Giovanni Honored at Jazz Fest & Oquendo Tribute
LP Artist Giovanni Hidalgo, Portrait of a Master
LP is pleased to announce that LP artist and master percussionist, Giovanni Hidalgo was the highlight of the 19th Annual Puerto Rico Jazz Festival. At the finale concert on Sunday, May 31st, the festival director, accompanied by Latin legend, Eddie Palmieri, presented Giovanni Hidalgo with an honorary portrait. Giovanni, a veteran of the inaugural Puerto Rico Jazz Festival with five performances under his belt over the past years, was humbled by the gesture and the thunderous applause.
A founding member of the sensational Puerto Rican Latin jazz/folkloric band Batacumbele, Giovanni Hidalgo was new school, the player to watch. He'd absorbed concepts born of Cubans Tata Güines and Changuito and pushed them to new heights. In terms of his stunning technique alone, Giovanni remains one of the greatest!
The mood was electric this year as Giovanni's band performed at the finale concert. The 3000-plus crowd spilled over the confines of the Tito Puente Amphitheater onto adjacent lawns. Giovanni was in fine form on his signature LP Giovanni Palladium Series Congas, spurred on by the intensity of master timbalero, Tito De Gracia who played his signature LP Tito De Gracia Timbales. Then the spotlights drew all eyes to a performer who'd just taken the stage: Giovanni's father, Mañengue, a legend in his own right!
Among the other LP endorsers who performed and/or were honored were Pedrito Martinez & Robby Ameen with Conrad Herwig, Little Johnny Rivero & Orlando Vega with Eddie Palmieri, and Marcos Ayala with The Berklee College of Music Band. In addition, Fidel Morales led the jam sessions after the concert, where Paoli Mejias, Gadwin Vargas, Tito De Gracia,Robby Ameen and Memo Acevedo performed.
“It was touching, really beautiful,”enthused LP education coordinator Guillermo “Memo” Acevedo, himself an acclaimed percussionist and recording artist. “To be in San Juan that night was really a privilege—it was unforgettable!”

Tribute to Master Percussionist Manny Oquendo?JANUARY 1, 1932 - MARCH 25, 2009
Latin Percussion has had a long illustrious history of having been associated with some of the greatest pioneers in the history of percussion. They are what inspired Martin Cohen to give birth to the company and what give voice to the instruments the company produces. Manny Oquendo was indeed one of those voices. Coming into prominence as a soloist on timbales during the early 60’s with pianist Eddie Palmieri’s La Perfecta, Manny was the leader for 35 years of Manny Oquendo & Libre where he thrilled audiences not only with his timbale solos, but also with his bongo playing. On both instruments Maestro Oquendo firmly based his playing in the tradition of being understated with restraint, a style which served two purposes, by first serving the band as an accompanist and second, inspiring the dancers.
Manny was one of the pioneers of Latin music, and he was instrumental in formulating, and propagating the deep well of vocabulary for the rhythmic language we utilize today. A language that is so complex that it took a master like Manny to show us how to really speak it. The younger generation of players in their quest for the ultimate in technique, many times forget that it's not how much you say, but what you say. He reminded us how to speak clearly, concisely, with conviction, with pride in our culture, and most of all, la verdad, the truth. How could it not be when the person speaking to you was a true S.O.B. A son of Brooklyn, El Barrio, and Da' Bronx, José Manuel "Manny" Oquendo.