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Aug 27, 2009



-Brazil International Tap Festival -Asia Annual Tap Occasion, Top Tappers Gathering in Taipei City -Fall Into Phrasing - an intensive with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards -SWING NIGHT AT THE COTTON CLUB -SAVE THE DATE: DC TAP FESTIVAL 2010


-Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in NYC




- MR WIGGLES WEST COAST WORKSHOP TOUR! -Open Rehearsal with Chitresh Das Dance Company

-A message from Roxane Butterfly - Symphony Space fundraising to honor Jimmy Slyde
-"Performing Arts Training Today" -Join Me on The Lindy Cruise! -A double heads-up, from Idealist.org



The Brazil International Tap Festival
August 27th from 30th in Campinas City (São Paulo).

Featuring Jason Samuels Smith, Christiane Matallo, Maud Arnold, Pascal Hulin
Enroll by calling 55 19 32412111 or 55 19 92016625 or via E-mail to chris@christiane-matallo.com.br

Shake your taps...space is limited!!!

For more information: http://www.myspace.com/braziltapfestival

Asia Annual Tap Occasion, Top Tappers Gathering in Taipei City

Taipei Tap Festival 2009

Huashan , The Red House

Aug 21-29

The enthusiasm for rhythm never stops.

The passion for tap lasts forever.

You, he and I shake in the city unrestrainedly

Enjoy the beauty of life heartily, it is life!

East Taipei: Huashan Culture Park

Tap Workshop

8/21(Fri) ~8/26 (Wed) 09:00~21:50

Tap Talks

8/22(Sat) ~8/26(Wed) 18:10~18:50

Tappers’ Party

8/28(Fri) 19:30

West Taipei: The Red House

Tap Show

8/29(Sat) 14:30?19:30 ?




09:00~21:50 Huashan Culture Park Middle 5 & Wu Mei Winery

Top tappers gather in Taipei

No matter what you want to learn, get advanced study, challenge or enjoy with families, just follow us!

Have Fun! Rhythm players of the world gathering in Taipei this summer

United State

Derick K. Grant Contemporary Tap Dance Master

Derick K. Grant is the titan of tap dance around the world. He has been the top dancer in New York Shakespeare Art Festival and Broadway, and awarded several international awards such as “The Most Promising Young Artists Award” of The Princess Grace Award, “The Best Performance Award” of The Helen Hayes Award, and “African American Odyssey Award” of Kennedy Performing Arts Center. With bold showing of distinctive skills and perfect coordination with rhythm, he is really well-deserved the title of Contemporary Tap Dance Master.

Chloé Arnold Tap shocking bomb

Has been featured inBeyoncé’s music video “Upgrade You”, Chloé Arnold now is the joint director of LA Tap Festival. As a black female, she successfully becomes a vital tapper in the tap society featured with the majority of man. Sid Smith of Chicago Tribune has commented “Chloé Arnold will blow you away in her solo” which suggests her touching dance. The inborn charm of woman with amazing explosive force of dance is just like a bewitched shocking bomb and makes people highly praise.


Ron*II Tap Dance Wiz of Tokyo

Ron*II is the no. 1 tap dancer in Japan and also an all-around dancer who possess music literacy and dance strength. He has been the choreographer and dancer in Director Kitano Takeshi’s movie” Zatoichi”, and the distinct “clogs tap” aroused a lot attention within the moviedom. With precise dance step and tempo, Ron*II performs difficult movement with ease and controls the tap tone strictly which makes him deserve the title of “Tap Dance Wiz”.

Suji Hip-hop Tap dancer

With seven-year experience of hip-hop, the hip-hop-style tap dance appears after Suji was fascinated by tap dance. She has featured in movies “Zatoichi” and “Rhythm World Summer Festival”. Everyone has seen her specialty, impromptu, is moved by her passionate performance on the stage and show extreme admiration for her. From the sweat on her face and the clear knock voice of iron tablets, we can see her affection for tap would never stop.

Keitaro Tough Guy of Rhythm

Keitaro has been to the United State to learn tap dance when he was 22 years old. There, he is influenced profoundly by Savion Glover, tap dance expert awarded Tony Awards. After back to Japan, he enthusiastically popularizes tap dance at campus, and performances with Jazz, Shamisen musician and DJ. With abundant teaching experience, Keitaro is good at memorizing the rhythms, and even gives kinds of variations to create a new expressing, which makes him a really tough guy of rhythm!


Dance Works Asia Centered Tap Company

Has been established for eight years, Dance Works makes effort to carry out the conceptions of “making life a part of art” and “art a part of life”. In addition to popularize the tap dance in schools, Dace Work also schemed and produced several wonderful performances for circuit in Taiwan such as “What’s up”, “Tap Code”, and “Tap effect”. All of the performances are received highly evaluation among audiences. Besides, annual “Taipei Tap Festival is Dance Works’ key activity, hoping make much more people experience the lively rhythm of American tap.

Alex Wu Innate musician

Alex is good at several musical instruments such as erhu fiddle, Latin and Chinese percussion instrument, and hand drum. Recently, she even steps across different music field with profound literacy of Chinese music and percussion talent. She has cooperated with Ondekoza, Matthew Lien, A Mei, and Judy Chiang. Alex was born with perceived ability on rhythm. In this workshop, she will teach Cajon percussion, making your hands enjoy the lively rhythm.


Fall Into Phrasing - an intensive with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards

Harlem Tap is offering an intensive with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. The classes will take place on Saturday, September 19th( 2-3:30pm) and Sunday, September 20th(3-4:30pm) at Harlem Tap. Both classes will be geared toward intermediate to advanced tap dancers.

Classes are filled on a first come first serve basis, and there are only 12 slots...so RSVP Now! Please specify if you will be taking one or both classes.




With Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Omar Edwards

*Live Jazz Band*

When: Monday nights @ 9:45PM

Where: The Cotton Club (W 125th and Riverside)

Cost: $20



DC Tap Festival

March 26, 27, 28, 2010


Divine Rhythm Productions will be collaborating on this event....please support the cause!



The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
August 28th & 29th in NYC

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival annually assembles some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect Parker’s musical individuality and genius to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist. The two days of free concerts take place in neighborhoods where Charlie Parker lived and worked, in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park and the Lower East Side's Tompkins Square Park.
On both days, the music starts at 3:00 p.m.

Marcus Garvey Park
Saturday, August 29, 2009

Frank Wess Quintet, Gary Bartz Project, José James & Aaron Parks
Grammy Award-winning alto-saxophonist Gary Bartz has had a long, noteworthy career in jazz. His distinguished body of work, spanning over fifty years, has made him one of the most esteemed saxophone players of his generation. Bartz has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Abbey Lincoln, Charles Mingusm McCoy Tyner, and Max Roach, among several others. A student of John Coltrane, Bartz frequently cites Charlie Parker as the reason why he plays the alto sax.
Newcomer José James has been winning over fans with his deft combination of soul, hip hop, and jazz since emerging on the scene in 2008. Possessing a warm, rich baritone voice reminiscent of such artists as Terry Callier, Jon Lucien, and Gil-Scott Heron, James has made his mark on the international stage, and his debut album The Dreamer ranked number twenty-one on JazzTimes' top 50 Jazz Albums of 2008.

Tompkins Square Park
Sunday, August 30, 2009

Cedar Walton Quartet, Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadors, Pyeng Threadgill & Dred Scott Trio

Cedar Walton is one of the most universally respected jazz pianists active today, having played in the bands of Lou Donaldson, Kenny Dorham, J.J. Johnson, Art Farmer, and Art Blakey, and recorded with Freddie Hubbard, John Coltrane, and Joe Henderson. As a player, Walton is a post-bopper whose solos can be pensive and exciting - often at the same time. In terms of consistency, lyricism, and tastefulness, he recalls Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan. In addition to his abilities as an instrumentalist, Walton has amassed an impressive body of original compositions.

Singer/composer Pyeng Threadgill is making waves with her sultry voice and vivid compositions. Her third album Portholes to A Love & Other Short Stories is a group of original songs all based on short stories by world-renowned authors. From the lulling sensation of locomotion, to the secrets of the sea, to the hopeless romantic, to the immigrant experience, Pyend uses lyrics lush in metaphor to depict a wondrous universe.



CHICAGO--The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), the world's only year-round presenter of American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts, kicks off its 20th Anniversary season with Global Rhythms, its annual community-building, shared-revenue performances that spotlight national and international artists. This year CHRP presents the Chicago debut of Washington D.C.'s Step Afrika!, which celebrates the African-American art form of stepping. Performances are November 19-21 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, opening with CHRP's annual benefit, JUBALEE. Mayor and Mrs. Richard M. Daley are Honorary Co-Chairs; Donna LaPietra and Bill Kurtis, Marilyn and Duke Miglin, and Irene Michaels and Arny Granat serve as co-chairs.

Step Afrika!, founded in 1994, is the first professional company in the world dedicated to stepping, a unique dance tradition that grew out of the song and dance rituals practiced by historically African-American fraternities and sororities in the mid-1900s. In stepping, the body is an instrument creating intricate rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, claps and spoken word. Stepping comes from a long and rich tradition in African-based communities that use movement, words and sounds to communicate allegiance to a group. Step Afrika! is critically acclaimed for its efforts to promote an understanding of and appreciation for stepping and its use as an educational tool for young people worldwide. The company reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year and has performed on many stages in North and South America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.

In conjunction with Global Rhythms and in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, CHRP offers an opportunity to give back to Chi cago nonprofits while increasing its exposure to new audiences through theThanks 4 Giving program. When purchasing tickets, patrons receive a 10 percent discount by mentioning one of as many as 50 participating Chicago-area nonprofit organizations, and CHRP shares 50 percent of the revenue from that sale with the selected organization. In previous years, Thanks 4 Giving has produced as much as $32,000 in revenue for Chicago-based nonprofits. A complete list of 2009 participants, to date, follows. Nonprofits interested in participating should call Cameron Heinze at Chicago Human Rhythm Project, 773-281-1825.

CHRP's annual JUBALEE gala benefit, which commemorates the legacy of William Henry Lane (called "Juba"), begins with a buffet reception on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage at 5:30 p.m., followed by the opening night performance of Global Rhythms at the Harris Theater. The event also includes silent and live auctions, a raffle and a post-performance reception for sponsors and VIPs. Highlighting the evening is the presentation of the JUBA Award to JAM Theatricals Founder and President Arny Granat and CHRP Founder and Director Lane Alexander. Stud ents from CHRP's after-school residency program will join Step Afrika! on stage to perform a stepping routine they learned at this year's Rhythm World, CHRP's 19th annual summer festival of tap and contemporary percussive art.

Global Rhythms performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Dr. Tickets are $15-55 and are available by calling 312-334-7777 or visiting harristheaterchicago.org. Tickets to the opening night JUBALEE benefit are $150, $250 and $500 and are available by calling 773-281-1825. For information visit chicagotap.org.




Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime experience!

The Moscow Ballet is currently looking for additional dancers

to join the children cast of their 2009 performance of the

"Great Russian Nutcracker."

Performance will be held at:

The Rosemont Theatre

on Sunday, December 13th, 2009 at 3pm.

Auditions will be held on:

Sunday, August 30th at 1pm at

Southport Performing Arts Conservatory (S.P.A.C.E)

located at:

3433 W. Peterson Ave.

Chicago, IL. 60659

Phone: 773-463-1220


Ages 6-teen welcome!*

*Maximum height 5’5’’ a $5 Audition fee is required.

Rehearsals are on Sundays starting September 20th at

S.P.A.C.E Peterson location.






700 East Silverado Ranch Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89123

Phone: 702.341.ROCK (7625)

PHOENIX AZ SEPT 11th 7PM -12am



3130 E Union Hills Dr # 104

Phoenix, AZ 85050-3400

(602) 795-4708

PHEONIX AZ SEPT 12th 11am - 2pm



350 N. 1st Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85003



Open Rehearsal with Chitresh Das Dance Company

"Presented by Montalvo Arts Center"

What: Rehearsal

Host: Chhandam School of Kathak Dance and Chitresh Das Dance Company

Start Time: Sunday, August 30 at 1:00pm

End Time: Sunday, August 30 at 3:00pm

Where: Montalvo Arts Center, Historic Villa

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



Greetings from Barcelona!

I know many of you wonder where I have disappeared. No worries, I am nowhere near retirement. 2009 has just been one of these unwanted years where no work (nor fundings) have been available to either my company or myself, including as a teacher. And so, it became simply impossible sustaining basic living expenses in New York. I took myself to Spain for a while, where it is possible to feed myself, keep a roof over my head and practice daily ( for free !), even when no work is coming in. Morocco being very close, I could also commute there easily and contribute to bringing tap-dancing to this part of Africa. Such has been my anti-crisis antidote. The show must go on ''à la Hoofer''.

The season of April 2010 will bring me back to the US, upon the invitation of Symphony Space, to put together a tribute to Jimmy Slyde and to feature the documentary film I dedicated to my mentors ''In The Spirit Of Jimmy Slyde'' ( which link you can check at http://worldbeats.free.fr , section THE FILM). In order to help this event happen, I will once more rely on my loyal supporters generous contributions, whatever they may be. Small or big, it is YOUR motivation to join the effort to keep the creative flow going, that matters.

On the following link, you will find the directions on how to make a tax deductible contribution to ''The Spirit of Jimmy Slyde'':

I am looking forward to being back ''home'' and share with you the spirit, knowledge and joie de vivre that was passed on to us straight from the sole of the ''originals''. The tribute will not be a nostalgic retrospective of a forever gone time. Rather an upbeat celebration of an incredible moment in the tap history, with some of the original members of Slyde' s (then) ''young lions'' and his original combo. See you then! And thanks to all for your support,


Performing Arts Training Today" - workshops, performances, lectures, presentations

International Conference?"Performing Arts Training Today"

October 28-31, 2009?Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria

The conference is open to performers from all over the world interested in the research of topical questions and processes in contemporary performing arts education and training. Programme: practical workshops, performances, works-in-progress, presentations, lectures, discussions.

The conference is inviting actors, directors, choreographers, dancers, performing arts educators and teachers, playwrights, stage designers, script writers, critics, journalists, arts managers!


- Japanese Noh and Suzuki techniques - Workshop and presentation by Izumi Ashizawa - actress, director, artistic director of Izumi Ashizawa Performance, Assistant Professor of Acting and Movement, University of Maryland (Japan/USA).

- Performer's Physicality in the Methods of V.Meyerhold, M.Chekhov and K. Stanislavsky - Workshop with Sergei Ostrenko - theatre director and teacher (Russia).

- A Journey of Separation: Actor Training in Ireland - Presentation with Janice Kennedy - performing arts educator and teacher (UK).

- The Change We Should Be Making – creating a better future through the arts - Presentation with Adelina Ong - actor, performer, performing arts manager and educator (Singapore).

- Teaching Avant-Garde Piano Techniques and the New Expressive, Sonorous, Artistic, and Performance Elements they Introduce - ?Lecture-demonstration with elements of performance with Mira Kruja - musician, music scholar, performer and teacher (USA).

- In the cage - Work-in-progress - dance performance with Doris Hintsteiner - dancer, choreographer and teacher (Austria).

Please follow the news of the programme! The list of confirmed events is being updated regularly.

General information: ?http://www.iugte.com/projects/PerformingArts.php

Registration: http://www.iugte.com/projects/conf.reg.php

Venue & accommodation: ?http://www.iugte.com/projects/leibnitz.php


Join Me on The Lindy Cruise!


Greetings Gates,

Are you enjoying these summer days? The fresh air, the fun times?

Well, imagine that it's the middle of winter, and you could live it all over again. How? You ask?

Join me on The Lindy Dance Cruise to the Mexican Riveria.

Imagine yourself sailing down the coast to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas.

Imagine dancing every night with swing dancers from around the country.

Imagine, SEVEN days and nights at sea with all your Lindy Hop pals and instructors:

~ Rusty Frank, that's me (Los Angeles, CA)

~ Jofflyn Valencia & Amber Williams (Orange County, CA)

~ Margie Adams & Jim Cruzen (San Diego)

~ Chandler Smith & Angelia Williams (Fort Worth, TX)

Sound wonderful? Yes! It definitely will be!


I've taught on three Dance Fun cruises in the past, and they were of the highest quality. This organization knows what they are doing and does it well.

Here's what they say:

This cruise features all the great activities and amenities of a Mexican Riviera Cruise 3 Plus the fun and excitement of a Swing & Lindy event at sea. Those booking with DanceFun will enjoy many hours of dancing throughout the cruise and workshops on our days at sea with great professionals. All Dances & Workshops are “Private Parties” only for our group.

Check out my website:



A double heads-up, from Idealist.org

I am writing from Idealist to give you a heads-up about two things:

our upcoming season of Graduate School Fairs, and a big project we are

doing with the Mozilla Foundation (the Firefox people) to connect

nonprofits with techie volunteers around the world.

Let's start with the Grad-School Fairs. If you, or anyone you know,

are thinking of going to grad-school next year for a degree with

social impact, join us at one of the 17 fairs we'll be hosting in

North America this fall (registration is free).

At each fair you can meet representatives from 50-200 graduate

programs in fields such as Nonprofit Management, Education, Soci al

Work, Global Health, International Affairs, Law, Public Policy, Urban

Planning, and many more.

Here is the schedule for this fall (in parentheses you can see how

many schools have already signed up for each fair):

Sep 10 - New York, NY (200)

Sep 14 - Providence, RI (75)

Sep 15 - Boston, MA (175)

Sep 17 - Toronto, ON (50)

Sep 21 - Washington, DC (160)

Sep 23 - Pittsburgh, PA (50)

Oct 5 - Denver, CO (60)

Oct 7 - Minneapolis, MN (50)

Oct 12 - Chicago, IL (110)

Oct 13 - Phoenix, AZ (50)

Oct 15 - San Francisco, CA (120)

Oct 19 - Los Angeles, CA (120)

Oct 20 - Seattle, WA (90)

Oct 22 - Portland, OR (65)

Oct 29 - New Orleans, LA (60)

Oct 30 - Atlanta, GA (90)

Nov 3 - Virginia Beach, VA (30)

For more information, to register (it's free but we need to know how

many people will be there), and to see which schools will be at each

fair, please go to:


And please share this message and/or link with friends and colleagues

on any relevant mailing lists, blogs, and social networks. Thank you!

* * * * * * *

Our second heads-up is about Mozilla Service Week.

Idealist is partnering with Mozilla (the organization behind the

Firefox browser) on their first annual Mozilla Service Week which will

match thousands of "techie" volunteers around the world with

nonprofits in need of help with IT, web design, programming, blogging,

and more.

Mozilla Service Week will take place September 14-21, 2009, and

organizations are so eager for volunteers that a couple of thousand of

them have already posted their opportunities.

If you are comfortable with technology and would like to help out, or

if your organization could use some help, please go to:


And to help spread the word to nonprofits and techies around the

world, please go to:


Thanks again!

Jung Fitzpatrick

Graduate Education Communications Coordinator


Join us also at http://www.twitter.com/idealist and