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Sep 4, 2009


-Labor Day SWING CLASS -Sue Samuels
-Fall Into Phrasing Intensive with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
-Swing Night at the Cotton Club
-Charlie’s Angels at The Kitchen
-SAVE THE DATE: DC Tap Festival 2010

-Roxane Butterfly- Symphony space fundraising effort for "In the Spirit Of Jimmy Slyde''
-September at Jazz at Lincoln Center!
-Echoes in Time
-Count to Ten @ NYMF
- Parallel Exit - Exclusive sneak previews
-SAVE THE DATE: Jersey Tap Fest 2010

-Salvage Vanguard Showcase!
-M.A.D.D. Rhythms to perform at Fundraiser for Baba Kwesi's "wrongly imprisoned" Son
-Join CHRP for Jubalee!
-Barbara Duffy Master Classes in Minnesota

-Tap University



Labor Day SWING CLASS -Sue Samuels

Hi Everyone!

Labor Day is Monday, September 7th and we will have our


10:30-12 at Broadway Dance Center 322 W. 45th St. between 8th and 9th Avenues


1:30-3 at The Ailey Studios 405 W. 55th Street @ 9th Avenue
(there will be NO night class that day)

We will do an easy warm-up and then... SWING * SWING * SWING!!!!

It's a perfect way to get a good, fun workout on your day off!
I hope to see you there!

Sue Samuels


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

Jason Samuels Smith
Chloe Arnold
Michelle Dorrance
Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
Curated by Rashida Bumbray
Produced by Divine Rhythm Productions and Dule Hill

When: Thursday October 22nd - Saturday October 24th @ 8:00 PM, Saturday October 24th @ 3:00 PM
Where: The Kitchen (512 W 19th Street - NYC)
Cost: $15
More Info: www.thekitchen.org

With Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
When: Every Thursday from 6:00-7:30PM
Where: Harlem Tap (W 149th, NYC)



DC Tap Festival

March 26, 27, 28, 2010



Roxane Butterfly- Symphony space fundraising effort for "In the Spirit Of Jimmy Slyde''

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. Even sending this email around to people who have more money than you and just as much of good taste and wish to contribute to the art, is HELP. On the following link, you will find the directions on how to make a tax deductible contribution to ''The Spirit of Jimmy Slyde'':http://sites.google.com/site/roxanebutterflyworldbeats/contact-donations 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, Roxane


September at Jazz at Lincoln Center!

JALC Concerts

Ornette Coleman
September 26, 8pm, Rose Theater
It's part of your birthright to love the music of Ornette Coleman. Like Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker before him, Ornette thoroughly changed the course of jazz when he exploded on the scene in 1960. Over the past fifty years, Ornette's music has taken many forms, from his large-scale symphonies to his electric bands. But whatever he plays, it's as challenging as it is accessible: both food for thought and food for comfort.

Buy Tickets: http://jalc.org/concerts/details309.asp?EventID=2038


Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Live jazz nightly.? http://jalc.org/dccc/index09.asp
FIFTH ANNUAL DIET COKE WOMEN IN JAZZ FESTIVAL?September 7-October 5, 2009?Don't miss the 5th Annual Diet Coke Women In Jazz Festival featuring nightly performances by some of the leading ladies of jazz - Marian McPartland; Renee Rosnes Quartet; and Karrin Allyson. Late night sets include Sarah Manning; Helen Sung; and more.
SPECIAL OFFER?Duane Reade Dollar Rewards Club Card holders, show your card at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola during the festival and your first specialty drink featuring any Coca-Cola product (up to $14 in value) is on the house.??Exclusive Offer for MasterCard® Card Holders Only!?Receive exclusive access to a premium table at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola when you use your MasterCard® card to make and pay for a reservation.


Featuring Andrew J. Nemr
*Live Jazz Band*
When: Saturday, October 10th @ 8:00PM
Where: LaGuardia PAC (LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thompson Ave, Long Island City NY)


Hey All:

Just wanted to let you know that COUNT TO TEN @ NYMF sold out one performance the first day tickets went on sale - which is great! However, you can still get tickets to the Oct. 16th performance @ 1PM and the Opening performance Oct. 15th @8PM. They are moving fast so if you want to see COUNT TO TEN @ NYMF = get your ticket orders in soon! You can do so by visiting:


Have a super day and see you at the show!



Parallel Exit - Exclusive sneak previews

Your vote counts!

One week from today, your voice can have an impact.??Every year, Parallel Exit creates a brand new show.?As the show develops, we invite a small audience to offer their feedback.??This year, we’re asking you to join us. We would love to hear your thoughts.??Here’s how:??Choose one of the following nights:??Thursday September 10th, 8pm?Friday September 11th, 8pm?Saturday September 12th, 8pm??RSVP to monika@parallelexit.net ??And then join us:??SPENCER, MIKE, AND JOEL ?Written by Mike Dobson and Joel Jeske?Directed by Mark Lonergan?Original music by Mike Dobson?Performed by Mike Dobson, Joel Jeske, and Spencer Novich??Kraine Theater?85 East 4th Street?$10??We look forward to hearing your feedback!??Photo of Joel Jeske by Jim R. Moore
Parallel Exit's website

Thank you as always for your continued interest and support.??


Mark Lonergan
Artistic Director

Save the Date!
*July 14th-7th 2010*



Salvage Vanguard Showcase!

Event: Salvage Vanguard Showcase!
"Inside the Dancers of Tapestry"
What: Concert
Host: Tapestry Dance Company
Start Time: Thursday, September 10 at 8:00pm
End Time: Thursday, September 10 at 9:00pm
Where: Salvage Vanguard Theatre

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


M.A.D.D. Rhythms to perform at Fundraiser for Baba Kwesi's "wrongly imprisoned" Son

M.A.D.D. Rhythms to perform at Fundraiser for Baba Kwesi's "wrongly imprisoned" Son Baba(Swahili for Father) Kwesi has produced a FREE Kwanzaa celebration since before M.A.D.D. Rhythms began. He has been a tireless crusader for the community and he works 24/7 to create solutions for the community. From Anti-Smoking Campaigns to Calls for Balance in the music permeating our children's ears. He is fully vested in the betterment of our community and now he needs the community's support. His son has been wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. As a matter of fact RaVaughn Harris wasn't even there. M.A.D.D Rhythms' main purpose has bee n to steer our youth in a positive direction and we are honored to be able to contribute our talent to help raise legal funds to put a positive, young, motivated brother back into society where he belongs. We hope you will support in any way you can.

"Party with a Purpose" A Jam for Justice!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
6PM0 to 10PM
3530 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657-1612
(773) 327-4273



Join CHRP for Jubalee!

Chicago Human Rhythm Project's 20th Anniversary Season bursts onto the stage with JUBALEE!, a premier gala benefit supporting performance and education, Thursday, Nov. 19 with a buffet reception on the stunning Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage followed by the Chicago debut of STEP AFRiKA in the elegant Harris Theater for Music and Dance. The evening will culminate with a VIP dessert reception for sponsors, premium ticket buyers and Step Afrika artists in the Harris Theater's donor salon.

Step Afrika! is the first company in the United States to transform African American "Stepping" into a theatrical spectacle. Making their Chicago debut as a part of their 15th Anniversary Season, Step Afrika creates an "ocean of sound" with contemporary Stepping and Hip Hop alongside ancient Zulu dances, South African gumboot dancing and more!

Tickets available now!


Barbara Duffy Master Class
Join us the morning of September 12th, 2009 for a master class with world renowned tap master, Barbara Duffy.

9:00-10:30 Intermediate
10:30-12:00 Advanced

$25 Cash or Check (to KSR) on day of class

Classes are limited to 25 students each so email Ellen Keane (ellen@tapcompany.org) to reserve your spot today! You will receive an email confiming your reservation.

Master Classes held at:
White Bear Dance Center
2462 County Road F East
White Bear Lake, MN 55110


Tap University

Check out: http://www.tapushop.com