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Sep 10, 2009


-Thank You, Gregory: A Tribute to the Legends of Tap
-Tuesday and Thursday Jazz Dance Classes- 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

-Upcoming Tap Events!
-Owen's Show and Tapperina's Tales
-September Tap Happenings - ATDF
- Quenia's Samba Workshops/ and Parade Sept. 13th

-M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Inc. Events
-Ravaughn Harris Update - Jam 4 Justice, Sep 13@ the Wild Hare in Chicago
-Live Taping - The Frenzy w/Mae & Case
-Can You Dance video (rough cut) - Isaiah Pittman

-CDDC presents World Premiere of Sita Haran
-Yukaholics this Saturday 9/12/09 - 2pm & 8pm in Beverly Hills

-Mamadêlê Newsletter: Travel to Bahia, Brazil this January!



Thank You Gregory
A Tribute to the Legends of Tap

Friday, October 2, 2009
?Eisenhower Auditorium
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802
For purchase tickets and for more information visit: http://www.cpa.psu.edu/tickets/tickets.html

October 6 - 10, 2009

Zellerbach Theatre
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Produced by Dance Affiliates, under the artistic direction of Randy Swartz, written by Tony Waag and directed by Ann Marie De Angelo, Thank You Gregory starring Maurice Hines salutes American tap legends - Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Charles "Honi" Coles, the Nicholas Brothers, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Ray Bolger, the Copasetics, Brenda Bufalino, Jimmy Slyde and others. This all new production, based on the 2005 original show which premiered on the Dance Celebration Series, honors the American Ambassador of Tap, Gregory Hines.

To purchase tickets and for more information visit: http://www.danceaffiliates.org/DanceCelebration.html#gregory


Tuesday and Thursday Jazz Dance Classes- Sue Samuels

We have been having some wonderful Advanced/Beginner level dance classes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
At this time, the location is 244 W. 54th Street, 4 Floor, between Broadway and 8th Ave. from 10-11:30 am.

Beginning September 15th, the time of these classes will be:

****Tuesdays (September 15th and September 22nd) 10:30-12

****Thursdays (September 17th and September 24th) 10-11:30

*** THEN ***

Starting September 29th, we will have a NEW LOCATION.
ARIAS DANCE STUDIOS located conveniently at 300 W. 43rd Street at the corner of 8th Avenue. (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

The TIMES of the classes will change to 9:30-11 for both classes. *** EARLIER TIME! ***

The price for the classes will also change at that time.
It will be $16 for a single and $130 for a 10-class card. (still very affordable)

If you buy your card before that time you can still have the old rate of $120 for a 10-class card.

Wow, I hope all that made some sense to you!!!!
If you have any questions, please e-mail to me or call me @ 212-262-0873.

Thank you so much for being a part of the DANCE FAMILY!!

Sue Samuels


What: "JAZZ ROOTS DANCE" Audition

When: Saturday, September 26th @ 4pm

Where: The Ailey Studios
405 W. 55th Street @ 9th Avenue
New York, New York 10019

Come prepared to take a Jazz dance class from beginning to end from 4-5:30 pm.

The price of the class is $17.00 for a single ($15.50 professional rate- show your union card)

Please pay for the class in the lobby then sign in for the audition at the studio where the class is held.

The class begins promptly at 4 pm. Please arrive at least 20 minutes early to sign up and receive a number.

Advanced level only 18 - 40 years old.

For further inquiries contact Sue Samuels @ SuSamJaz@aol.com


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


Upcoming Tap Events!

When: Every second and fourth Sunday of the month (September 13th and 27th)
Class Schedule:
12:00-1:00 PM ~ Open Class (mixed level, ages 8+)
1:00-2:00 PM ~ Technique Class (ages 8+)
12:00-12:45 PM ~ "Starting On The Right Foot" (Intro to Tap, ages 5-7)
12:50-2:00 PM ~ The Champions Class (Ages 50+)
Where: 14 South Park Street - 2nd floor (Montclair, NJ)
More Info: www.njte.org


A Neighborhood Street Fair
Food, Art, Activities, Performance
When: Saturday, September 26th from noon until 5:00PM
Where: W 19th Street, btw 10th and 11th Aves (NYC)
Cost: FREE
*Rain or Shine*

When: Saturday, September 26th @ 3:45PM
Where: 512 W 19th Street (NYC)
Cost: FREE


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)


Bob Audy

When: November 13th-15th
Where: Nola Studios (NYC)
More Info: www.traditionintap.org


*With Lisa La Touche*
< strong>When: Thursdays 3:00-4:00PM (int/adv)
Where: Roy Arias Dance (300 West 43rd Street - NYC, *5th floor)
Cost: $12/class
More Info: 347-273-1536 and www.lisalatouche.com


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



Owen's Show and Tapperina's Tales

Modern Romantics: Spiritual Expressions in Paint

Jane's main squeeze, Owen, has an exhibition opening tonight!
The Painting Center?52 Greene St., Soho,?New York, New York 10013?Click for map and directions
Janet Y. Larose, Curator
Exhibition dates: September 2-26, 2009?Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 6-8 pm
For more information:?www.thepaintingcenter.org?www.owengray.net
Review of Shoot Me in The Boston Phoenix

This Beantown reviewer really "gets" Jane and her book, Shoot Me While I'm Happy. Make sure to order your copy at www.janegoldberg.org and read the full review by Marcia B. Siegel, http://thephoenix.com/Boston/Arts/87932-Tapperinas-tales/


September Tap Happenings

Brenda Bufalino

4 Week Workshops

Int/Adv Level

Wednesdays, 12:00 - 2:00

September 30 - October 21
November 18 & December 2-16
January 6 - January 27

*Please Note* All classes are held at Chelsea Studios, 151 W. 26th St. - 5th/6th floor

Drop-Ins welcome
For fees, more information, or to register please visit: http://www.atdf.org/0910Year_Round_Programs/YRoundAdult09.html


Tap City Youth Ensemble Audition

Sun, Sept. 13 (12:30-4:30 pm)

Intermediate and Advanced tap dancers ages 10 - 19

The Tap City Youth Ensemble enters its fifth year in the 2009-2010 season. This exciting performance ensemble, founded by the American Tap Dance Foundation, offers serious young tap students professional training and performing experience.

Chelsea Studios, 151 W. 26th St. (btwn 6th & 7th Ave.) 5th or 6th Fl.

Pre-Registration Required

For full information and to register: http://www.atdf.org/yrt_youth_ensemble.html

Quenia's Samba Workshops/ and Parade Sept. 13th

Hi Everybody

If you received this email twice we apologize but I had a bunch of
people say they never received the first one ..

First...here is the workshop schedule for the September 13th Event at
the Ailey Extension

follow this link https://www.alvinailey.org/page.php?p=arti&v=560 for
further class descriptions or to register for the full workshop. To
register for specific classes in the workshop you can call Ailey or
register at the front desk

*( if you have any trouble registering for individual classes contact
me at this email )

Workshop Schedule:

11:00am – 12:00noon - SAMBA IN PLATFORM HEELS WORKSHOP w/ Quenia

12:00noon – 1:30pm - SAMBA DRUMMING w/ Nick Birmelin
1 hour lunch break

2:30 – 4:00pm - MACULELÊ w/ Instructor Tiba

Choose 1 of these 2 classes:

4:00 – 5:30pm - SAMBA REGGAE / SAMBA DA BAHIA* w/ Quenia
4:00 – 5:30pm - ADV BEG CAPOEIRA w/ Instructor Tiba

5:30 – 6:00pm - PARADE PREP/WARM UP – Dress Up & Practice your

6:00 – 7:00pm - “BLOCO RIBEIRO” Parade


$75 per person full workshop, includes:

Special Workshop classes
Quenia’s & Tiba’s normally scheduled classes
Instrument rental for drumming workshop

$20 per person workshop class if purchased separately

$17 per person for Quenia’s normally scheduled class Sunday

Space Limited...Sign up Today!

We have DVD's available at www.sambasambasamba.com as well as our
limited edition SAMBA Tshirts.

Thanks for all the support!!!!






M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Inc. Events
For The Fall '09 Session Of Tap Classes Is This Saturday, Sept. 12 From 10am - 5pm

Register TODAY for your session. Space is limited.

Pre-registration for the Fall session begins September 12th, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Fall session begins September 14th and lasts until December 19th. Registration begins September 12th but you can secure your spot today.

Monday 6:00pm - 7:00pm Ja'bowen Beginning 3 $135 All Ages
Monday 7:00pm - 8:00pm Ja'bowen Intermediate $135 All Ages
Wednesday 6:00pm - 7:00pm Jumaane Beginning Basics $135 All Ages
Wednesday 7:00pm - 8:00pm Jumaane Intermediate 101 $135 All Ages
Wednesday 8:00pm - 9:00pm Jumaane Advanced $135 All Ages
Friday 6:00pm - 7:00pm Bril Improvisation $135 All Ages
Saturday 9:30am - 10:30am Star Toddler Tap $135 3-4
Saturday 10:30am - 11:30am Bril Beginning Basics $135 5-8
Saturday 11:30am - 12:30pm Star Beginning 2.0 $135 9-12
Saturday 12:30pm - 1:30pm Bril Never 2 old 2 start $135 18+
Saturday 1:30pm - 2:30pm Bril Never 2 old 2 continue $135 18+
Saturday 2:30pm - 3:30pm Star Intermediate $135 All Ages
Saturday 3:30pm - 4:30pm Bril Advanced $135 All Ages

REGISTER TODAY space is limited. You may register securely online via PayPal or call M.A.D.D. Rhythms at 773.604.1899 or email info@maddrhythms.com for more information.


Ravaughn Harris Update - Jam 4 Justice, Sep 13@ the Wild Hare in Chicago

As many of you know, Brother Kwesi Ron Harris' son, Ravaughn has been held for almost 18 months at a Nashville jail for a crime that he did not commit. We have waited a long time but Ravaughn's trial date is close - Sept. 21.

In preparation, we have planned the Jam 4 Justice, to raise funds for Ravaughn's legal defense and to uplift the Harris family and our village. A evening of conscious music, spoken word, hip-hop and dance brought to you by a dynamic roster of committed artists and performers. Performances by GLC (of G.O.O.D. Music), Funkadesi, John Marshall Jones, Maggie Brown, Triple Blak, Vicksburg Kid, M.A.D.D Rhythms, Khari B, Brenda Matthews, KM, Minianka African Drum & Dance Ensemble, Kwame Bediako, Sax Preacher, Kwame Steve Cobb & Chavunduka and others. Food provided by Quench. Venue donated by the Wild Hare.

Your support is requested in the following areas:
Attend the Jam 4 Justice on Sept. 13 at the Wild Hare, $25 donation
Make a donation by check payable to Ronald Harris, 7938 S. Sacramento, Chicago, IL 60652
Make an online donation here (scroll down to donate button) http://www.khepera.org
Join us in Nashville on Sept. 21
Write Ravaughn at:


It is time for Ravaughn to return to his family and community. We'll see you at the Wild Hare on Sun. Sept 13!


Live Taping - The Frenzy w/Mae & Case

The 31st taping of The Frenzy w/Mae & Case
Saturday, September 19, 2009
CSU - 9501 S. King Drive, 10am
to be apart of our LIVE TAPING.

For reservations and more information,
email maeandcase@yahoo.com
Put "Audience" in the subject line.




Can You Dance video(rough cut) - Isaiah Pittman

Isaiah Pittman V is a talented young entertainer and his camp is looking for some feedback on this video, song and etc. Take a look and share you thoughts.



CDDC presents World Premiere of Sita Haran

Saturday, September 26
2:00pm and 8:00pm*
*Pre-show Discussion 7:15

Sunday, September 27
Pre-show Discussion 5:15pm
Sunday Post-Show Reception

Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center
San Francisco

$55, $40, $25
Students / Seniors 10% Discount
Fort Mason Box Office
Call 415-345-7575

Original Music for Sita Haran composed by Pandit Chitresh Das
Sample Music from Selected Scenes:

Click here to listen to sample of Sita Haran Title Music
Click here to listen to sample of "Ravan's Puja"
Click here to listen to sample of "Sita's Abduction"

Composer – Pandit Chitresh Das
Arrangement – Jayanta Banerjee
Sitar - Jayanta Banerjee
Vocals - Debashish Sarkar
Ghatam and Effects - Somnath Roy
Tabla/Pakwaj - Abhijit Banerjee
Violinist - Subashish Deb
Sarod - Kaushik Mukherjee
Flute - Jayanto Chaterjee
Recitation - Pradeep Roy
Sarangi - Ramesh Misra
Verse Composition – Shankar Mehta


Yukaholics this Saturday 9/12/09 - 2pm & 8pm in Beverly Hills


You can get as many tickets as you like using your credit card via our paypal account.
You will receive an email confirmation of your purchase, which we will require you to bring to the performance with your picture ID. There will be a special table set up for paypal purchases.

Started in 1986, Yukaholics is a non-profit organization developed solely for the purpose of providing support to Southern California Recovery Homes through laughter and entertainment.
Over the last 20 years Yukaholics has held an annual evening of comedy in Los Angeles with all proceeds going to support the Recovery Homes of Southern California.

We Benefit Area Recovery Homes
To date Yukaholics has donated $396,277 Southern California Recovery Homes.


Mamadêlê Newsletter: Travel to Bahia, Brazil this January!

Travel with Dendê to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
January 13th-27th, 2010
Experience Bahia with Master Afro-Brazilian Percussionist Dendê

Spend two weeks in the festive city of Salvador, Bahia with Dendê. Your trip will include intensive percussion classes in Pelourinho, the historic center of Bahia; visits to candomble houses; participation in the Festa do Bonfim, one of the most exciting and sacred festivals in Brazil; and attending rehearsals of bands like Ilê Aiyê, Olodum and Timbalada. Traveling with Dendê will give you access to a side of Bahia that most tourists never see. If you love to drum or want to learn how, this is the way to experience Bahia.

You will take daily percussion classes with Dendê where you will learn a variety of rhythms and instruments. The classes are mixed levels so you can be a beginner all the way through advanced! Students will be given the opportunity to learn timbal, surdo, bacurinha, caixa, atabaque, caxixi , pandeiro, etc... Rhythms will includebasic candomble, samba de roda, forro, maracatu as well as popu lar rhythms from Ilê Aiyê, Timbalada and Olodum.

As a member of Timbalada, Dendê performed throughout the world from the age of 14, recorded 8 of their albums and performed with a who's who of popular Brazilian music. Now living in the US, Dendê performs with his own groups as well as many other groups throughout the US and Europe. Since his arrival in NYC, he has appeared on stage with Giovanni Hidalgo, Zakir Hussain, David Byrne, Melvin Gibbs, Vernon Reid, Adam Rudolph, Vinicius Cantuaria and many others. Dendê also teaches Afro-Brazilian percussion to adults and children in NYC.
The trip includes:
* Daily Percussion Classes with Dendê
* Rehearsals with Bloco-Afro Kizumba
* Performances in Carnaval with Bloco-Afro Kizumba
* Tons of fun events and additional classes

We have arranged a deal with our travel agent who will be happy to set up your travel and hotel!
Payments will be made via Paypal.To make your reservation for the classes now, http://mamadele.com/travel.html. Please note, the travel & lodging arrangements will be made and paid for separately.


"I became at least twice as good of a drummer after I left and got my mind blown by the music and the sights and all the festivities." - Michael Colin

"As a percussionist and as a person wanting a deeper understanding of Bahia, I thought Dendê's course was remarkable and would recommend it to beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Dendê really takes care of you, helps know the real Bahia. The trip to his home, neighborhood and his mom's cooking was some of the many highlights. Dendê is also a world class master of the timbal. You will get to march in a real carnival band. It's the opportunity of a lifetime." - Bill Buchen

For further information contact:
Mamadêlê Productions