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Sep 18, 2009


- Pt. Das & Jason Samuels Smith perform in D.C. as a National Heritage Fellow
-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

- Brownie Brown's Memorial in NYC
-National Heritage Award performance
-Andrew J. Nemr and CPD Plus Tickets Available NOW!!!
-Tap Alert! from your ITA
-The Bob Audy Tap Experience - New York City, November 13-15, 2009.
-OPPORTUNITY: Anita's Studio of Dance seeks Tap Teacher
-OPPORTUNTY: Brooklyn College Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts seeks Dance Teacher

-M.A.D.D. Rhythms - Last chance to register for the Fall Session of Classes!
-Tickets on Sale for Dance Chicago's 15th Anniversary Season
-Step Afrika! Makes Chgo Debut

-Miriam Nelson turns 90! Send Your Birthday Greeting... Her Autobiography Available, Get your Autographed Copy

-Dr. Ernest "Brownie" Brown



Pt. Das & Jason Samuels Smith invited to perform in D.C. as a National Heritage Fellow

2009 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowships Concert

A concert to celebrate and honor the 2009 NEA National Heritage Fellowships – the country’s highest recognition of folk and traditional artists.


September 24, 2009

7:30 PM

The Music Center At Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD

FREE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS (limited to 6) will be available at the following locations:

The Music Center at Stathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD


House of Musical Traditions
7010 Westmoreland Ave
Takoma Park, MD

For more information:



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



Brownie Brown's Memorial
Sunday Oct 4,2009
St Peter's Church
54th & Lexington
7:30 pm
Made possible by:
Copasetics Connection


National Heritage Award performance

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD


Andrew J. Nemr and CPD Plus Tickets Available NOW!!!

Saturday - October 10, 2009

2009 New York Premiere Season

Andrew J. Nemr and CPD PLUS in
Echoes In Time
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center - Mainstage Theatre
LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thompson Avenue
Long Island City, NY

$15 Advance, $20 Door, $10 Student/Senior

call 718-482-5151 for tickets


Friday - September 25, 2009

Andrew J. Nemr and CPD PLUS
perform Music of the Spheres
White Wave's John Ryan Theater
25 Jay Street
(F train to York Street Station)
DUMBO/Brooklyn, NY


Tap Alert! from your ITA

He Has Not Left Us, He's Left Something For Us: Ernest "Brownie" Brown

It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that Ernest "Brownie" Brown passed away Friday, August 21, 2009. He was a beloved member of the tap community, and will be greatly missed.
Brownie began to dance professionally as a child, and had a career that lasted over 80 years. With longtime partner, Charles Cookie Cook, he was half of the celebrated vaudeville duo Cook and Brown. During the 1930's and 1940's, Mr. Brown headlined at New York's Roxie, Radio City Music Hall, the Cotton Club, at London's Palladium and the Latin Casino in Paris. Broadway veteran of "Kiss me Kate," Brownie was a member of "The Original Copasetics."
Mr. Brown danced with his partner and protégé Reginald "The Hoofer" McLaughlin in Chicago in his later years, and they appear on a tap documentary called "JUBA - Masters of Tap." Mr. Brown was given the ATDF "Hoofer Award" in 2004.
Check out a video of Ernest "Brownie" Brown in action by clicking here.
As Dr. Jimmy Slyde would say: "He has not left us. He's left something for us" We will miss you Brownie! You taught us how to keep it copasetic.


Tony Waag And His American Tap Dance Foundation Will Have Their Own Studio/Rehearsal Space Exclusively For Tap???It's an announcement that Tony Waag, director of American Tap Dance Foundation, has been waiting years to make: he has just signed the lease for the space that will be the new AMERICAN TAP DANCE CENTER, located on Christopher Street and Washington. The 3000 square foot space will house three studios for tap classes and rehearsals, as well as the administrative offices of American Tap Dance Foundation. read more>>
AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATION presented its annual awards in a special awards/performance in the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center July 8th.??The ever-creative Tony Waag decided this year to have a special awards show, rather than present the awards during a tap performance. It was an inspired decision and made for a warm, joyous, entertaining evening of gracious acceptance speeches, fascinating and rarely seen films, and exciting performances. read more>>
A Lifetime Achievement in Dance for Arlene Kennedy!
Arlene Kennedy, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Universal Dance Designs and the Kennedy Tap Company has been honored by the Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles. Each year the organization selects four members of the Los Angeles dance community for its Lester Horton Dance Awards. Ms. Kennedy has been honored with this year's Lifetime Achievement in Dance! Ms. Kennedy's organization has produced more professional and Broadway tap dancers than any other school in Los Angeles, including performers who have appeared with the world famous Rockettes, in the shows Black and Blue, 42nd Street, Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk as well as Las Vegas Storms

Read more:


The Bob Audy Tap Experience - New York City, November 13-15, 2009.

The upcoming workshop in the ‘Tradition In Tap - Series’ will be dedicated to the work of The Tap Master Teacher, Mr. Bob Audy.

The workshop is scheduled to take place in New York City on November 13-15, 2009.

Bob Audy himself will teach an original routine named That's Entertainment. This routine is part of Mr. Audy's music CD which will be on sale at the workshop.

The Faculty for the workshop includes:
Bob Audy, Ofer Ben, Karen Callaway Williams, Prof. Anita Feldman, Isabel Glasser, Prof. Jeannie Hill, Dirk Lumbard, Avi Miller, David Rider, Prof. Clare O’Donnell, Germaine Salsberg, Randy Skinner, Prof. Hank Smith, Alan Spaulding and Shea Sullivan.

The workshop will take place at Nola Studios in midtown Manhattan.

The Participants Showcase will take place on Sunday November 15, at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. See the website for guidelines and application form.

The workshop includes:
- Three days of intensive tap experience.
- Traditional Choreography taught by the 'Master' himself.
- Honorary Master Classes by leading tap artists.
- Participants Showcase.
- Tradition In Tap - Award Presentation.
- Tap History Talks.
- Video Presentation.
- Tap Technique.
- Related Events
- 'Dance Teacher Recognizes' certificate (For Teachers Only).

The workshop consists of 4 different programs:
- Two separate adult programs (Adults, Teens 17+).
- Teens program for tappers ages 13-16, with at least 5 years of extensive tap training.
- Youth program for tappers age 10-12, with at least 3 years of extensive tap training.

Scholarships are made possible by funds granted by Private Donors through the ‘Sponsor A Tap Dancer’ program & The Tradition In Tap - Advisory Committee. Please refer to the web site for more information and an application form.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor to a tap dancer in need, join our 'Sponsor A Tap Dancer' program and provide additional dancers with the partial or full tuition for the workshop.

Great rates are now available on some of the nearby hotels. Refer to the website for updates and links.

Extensive information is now available on the web site: www.TraditionInTap.org
The workshop’s poster will be sent out in few days - please be sure to update us with your current mailing address.

Space is limited - register early!
Special group rates available – call for details.


Bob Audy has worked in every aspect of show business as director/choreographer for Broadway, television, movies and summer theaters across the country.
As director/choreographer Mr. Audy has worked on over 25 shows, including George M! with Joel Grey, The Unsinkable Molly Brown with Carol Lawrence, The Music Man with Peter Marshall and Edie Adams, No,No Nanette with Vickie Lawrence, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Carol Baker, Anything Goes with Margaret Whiting and many others.
He has also worked with the St Louis Municipal Opera, Kenley Players, North Shore Music Theater, Coconut Grove Playhouse, and many other regional theaters.
He was a strong influence on the Broadway Production of George M! and a consultant for the NBC production of the same show starring Joel Grey.
For over forty years Mr. Audy has been one of the foremost teachers of tap dance as well as jazz in New York City sending a great number of students on to professional jobs where the skills they learned from him gave them the goods they needed in the world of show business. As a teacher and coach he has worked with many stars, including Shirley MacLaine, John Travolta, Cybil Shepard, Joel Grey, Diane Keaton, Ben Vereen, Jerry Orbach, Madeline Kahn, Betty Buckley and a host of others.
Over the years Mr. Audy has shared his technique and choreography with virtually every major Dance Organization in the United States, and has also taught workshops in France and Finland.
In 2001 Mr. Audy was awarded the Dance Masters of America's President's Award, and his contribution to the tap world was honored by The American Tap Dance Foundation at Tap City 2003. In 2007 Bob was the proud recipient of the prestigious Flo-Bert Award in New York, which was presented at the annual Tap Extravaganza. He also was the first honorée of the New York Jazz choreography Project in May 2009.
Twenty years ago Mr. Audy used his skills and began to teach people from outside the dance world. He set up a dance and fitness program for Interep National Radio Sales, Inc., The program flourished and he continued to be the director of it for twenty years.
Bob Audy currently teaches weekly classes of Tap and Jazz in New York City.
• “Bob Audy has that special gift that makes him a geat teacher and that makes you learn to do things you never thought you could.”
- Joel Grey
• “Bob taught me everything I know about tap dancing. I love him.”
- Shirley MacLaine
• “Bob Audy is one of the best tap-dance teachers around.”
- Ann Miller

Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or comments you might have.

My e-mail address is: Workshops@TraditionInTap.org
or call me directly at: 646-383-4949

Thanks and Shalom,

Ofer Ben - Executive Director
Tradition In Tap, Inc.

Tradition In Tap, Inc.

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



About Anita's Studio of Dance
Busy dance studio in Western Suffolk County, over 35 years in operation.

Seeking a STRONG, enthusiastic tap teacher for students ages 6 and up, beginner through advanced, both recreation and competition students, for the upcoming season. Thursday and/or Friday classes available. Must love kids, love to dance and love to teach. Must have experience teaching, performance experience a plus. All applicants must be able to LEGALLY work in the United States and be available for the entire season, September 2009 through June 2010.

Please send resume, bio, and current salary requirements ASAP to anitasdance@mail.com.



About Brooklyn College Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts
The Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts (718) 951-411 bcprepcenter.org email: bcpc@brooklyn.cuny.edu

The Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (CUNY) has an immediate opening for the 2009-2010 school year for a dance teacher. Teaching includes Creative Movement for 3-4 year olds and Tap Dance for children ages 5 and up. Must be available on Saturdays.

Candidates must have formal dance education in addition to performance and teaching experience.

Teaching may include both private and group instruction. $28-$35/hour, depending on education and experience. Please fax resume and cover letter to 718-951-5412 or email BCPC@brooklyn.cuny.edu

For information about our school, please visit our website at bcprepcenter.org

The Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts is an equal opportunity employer.



M.A.D.D. Rhythms –
Last chance to register for the Fall Session of Classes!

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.
Secure Online Registration



15th Anniversary Spectacular
October 30 - December 12

Reserve your seat now to what the Chicago Tribune says is, "An entertaining buffet where audiences can sample the diverse flavors of the city's ever-growing dance scene."
Don't miss Chicago's most unique entertainment experience as we branch out into new venues for our 15th Anniversary Season! From Street to Jazz and Ballroom to Ballet, every genre of dance is represented and embraced!
Dance Chicago 2009 is a six-week festival featuring the largest and most diverse variety of Chicago’s local dance companies. Dance Chicago features hundreds of companies and choreographers in 12 different programs. The cornerstone of the fall dance season is back for it's 15th year anniversary at three exciting new venues. The six-week festival brings the talents of Chicago's foremost dancers and newest talents together for 21 performances during the annual celebration.

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts?in Skokie - ON SALE NOW!?October 30, 31, 2009?9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie - FREE PARKING?Box Office (847) 673-6300?www.northshore.org
Dance Slam - Friday, Oct 30, 7:30 PM
Dance for Kids, Too! - Sat, Oct 31, 1 PM
15th Anniversary Spectacular - Sat, Oct 31, 8:00 PM

Theatre Building Chicago
Dance Chicago - Up Close And Personal
November 4-15, 2009
1225 West Belmont Ave, Chicago
Box Office (773) 327-5252

New Moves A - Wed, Nov 4, 8 PM
New Moves B - Thurs, Nov 5, 8 PM
Extended View - Fri, Nov 6, 8:15 PM
Jazz Caberet - Sat, Nov 7, 8:15 PM
Dance Romance - Sun, Nov 8, 1 and 5 PM
New Moves C - Wed, Nov 11, 8 PM
New Moves D - Thurs, Nov 12, 8 PM
Fringe Carnival - Fri, Nov 13, 8:15 PM
Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre - Sat, Nov 14, 8:15 PM
Choreographers' Showcase - Sun, Nov 15, 1 and 5 PM

Music Institute of Chicago
Nichols Concert Hall
Saturday, December 12, 2009
1490 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL
Box Office (847) 905-1500, ext 108

Family Nutcracker - 10 AM
(Duke It Out: Ellington vs. Tchaikovsky)
Grand Finale - 8 PM

Visit dancechicago.com for a complete schedule or to order a FREE color brochure.

The sponsors of Dance Chicago 2009 are Alphawood Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The MacArthur Fund For Arts and Culture at Prince, Richard H. Driehaus, The Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, A State Agency, H&A International, Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation (Exclusive Sponsor of the Dance Chicago 2009 Choreography Award), Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, City Arts III, Philip and Marsha Dowd.


Step Afrika! Makes Chgo Debut


CHICAGO--TheChicago 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 Chicago 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. Students 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.



Miriam Nelson turns 90! Send Your Birthday Greeting... Her Autobiography Available, Get your Autographed Copy

Our very own living legend of tap and all things choreographic, Miriam Nelson, is turning 90 years young this coming Monday, September 21st.
As a surprise for her, I would love to bring her LOADS of your happy birthday messages.

Email me your message, and I'll collect them all and print them out for her and present them to her on her birthday in a special card. If you can, include a photo of yourself in the email so she can "see" you. PLEASE email me your message by this Friday, if you can (thanks!)
If you would like to pop a card in the mail for her, you can send it to me and I'll make sure that she gets it:
Miriam Nelson?c/o Rusty Frank?225 Whiting Street?El Segundo, CA 90245?USA
Many of you have met her at tap festivals around the world, and I am happy to report that she is still the vivacious, upbeat, energetic gal you met. She is still travelling to tap festivals, and is now working on her one-woman show!

Our dear friend's long-awaited autobiography has just been published. I know that many of you will love to have your own copy of this book. I would be happy to get your copy autographed by her (I see her at least every two weeks). Just click HERE to order your copy.
Here's what they are saying about her book:
"Five, six, seven, eight!" Defines the life of actress, dancer, choreographer, and director Miriam Nelson.
Miriam's life reads like a 1930's musical. While still in her twenties, she appeared in six Broadway shows. On the day she moved to Los Angeles, Miriam ran into old friend Billy Daniels from New York who took her to lunch at Paramount. During lunch, Miriam ran into another New York friend, Paramount president Buddy de Sylva, who hired her on the spot for Lady in the Dark starring Ginger Rogers. Miriam has been dancing with the stars ever since!
Nelson has tapped and chassed with countless stars, including Julie Andrews, Ingrid Bergman, Doris Day, Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, John Travolta and Billy Bob Thornton.
Miriam was there for the opening day at Disneyland - Walt Disney hired her to choreograph dance numbers around the Park, including the famous Golden Horseshoe Revue. Miriam's career spans both the famous and infamous eras of stage, screen, and television. Encouraged by friends and family to recall her special "behind the scenes" moments, Miriam sorted through memories, scrapbooks and mountains of photographs to enable readers to share the excitement and anticipation, the joy and the sorrow that chronicled her extraordinary life.
Fortunately, for those who love to dance and those who love to watch dance, Miriam Nelson remains an exciting part of the professional American dance scene.
"You're a darling girl, Miriam, and I love you for all that you did. God bless you always, your dear friend," - Busby Berkley



Dr. Ernest "Brownie" Brown

A message from Dr. Ernest " Brownie" Brown to all hoofers at the M.A.D.D. Rhythms tap festival November 2008. We love and thank you Brownie for the endless joy you've shared with the world.