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Oct 16, 2009


Charlie’s Angels at The Kitchen
- Robin Subbing For Jonathan Lee, Saturday October 17 at The Ailey Extension
-Robin Dunn's FACE for Dancers
-SAVE THE DATE: DC Tap Festival 2010

-FRANKRADIO CMJ Showcase 10/20 / The "B" Movie Screening NY
-'Mazel Toes' Tap Company
- Tap Jam at Smalls Jazz Club!!

- M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Inc. Press Announcement – Chicago Tap Summit
-Skip Cunnigham and Chester Whitmore at ALHC
-Jumaane Taylor of M.A.D.D. Rhythms layin rhythms to the wood

-A4D Audition Alert (text format) / Open Calls L.A. & LAS VEGAS
-Int'l Kathak Festival Chicago 2009
-Nigel Lythgoe, Dick Van Dyke, Mitzi Gaynor, Benji Schwimmer, SYTYCD Peformers THIS Friday at PDS Fall Ball
-Career Transition For Dancers/L.A.

- BoomBach
-The London Tap Jam
-Sand Dance Workshop in Barcelona



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


Robin will be subbing for Jonathan Lee
teaching Beginner Hip Hop
Saturday, October 17th, 2:30-4:00pm


The Joan Weill Center for Dance
405 West 55th Street, 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

For the Performer In You!
Starts this Sunday, October 18th ; 5:00-8:00pm
With performance opportunities 11/22, 28 and 29th

E.D. Entertainment
& The Ailey Extension

for Dancers Rep
{Focus, Attitude, Confidence, Energy & Eye Contact}

October 18 - November 29, 2009
including a studio showing with a surprise industry professional and performance in
The Kat Wildish Showcase, Thanksgiving weekend 11/28 and 29
in the Ailey Citigroup Theater

"Robin really knows how to touch people in a whole new way."
-Minako, 2008 workshop participant

"Robin not only makes you a better dancer, she makes you a better person."
-Ezra Richards, former member of Robin's Hip Hop Technicians

The workshop will consist of Robin setting a choreographed dance piece on participants incorporating the tools of Robins F.A.C.E. performance technique. The workshop will culminate in a studio showing with feedback given by Robin and a guest industry professional as well as the piece being performed in theKat Wildish showcase, 11/28 and 29. Participants must be advanced beginner level or higher with prior performance experience helpful. It is Robin's pleasure
to work with Associate Choreographer Yotam Kafri on this piece.

Dance Piece Title:

Cast Breakdown:
? Spoken word artist
? 3 Ballet dancers on Pointe
? 3 Bboy/girls
? Hip Hop Ensemble Number of dancers, TBA (subject to enrollment)

For More Information Contact:
E.D. Entertainment
Info Below

All the best,
:) R...
Robin Dunn
-E.D. Entertainment
-Robin Dunn's F.A.C.E.
(212) 642-8188 Telephone


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

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



The Pioneers
About the project

The Pioneers provides intensive professional development courses for Hip Hop dancers and teachers in the UK. Launched in 2007 The Pioneers focuses on development and refining the foundations of the three Hip Hop and Funk Styles dance techniques Locking, Popping and B Boying.




DC Tap Festival

March 26, 27, 28, 2010



FRANKRADIO CMJ Showcase 10/20 / The "B" Movie Screening NY

FRANKRADIO in conjunction with ihiphop presents...?Official CMJ Showcase:
Performances:?U-God?Grand Puba?Wiz Khalifa?Trouble Andrew?Mr. Move?Stalley?Jasmine Solano?DJ Souljah
Tuesday, October 20th?@ Southpaw • 125 Fifth Ave. Brooklyn, NY?$10 / 18+ • Doors: 8PM


Burton's The "B" NYC Pre-Screening Party
When: Wednesday October 14th 2009?Time: 4 PM – 7 PM?Location: Burton Snowboards Flagship Store?106 Spring Street (at Mercer), New York??Itinerary:
4 PM – 6 PM?Autograph Session / Meet and Greet with the Burton Team (Shaun White, Mads Jonsson, Freddie Kalbermatten, Kevin Pearce, Jussi Oksanen, Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter); ?Fun food, beer and cocktails;??5 PM – 7 PM ?DJ A-Dog (Burton’s own!)



Bang A Delic sent a message to the members of G-STYLE INTERACTIVE POPPING TUTORIALS.

Subject: new footage for you crazy popperz!=)



'Mazel Toes' Tap Company

To see more details and confirm this group invitation, follow the link below:


Tap Jam at Smalls Jazz Club!!

Event: Tap Jam at Smalls Jazz Club!!
What: Jam Session
Start Time: Sunday, October 18 at 4:00pm
End Time: Sunday, October 18 at 7:00pm
Where: 183 West 10th Street @ 7th Ave

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


M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Inc. Press Announcement

5th ANNIVERSARY Celebration
"Honoring Chicago's TAP Legacy"

M.A.D.D. Rhythms presents The Chicago Tap Summit; 5th Anniversary Celebration, October 30-November 1, 2009. Many of the worlds most renowned Tap Legends will come together from Canada, New York, St. Louis, Las Vegas, New Jersey and Chicago to teach, perform and celebrate the art of tap dance. This year's Summit will be dedicated to the late, great Ernest "Brownie" Brown.

Ernest "Brownie" Brown was born April 25, 1916 and left for the big show in Heaven on Aug. 21, 2009. At the early age of 11, Ernest "Brownie" Brown ventured off to follow his dream of becoming a dancer and an entertainer. This dream would turn into a career that spanned 80 years. In 1930, Brownie and his childhood friend, Charles "Cookie" Cook formed the dance team Cook & Brown. They headlined in vaudeville theatres throughout the U.S. and in Europe. In 1934, they played The Cotton Club which led to London's Palladium, The Latin Casino in Paris and The Broadway musical "Kiss Me Kate". Brownie was also one of the founding members of the original "Copasetics"; an elite tap company formed in 1949 in memory of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. One of his proudest moments was being inducted into the Tap Dance Hall Of Fame.

This year's esteemed honorees include:

Dr. Jeni LeGon was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 14, 1916. She was the first black woman to sign an extended contract from MGM. In her first screen role, LeGon danced with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (the only black woman to do so on screen) in Hooray for Love, which also featured Fats Waller. Her twenty-four film credits include: Broadway Melody of 1936, This Was Paris, (1937), Start Cheering, Fools for Scandal (1938), I Can't Give You Anything But Love (1940), Birth of the Blues, Sundown, Arabian Nights (1941), While Thousands Cheered, Stormy Weather (1943), Hi De Ho (1945), Easter Parade (1948), I Shot Jesse James (1949) and Somebody Loves Me (1952). In 2002, Oklahoma City University conferred upon her a doctorate of performing arts in American Dance.

Dr. Prince Spencer was born on October 3, 1917 in Jenkinsville, South Carolina. In 1941, Spencer joined the dance troupe, The Four Step Brothers, replacing longtime member Sylvester Johnson. The Four Step Brothers was a group that originated in the mid-1920s performing in Hollywood films, and by 1946, was performing with Frank Sinatra. That same year, the group embarked on a six month performance at the Parisian Le Lido, then toured Italy and Spain. In 1947, The Four Step Brothers appeared uncredited in the film That's My Gal. The group returned to the silver screen in 1953, appearing alongside Bob Hope in a film entitled Here Come the Girls. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the group became favorites of Ed Sullivan and performed on Jack Benny's television show. They also toured Europe, performing for the Queen of England. In 2002, Oklahoma City University conferred upon him a doctorate of performing arts in American Dance.

Dr. Harold Cromer was born in New York City, and began his 50 year career as a tap dancer on roller skates at the Hudson Guild in Hell's Kitchen. He made his Broadway debut with Bert Lahr, Ethel Merman, and Betty Grable in Du Barry Was A Lady. Mr. Cromer later performed around the world as a member of the well-known song and dance comedy team, Stump and Stumpy, with James Cross. They appeared in leading theaters and night clubs with Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Count Basie. Stump and Stumpy toured with Nat Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, the Ink Spots, Stan Kenton, and Sophie Tucker, among others. In the late 1950's, Harold became the Master of Ceremonies to Rock and Roll's The Biggest Show of Stars. In 2008, Bloomfield College conferred upon him a doctorate of performing arts in American Dance.

Very special guests include Prof. Robert L. Reed, founder, producer and director of The St. Louis and Oklahoma City Tap Festivals, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, America's representative on "Superstars of Dance" and star of the newly released independent film "The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang", Reggio "The Hoofer" McLaughlin, longtime partner of the late, great Ernest "Brownie" Brown and Chicago Native and M.A.D.D Rhythms' own founder and artistic director Bril Barrett. Jumaane Taylor, Nora Clark, Starinah Dixon, Ja'Bowen Dixon, Donnetta Jackson and teen tap sensation Latrell Garnett round out the well-diversified faculty. Collectively the faculty credits include Broadway's Bring in the Noise Bring in the Funk, Black & Blue, national and international tours of Riverdance, the movies "TAP", "Bamboozled" and "The Cotton Club", "Star Search" and concert openings for the late great Sammy Davis Jr.

The Chicago Tap Summit; 5th Anniversary Celebration will include an array of master classes for all levels of tap dancers, along with history sessions (complete with rare footage of some of the all time greats of tap), a participants' showcase, a panel discussion and our popular "LIVE THE HISTORY" lecture/demonstration which takes you through TAP history by the legends who lived it. The festival will wrap up with an electrifying concert "TAKE 5" featuring all faculty, guests and the M.A.D.D. Rhythms family. This year's concert will feature Be The Groove (Rhythmic Performance Ensemble often compared to Stomp!), The FootworKingz (Finalists on America's Got Talent, Touring with Madonna), The Primeridian (Underground Hip Hop, Jazz, Soul and Funk eclectic group) and The Hip Hop ConnXion (one of the leading hip hop dance troupes in Chicago). Chicago's Ben "Jammin" Johnson will serve as musical director, providing live Jazz-Hip Hop-R&B-Classical-Rock-Gospel music. All classes and the performance take place at The Harold Washington Cultural Center (4701 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL. 60615).

M.A.D.D. Rhythms is a dynamic collective of young entertainers from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, with one thing in common. A love and respect for the art of tap dance or "the dance" as we like to call it. Bril Barrett (Imagine Tap, Porgy and Bess, The Tap Dance Kid, Riverdance, Oprah and the Jenny Jones show) founded the company in 2001 and serves as business manager and artistic director as well as being one of the company's principal choreographers/dancers. Jumaane Taylor (Tap the Map, Imagine Tap, Dance Spirit Magazine's top 20 hoofers under 20 (may 2005 issue), Grand prize winner of The Chicago Tap Off and the Bring In Da Noize Bring In Da Funk Contest, Chicago Tap All Stars, Rhythm I.S.S. and Friends) began as a protégé of first Bril, but has grown into an artist all his own. Jumaane is the Assistant Director and principal choreographer/dancer in M.A.D.D. Rhythms. Approaching our eighth full year in existence, with nine critically acclaimed concert performances, several workshops behind us and 4 successful festivals under our belt, we hope you'll join us.

Unleash your rhythm and experience and learn tap dancing from world renowned hoofers at M.A.D.D. Rhythms, The Chicago Tap Summit; 5th Anniversary Celebration; Oct. 30 -Nov. 1 at the Harold Washington Cultural Center (4701 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL. 60615). Enjoy a weekend filled with workshops and evening events including a culminating concert entitled "TAKE 5", Sunday, Nov. 1st at 7pm. Tickets are $20 and classes range from $30 for individual classes to $400 for an unlimited package. For more information call (773) 604-1899 or visit them online at www.maddrhythms.com

Class schedules:

5-6:15pm Nora Clark Starinah Dixon Jumaane Taylor
6:30-7:45pm Bril Barret Prof. Robert Reed Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
8-9:15pm Dr. Jeni Legon, Dr. Harold Cromer and Dr. Prince Spencer

9-10:15am Latrell Garnet Jumaane Taylor Nora Clark
10:30-11:45am Donnetta Jackson Ja'Bowen Dixon Bril Barrett
Dr. Jeni Legon


Dr. Harold Cromer

5-6:15pm Ja'Bowen Dixon Nora Clark Starinah Dixon
6:30-7:45pm Prof. Robert Reed Donnetta Jackson Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards

10-11:15am Jumaane Taylor Bril Barrett Prof. Robert Reed
Dr. Harold Cromer

Dr. Jeni Legon

2:30-3:45pm Starinah Dixon Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards Reggio McLaughlin

Skip Cunnigham and Chester Whitmore at ALHC

There will be a tap competition on Saturday night and 5 classes on Sunday morning and afternoon. Secure online registration for ALHC can be done at


There will be a separate online registration for the Sunday Tap Fest. Costs begin at $30 for one class up to $125 for all 5 classes. You can add on ALHC Saturday night for $35.

An added plus is that we are part of a Guinness World Record attempt for the Largest Simultaneous Worldwide Dance Event because we are doing Thriller at 8:30 that night - Oct. 24. A class for it is offered at 5:45-7 before the ballroom opens on Saturday night at 7pm.

Here are the details on the competition.

Tap Division - entry fee is $60 for solo or duos; prize money ranges from $200 to $600 with 5 or more entrants
Team Division - Dancers would have to do Lindy tap or some type of swing while they tapped to qualify. Prize money is $800 to $2000 with 5 or more entrants
Cabaret Division - team tap can go here if swing tap is out. Prize money is $200 to $800 for 5 or more acts.

Check out teacher incentives.

Skip Cunningham
Featured during the event will be Skip Cunningham, a veteran of stage and screen. His career as a tap dancer and singer spans a wide range of American entertainment along side the likes of Tony Bennett, Bill Cosby,, Ray Charles, Donald O.Connor, Nat King Cole, Regis Philbin, Steve Harvey, The Four Tops and the Temptations to name a few. Born in Chicago Skip.s first dance teacher was the venerable Sadie Bruce. By the time he was ten he has performed on stage in some of Chicago.s top theaters and with some great bandleaders. No stranger to competition he won almost every contest he entered as child. This encouraged him to choose show business as a career. One such contest was a lindy tap number which helped prompt his interest in swing dance (jitterbug in Chicago) and his promotion of the two styles as integral to preservation each other.As a tap master Skip has been awarded the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Juba Award, Rhythm Tap Hall of Fame Master Tapper Award, the LA Tap Festival Leonard Reed Longevity Award and the Tradition in Tap Series dedication to the Song and Dance Master with the recent Skip Cunningham Experience. Look for him to judge Tap, Cabaret plus a selection of other divisions.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


ALHC Fan Page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Lindy-Hop-Championships/147619144049
ALHC webcast channel on Sling.com http://www.sling.com/show/34244/American-Lindy-Hop-Championships

Paulette Brockington


Jumaane Taylor of M.A.D.D. Rhythms layin rhythms to the wood

Jumaane Taylor of M.A.D.D. Rhythms
Saturday, October 10, 2009
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
DoVA Temporary
5528 S. Harper Ave.

M.A.D.D. Rhythms is a tapdance collective whose sole purpose is to spread the love and joy of tap worldwide. What started as Bril Barrett's formula for giving back is now a full-fledged performing arts company, quickly gaining a reputation for representing the true essence of tap: rhythm! The company is composed of young, versatile tap dancers from all over Chicago.

On Another Note: Extractions from the Chicago Jazz Archive Collection explores the jazz traditions of Chicago's decadent 1920's, 30's, 40's, and 50's through some of the hottest contemporary artists in the city. Resident artists Mike Reed and Loose Assembly, Jumaane Taylor, DJ Sadie Woods and DJ Madrid (of White Label) will respond to original scores and imagery from the Chicago Jazz Archive, using them as a platform for adding new vigor to ragtime cuts, blues tunes and early straight ahead jazz, turning the DoVA Temporary space into a modern day speakeasy.

September 26 - October 17, 2009

Wednesday through Saturday
12 PM - 6 PM; Thursdays 8 AM - 6 PM



These auditions just arrived today for Los Angeles & Las Vegas, offering 6-month contracts. Please review qualifications & requirements below prior to auditioning.


Auditioning male and female dancers for an exclusive new venue in Monte Carlo, France. Must be beautiful, sexy and unique, looking for very well trained dancers with an extra edge. Aerial work and other expertise will be an added advantage.

6 month contract April–November 2010. Rehearsals commence February 2010. Flights, accommodation and allowances to be provided in addition to fees. NOTE: Dancers must be willing to perform topless; we also require totally nude dancers. This is a high-class theatrical production. Please be prepared to stay all day. Visit: http://www.spiritofthedanceproductions.com/

LOS ANGELES, CA? ?Mon, Oct 12, 2009?10am / females?1pm / males?Millenium Dance Complex?5113 Lankershim Blvd. ?North Hollywood, ?CA 91601

Thu, Oct 15, 2009?10am / females?1pm / males?Fern Adair Conservatory of Arts?3265 E Patrick Ln ?Las Vegas, ?NV 89120-3416


Int'l Kathak Festival Chicago 2009

To see more details and confirm this group invitation, follow the link below:


Nigel Lythgoe, Dick Van Dyke, Mitzi Gaynor, Benji Schwimmer, SYTYCD Peformers THIS Friday at PDS Fall Ball



Last week, I sent out an announcement for PDS's (Professional Dancers Society's) "The Fabulous Fall Ball." At Sunday's board meeting, I found out a few more details that I thought you might like to know. All of the above people will be there as performers/presentors!
This is event is true "Old Hollywood." (That is, if you like that sort of thing!)
The evening includes a cocktail hour and dancing to the Rhythm Club All-Stars, an elegant sit down dinner, a show featuring our president, Mitzi Gaynor as MC, award presentors Dick Van Dyke and Toni Basil, performances by Benji Schwimmer, SYTYCD dancers, the Arlene Kennedy Dancers, and then more dancing to the Rhythm Club All-Stars.
If you want to enjoy a great evening's entertainment and support good work, I invite you to join my table. When you make your reservation, tell them "I would like to sit at Rusty Frank's table." (scroll down for ticket information)
As a board member of PDS, I am truly proud of this non-profit organization which raises money to help dancers in need.
Hope to see you there!

Featuring dancing to The Rhythm Club All-Stars
$85 per single seat
$850 for a table of 10

Cocktail Attire

Evening Program:
Cocktails 6:00
Dancing to The Rhythm Club All-Stars
Dinner 7:30 Show 9:00
Dancing 10:00
Location:?The Sportsmen's Lodge?12833 Ventura Blvd (enter from Coldwater Canyon)?Studio City, CA 91604
For information on reserving your tickets for this wonderful event: ?The Professional Dancers Society?310 278 5222?info@professionaldancerssociety.org
Make checks payable to "PDS" and sent to:?PDS?P.O. Box 15605?Beverly Hills, CA 90209


Career Transition For Dancers/L.A.

Calling All Dancers and Actors!

Career Transition For Dancers and The Actors’ Fund are partnering up for a Career Conversation, a FREE workshop next month: Wednesday, October 21st from 4 – 6pm.

Jane Jalenko, the author of Changing Lanes will be speaking on the process of life transformation and how to better enhance your personal and professional growth. Through this workshop you will learn about:

•Attacking the job market in a recession
•Reclaiming your life after a “broadside collision”
•Midlife makeovers

Please join us for an inspiring and eventful evening!

Career Conversation will take place at:

The Actors’ Fund (AFTRA Room)
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Please RSVP to: ctfdla@sag.org or call (323) 549-6660



Event: BoomBach
What: Performance
Start Time: Sunday, October 18 at 6:00pm
End Time: Sunday, October 18 at 7:00pm
Where: Sala Pau Casals de Montgat (Barcelona)

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


The London Tap Jam

Event: The London Tap Jam
What: Jam Session
Start Time: Sunday, October 25 at 8:00pm
End Time: Sunday, October 25 at 10:30pm
Where: Ronnie Scott's Bar

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


Tap Jam at Smalls Jazz Club!!

Workshop by Guillem Alonso

October 18th: 12:30h to 14h and 16h to 17:30h
Price: 35 euros

C/ Pallars 160bis (Camut Band)
Metro: Llacuna L4.

Guillem Alonso. Phone +34 649 864 060, guillem@tapole.com

To see Guillem dancing Sand go to www.youtube.com and look for Guillem Alonso, or look at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KXMRHMSj5s
You can also buy the DVD of sand lessons by 25€.

It is important to bring leather sole shoes (ball and heel), and if possible a piece of fabric 1’60m x 2,40m minimum (Ex. Sleeping sheet) to put under the wood and pick up the sand later. The organization will bring the sand and pieces of wood. It’s better if you have danced a kind of percussive dance before, like tap, Irish or flamenco.