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Oct 30, 2009


-Halloween Dance Friday night- THRILLER"!!!
-Chloe Arnold teaches at Chelsea Studios TONIGHT!
-Robin Dunn's FACE for Dancers
- Cincinnati Taps Inc. Presents: History of Hoofin’ Master Classes with Jason Samuels Smith
-Swing Dance at the Cotton Club
-Int/Adv class with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
-SAVE THE DATE: DC Tap Festival 2010

-"Michael Jackson Thriller" on Friday, October 30 at 8:30pm.
-2009-10 Swing Club: Jazz & Drinks for Adults 40 and under
-Quenia's samba class 11/13 Jorge Alabe ORIXA WORKSHOP
-"The Mitten Tree" from Kathleen Academy of Dance

-M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Inc. Events
-CHRP Kicks off 20th Anniversary!
-Pandit Das & Company perform at Kathak Festival in Chicago!
-M.A.D.D. Rhythms presents "TAKE 5" on Nov. 1 at 7pm. Place your ad now, space is limited!

Check out Sarah Reich in ‘The Floor Show!’

-Mamadêlê Newsletter: Travel to Bahia, Brazil this January!
- Heather Cornell's Workshop in Basel


Sue Samuels invites you to….

Halloween Dance Friday night- THRILLER"!!!

Event: Halloween Dance Friday night-"THRILLER"!!!
"Spooky, Horrible, FUN! BEST COSTUME WINS a prize!!!!!"
Start Time: Tomorrow, October 30 at 7:45pm
End Time: Tomorrow, October 30 at 9:15pm
Where: Broadway Dance Center

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


Chloe Arnold teaches at Chelsea Studios TONIGHT!

Come join Chloe Arnold for class at Chelsea studios!

7:30-9:00 pm, Adv.


26th btwn 6th & 7th, NYC


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


Cincinnati Taps Inc. Presents

History of Hoofin’ 2009 Master Classes

November 14 & 15, 2009


November 14

2:00 – 3:30 : Advanced Beginner

4:00 – 5:30 : Intermediate

November 15

10:00 – 11:30 : Advanced Beginner

12:00 – 1:30 : Intermediate

University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music

1 Class - $40: 2 Classes - $70
3 Classes - $90 4 Classes: $120
Register online: www.cincinnattitapsinc.org


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




The Tap Kids Rhythm Intensive is a one of a kind program designed to challenge and inspire talented young tap dancers age 9-21. Each year up to 75 dancers are chosen to take part in the Tap Kids Rhythm Intensive which offers unsurpassed training with some of the nation's finest tap masters. Daily classes in a wide variety of styles as well as African drumming, Improvisation and Repertoire. All Tap Kids will perform in TK Showcase Performance at the Flynn Center downtown Burlington as well as have an opportunity to work with the cast and creators of the popular national touring show "Tap Kids". All dancers will have the opportunity to learn and perform new original choreography by worldclass TK Faculty.

Applications now being accepted.

All the info you need is on line at
www.tapkids.com ; OR www.nystage.com

More info:

Call: (802) 540-0700 e-mail: lisa@nystage.com


"Michael Jackson Thriller" on Friday, October 30 at 8:30pm.

Event: Michael Jackson Thriller
What: Opening
Start Time: Friday, October 30 at 8:30pm
End Time: Friday, October 30 at 9:30pm
Where: Gotta Dance Atlanta

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


"recreational tap class for adults, in a bar!"
What: Class
Start Time: Thursday, November 5 at 7:00am
End Time: Thursday, November 5 at 8:00am
Where: Jimmy's No. 43

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


2009-10 Swing Club: Jazz & Drinks for Adults 40 and under

Swing Club is Jazz at Lincoln Center's exclusive 40-and-under subscription group for social urbanites.
Three concerts. Three parties. One amazing price.
Starting at $116/pp for all three!
Limited availability, so act now!


Maceo Parker, November 13, 9:30pm
The Allen Room
Pre-concert party w/Asahi Beer & Sushi-A-G0-Go, 8:30pm

The Music of Gillespie & Puente, January 15, 8pm
Rose Theater
Pre-concert party TBA, 7pm

Fats Waller: A Handful of Keys, April 16, 9:30pm
The Allen Room
Pre-concert party hosted by Clo Wines, 7pm

What else do you get when you join Swing Club?
- Exclusive access to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
- Invitations to backstage events
- Discounts at NYC restaurants and shops
- Fabulous gift bags

Not 40 or under? Please help us encourage new jazz fans to enter our doors and spread the word!

Must be 21 years of age or older. ID required.


Quenia's samba class 11/13 Jorge Alabe ORIXA WORKSHOP

I wanted to let everyone know about the Grupo Ribeiro Productions
upcoming Orixa / Afro Brazilian Dance Workshop with Mestre Jorge Alabe
. This is a special yearly event with one of the most highly respected
teachers in the Afro Brazilian Candomble tradition. We are honored to
have him here as our guest conducting a very special Orixa Dance
workshop at Rod Rogers studio. Tickets will be $ 20 for the class, if
you purchase them directly from me ( Quenia) . At the class they will
be $25. This year space is a bit limited and we are keeping the class
at 30 people, so if you can try get your tickets before .. you can
email us at gruporibeiro@sambany.com.

The class will be accompanied by live drums of course.

The class will be held at

Rod Rogers Studio

62 East 4th Street ( btwn 2nd and 3rd Ave )

212 674 9066

TIME: 7 to 9pm

Date : Friday November 13th

Also I will not be in class on Halloween , Lisa Green Dancer /
Instructor will be teaching for me that day, please come out and
support the class.


Quenia Ribeiro


"The Mitten Tree"...Giving to the United Way
Here is an idea that I began at my dance studio in 2004, and I would like to share it with other dance studios in the hopes that you will consider doing the same, and possibly help to make this a well recognized, national event. I hope you will consider doing this at your studio this year. If you are looking for an easy, yet very worthwhile charitable thing to suggest to your studio families for the holidays, consider doing a "Mitten Tree", and choosing "The United Way" in your county as the charity. Here is how we have done this:

We put an undecorated Christmas tree in the studio waiting room, and sent home memos about this project. We asked families to consider donating a pair of mittens, (or gloves) for a boy or girl or an adult, and when they brought them in they were hung on the tree. They also first, stopped by the front desk, and wrote their name on one of our "paper" mittens. (We purchased packs of die cut mittens at a local craft store.) Then once the "real" mittens got collected by The United Way, we used the paper mittens to decorate the tree as a reminder of their generosity during the holiday season. (The United Way needs the collected mittens (and gloves) by mid December in order to distribute them to the needy in time for the holidays.)

The children were very excited about doing this as were their parents. It gave them an opportunity to "give" to someone less fortunate during the holiday season. It was completely optional...no pressure at all. In addition, the cost of mittens or gloves is quite reasonable and they are a small, easy item to transport and collect.

I implore you to consider to do this at your studio, and begin a tradition as we have, and to donate them to the United Way in your county. They have a program called "Wrapped In Love" and mittens are a much requested item. Start early, as delivery deadline is by mid-December!

This could become a huge, nation wide event if numerous studios would decide to participate. It really takes very little effort and not a lot of space in your studio....just a tree and flyers to distribute stating your mission. At my dance studio, we began this program in 2004, and within just 2 weeks, were able to collect 250 pairs of mittens. By starting this right around Thanksgiving in 2005, we more than doubled that amount. We have started a tradition that we hope continues to grow, and are now imploring other dance studios throughout the country to do the same.

Please feel free to share this with your family and friends, and any other dance studios you have contact with.

Please Note: If you could so kindly send an email to kadstudio@gmail.com or call me at (908-371-1757) if you decide to do this, as I would like to keep a log of how many studios get involved. Please drop me a note with your name, and the name and address of the sudio and how many pairs of mittens were collected. Please feel free to contact me for any assistance, or if you have any questions.

Thank you for your holiday spirit and generosity.

Kathleen Cirioli
Kathleen Academy of Dance
411 Route 206
Hillsborough, NJ 08844



M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Inc. Events

Chow Down with the Legends - Lunch & Panel Discussion

Let's do lunch at the Fifth Annual Chicago Tap Summit.
Enjoy lunch with Tap Legends Dr. Jeni LeGon, Dr. Prince Spencer and Dr. Harold Cromer and very special guests, Prof. Robert L. Reed, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Reggio "The Hoofer" McLaughlin.
Hosted by the world famous M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Dance Crew - Bril Barrett. Jumaane Taylor, Nora Clark, Starinah Dixon, Ja'Bowen Dixon, Donnetta Jackson and Latrell Garnett.
When: Saturday, Oct. 31st, 2009
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Where: Harold Washington Cultural Center
4701 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL
Admission: $15.00


CHRP Kicks off 20th Anniversary!

Global Rhythms 5 and Step Afrika! Nov. 19-21

Nov. 19 at 7:30pm
Nov. 20 & 21 at 8:00pm
at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance (directions)

More about the Artists
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRecTnZ9vac --to see video of Step Afrika!
http://www.stepafrika.org/home.htm --to visit Step Afrika's website
Chicago Human Rhythm Project's 20th Anniversary Season bursts onto the stage with the Chicago debut of Washington D.C.'s celebrated Step Afrika!

Step Afrika is the first company in the United States to transform African American "Stepping" into a theatrical art form. 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!

Set your DVR! Step Afrika will be the special guests on WGN's morning show, Friday, Nov. 21. Get a sneak peek of this amazing group from 7am-9am.


Jubalee...Step Into the Night: Nov. 19

beginning at 5:30pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion
and the Harris Theater
http://chicagotap.org/pg.120.147.873_793_819.aspx#jubalee --to buy tickets

More about the Event
http://chicagotap.org/pg.120.147.873_793_819.aspx --to learn more and see photos of last year's gala
Chicago Human Rhythm Project's 20th Anniversary Season kicks off with JUBALEE!, a premier gala benefit supporting performance and education, featuring 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.

The evening will honor CHRP Founder and Director, Lane Alexander and Arny Granat, Co-Founder of JAM Productions. Mayor and Mrs. Daley serve as honorary co-chairs of the event.


Thanksgiving Day Parade: Nov. 26

Nov. 26 at approx. 7:30am
Downtown Chicago on State St.
Group Rehearsal on Sat., Nov. 21

More about the Event
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVJMXPsAT5I --to see last year's group on live TV!
Chicago Human Rhythm Project has been invited for the 5th consecutive year to tap in the annual McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Last year we had our best turnout ever, with over 220 tappers doing the shim sham down State St....and we hope to have even more dancers this year!

For tappers and studio owners interested in being a part of the parade, please contact us at 773-281-1825 or at chrpintern1@chicagotap.org. For everyone else, be sure to watch us live on Thanksgiving morning on WGN!


Super Shuffle Raffle

Bears vs. Packers and More!
http://www.chicagotap.org/pg.120.147.873_800_817.aspx --to see a full list of prizes for First and Second Prize.

https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/ChicagoHumanRhythmProject/OnlineRegistration.html?event=raffle --to get your tickets.

$100 per Ticket or $500 for Seven
Drawing held on Nov. 21 at Global Rhythms. Winner need not be present.
Help support CHRP's scholarship program while entering your name for a chance to win tickets to the HOTTEST game of the season, the Chicago Bears VS the Green Bay Packers, Dec. 13. Extras include 50 yard seats, United Club privileges, Underground parking and MORE!

And for Gayle Sayers fans, there is an autographed football and autobiography BOTH signed by Gayle Sayers and MORE! Only 200 tickets will be sold, and everyone has TWO chances to win.

First Prize valued at $5,000
Second Prize valued at $2,500


Pandit Das & Company perform at Kathak Festival in Chicago!

Organized by the Anila Sinha Foundation?Pandit Chitresh Das and Company are featured at the International Kathak Festival ??Saturday, October 24, 8pm?International House, University of Chicago?1414 East 59th Street, Chicago ??The International Kathak Festival features performances, panel discussions, lecture demonstrations and workshops by some of the greatest Kathak dancers as well as emerging artists. ??Main Artists??Friday Night, Oct. 23:?Troupe from Kathak Kendra, National Institute of Kathak in New Delhi, India ??Saturday Night, Oct. 24:?Pandit Chitresh Das Solo with Kousic Sen on Tabla, Debashis Sarkar on Vocal and Jayanta Banerjee on Sitar?Chitresh Das Dance Company performing Shabd ??Sunday Night, Oct. 25:?Pandit Birju Maharaj & Saswati Sen?Also performing: Charlotte Moraga (solo), ?Principal Member of the Chitresh Das Dance Company ?The Chhandam Youth Dance Company



M.A.D.D. Rhythms presents "TAKE 5" on Nov. 1 at 7pm. Place your ad now, space is limited!

Place your ad in
The Chicago TAP Summit:
5th Anniversary Celebration
Program Book Today!


M.A.D.D. RHYTHMS is a phenomenal 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. Their ages range from 18 to 33, and their backgrounds are as equally diverse. The one thing they all have in common is a love for "the dance".

M.A.D.D. RHYTHMS' mission is to preserve and promote tap dance, not only as a means of entertainment, but also as performance art in its truest sense. They demonstrate, through rigorous hours of training and rehearsal, methods of honestly expressing one's self through "the dance" and set examples of professionalism and discipline both on and off stage. Company members aim to teach and enforce habits that will filter into other areas of life. As role models, M.A.D.D. Rhythms show their peers that perseverance, determination, positivity and passion are the key ingredients to achieving success in any endeavor!

We are reaching out to you, our community, our friends and supporters, to participate in this event by placing an Ad in our program book for the upcoming Chicago Tap Summit: 5th Anniversary Celebration and show; "TAKE 5". A rate sheet is attached with all necessary information. Please return your camera ready Ad to our office by October 28, 2009, to be presented at our October 30th-November 1st festival and performance.

Please make check payable to M.A.D.D. Rhythms and mail to the address below, attention M.A.D.D. Rhythms.


Check out Sarah Reich in ‘The Floor Show!’

Sarah Reich is tap dancing in this show! Come support!

TALENT, CREATIVITY AND PASSION = ART. LA’s best burlesque, salsa, contemporary, tap, Lindy-hop, break, tango, and flamenco dancers along with operetta and soul singers showcase their art to the music played live by LA’s best musicians directed by Oskar Cartaya accompanied with music by DJ Uniek . For the first time ever Floor Productions presents “The Floor Show “. Inspired by the well attended Monday monthly improv night at the King King, this show will leave you inspired, impressed and entertained. Shows OCT. 27 & NOV. 3. Doors open @8pm show time 9pm, 21+

~Check out Floor 8 VIDEO ATTACHED http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HTulzlVftg
~Tickets available now at kingkinghollywood.com
~Dancing after the show to live music and DJ Uniek


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 popular 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.
?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, click here to make your deposit. 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?mamadele@mamadele.com?718-438-6554

Heather invited you to "Heather Cornell's Workshop in Basel" tomorrow.

Event: Heather Cornell's Workshop in Basel
What: Jam Session
Start Time: Tomorrow, October 30 at 5:00pm
End Time: Sunday, November 1 at 9:00pm
Where: Tanzwerk Studios

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