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Mar 17, 2010


-Jason Samuels Smith & Pandit Chitresh Das perform in INDIA JAZZ SUITES for Chitresh Das Dance Company's 30th Anniversary
-Master Class with Jason Samuels Smith in LA - TUESDAY, March 23rd
-CONCERT Kicks off THE DC TAP FESTIVAL - FRIDAY, March 26th - 8pm @ Duke Ellington Theatre in Georgetown
-Thank You, Gregory Upcoming Tour Dates
-The Harlem Tap Studio Class Schedule
-Swing Dance at the Cotton Club
-Int/Adv class with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
-Jazz Dance Class-Sue Samuels

- ATDF’s Pre-Performance Toast/Fundraiser
-News from the American Tap Dance Foundation
-Thurs, March 18- Tap Un-Birthday Party for Jane Goldberg at Revolution Books
-Tapsploitation Rocks Uptown
-Rhythm in the Night - April 2nd
-Yank! - Extended ATDF Benefit Offer through April 4
- Dende & Hahahaes CD Release Party
-Justin's Theatre Dance
-Tap Team Two presents: Reflections
-OPPORTUNITY: Final U.S. auditions for The School at Jacob's Pillow in NYC

Chicago Human Rhythm Project Introduces Virtual Rhythms
-Call To Artists - Our Youth Need Your Talent
- M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Jam - Jaybo's Birthday Jam

- VB weekly announcements- read on.. auditions, events, classes, trips and more!

-TeAyPe - Touch da Sky
-TapArpègics al SAT! Teatre
-New Workshop with Mandy Kol in TAPEPLAS
-Oficinas em Curitiba - da São Paulo Companhia


The Chitresh Das Dance Company and Chhandam School celebrate it's 30th Anniversary!

Pandit Chitresh Das & Jason Samuels Smith in the award-winning, international sensation
India Jazz Suites

Saturday, March 20, 2010, 6pm
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco
Followed by Gala Dinner Reception

Performance tickets: $75 / $55 / $35
http://www.cityboxoffice.com / 415-392-4400

Performance & Gala Tickets*
$1000 / $500 / $250
* Includes tickets to performance and gala
To sponsor a table or to purchase tickets to the Performance & Gala:
30thanniversary@kathak.org or 415-333-9000


Master Class in LA
(limited engagement)

Tuesday, March 23rd
Int./Adv. - 7:30 - 9:00


All ages are welcome!

Debbie Allen Dance Academy
3791 Santa Rosalia Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Space is limited!

Please RSVP to sillar.mgmt@gmail.com

CONCERT Kicks off THE DC TAP FESTIVAL - FRIDAY, March 26th - 8pm @ Duke Ellington Theatre in Georgetown

An electrifying evening featuring Tap Dance Stars
accompanied by acclaimed musicians
FRIDAY, MARCH 26th - 8pm
Duke Ellington Theatre (in Georgetown)
Buy Tickets, http://www.dctapfestival.com/page/page/6631219.htm

WHEN: MARCH 26, 27, 28, 2010



email dctapfestival@gmail.com
WHAT: Kick it off with a 2-hour intensive with Jason Samuels Smith and Jason Janas, an All-Star Concert, 30+ classes, ALL ages & levels, Jam Sessions, History, Student Showcase, and Cutting Contest!
Directors - Chloe & Maud Arnold
Emmy-Award winner Jason Samuels Smith
The Incredible - Jason Janas
Vaudeville star - Dr. Harold Cromer
Broadway Stars - Dianne Walker, Baakari Wilder, Joe Webb, Toni Lombre, Vincent Bingham
Michelle Dorrance - STOMP
Director of DC Dance Collective - Nancy Newell
International performer Cartier Williams
Metro Tap's Heidi Holland
Thelonious Monk Int'l Jazz Competition winner bassist Ben Williams
Tap Con Sabor
and premiere DC area Tap companies!!
Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble
Metro Tap
Studio Bleu
Tappers with Attitude
Taps & Company
& more...

Press Contact: Jenna Petok

Join Robin Dunn and Leaders in the field of hip hop to learn and celebrate the roots of a culture that has spread internationally!

NEW YORK CITY – March 8, 2010 — The Ailey Extension and E.D. Entertainment in association with Divine Rhythm Productions, is proud to present Ladies Get Down (LGD), an event created by hip hop’s well-known and respected, Robin Dunn (E.D. Entertainment) celebrating women in hip hop, on Saturday, March 27 from 5pm – 9:30pm and Sunday, March 28 from 2pm – 9pm. In honor of Women’s History Month, the event will feature 8 dance workshop classes taught by New York’s top female hip-hop artists, including Robin Dunn, Violeta Galagarza, Kim Holmes, Honey Rockwell, Miriam Morgan, Marjory Smarth, Snapshot & Wandeepop and Tweetie, and will take place at The Ailey Studios located at The Joan Weill Center for Dance (405 West 55th Street at 9th Avenue).
The first annual LGD Salute Awards Presentation and Open Cypher on Sunday, March 28th will pay homage to women who have contributed to the proliferation of hip hop dance and culture working as artists, performers and community leaders. There will be special guests and honorary performances in addition to a Cypher where these amazing women will have the opportunity to show off their skills. Participation by both men and women of all ages and levels is highly encouraged!

Robin Dunn has worked with some of the top artists in the business including Saturday Night Live, Pepsi, Nickelodeon, Apollo Amateur Night, Missy Elliot, The Braxtons featuring Jay Z (Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards), Sean Kingston and more. Robin is currently on faculty at The Ailey School and The Ailey Extension, and continues to tour the world as a F.A.C.E. coach/ motivational speaker and hip hop instructor.

To register for Ladies Get Down, visit www.aileyextension.com or call The Ailey Extension at 212-405-9500.

Open to the general public, The Ailey Extension features dance and fitness classes in a wide variety of techniques for all levels, including Horton, West African, Ballet, Hip Hop and Jazz, underscoring Mr. Ailey’s life-long commitment of bringing dance to everyone. The Ailey Extension was launched in April 2005 in conjunction with the opening of the Joan Weill Center for Dance (405 West 55th Street at 9th Avenue), Ailey’s permanent home and the nation’s largest building dedicated to dance. Since its inception, over 35,000 people have taken classes through this program.
In the words of our inspirational Artistic Director, Judith Jamison, "If you can get yourself in the door, you can take a class!" Visit www.alvinailey.org for more information.
Thank You, Gregory

A Tribute to the Legends of Tap

Upcoming Tour Dates

April 6, 2010 Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

April 7, 2010 Kutztown University Kutztown, PA

April 9, 2010 Capitol Theater, Concord, NH

April 16, 2010 Delaware Valley Arts Center Frazer, PA

For more information: http://www.thankyougregory.com


*Class Schedule*
1:00-2:00 PM
7:00-8:10 PM
6:00-7:00 PM
8:00-9:15 PM
12:00-1:00 PM
2:00-3:15 PM?Where: Harlem Tap (W 149th Street, NYC)



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)


Jazz Dance Class-Sue Samuels

Monday 10:30 Beginner @ Broadway Dance Center

7:30 Basic @ Ailey

Tuesday 9:30 Adv/Beg @ 300 W. 43rd St. @ 8th Ave. 3rd floor (NEW)

1:30 Basic @ BDC

6 pm Beg @ Ailey

Wednesday 10:30 Beg @ BDC

Thursday 9:30 Adv/Beg @ 300 W. 43rd St (NEW)

1:30 Basic @ BDC

Friday 10:30 Beginner @ BDC

7:45 pm Beginner @ BDC

Saturday 4 pm Intermediate @ Ailey

Sunday 10:30 Beginner @ BDC

I look forward to seeing you there,


Sue Samuels



Dear friend,

You are cordially invited to see our upcoming production of Sound Check, (a Tap Dance Journey) on a special evening where we are also looking to raise funds in support of the American Tap Dance Foundation. This is the only event that we will be having this year where we are asking for your support. Our ongoing commitment to education, presentation, preservation and the creation of new work is only possible because of your generosity!

We are very greatful for your help!

Tony Waag
Artistic Director

Pre-Performance Toast/Fundraiser

Join us on this special night, see (and hear) our brand new production and help support our new home!

The American Tap Dance Center opened on January 4th, 2010 and offers year-round educational programs including:
· Ongoing Classes for Youth, Teens & Adults

· Tap Choreography Intensives
· The Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund
· Master Workshops for Professionals
· Rental Space for rehearsals
· Tap Talks, Jams and Film Presentations

Come and catch the rhythm!

Thursday, April 15, 2010 (7:00pm)
Dance Theater Workshop
219 West 19th Street
(between 7th & 8th Aves)

$125 includes priority reserved seating for the performance and a "Party Pass"

To purchase visit: Sound Check Toast and Tickets

Or call us at: (646) 230-9564


American Tap Dance Foundation

New Adult Classes!
Beginning March 2nd!

Derick K. Grant
Advanced Beginner Technique
Tuesdays, 5:45 - 7:00pm

Germaine Salsberg
Intermediate Technique
Fridays, 12:00 - 1:30pm

Barbara Duffy
Intermediate Improvisation
Fridays, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
**March ONLY**

Single Class: $15
4 class card: $52
8 class card: $104

All classes are held at:
American Tap Dance Center
154 Christopher Street, #2B

(between Greenwich & Washington Streets)

Drop-Ins welcome

ATDF Year Round Classes
Adult Beginner Classes

DROP-IN classes - start at any time!

Absolute Beginner Tap
No experience necessary!
Mondays 6:00-7:00 pm with Tony Waag
Sundays 5:45-6:45 pm with Lisa La Touche
Beginner Tap
Knowledge of the basics
Sundays 5:45-6:45 pm with Claudia Rahardjanoto
Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm new level with Courtney Runft
Advanced Beginner Tap
Solid command over basics
Thursdays 6:15-7:30 pm with Susan Hebach
For Faculty & information please visit: Adult Programs

All Classes held at:
American Tap Dance Center
154 Christopher Street, #2B
(between Greenwich & Washington Streets)

Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival
July 5-10, 2010

More information posted! Visit: Tap City for details.

Something for everyone!!
Mini Fest - ages 6 - 14
Youth Program - ages 10 - 14
Pre-Professional Program - ages 14 - 19
Adult Program - ages 15+
Master Classes - ages 12+

Tap Talks/Tap Films
Annual Awards Ceremony
Tap Future - All Student Showcase
Tap City Main Event - Premeir Performance
and More!

New Youth Program Classes!Starting now!

First class is free! Bring your child for a trial class.

New Class Schedule is as follows:

Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45pm Beginning 1C, ages 7-10
Saturdays, 10:00-10:45am Pre-Tap, ages 3 1/2 - 4
Saturdays, 12:00-1:00pm Beginning 1A, ages 4 - 5

If you would like to register for class, please either call the office at 646-230-9564, email Susan Hebach at shebach@atdf.org, or arrive at the studio about 15 minutes before class to register!

All Classes are held at:
The American Tap Dance Center
154 Christopher Street, #2B (between Greenwich & Washington Streets)

Summer 2010 Tap Camp for Kids!

For the first time, the American Tap Dance Foundation will be offering a camp designed especially for the young tap dancer or aspiring tap dancer with no experience to 3 years of experience.

Dates: Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 6

For beginners (no experience required- one year of training) ages 6-8

Adv. beginners (2-3 years of experience) ages 6-9


Tuition: $475
Tap technique class and choreography each day
Master classes in African dance, Percussion & Music Making, Hip Hop
Tap History & Film
One Field Trip (TBA)
Presentation for parents on last day in studio

Sound Check
April 14 - 18, 2010

Performance Dates:
Wednesday, April 14 (8pm)
Thursday, April 15 (8pm)
Friday, April 16 (8pm)
Saturday, April 17 (2pm & 8pm)
Sunday, April 18 (2pm)
Tickets available now!
Visit: Sound Check for more detailed information as well as how to purchase tickets!


Thursday, March 18, 7pm

A Very Merry Tap Dance Un-Birthday Party
in honor of
A Benefit Evening for Revolution Books
146 W. 26th Street, NYC

Tap dance un-birthday party with performance, talk, cake and book-signing for the legendary tapper and writer Jane Goldberg (her real birthday is Groundhog Day).

This evening is co-hosted by Lisa La Touche, whose group the L-Touch Tap Phonics will perform...with Joseph Webb, Michela Lerman, Sean Jackson, Claudia Rahardjanoto, plus other amazing tappers spanning the generations. Jerome Jennings on drums.

And there will be a book-signing for Jane Goldberg's "Shoot Me While I'm Happy: Memories from the Tap Goddess of the Lower East Side"

"One of the people who had a tremendous impact (on tap) was Jane Goldberg. Sometimes I think she single-footedly brought tap back to the city..." -- Gregory Hines

Tap, talk, books, and cake. All to benefit Revolution Books, the bookstore that is busting through the stifling political climate with critical engagement and radical discourse-- lifting the lid by bringing revolution back into conversation. For real.

Tickets: $20 (Jane's friends $15, and tappers who bring their shoes $10)
Premium benefit tickets $50-- includes copy of Jane's book
Call Revolution Books for reservations (strongly advised): 212-691-3345

Click here to read Tapperina's tales: Jane Goldberg Hoofs Her Way Through"

by Marcia Siegel in The Phoenix (Boston), August 13, 2009

Click here to read "Tapper's Tale: She Had the Time-Step of Her Life"
by Claudia La Rocco, in the New York Times, January 4, 2009

Revolution Books
146 W. 26th Street, near 7th Ave.

www.revolutionbooksnyc.org revbooksnyc@yahoo.com 212-691-3345


Press Release:

Tapsploitation Rocks Uptown

Tapsploitation, a bold new show featuring the pulsing rhythms of 1970’s music and city life, caps a month long series of events marking Career Awareness Month at A. Philip Randolph HS, on the campus of City College of NY. Inspired by the famous blaxploitation films of the 1970’s, Tapsploitation incorporates the classic sounds of Curtis Mayfield and Jimi Hendrix, combined with tap dance and spoken word to trace the struggles of a young man and a young woman to find identity and truth against the swirling maelstrom of war, poverty, drugs, and injustice that faced urban youth then as well as now.
Tapsploitation stars Michela Marino Lerman, who at the age of 22, was commissioned to conceive and produce the show originally as part of the Sound Check series presented by the American Tap Dance Foundation in 2009. Marino Lerman serves as the featured artist in a series of events at Randolph HS throughout March 2010, including seminars, workshops, and assemblies focused on tap dance and occupations in the performing arts.
A public performance of Tapsploitation will take place on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 8 pm in the Randolph HS auditorium,
at 443 W. 135 St. in Manhattan, located on the beautiful campus of the City College of NY. Tickets are $15 and the public is invited. Reservations may be made at micmarinony@gmail.com. A special performance for the school’s student body will occur the following day and will serve as the capstone event in the school’s programming in observation of Career Awareness month.
Tapsploitation is Marino Lerman’s second commissioned work. Her first original production, AMBUSHED, had a wildly successful 3-week run at the Dixon Place Theatre in NYC in 2006. In addition to dozens of featured appearances in shows, clubs, and schools throughout NYC and the United States, she has performed extensively with dance companies and as a soloist throughout Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.
Tapsploitation also stars:
· Joseph Wiggan, recently returned from Paris where he had a starring role in the long-running hit show Looking for Josephine, and now appearing on Broadway in Banana Shpeel.
· Kesed, a multi-award winning spoken word artist, who recently starred in a national commercial for 7-Up.
· Michelle Dorrance, starring in the long-running Off-Broadway hit Stomp!
Rounding out the world-class roster of tap stars in Tapsploitation are Sean Jackson, Carson Murphy, Claudia Rahardjanoto, Kahlid Hill, Jamaal Kendall, Adriel Williams, and Dan Mitra.

March 22, 8 pm
A Philip Randolph High School
443 West 135 Street
(Enter at 135th St & St. Nicholas Terrace)

Tickets: $15

For more information and reservations:



"Come enjoy a night of music, dancing and a whole lot of fun. This show is for all ages and if you missed any of the 6 previously SOLD OUT performances, this one you don’t want to miss. So come dressed to impress and ready to have FUN. ".

What: Concert
Start Time: Friday, April 2 at 7:00pm
End Time: Friday, April 2 at 9:00pm
Where: Anthony D. Perkins Community Center

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



"A brand new kind of tap show!"
What: Performance
Start Time: Friday, April 9 at 7:00pm
End Time: Sunday, April 18 at 6:00pm
Where: 209 West 42nd Street

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


Yank! - Extended ATDF Benefit Offer through April 4

Event: "Yank!" Extended ATDF Benefit Offer through April 4!
What: Performance
Start Time: Today, March 8 at 12:00am
End Time: Sunday, April 4 at 12:00am
Where: York Theatre

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



AMINA HECKSTALL WILL BE CONDUCTING ONGOING WEST AFRICAN DANCE CLASSES!?Amina is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer with over 20 years of experience! Her classes are open to all levels of dancers and usually are fused with breathing and creative visualization techniques.??CLASSES START MARCH 14TH AND WILL BE EVERY SUNDAY!?3 TO 4:30PM?COST ONLY $10?@ CHELSEA STUDIOS 151 WEST 26TH STREET ?(BTWN. 6 & 7 AVE.) NYC??1st Class is a benefit class with proceeds going to assist artists in Guinea who are unable to work due to political unrest within the country this past year. PLEASE COME OUT AND SUPPORT THIS CAUSE! EVEN IF YOU JUST OBSERVE THE CLASS YOUR DONATION WILL BE APPRECIATED!??More info at: www.Balletintlafricans.com ?Email: Info@Balletintlafricans.com


Event: Dende & Hahahaes CD Release Party!!!!
What: Performance
Start Time: Saturday, March 27 at 9:30pm
End Time: Saturday, March 27 at 11:00pm
Where: Joe's Pub

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


Justin's Theatre Dance



Adv./Beg. Theatre Dance: 7:30pm – 9pm

Visit www.manhattanmovement.com
MMAC ~ 248 W. 60th Street

Classes = $15 ($13 for union members)
First-time students receive a FREE class card!


Tap Team Two presents: Reflections

Event: Tap Team Two presents: Reflections
What: Performance
Start Time: Saturday, March 20 at 7:30pm
End Time: Saturday, March 20 at 9:00pm
Where: Community Education Center (CEC)

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



Katryn Geane
413.243.9919 x52


MARCH 13 & 14

The School at Jacob’s Pillow, one of the most prestigious dance training centers in the U.S., will hold auditions in New York for three of its 2010 professional advancement programs: Tap, Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance, and Contemporary. These will be the final U.S. in-person audition/master class opportunities for the 2010 programs. Auditions are held in master class format and participants are led through a variety of technical combinations by renowned dance artists, including Pillow Artist Faculty.

Tap audition will be led by Derick K. Grant (original cast member and Dance Captain of "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk") and Juilliard Faculty member Ray Hesselink. Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance will be led by Broadway Director/Choreographer Bill Hastings. Terri Klausner (A Chorus Line, Evita, Sophisticated Ladies) will lead the vocal audition. Contemporary audition will be led by Program Director Milton Myers, with live accompaniment.

Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance requires vocal audition performance of two songs from published musical theatre works.

For more information and specific audition guidelines, visit www.jacobspillow.org/education/school.

Auditions are open to advanced dancers, ages 15 and up. No pre-registration required and no cuts are made during the audition.
$15 audition fee, cash only

Saturday, March 13
Registration 9-9:45am
Audition Class 10am-12pm
Chelsea Studios

Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance:
Saturday, March 13
Registration 1-1:45pm
Audition Class 2-5pm
Chelsea Studios

Sunday March 14 ?Registration 2-2:45pm ?Audition Class 3-5pm
NYC Center Studios

Chelsea Studios
151 West 26th St
New York, NY 10001
Call for directions: (212) 924-5877

New York City Center Studios
130 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019
Call for directions: (212) 247-0430

About: Jacob’s Pillow Dance, a National Historic Landmark, is home to a world-renowned dance Festival, presenting and commissioning works from dance artists and companies from around the world. The School at Jacob’s Pillow encompasses a professional training program and the Pillow’s extensive Archives chronicle over 77 years of the art form of dance in print, video, and more. The Pillow’s year-round Community Programs enrich the lives of children and adults, and are yet another part of Jacob’s Pillow’s cultural legacy. For more information, visit www.jacobspillow.org.

As of January 2010, major support for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival has been provided by: The Barrington Foundation, Inc.; The Cricket Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Frances Alexander Family Fund; The Howard Gilman Foundation; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation; The Leir Charitable Foundations, In Memory of Henry J. Leir; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; Evelyn Stefansson Nef Foundation; New England Foundation for the Arts; The New York Community Trust—Wallace Special Projects Fund; Leading for the Future Initiative, a program of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Bessie Pappas Charitable Foundation; The Prospect Hill Foundation; Royal Danish Ballet; The Roxe Foundation; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; Trust for Mutual Understanding; The Walbridge Fund; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; CEC ArtsLink and the Open World Leadership Center; Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; MassDevelopment; Mass Humanities; National Endowment for the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius; ALEX®; The Legacy Banks Foundation; LEGO Children’s Fund; Pilgrim Inn; Quality Inn; Rodeway Inn; Super 8 Motel Lee; The Pillow Business Alliance; and Jacob’s Pillow Members.
Major endowment support is provided by The Barrington Foundation, Inc.; The William Randolph Hearst Foundation; The Leir Charitable Foundations, In Memory of Henry J. Leir; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Onota Foundation; The Prospect Hill Foundation; Talented Students in the Arts Initiative, a collaboration of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Surdna Foundation; and Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.



Worldwide "Tapography" Competition to Feature Winners at 20th Anniversary Rhythm World
CHICAGO--The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), the world's first year-round presenter of American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts, is introducing a new component to the 20th anniversary of Rhythm World: Virtual Rhythms, a "tapography" competition providing emerging choreographers and videographers with an opportunity for exposure to tap fans and leaders from around the world. Rhythm World, CHRP's annual summer festival of classes, master classes, workshops and performances, takes place July 26-August 8 at various downtown Chicago venues, including the Fine Arts Building and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Virtual Rhythms has two categories: choreography and videography. Choreographers must submit videos of an individual or group performing a complete, original work. Videographers must submit an original video or short film that uses the medium to capture the art of tap and percussive dance in new and innovative ways. CHRP Founder and Director Lane Alexander will narrow each category to a group of finalists and post their submissions at chicagotap.org. The general public will vote to determine the winner in each category.
The choreography winner will perform on stage with some of the world's most highly respected tap masters during a Rhythm World JUBA performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago August 4, 5 or 7, 2010; the winning video will be screened during a JUBA performance as well.
"Rhythm World is the oldest and largest festival of tap in the world, but there are tens of thousands of tap dancers around the world who aren't able attend this event in person," said Alexander. "Virtual Rhythms makes participation in the festival possible for anyone in the world. This program also will go hand in hand with live streaming video of a Rhythm World course that we will broadcast from the Fine Arts Building."
CHRP is currently accepting submissions for Virtual Rhythms and will continue to do so until Friday, April 30. For more information about Virtual Rhythms or Rhythm World, visit chicagotap.org.
CHRP's 2010 season is supported by The MacArthur Fund for the Arts and Culture at the Prince, The Chicago Community Trust, Sara Lee, Prince Charitable Trusts, National Endowment for the Arts, Target, Leo's Dancewear, Illinois Arts Council, The Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg Family Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Jerome and Jeanette Cohen Family Foundation, L!VE Marketing (sic), Charter One Bank, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, The Boeing Company, Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation, Arts Midwest, The Service Club of Chicago, Dr. Scholl Foundation, The Tribune Foundation, The Seneca Hotel and Suites, TAM Airlines, L and L Hardwood Flooring and generous individual donors.
Founded in 1990, Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) builds community by presenting American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts in world-class and innovative performance, education and community outreach programs. The organization's vision is to establish the first global center for American tap and percussive arts (The American Rhythm Center), which will create a complete ecosystem of education, performance, creation and community in a state-of-the-art facility uniting generations of diverse artists and the general public.


Call To Artists - Our Youth Need Your Talent

M.A.D.D. Rhythms
Call To Artists - We Need Your Help

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a young lady who is trying to raise money for The Esperanza School. This wonderful institution works with students with disabilities and they need your help. I told her that I would make sure that Chicago's talented, artistic community knew about it. If you are interested then, please contact her via phone or email and more importantly pass this on.

Respect The Dance

Contact: Kris Stalzer

Phone: (312) 243-6097

Email: Kstalzer@esperanzacommunity.org


Support Esperanza School and help raise money for students with disabilities by donating your time and talent for a 15 minute performance at the Summerfest on July 17th, 2010


"M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Jam - Jaybo's Birthday Jam"

Event: M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Jam - Jaybo's Birthday Jam
What: Jam Session
Start Time: Friday, March 19 at 5:00pm
End Time: Friday, March 19 at 9:00pm
Where: Three Peas Art Lounge

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



Event: Tap Workshop at HEARTBEAT studio April 10-11
What: Workshop
Start Time: Saturday, April 10 at 2:00pm
End Time: Sunday, April 11 at 8:00pm
Where: Twin-Cities

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



VB weekly announcements- read on.. auditions, events, classes, trips and more!

Dear Friends of Afro-Brazilian dance and Viver Brasil,

A must read...Haitian Dancer Loses Leg In Earthquake, Hopes To Dance Again-http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/03/02/DDL01C93G7.DTL
This article struck very deep chords. We must support dance, dance projects, and dance companies so that we all have a cash reserve to help not only ourselves, but others!!!!

To our female dance friends: Happy International Women's Day on March 8. Come and celebrate in Linda's class at the Dance Garden!

Gilberto Gil coming to Royce Hall on March 20 and VB is selling a block of tickets. Please contact Linda at lkyudin@mac.com for ticket information.

AND Caetano Veloso on April 15 at the Greek Theater.. AND VIVER BRASIL, JULY 31st at the FORD!!! Tix will available on April 1st. Support great LA dance at Celebrate Dance on March 13, Alex Theater ( tix at www.celebratedance.org) This event sells out- get your tix now!

Save the dates NOW:

March 14: Viver Brasil Dance Company will hold an audition for female and male professional dancers of all racial and ethnic backgrounds accomplished in Afro-Brazilian dance (including some capoeira) and/or African diasporic dance, modern dance, ballet, Dunham and/or Silvestre techniques to become company members for the 10/11 and 11-12 season which include performances in Los Angeles and the company’s annual Ford Amphitheatre on July 31st and tour nationally, October- November 2010 and March-April 2011. Choreography by Rosangela Slvestre.
We are seeking strong, serious dancers who are positive, creative spirits, have strong stage presence and musicality. Viver Brasil rehearses on Monday and Thursday evenings, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Performances are paid. Dancers must be ready to rehearse on March 22.
Audition will be held on Sunday, March 14th at Lula Washington Dance Theater, 3773 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016 promptly at 1pm.
Please rsvp via email and include resume to Linda Yudin, Artistic Director at linda.yudin@viverbrasil.com. Bring hard copy of resume with photo to the audition.
May 8, 2010: Viver Brasil Fundraising Event at Tropico de Nopal. We will honor Rosangela Silvestre's contribution to Viver Brasil and many invited guests will perform. Guest DJs, raffles, screening of a beautiful film about the queens of Ilê Aiye, Viver Brasil show highlights....
Stay tuned for the A list of invited guest performers! Not to be missed- a night of giving and dancing!

July 1-July 31, 2010 First annual Viver Brasil Institute with Bahian guest artists: Vera Passos, Dona Cici, Nildinha Fonseca and Jose Ricardo Sousa!
Community classes in orixa dance movement, afro-contemporanea, samba de caboclo, Silvestre technique, jam sessions, storytelling, lectures and more. Fees to be announced and exact dates forth coming!

July 31, 2010: The premiere of Alaafia/Harmony at the Ford Amphitheatre featuring VB and our special guest artists from VBI

August 8-23, 2010: VB Travel Program to Salvador, Bahia $3350 package price (based on double occupancy) Flyer is attached to this email.

Be a part of our "dance bridge" connecting Los Angeles to Salvador, Bahia and recognize this profoundly wonderful Sister City relationship that VB has been cultivating since 1986. The Sister City organization is an official program of the City of Los Angeles and Sister Cities International. Salvador, Bahia has been an official sister city to LA since 1962. Be a part of the excitement as VB connects you to Afro-Brazilian culture, its social issues, the politics of culture and the arts and the African presence in Salvador and the Americas, social education through our travel program and a grand dose of creative Afro-Brazilian dance and music making!

I have added live music to Monday night class! So come on down to Atwater Village and get your dance on! Badaró is introducing some of his classic afro choreography as move across the floor in addition to orixa dance movement. Challenging, stimulating and a great way to spend Tuesday nights- dancing up a wild storm!

MONDAY NIGHTS, 6:30-7:30PM: AFRO-BRAZILIAN DANCE at the DANCE GARDEN WITH LINDA YUDIN, Artistic Director of Viver Brasil. My class is composed of a 1 hour dance experience connecting to the rhythms of the orixas, samba, samba reggae, the caboclo and northeastern Carnival dances! AND LIVE MUSIC!!! Please donate a few of your dollars into the basket!
Dance Garden, 3407 Glendale Blvd, Atwater Village, LA 90039. $15/single class. Class packages available. www.dancegardenla.com Get directions

TUESDAY NIGHTS, 8-9:30 PM: AFRO-BRAZILIAN DANCE CLASS at DANCE ARTS ACADEMY with Badaró, Artistic Director of Viver Brasil, 30 years of moving to the dances of his hometown of Salvador, Bahia. Badaró's class consists of an intense and comprehensive warm-up, leading up to orixa dance movement and Afro-Brazilian dance fusion! Get your stamina swingin! EXHILARATING AND MOVING!!! Celebrating 10 years at DAA!
Dance Arts Academy, 731 S. La Brea Ave., LA 90036 $15/single class $52/4- class package (to be used within 5 weeks. no refunds, no exchanges). Live drumming. We will now have a donation basket for the drummers. Please plan to donate to keep drumming alive!

Master dancers and musicians from Salvador, Bahia will be in residence including the revered Dona Cici, dancers, Vera Passos and Nildinha Fonseca ( first time ever collaborating as teachers and performers in LA) and our fabulous musician/dancer/composer, Jose Ricardo Sousa. Details to follow. VB thanks the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department ( DCA) for supporting the VB Institute.


AUGUST 8-23, 2010
details on our website:

SPECIAL WORKSHOPS with Rosangela Silvestre
March 23 and 30, 2010 with Rosangela Silvestre at DAA/ 8-10pm
(each class will be 2 hours)

February- June, 2010: Public and private school assemblies. If you would like to book a school assembly show, please contact Linda at lkyudin@mac.com
July 31, 2010: Premiere of Alaafia/Harmony at the Ford Amphitheatre. Celebrate our 8th consecutive season under the summer stars.
This show will then tour the US in 2010-2011. 2010 in southwest and midwest in 2011- get ready east and southeastern coast- here comes Viver Brasil!!!!!!!


You have all now received our 100 @ $100 fundraising campaign newsletter. Thank you to those of you that became friends of VB in 2009. Please consider making Viver Brasil one of your 2010 arts organizations that you support.
. . . help us continue our amazing work reflecting and exploring the beautiful and complex Afro-Brazilian culture . . .
. . . your donation helps us create new works, offer dance and music workshops, educate
the southern California community, and cover operating costs . . .

It's easy to make your tax-deductible donation to
Viver Brasil, a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization

SECURE WEBSITE: www.viverbrasil.com
2141 N GOWER STREET, LA CA 90068
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We are doing away with our group page and have created a Facebook Fan Page. JOIN US!

If you are interested in becoming a VB volunteer, please contact Managing Director, Peter Harris at peter.harris@viverbrasil.com to discuss your unique skills, especially MAC skills!

Thank you for supporting Afro-Brazilian dance and culture in LA. See you in class!

Linda and Badaró

Linda Yudin
"Viver Brasil...an intoxicating foray into the exotic...pyrotechnic physicality"... LA Times

"you touched the heartstrings of the Guadalajaran people"... Aaron Paley





TeAyPe - Touch da Sky

Event: TeAyPe - Touch da Sky
"All our best material to date!"
Start Time: Saturday, March 27 at 7:30pm
End Time: Saturday, March 27 at 10:00pm
Where: Indonesian Uniting Church stage

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TapArpègics al SAT! Teatre

Event: TapArpègics al SAT! Teatre
What: Performance
Start Time: Thursday, March 18 at 9:25pm
End Time: Sunday, March 28 at 6:30pm
Where: SAT! Teatre de Barcelona (C/ Neopàtria, 54)

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Oficinas em Curitiba - da São Paulo Companhia

Event: Oficinas em Curitiba - da São Paulo Companhia de Dança
Start Time: Saturday, March 27 at 9:40am
End Time: Saturday, March 27 at 1:05pm
Where: Teatro Guaíra - Estúdio Balé Teatro Guaíra

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New Workshop with Mandy Kol in TAPEPLAS

Event: New Workshop with Mandy Kol in TAPEPLAS
Start Time: Saturday, March 27 at 4:00pm
End Time: Sunday, March 28 at 5:30pm
Where: Barcelona

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