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May 10, 2010


S.O.S. to the DANCE Community:

Dr. Prince Spencer, one of the Four Step Brothers needs our help! We are asking you to join and support our community treasures by sending any contribution you can afford directly to: Dr. Prince Spencer, 5190 Willow Haven Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89120

-Chloe Arnold Master Class in Los Angeles – Tomorrow!
-India Jazz Suites in Houston, Texas on Friday, May 21st!
- Tap City Youth Concert, Special Guest Chloe Arnold May 22nd!
- Jason Samuels Smith's ACGI in Saratoga Springs, NY, May 28th!
-Rhythm World 2010 – Artist In Residence, Jason Samuels Smith
-The Harlem Tap Studio Class Schedule
-Swing Dance at the Cotton Club
-Learn Percussion with Master Drummer Jo Jo Smith
-Tradition In Tap Workshop: Bob Scheerer - Dormeshia among faculty!
-21st Annual Tap Extravaganza, May 30th, 7pm

-Half-Price: "Banana Shpeel" from "Cirque du Soleil"
-Upcoming events in NYC
- Ailey Extension News for May 2010
-I have 2 weeks to accomplish this, please help...from Jaye Allison
-"Shim Sham" on Monday, May 17 at 8:00 pm.
-GOD BLESS US ALL!! NY and LA classes!! Subs for classes this week! READ CAREFULLY!

-Jumaane Taylor's Sidewalk Chalk still needs your vote to Headline Manifest 2010
-Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Rhythm World Turns 20
-10th Annual Soul to Sole Festival

-Monday Night Tap Experience- May 2010

-Legendary, Lena Horne Dies
-Tap workshops with Roxane Butterfly
-Rhythm Summit by Tapmotif
-AD-LIB @ Centre Civic Barceloneta
-News from The International Tap Association


Chloe Arnold -
Master Class in LA
@ Debbie Allen Dance Academy
This Tuesday, May 11
(limited engagement)
When: Tuesday, May 11th
Int./Adv. - 7:30 - 9:00 - $20

Who: All ages are welcome.

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

Please RSVP to this email or
Get your Chloe Tap Couture - New styles available!!
For more information on Chloe


INDIA JAZZ SUITES with Pandit Chitresh Das & Jason Samuels Smith
Houston, Texas

Friday, May 21st 8 PM

Wortham Center-Lillie and Roy Cullen Theater (With PIT)
501 Texas St. (Texas at Smith)
Houston, TX 77002, TX 77002

Tickets: http://www.iaahouston.com/default.asp?sourceid=&smenu=142&twindow=Tickets&mad=No&sdetail=2&wpage=&skeyword=&sidate=&ccat=&ccatm=&restate=&restatus=&reoption=&retype=&repmin=&repmax=&rebed=&rebath=&subname=&pform=&sc=1007&hn=iaahouston&he=.com#


INDIA JAZZ SUITES (also called Fastest Feet in Rhythm), featuring Pandit Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels Smith, is an explosive collaboration between one of India’s foremost Kathak masters and one of the world’s fastest, Emmy-award winning tap dancers. The result is high entertainment which crosses all boundaries of age, race and culture — a blast of incredible speed and power, grace and beauty, epic storytelling and the pure joy of dance. After premiering in San Francisco in 2005, INDIA JAZZ SUITES has received extensive critical acclaim and has toured around the U.S. and India. It was chosen as the #1 Dance Performance of 2005 by the San Francisco Chronicle and won the prestigous Isadora Duncan Dance Award (Izzie) for Best Ensemble Performance of the year. - kathak.org

ALSO…check out the great review of the show recently in The Boston Globe:http://www.boston.com/ae/theater_arts/articles/2010/05/01/cultures_harmonize_in_jazz_suites/

Tap City Youth Concert
May 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Come see dancers (including KAIA) age 4-19 tap up a storm with a live jazz quartet. This evening performance showcases the ATDF's ongoing Youth Education Program highlighting budding young rhythm makers, advanced teens from the dynamic Tap City Youth Ensemble and special guest artist CHLOE ARNOLD.

Fun for the whole family, the ATDF invites you to join in celebrating the unique American art form of tap dance.

symphonyspace.org - 212-864-5400

Tickets: $20; Children/Member/Student/Senior: $10Box Office Hours: Tues-Sun from 1- 6pm - 212.864.5400

Jason Samuels Smith's ACGI in Saratoga Springs, NY

May 28th at 8pm


108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Anybody Can Get It - Tap Sensation Jason Samuels Smith

Tap sensation Jason Samuels Smith and his super-troupe A.C.G.I. (Anybody Can Get It) will electrify the Little Theatre with a brilliant, high-energy performance that the Chicago Tribune has called "an all-out sensation...and intoxicating." Led by Samuels Smith, an Emmy Award-winner, television and film star, director, choreographer and was featured on the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance.

Claudia La Rocco of The New York Times says that "even when his shoes seem barely to be touching the stage, he exudes a powerful sense of weighty rootedness that makes his virtuosic explosions all the more dazzling."

Samuels Smith's style and rhythmic choices are uniquely his, with an intense connection to his interest in jazz music.


SPAC Box Office

We're Turning Twenty so it's going to be a PARTY!

RHTYHM WORLD is the oldest and most comprehensive festival of American tap and contemporary percussive arts in the world. RHYTHM WORLD features an extraordinary master faculty of 24 teachers and two weeks of performance, education and community outreach programs including free public performances at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, tap jams at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater, student showcases, panel discussions and extraordinary faculty concerts at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Rhythm World 2010 Faculty includes:2010 JUBA!
Award Winners Sam Weber Dianne Walker Gene Medler CHRP's 2010 Artist in Residence Jason Samuels Smith Plus...Lane Alexander Fernando Barba of Barbatuques Bril Barrett Bruno Buarque of Barbatuques Julie Cartier Ayodele Casel Michelle Dorrance Martin "Tre" Dumas Jay Fagan Derick Grant Jason Janas Cheryl Johnson & Anthony Peters Idella Reed Davis Sarah Savelli Jakari Sherman of Step Afrika! Billy Siegenfeld Randy Skinner Jumaane Taylor Lukas Weiss Mark Yonally


*Class Schedule*

When: Tuesdays: 1:00-2:00 PM 7:00-8:10 PM
Thurs-Friday: 6:00-7:00 PM 8:00-9:15 PM
Saturday: 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

Jojo Smith - Master Dancer and Percussionist extraordinaire is available for private and group Conga lessons throughout the week!

To schedule a session, call him directly at 347-541-0798

Masterclasses and events in NYC - DRP Artist Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards will be teaching among the diverse faculty in honor of Bob Scheerer...register today!


The 21st Annual


Sunday, May 30, 2010 • 7pm

Bayard Rustin High School For The Humanities
351 West 18th Street, (between 8th & 9th Avenues) NYC

2010 Flo-Bert Honorees:
American Tap Dance Foundation
Broadway Dance Center
Randy Skinner
David Gilmore

Music by the Frank Owens Trio
Frank Owens - Piano, Lisle Atkinson - Bass
Bernice Brooks - Drums

Performances by:
American Tap Dance Foundation
Broadway Dance Center
Walter Freeman & The Mid-Hudson Tap Ensemble
David Gilmore
Yvette Glover
Mable Lee
Mazel Toes Tap Company
Andrew Nemr & CPD
Germaine Salsberg
Hank Smith
Sophisticated Sounds
Undertoe Dance Project
Karen Callaway Williams
and others

Tickets: $50, $35, & $20.
By Phone: 718-232-1852
In Person: 416 W. 42nd Street, NYC
Open 12 - 8 PM Daily

You may contact us at questions@nytap.org

Half-Price: "Banana Shpeel" from "Cirque du Soleil"

The Beacon Theatre (New York City, NY)

Full Price: $45.00 - $110.00 Our Price: $22.50 - $55.00

Banana Shpeel from Cirque du Soleil is a roller coaster mix of styles that blends comedy with slapstick. Propelled by crazy humor and intense choreography, the show follows a succession of wacky adventures led by Schmelky, the irritable and over-the-top theater producer. Banana Shpeel is written and directed by David Shiner, the creator of Cirque du Soleil's KOOZA




Mon, May 10 , 7 to 10 p.m., WBGO’s Rob Crocker joins evening as Emcee at the Celebration of the Life and Gifts of Jane Jarvis at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave (entrance on E 54th St), New York, NY, produced by Jane’s son, Brian Jarvis, and hosted by the Rev. Dale R Lind. Musicians scheduled to perform are Randy Weston, Junior Mance, Barry Harris, Joe Wilder, Joe Temperley, Benny Powell, Richard Wyands, Lisle Atkinson, Ed Polcer, Tom Artin, Kevin Dorn, Frank Owens, Frank Tate, Gene Bertoncini, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jackie Williams, Mike Longo, Ray Mosca, Jimmy Owens, TK Blue, Brian Taylor Jarvis and others. Among the speakers are Grady Tate, Ira Gitler, Lee Lowenfish, Ann Ruckert and others. The concert is free and open to the public.

From Mon, May 17, through Friday, Octber 15, the celebrated Piano in Bryant Park, 2010 Series takes place, coordinated by Susie Sigel. Since the calendar is so long, I will only be listing each current month, including the first week of the following month, but take my word for it, every pianist is marvelous! Don’t miss a single week!.

Monday thru Friday for 22 Weeks; May 17 – October 15, 2010
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Weekdays)
*2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (*on select Thursdays due to Broadway in Bryant Park)
Upper Terrace - (at the base of the William Cullen Bryant statue, in-between the Bryant Park Grill & Bryant Park Cafe, at the back of the NYPL)

Get ready to tap your toes and swoon to the likes of Scott Joplin, the Gershwins, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Eubie Blake, Jelly Roll Morton, and more - with the biggest and best ragtime and jazz pianists from in and around the NYC area.

The custom made piano has been created by – and produced in partnership with – the Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, the Music Performance Fund, and Sam Ash Music Stores.

Week of May 17, 2010 (May 17, 18, 19, 20, 21) - 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. - Terry Waldo
Ragtime expert & stride pianist, Terry Waldo is the protégé of the late Eubie Blake. He has produced over 40 albums and written the definitive book on ragtime, This is Ragtime - just republished by Jazz At Lincoln Center with a new introduction by Wynton Marsalis. His 26-part radio series with the same title, produced for National Public Radio, fueled the 1970's ragtime revival. He is currently teaching a course on ragtime and early jazz piano styles for Jazz At Lincoln Center.

Week of May 24, 2010 ( May 24, 25, 26, 27, 28) - 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. - Deanna Witkowski
Winner of the 2002 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Deanna Witkowski brings an exuberance and vitality of spirit to her fusions of jazz, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and sacred music. "Witkowski's playing is consistently thrilling." (All Music Guide).

Week of May 31, 2010 (May 31, June 1, 2, 3, 4) -- 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. - Luiz Simas
Brazilian/American pianist Luiz Simas is a versatile performer who feels totally at ease with both the music of his native Brazil and the American genres of jazz, ragtime and stride. Keyboard Magazine has described his playing as "sassy, clear and vibrant”, and his music as sounding "fresh, smart and witty".

Week of June 7, 2010 (June 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) - 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. - Joel Forrester
Joel Forrester is a contemporary two-handed piano player, essaying the stride, boogie woogie, and trance styles. He wrote the theme to NPR's "Fresh Air", studied composition with Thelonious Monk, co-founded the Microscopic Septet, and did music for the early films of Andy Warhol.

Sccheduled to perform in later weeks are Russ Kassoff, Daryl Sherman, Todd Robbins, Mike LeDonne, Dona Carter, Jon Weber, Armen Donelian, Roy Eaton. Junior Mance, Yuka Aikawa, Victor Lin, Frank Owens (in hiz birthday week!), Ayako Shirasaki, Larry Ham, Dan Manjovi, Kuni Mikami, Isaac ben Ayala, with Terry Waldo in the final week. STAY TUNED!

Thurs, May 20 - The Jazz Foundation of America presents its annual "A Great Night in Harlem" gala concert at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem. Roberta Flack, Little Jimmy Scott, Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Davell Crawford (The Prince of New Orleans), Manno Charlemagne of Haiti, Sweet Georgia Brown, Madeleine Peyroux, Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks and many other gems from all corners of the music world will gather on the Apollo stage. The evening's hosts include Danny Glover, Chevy Chase, Michael Imperioli and David Johansen. The Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th Street [b/n 7th & 8th Aves.]. Concert tickets range from $55, $95, $260, $520 to $1500 and are available online for purchase. Visit www.jazzfoundation.org for more information. Call 212.245.3999 ext. 10 to purchase over the phone.

AND ESPECIALLY MARK FRIDAY, MAY 21, AT 8 P.M., WHEN COBI NARITA AND THE TAP COMMUNITY PRESENT THE 2ND ANNUAL QUEENS TAP EXTRAVAGANZA AT FLUSHING TOWN HALL, with music by our Music Director Frank Owens & his Trio and a stunning program by many of NY-area’s best dancers, led by Dance Captain Michela Marino Lerman. Highlight of the evening will be when Awards: are presented to Jimmy Heath, a Queens resident, for his mastery of his instrument, his dedication to the music, and his keeping the music alive through teaching and performance; and to Keith David, accomplished actor and singer, who was raised in Queens, for his extraordinary body of work, for voice overs in film and documentaries, and for excellent work in many major films. Tickets are only $20 for non-members; $15 for members. If you are a Cobi’s Place member, be sure to ask for the discounted rate. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd (corner of Linden Place) in Flushing, N .Y. - call 718-463-7700 for tickets and for directions. flushingtownhall.com

Ailey Extension News for May 2010

Featured Teacher: GERMAINE GOODSON — Tap

“I love tap and I want other people to love it and respect it as an art form," says former Broadway performer and veteran Tap teacher Germaine Goodson. Her weekly Beginning Tap Classes [https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/asp/home.asp?studioid=851] on Saturday evenings from 6:00-7:15pm is for students who may have had a few lessons in tap dancing and those with no experience at all. Her introductory class will inspire students to continue to learn more and to take the next workshop; soon they’ll able to take a beginning tap class regularly. “I believe that dreams do come true. I've heard so many people say that they always wished they could tap," says Goodson. "I have always encouraged my students to go after their dreams.”??In addition to her weekly class, Goodson is also offering a Tap Dancing Workship [https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/asp/home.asp?studioid=851], June 1-17.


Get MORE of what you love on Tuesdays??MORE JIVAMUKTI YOGA!?Luis Davila’s Jivamukti Yoga Class [https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/asp/home.asp?studioid=851] is expanding to 90 minutes (giving you an extra 15 minutes) and moving to an earlier time slot: 6:00-7:30pm on Tuesdays.??MORE ZUMBA!?Zumba is the Extension's most popular technique. Now you can get your fix every day -- including a new Zumba class with Sam Salazar [https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/asp/home.asp?studioid=851] from 6:30-7:30pm on Tuesdays.

Have you had the Ailey Experience?
The Ailey Experience 3-day workshop includes dance classes with expert Ailey faculty, nutrition classes, audition tips, and a chance to meet Ailey company members and talent representatives. Students and chaperones can also take advantage of discounts to Broadway shows.

DANCE TEACHERS: Bring at least 3 of your students and take class yourself at the Ailey Extension for FREE from June 18-20.

Friday, June 18 - Sunday, June 20
For dancers ages 12 & up. 2 levels: advanced beginner & intermediate advanced?Learn more and register [http://www.alvinailey.org/page.php?p=arti&v=639]


I have 2 weeks to accomplish this, please help...

Hi All! "With God, All things are possible". It's my life's mission to educate through dance arts as you all know, and as founder of Philly TAP Challenge ON FIRE! my glee with its growth for the 7th year makes me sparkle with joy. I must admit that with so many extensive economic changes happening over the past year, I had given so many deep discounts to this event that supported everyone's status, that I undercut its future. Well the future is NOW and my life has had its recent conflicts which slowed my efforts to get word out sooner, please forgive me for basically rushing you on this. However, I have designated these next 2 weeks to move as quickly as I can to ask YOU TO DONATE IN ANY AMOUNT (Hopefully $50 or more) to help meet budgetary constraints. I don't want to bore you with a long speech (as I can :) and will keep it short and sweet. Please help me reach my goals for my part in keeping the TAP HERITAGE ALIVE AND IN FORWARD MOTION. Here is the link for all contributions, (online or downloadable form for snail mail). Help me send the message that Philly counts when it comes to tap dance. http://phillytapchallenge.webs.com/becomeasponsor.htm You know this labor of love is made on your behalf, and you also know how much I love what I do and how you feel when you see its outcome! Join me....updates and eblasts will come to you shortly. Check out the website anytime... God Bless you, and you will receive 2 more of these as a reminder.

Thank you!
Peace, Jaye Allison
Founding Director, New LEJA Dances & Philly TAP Challenge "ON FIRE!"


"Shim Sham" on Monday, May 17 at 8:00pm.

Event: Shim Sham?What: Jam Session
Start Time: Monday, May 17 at 8:00pm?End Time: Monday, May 17 at 10:00pm Where: The Kitchen
To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:



Announcement: Brian Green will be teaching on Saturdays from 6-7:30 at Peridance starting this week ( Basic House) till the end of MAY!! Also, I will be teaching for Sekou at Peridance this Monday.
Also, I will be teaching at CHAMPIONS on WEDNESDAYS (Basic Hip-Hop and Freestyle 4:30-6:30 and Saturdays Basic House and Freestyle 8-10pm) all of MAY 2010.

HOUSE, HIP-HOP, & other Classes!!

PLACE: BROADWAY DANCE CENTER(www.broadwaydancecenter.com)
Address: 322 W. 45th St. 3rd floor
TIME: 9pm
TIME: 9-10:30pm
TIME: 6-7:30pm
DAY: TUESDAYS ( HIP-HOP): 7:30-9pm
DAY: THURSDAYS (HOUSE): 7:30pm-9pm

PLACE: PERIDANCE (www.peridance.com)
ADDRESS: 126 E 13th Street (Between 3rd and 4th Ave., one clock south of Union Square)
TIME: 8:30-9:45pm
TIME: 5:15pm-6:30pm
TIME: 8:30pm-10pm
TIME: 8:30-10pm
SATURDAYS: 4:00pm-5:30pm
MONDAYS : 4:45pm-6:00pm
DAYS: Fridays 5:30-7pm and Saturdays 6pm-7:30pm Subbing for EJOE.
DAYS:FRIDAYS (FREESTYLE/Basic Hip-hop & House )
TIME: 8pm-9:30pm

PLACE: STEPS ON BROADWAY (www.stepsonbroadway.com)
ADDRESS: 2121 Broadway
TIME: 6pm-7:30pm
TIME: 7:45pm-9:15pm
TIME: 3pm-4:30pm

Dance New York
244W 54th Street Manhattan NY Between Broadway & 8TH Ave 5TH fl
Sunday- 5:00PM-7:00 PM
Shine and Partner work
Instructor: Eddie Torres (SALSA)

Fridays 7 - 8:30 pm
69 W. 14th St. , 3A Corner of 14th St. and 6th Ave.North side of street, by #2 Train Subway entrance$14 ($12 with class card)
212 924-5694

Mark Morris Studios
Wednesdays 7:30 - 9 pm
3 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217-1415 By Subway Atlantic- Pacific across the street from BAM


TIME: 9:30pm-10:30pm

ADDRESS:Millenium Dance Complex 5113 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601
Teacher: SHOTYME
STYLE: HIP-HOP ( Basic Party dances)
DAYS: Tuesday and Thursdays (subs when he is not there: Supadave, Brian, & more...
TIME: 7-8pm
DAYS: Tuesdays and Thursdays
TIME: 2pm-3pm
Teacher: SUPA DAVE
STYLE: HIP-HOPDAYS: Fridays and Sundays
TIME: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Place: E*Space 511 Molino St. Los Angeles, CA 90013
Style: Breakin'
Days: Thursday
Time: 6pm ~7pm
Fee: $10 Place: E*Space 511 Molino St. Los Angeles, CA 90013
Style: House
Days: Tuesday
Time: 8pm~9pm
Fee: $10 Place: E*Space 511 Molino St. Los Angeles, CA 90013
Style: House practice Session
Days: Tuesday
Time: 9pm ~12am
Fee: $3www.openhousefamily.com

Check out www.breaklife.com for Ken Swift´s classes!!

Hit Fabel at www.myspace.com/popmasterfabel. I am not sure if he is still teaching or not, but that is the best way to find out is to ask!!

www.myspace.com/housedanceconference (popular event for all dance styles) www.housedanceconference (home website of the event for basic info!! Site changing soon!)
www.23prime.com/worldsoul for bookings
www.eliteforcecrew.com. for bookings
www.kr3ts.com. for booking
www.23prime.com. ( CPD PLUS) for bookings
www.style2ouf.com ( french dance website for the world of urban dance)
www.juste-debout.com ( french dance website for the world of urban dance) www.mrwiggleshiphop.net ( U.S. website for history of Funk,Hip-hop, and urban related dance styles)
www.housedancer.com ( U.S. website focusing on House culture) www.freetylesession.com ( U.S. website/event focusing on Hip-hop and Funk styles culture)
www.bboysummit ( U.S. website/event focusing on Hip-hop and Funk styles culture) www.KR3ts ( U.S. website/event/children foundation for kids in the Barrio!!) www.dance-unity.com ( Funkstyles in Germany website).
www.breaklife.com (bboy website of Ken swift and 7 gems, and more.). www.cypherstyles.com
www.themovementfoundation.com ( House/Hip-hop dance and information website!!) www.HouseDancers.com

PRO-AM INFO BELOW:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na4zt46zj2Ywww.medeasirkas.com www.proaminternational.comwww.breaksport.com


Brian Footwork Green



Jumaane Taylor's Sidewalk Chalk still needs your vote to Headline Manifest 2010

Five bands, Actual Rhinoceros, Claire Stahlecker Band, Katz Company, Sidewalk Chalk, and The Northern Skies are competing for a featured “Manifest headliner” spot??Vote for Jumaane Taylor and Sidewalk Chalk http://www.facebook.com/l/ce101;www2.colum.edu/manifest/schedule

Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Rhythm World Turns 20

CHICAGO HUMAN RHYTHM PROJECT'S RHYTHM WORLD CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF SHOWCASING AMERICAN TAP?Presented in association with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Step Afrika Residency Students at MCA

CHICAGO--Rhythm World, the oldest and most comprehensive festival of American tap in the world, celebrates its 20th anniversary July 26-August 8, 2010 in downtown Chicago. Chicago Human Rhythm Project's (CHRP) festival of performance, education and community outreach programs, directed by Founder and Artistic Director Lane Alexander, features an extraordinary master faculty in two weeks of residencies, courses, workshops, master classes and conferences for the field at the Fine Arts Building, as well as faculty concerts at MCA Stage in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Tickets for the concerts go on sale May 25-National Tap Dance Day-at 312-397-4010 or mcachicago.org.

"CHRP's 20th anniversary festival is not only a milestone for our organization, but also for the global field of tap presentation," said Alexander. "It signifies that tap institutions are coming of age and that we are ready to take the next steps toward establishing the first cultural center in the world dedicated to American tap and contemporary percussive art."

2010 JUBA! Award winners
Each year, CHRP honors esteemed members and supporters of the tap community with its annual JUBA! Awards. For its 20th anniversary season, CHRP's board of directors has selected four awardees who have been important to the organization's history as well as to the overall advancement of American tap as an art form: Gene Medler, founder and director of the highly acclaimed North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble; Sam Weber, internationally respected performer, master teacher and choreographer; Dianne "Lady Di" Walker, the "Ella Fitzgerald" of tap and a pioneer in the art form's resurgence; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA), which has contributed to the field through its longtime presentation and sponsorship of tap performance and education programs. CHRP will honor these JUBA! Award winners during Rhythm World's culminating performance series "JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance" August 4, 5 and 7 at MCA Stage.? ?Expanded scholarship program Each year, CHRP has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving, talented teens so that they may participate in Rhythm World . In celebration of its 20th anniversary, CHRP this year has awarded $20,000 in scholarships--$15,000 to students from the Chicago region (during its Winter Tap JAMboree last February) and $5,000 to international students through auditions in Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Stuttgart, Zurich, Beijing, Tokyo and Düsseldorf. "These scholarships support CHRP's mission of building community by bringing students from Chicago, the region and the world to meet their peers and study with the masters," said Alexander. Education programs?Rhythm World begins July 26-30 at Chicago's historic Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., with intensive residencies led by Seattle-based international tap artists Cheryl Johnson and Anthony Peters; Dianne "Lady Di" Walker; Fernando Barba, founder of the Brazilian body percussion group Barbatuques; and Derick K. Grant of Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk and Imagine Tap. Courses, workshops and master classes take place August 2-8 at 218 S. Wabash. The highly respected faculty of master teachers, many of whom have taught at the festival throughout its 20-year history, includes Lane Alexander, Bril Barrett, Bruno Buarque of Barbatuques, Julie Cartier, Ayodele Casel, Idella Reed Davis, Michelle Dorrance, Martin "Tre" Dumas, Jay Fagan, Derick K. Grant, Jason Janas, Gene Medler, Sarah Savelli, Jakari Sherman, Billy Siegenfeld, Randy Skinner, CHRP 2010 Artist in Residence Jason Samuels Smith, Jumaane Taylor, Dianne Walker, Sam Weber, Lukas Weiss and Mark Yonally. The KIDS Program August 3-5 at 218 S. Wabash offers intermediate tappers ages nine through 12 a curriculum including oral and video histories, tap technique classes, improvisation instruction and individual development of style and expression. After Work Adult Courses also take place August 3-5 at 218 S. Wabash. Conferences for the field?Now in its ninth year, CHRP's annual Youth Tap Ensemble Conference (YTEC) takes place August 2-6 at the Fine Arts Building. PrepTEC, a new component added to last year's YTEC, offers younger members of the pre-professional repertory companies an opportunity to benefit from the expertise available during Rhythm World. More than 90 dancers between the ages of 12 and 19, representing 10 youth tap ensembles from the U.S., China, Brazil, Canada and Mexico, will gather to study new choreography, technique, improvisation and theatre-related topics. YTEC participants will learn two new works by Michelle Dorrance and Derick K. Grant while the PrepTEC students will learn a new work by Ayodele Casel.? ?New conferences taking place at the Fine Arts Building this year: ProTEC, for young adult professional tappers who want to work with their peers from around the world, takes place August 5-8. UTEC, for college and university students/faculty who want to study with their peers and develop a global college network devoted to gaining recognition for American tap in undergraduate dance/music departments, takes place August 6-8. ATEC, for "mature" (50 and older) dancers who are serious about performing but need specific techniques and instruction, takes place August 6-8. Together, these conferences will serve the evolving needs of the tap art community and continue to build a global network of tap practitioners of all ages and aspirations. To register for education programs, visit chicagotap.org or call 773-281-1825.? ?Performances by Rhythm World faculty and Virtual Rhythms winners?Rhythm World culminates with CHRP's annual faculty concerts, "JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance," featuring a host of extraordinary foot drummers and percussive arts masters Wednesday, August 4; Thursday, August 5; and Saturday, August 7 at 7:30 p.m. at MCA Stage, 220 E. Chicago Ave. New to the JUBA! performances this year are the winners of Virtual Rhythms, CHRP's "tapography" competition offering exposure for emerging tap choreographers and videographers. One JUBA! performance will include the winning choreographer, and one will include a screening of the winning videographer's work. The August 4 performance, honoring JUBA! Award winners Dianne Walker and Sam Weber, features Lane Alexander, Ayodele Casel, Jay Fagan, Derick Grant, Jason Janas, Sarah Savelli and Jason Samuels Smith, in addition to Walker and Weber. The August 5 performance, honoring JUBA! Award winner Gene Medler, features Fernando Barba and Bruno Buarque of Barbatuques, Michelle Dorrance, Jakari Sherman, Lukas Weiss and several of the nation's finest youth tap ensembles. The August 7 performance, honoring the MCA as a JUBA! Award winner, features CHRP's resident ensemble BAM! and a wealth of Chicago tap ensembles including the Cartier Collective, Chicago Tap Theatre, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, Jus'LisTeN and MADD Rhythms.? ?Tickets to "JUBA!" performances--$30, $25 for Rhythm World participants and MCA members--go on sale May 25, National Tap Dance Day. Call 312-397-4010 or visit mcachicago.org. All programming is subject to change.? ?For complete Rhythm World information, visit chicagotap.org or call 773-281-1825.

Global Rhythms November 2010 CHRP's 2010 season concludes with Global Rhythms and Thanks 4 Giving, a series of shared revenue, contemporary percussive arts performances, sponsored by Target, November 26-28 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park. The program will include a series of premieres by CHRP's performing ensemble BAM!, sponsored by the Sara Lee Foundation; the Chicago encore of Step Afrika!; Tatsu Ayoki's Miyumi Project; Ensemble Español; outstanding Chicago youth ensembles; and an opening night appearance (Nov. 26) by French ensemble Diabolus in Musica! making its Chicago debut.??About Chicago Human Rhythm Project?CHRP's 2010 season is supported by Target, 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, 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.

10th Annual Soul to Sole Festival

Tapestry Dance Company presents it's 10th Annual Soul to Sole Festival, June 9th-13th in beautiful Austin, TX with resident artists Acia Gray, Matt Shields and Brenna Kuhn and special guests Linda Sohl-Ellison, Terry Brock, Bril Barrett, Jason Janas, Barbara Phillips and Monti Ellison! Tons of classes for all levels and workshops to include the works of Foster Johnson, Eleanor Powell, Bill Robinson, Improvisation, Drumming for Dancers and more! Come join us for one of the nation's most soulful rhythm workshops and enjoy the incredible sites and sounds of "the live music capital of the world!"
Festival Information and Registration!?

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Monday Night Tap Experience- May 2010

Hey LA hoofers! It’s been a year and we’re still going strong! I put together this Monday Night Tap Experience for young hoofers to hone their teaching and improvisational skills. Each Monday night features a different teacher, who will teach an intermediate/ advanced level class for an hour and 15 minutes. After the class, everyone is welcome to participate in a tap jam.

All classes will be from 7:00- 8:15 pm. The tap jam is open to all tap dancers from 8:30- 9:30 pm.
This event will be held at my home studio: 4271 Madison Ave. Culver City, CA 90232, back house!
The class and jam are ONLY $5.00!!!


May 10, 2010- Aaron Williams

May 17, 2010- Assata Madison

May 24, 2010- Sandy Vasquez

May 31, 2010- Anissa Irving

***If you are interested in teaching at this event please contact me at sourtaps@yahoo.com or 310-963-3165

Please spread the word and lets get the LA Tap Community together!

Much love and Respect,

SARAH REICH www.sourtaps.com


Lena Horne dead at 92
Singer, dancer and actress Lena Horne died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Horne was 92.
She was one of the first African-Americans to sign a long-term movie contract with a major Hollywood studio when she joined MGM in 1942.
"I think the black boy that cleaned the shoes and me were the only two black people except the maids who were there working for the stars," Horne said in a CNN interview. "And it was very lonely, and I wasn't very happy."
Still, Horne said she was grateful that her World War II-era films - including "Cabin in the Sky" and "Stormy Weather" - were seen by black and white soldiers.
"But after I realized I would only go so far, I went on the stage," Horne said.

May 9, 2010

New York Times

Lena Horne, Singer and Actress, Dies at 92
Lena Horne, who was the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio and who went on to achieve international fame as a singer, died on Sunday night at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. She was 92 and lived in Manhattan.
Her death was announced by her son-in-law, Kevin Buckley.
Ms. Horne might have become a major movie star, but she was born 50 years too early, and languished at MGM in the 1940s because of the color of her skin, although she was so light-skinned that, when she was a child, other black children had taunted her, accusing her of having a “white daddy.”
Ms. Horne was stuffed into one “all-star” musical after another — “Thousands Cheer” (1943), “Broadway Rhythm” (1944), “Two Girls and a Sailor” (1944), “Ziegfeld Follies” (1946), “Words and Music” (1948) — to sing a song or two that could easily be snipped from the movie when it played in the South, where the idea of an African-American performer in anything but a subservient role in a movie with an otherwise all-white cast was unthinkable.
“The only time I ever said a word to another actor who was white was Kathryn Grayson in a little segment of ‘Show Boat’ ” included in “Till the Clouds Roll By” (1946), a movie about the life of Jerome Kern, Ms. Horne said in an interview in 1990. In that sequence she played Julie, a mulatto forced to flee the showboat because she has married a white man.
But when MGM made “Show Boat” into a movie for the second time, in 1951, the role of Julie was given to a white actress, Ava Gardner, who did not do her own singing. (Ms. Horne was no longer under contract to MGM at the time, and according to James Gavin’s Horne biography, “Stormy Weather,” published last year, she was never seriously considered for the part.) And in 1947, when Ms. Horne herself married a white man — the prominent arranger, conductor and pianist Lennie Hayton, who was for many years both her musical director and MGM’s — the marriage took place in France and was kept secret for three years.
Ms. Horne’s first MGM movie was “Panama Hattie” (1942), in which she sang Cole Porter’s “Just One of Those Things.” Writing about that film years later, Pauline Kael called it “a sad disappointment, though Lena Horne is ravishing and when she sings you can forget the rest of the picture.”
Even before she came to Hollywood, Brooks Atkinson, the drama critic for The New York Times, noticed Ms. Horne in “Lew Leslie’s Blackbirds of 1939,” a Broadway revue that ran for nine performances. “A radiantly beautiful sepia girl,” he wrote, “who will be a winner when she has proper direction.”
She had proper direction in two all-black movie musicals, both made in 1943. Lent to 20th Century Fox for “Stormy Weather,” one of those show business musicals with almost no plot but lots of singing and dancing, Ms. Horne did both triumphantly, ending with the sultry, aching sadness of the title number, which would become one of her signature songs. In MGM’s “Cabin in the Sky,” the first film directed by Vincente Minnelli, she was the brazen, sexy handmaiden of the Devil. (One number she shot for that film, “Ain’t It the Truth,” which she sang while taking a bubble bath, was deleted before the film was released — not for racial reasons, as her stand-alone performances in other MGM musicals sometimes were, but because it was considered too risqué.)
In 1945 the critic and screenwriter Frank Nugent wrote in Liberty magazine that Ms. Horne was “the nation’s top Negro entertainer.” In addition to her MGM salary of $1,000 a week, she was earning $1,500 for every radio appearance and $6,500 a week when she played nightclubs. She was also popular with servicemen, white and black, during World War II, appearing more than a dozen times on the Army radio program “Command Performance.”
“The whole thing that made me a star was the war,” Ms. Horne said in the 1990 interview. “Of course the black guys couldn’t put Betty Grable’s picture in their footlockers. But they could put mine.”
Touring Army camps for the U.S.O., Ms. Horne was outspoken in her criticism of the way black soldiers were treated. “So the U.S.O. got mad,” she recalled. “And they said, ‘You’re not going to be allowed to go anyplace anymore under our auspices.’ So from then on I was labeled a bad little Red girl.”
Ms. Horne later claimed that for this and other reasons, including her friendship with leftists like Paul Robeson and W.E.B. DuBois, she was blacklisted and “unable to do films or television for the next seven years” after her tenure with MGM ended in 1950.
This was not quite true: as Mr. Gavin has documented, she appeared frequently on “Your Show of Shows” and other television shows in the 1950s, and in fact “found more acceptance” on television “than almost any other black performer.” And Mr. Gavin and others have suggested that there were other factors in addition to politics or race involved in her lack of film work
Although absent from the screen, she found success in nightclubs and on records. “Lena Horne at the Waldorf-Astoria,” recorded during a well-received eight-week run in 1957, reached the Top 10 and became the best-selling album by a female singer in RCA Victor’s history.
In the early 1960s Ms. Horne, always outspoken on the subject of civil rights, became increasingly active, participating in numerous marches and protests.
In 1969, she returned briefly to films, playing the love interest of a white actor, Richard Widmark, in “Death of a Gunfighter.”
She was to act in only one other movie: In 1978 she played Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wiz,” the film version of the all-black Broadway musical based on “The Wizard of Oz.” But she never stopped singing.
She continued to record prolifically well into the 1990s, for RCA and other labels, notably United Artists and Blue Note. And she conquered Broadway in 1981 with a one-woman show, “Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music,” which ran for 14 months and won both rave reviews and a Tony Award.
Ms. Horne’s voice was not particularly powerful, but it was extremely expressive. She reached her listeners emotionally by acting as well as singing the romantic standards like “The Man I Love” and “Moon River” that dominated her repertory. The person she always credited as her main influence was not another singer but a pianist and composer, Duke Ellington’s longtime associate Billy Strayhorn.
“I wasn’t born a singer,” she told Strayhorn’s biographer, David Hajdu. “I had to learn a lot. Billy rehearsed me. He stretched me vocally.” Strayhorn occasionally worked as her accompanist and, she said, “taught me the basics of music, because I didn’t know anything.”
Strayhorn was also, she said, “the only man I ever loved,” but Strayhorn was openly gay, and their close friendship never became a romance. “He was just everything that I wanted in a man,” she told Mr. Hajdu, “except he wasn’t interested in me sexually.”
Lena Calhoun Horne was born in Brooklyn on June 30, 1917. All four of her grandparents were industrious members of Brooklyn’s black middle class. Her paternal grandparents, Edwin and Cora Horne, were early members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and in October 1919, at the age of 2, Lena was the cover girl for the organization’s monthly bulletin.
By then the marriage of her parents, Edna and Teddy Horne, was in trouble. “She was spoiled and badly educated and he was fickle,” Ms. Horne’s daughter, Gail Lumet Buckley, wrote in her family history, “The Hornes.” By 1920 Teddy had left his job with the New York Department of Labor and fled to Seattle, and Edna had fled to a life on the stage in Harlem. Ms. Horne was raised by her paternal grandparents until her mother took her back four years later.
When she was 16, her mother abruptly pulled her out of school to audition for the dance chorus at the Cotton Club, the famous Harlem nightclub where the customers were white, the barely dressed dancers were light-skinned blacks, Duke Ellington was the star of the show and the proprietors were gangsters. A year after joining the Cotton Club chorus she made her Broadway debut, performing a voodoo dance in the short-lived show “Dance With Your Gods” in 1934.
At 19, Ms. Horne married the first man she had ever dated, 28-year-old Louis Jones, and became a conventional middle-class Pittsburgh wife. Her daughter Gail was born in 1937 and a son, Teddy, in 1940. The marriage ended soon afterward. Ms. Horne kept Gail, but Mr. Jones refused to give up Teddy, although he did allow the boy long visits with his mother.
In 1938, Ms. Horne starred in a quickie black musical film, “The Duke Is Tops,” for which she was never paid. Her return to movies was on a grander scale.
She had been singing at the Manhattan nightclub Café Society when the impresario Felix Young chose her to star at the Trocadero, a nightclub he was planning to open in Hollywood in the fall of 1941. In 1990, Ms. Horne reminisced: “My only friends were the group of New Yorkers who sort of stuck with their own group — like Vincente, Gene Kelly, Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen, and Richard Whorf — the sort of hip New Yorkers who allowed Paul Robeson and me in their houses.”
Since blacks were not allowed to live in Hollywood, “Felix Young, a white man, signed for the house as if he was going to rent it,” Ms. Horne said. “When the neighbors found out, Humphrey Bogart, who lived right across the street from me, raised hell with them for passing around a petition to get rid of me.” Bogart, she said, “sent word over to the house that if anybody bothered me, please let him know.”
Roger Edens, the composer and musical arranger who had been Judy Garland’s chief protector at MGM, had heard the elegant Ms. Horne sing at Café Society and also went to hear her at the Little Troc (the war had scaled Mr. Young’s ambitions down to a small club with a gambling den on the second floor). He insisted that Arthur Freed, the producer of MGM’s lavish musicals, listen to Ms. Horne sing. Then Freed insisted that Louis B. Mayer, who ran the studio, hear her, too. He did, and soon she had signed a seven-year contract with MGM.
The N.A.A.C.P. celebrated that contract as a weapon in its war to get better movie roles for black performers. Her father weighed in, too. In a 1997 PBS interview, she recalled: “My father said, ‘I can get a maid for my daughter. I don’t want her in the movies playing maids.’ ”
Ms. Horne is survived by her daughter, Gail Lumet Buckley. Her husband died in 1971; her son died of kidney failure the same year.
Looking back at the age of 80, Ms. Horne said: “My identity is very clear to me now. I am a black woman. I’m free. I no longer have to be a ‘credit.’ I don’t have to be a symbol to anybody; I don’t have to be a first to anybody. I don’t have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I’d become. I’m me, and I’m like nobody else.”
Peter Keepnews contributed reporting.



Event: TAPAGE NOCTURNE?Start Time: Wednesday, May 12 at 8:30pm?End Time: Wednesday, May 12 at 10:00pm?Where: Espace Culturel La Busserine à Marseille??To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:?http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=124157864264058&mid=249d416G2efdcaacG49bf958G7&n_m=divinerhythmnyc%40gmail.com


Tap workshops with Roxane Butterfly

Event: Tap workshops with Roxane Butterfly?
"Workshops with Roxanne Butterfly"?
Start Time: Sunday, May 30 at 2:00pm?
End Time: Sunday, May 30 at 4:00pm?
Where: Pineapple Dance Studios??

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:?http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=114111718621286&mid=24a88f5G2efdcaacG49cff58G7&n_m=divinerhythmnyc%40gmail.com


Rhythm Summit by Tapmotif

Guest Artists @ Rhythm Summit by Tapmotif!!!???We are very excited that three amazing artists are joining tapmotif as guests:??Paul Carlon from NY, saxophone and flute player, amazing arranger and composer. Please check out Paul @ http://www.facebook.com/l/3d237;www.paulcarlonmusic.com/??Simone Mongelli from Milan, Italy, a super talented percussion player with deep knowledge of traditional Italian, Greek music and more......??Yiota Peklari from Athens, flamenco dancer with a unique and very strong presence in the flamenco scene of Greece who integrates elements of contemporary dance and traditional Greek music in her captivating dance works. http://www.facebook.com/l/3d237;www.yiotapeklari.com
?Join today as 40 participants is the limit and already places are booking fast!!!??http://www.facebook.com/l/3d237;www.tapmotif.net


AD-LIB @ Centre Civic Barceloneta

Event: AD-LIB @ Centre Civic Barceloneta?What: Performance?Start Time: Saturday, May 15 at 9:00pm?End Time: Saturday, May 15 at 10:00pm?Where: C/Conreria 1-9, Barcelona??To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:?http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=123337221015754&mid=24bff4cG2efdcaacG49eecc8G7&n_m=divinerhythmnyc%40gmail.com


News from The International Tap Association

Greetings!??Thank you once again for being a part of our online world of rhythm. As a member of this growing cyber community, it is individuals such as yourself that keep our indigenous American art form alive and thriving. We are doing our best to make the ITA a dependable resource of tap dance information to support and nurture your own unique tap experience.??National Tap Dance Day is coming soon and numerous countries have joined America in this incredible celebration in a true international movement around the world. ??Falling on May 25 every year, National Tap Dance Day is a celebration of tap dance as an American and worldwide art form. The idea of National Tap Dance Day was first presented to U.S. Congress on September 15, 1988 and was signed into American law by President George H.W. Bush on November 7, 1989. ??The brainchild of Carol Vaughn, Nicola Daval, and Linda Christensen, May 25 was appropriate for this holiday sharing the birthday of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, the Grandfather of Tap.??National Tap Dance Day can be celebrated with an event which may be organized by a studio, festival, professional company or tap dance interest group. Some may also celebrate it individually due to geographical dispersion or lack of access to the wider tap community. NTDD is celebrated in many different ways. For example, the presenter may send people out onto the streets to teach the "Shim Sham Shimmy" to passers-by. However, there are several cities around the world that have their own performances, masterclasses and events to coincide with this special commemoration.??Check the ITA Calendar for events near you and send us your information if not listed as well as reviews and reports. The submission link is on the ITA Calendar Page.

Send information to us and let the world know what's going on in your community. The ITA Editorial Board is holding open submissions for tap dance articles, interviews, reviews and editorials for possible inclusion on www.tapdance.org. If you are interested, please contact us and an ITA Representative will get back to you as soon as possible.??Keep in touch and keep the rhythm alive.??Acia Gray?ITA Board President


A Great Master Needs Our Help

Call to the Tap Community Dr. Prince Spencer, one of the Four Step Brothers needs our help. He recently found himself in the hospital with an infection and managed to find the will and energy to start healing and get back home. While we are very excited about his progress on the road to recovery, we have learned the medical expenses and prescriptions for the next month or so are costing $600 a week. The tap community has done wonders for many of our masters throughout the years. We are asking you to join us again to help us support tap's legacy by sending any contribution you can afford to Dr. Spencer. Please send contributions to: Dr. Prince Spencer 5190 Willow Haven Ave?Las Vegas, NV 89120