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Oct 20, 2010


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- Chloe Arnold at Coastal Dance Rage - Toronto
-Robin Dunn’s F.A.C.E. for Dancers, Singers, Rappers, Poets
-Hawaiian Islands Tap Festival
-Jason Samuels Smith Australia Tour
-Tap Kathak at Parramasala Festival in Sydney
-Sue Samuels Jazz Classes - updated schedule!
-Special Halloween Jazz Class w/ Sue Samuels
-Tap Into Halloween w/ Chloe Arnold

-Beats & Ballads/Jam - Tap-A-Thon Masterclass Jenny Lane
-ATDF November Tap Intensives & Workshops
-Parallel Exit - new show!
-Flushing Town Hall events
-Classes with Justin Boccitto

-CHRP Events

-Tapestry on The Fringe

-(Canada) Vote (pepsi Refresh project) to make Tap Dance more visible in Canada!
-(Barcelona) Roxane Butterfly events
-(Stockholm)Halloween Tap Jam & Workshop w/ Heather Cornell


Mia Michaels and Chloe Arnold join Coastal Dance Rage as special guests in Toronto. Visit the website to sign up for your chance to get up, close and personal with them as well as with our other powerhouse choreographers including: Blake McGrath, Dee Caspary, Ian Eastwood, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Francisco Gella and Shannon Mather.

E.D. Entertainment
The Ailey Extension
{Focus, Attitude, Confidence, Energy & Eye Contact} 
for Dancers, Singers, Rappers and Poets
The Ailey Studios
405 West 55th Street
(Corner of 9th Avenue)
New York, NY 10019

Jason Samuels Smith Australia Tour:

 For years the MITF team have brought Emmy Award Winner Jason Samuels Smith and other guest artists out for the Melbourne International Tap Festival exclusively.  This month he comes along with another festival, allowing us the opportunity of taking our experience of tap to another level! ..again.
If you want to know more about the shows and masterclasses read on...


For those who enjoy tap and want to learn from one of the greatest performers and teachers and see more tap action in their home cities.  Note, the masterclass levels to cater for Beginner/Intermediate AND Intermediate/Advanced students.
During the show you will see a performance that is the result of many years of tap dancing around the world anywhere from broadway to the street and being in touch with pioneers of the art form.  Jason's style is heavily percussive, influenced by anything from jazz to hip hop and filled with techniques that don't require you to be a dancer to be left breathless by.  
In his class you will learn his warm ups, philosophies, a combination, and the opportunity to meet and talk with the star.    

Hear what others have to say: 
"Jason's generosity in sharing not only tap steps but tap stories and history make him one of the best teachers around."
 -Nada Karsakov, Tap Teacher and Performer
"J.S.S always leaves those he touches with a clearer vision and understanding of the tap path that lays before them."  
- MITF Artistic Director, Grant Swift

It starts on the 29th this month! - THE SCHEDULE:
FRI   29 OCT     TeAyPe Tapdance & Funk Show  (Book)
SAT  30 OCT - 31 OCT     MELBOURNE   Masterclasses (2 days!)
Sat 30 OCT 11am-12pm  Kids Intermediate
Sat 30 OCT 12pm-1pm    Adult Fast Beginner/Intermediate
Sat 30 OCT 1pm-2pm      Adult Advanced  
Sun 31 OCT 11am-12pm  Kids Intermediate
Sun 31 OCT 12pm-1pm    Adult Fast Beginner/Intermediate
Sun 31 OCT 1pm-2pm      Adult Advanced
These workshops/masterclasses will be held at  Grant Swifts Tap Room:
158 Balaclava Road, Caulfield South.
WED   3 NOV     SYDNEY  Masteclasses
Wed 3 NOV 7.30 - 8.10pm       Kids Intermediate
Wed 3 NOV 8.10pm – 9pm      Adult Fast Beginner/ Intermediate
Wed 3 NOV 9pm – 10pm         Adult Advanced
These workshops/masterclasses will be held at Urban Dance Centre:
39 Greek St, Glebe NSW
THU  4-6 NOV    Tap Kathak Parramasala Festival
***November 6th Masterclass (just added!)
Organized by Western Sydney Dance Action
Come learn from internationally acclaimed Emmy Award winning American tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith. Learn his unique timings, warm-up techniques, philosophy and a short combination that you can take away with you! 
Appropriate for:  12 years old and up
*Please enter via main theatre foyer and arrive at least 15 minutes early to warm up and make the most of this amazing opportunity!
How to Register
Class capacity is limited. To secure your place, registration is advised. To register please email your Full Name, Age, Email Address, Mobile / Phone Contact and the Class you wish to enrol in to WSDA Administrator Kiri Morcombe on:  wsda_riverside@parracity.nsw.gov.au
Parent/guardian required to enroll on student’s behalf if under 18. 

***SPECIAL BLOCH In-store SHOE event in Sydney for the official release of Jason Samuels Smith tap Shoe in Australia, November 5th... more info coming soon!
Melbourne's TeAyPe show (pronounced T.A.P) on Friday 29th OCT will feature funky grooves, jazzn conversations, Hip hop messages and African vibrations.
This is going to be a fun show with a good mix of entertainment .
Line up on the night will include Lamine Sonko, Rhythm Runners, Swift Brothers , The KiDz , the incredible band, and of course our host Jason Samuels Smith
Venue: St. Leonards Theatre: 48 New Street, Brighton. VIC  
Time: FRI 29th OCT. 7pm - 9pm  (with interval)
Normally our shows with Jason in large theatre's would charge around $40+ a head, and to see TeAyPe live in a music club you had to be over 18.  
We have dropped the ticket price to this show to only $25 (Adult) and $20 (Kids / Concession), with group rates available!
We have done this to give as many people as possible to witness this spectacular at a lower barrier to entry.
This is in a convenient, family friendly venue with plenty of parking for this show.  Tea / coffee, drinks and snacks will also be available at interval. 
As a BONUS The first 150 people with tickets will go in the draw to win a prize from TeAyPe's sponsor Capezio - drawn on the night! 
Visit here  now! to get your tickets before the show to take advantage avoid missing out on the night due to the cheap tickets or having to queue up, and the door prize! 
The first 150 offer begins now (and for those who have already puchased)!  You can pay online with your credit card or bank deposit : www.tapmasterclass.com
Book in using the online instructions now as there are more news & events planned for this period to be announced soon!  If you have further queries please contact info@tapmasterclass.com  
or call 0413 083 053 / 0432 335 899

Parramasala Festival of South Asian Arts in Sydney, Australia

By Supratim-Sanyal on 14 October 2010

Australia's first-ever Festival of South Asian Arts, Parramasala, which celebrates the country's growing cultural links with South Asia, launched in Delhi on 12 October 2010.
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, October 13, 2010 /Washington Bangla Radio / India PRwire/ -- Parramasala, which will be held in Sydney from 4 to 8 November, promises an extraordinary line-up of major international and Australian artists inspired by contemporary and traditional Indian and South Asian arts. The festival was launched at a Business Club Australia function, the Australian Government's official business program at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
General Manager of Events NSW, John Montgomery said, "We are very excited to launch what is possibly the first cultural festival of its kind in the world. Parramasala will celebrate traditional and innovative Indian and South Asian Arts during Diwali, one of the most important festivals for Indians the world over.

"What's on offer in this first program will set the stage for what we expect will become the one of the world's most exciting festivals in the international arts calendar," he said.
Parramasala features global music stars Kailash Kher and Nitin Sawhney, and Carnatic music icon Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani. The program also includes dance performances like kathak and American tap, contemporary music improvisors, DJs, and traditional Rajasthani folk arts.
The festival will be held in Sydney's historic centre, Parramatta, which is home to Sydney's largest resident Indian community. It was also there that the 'Mozart of Madras', AR Rahman, performed in January. As part of Parramasala, an entire street in Parramatta will be transformed into a bustling Indian marketplace. Australia's High Commissioner to India, Peter Varghese, said "Parramasala will take the Australia-India cultural relationship to a new level.
"I am sure the people of Sydney will embrace Parramasala. More than 90,000 Sydney-siders watched A R Rahman's spectacular show in January and many hundreds saw Ravi Shankar perform at the Sydney Opera House in March.
"There is a real appreciation for both traditional and contemporary Indian culture in Australia. Combined with our efforts to promote Australian culture in India, such activities will bring the people of our countries closer together," Mr Varghese said.
Mr Montgomery said, "Parramasala is being established for the long term. This year, Parramasala will run for five days and by 2012, it will reach its full potential as a 10-day festival drawing Indian audiences from around the world.
"Parramasala will offer audiences from Australia and the world the opportunity to indulge in a spectacular program of local and international acts," he said.
Kailash Kher, one of the most recognisable voices in India today, will headline a sensational outdoor concert to an Australian crowd of thousands during Parramasala. Kher has sung for more than 200 Bollywood films, been a judge on Indian Idol and regularly plays live to audiences of more than 30,000.
Britain's Nitin Sawhney is one of the most influential musicians and composers in contemporary music. Nitin and his exceptional band, accompanied by a 39-piece orchestra, will perform a new live score to a rediscovered masterpiece of Indian silent cinema, A Throw of Dice.
Other festival highlights include:
Tap Kathak - an explosive dance spectacle with one of India's foremost Kathak masters, Pandit Chitresh Das, and one of the world's greatest tap dancers from the USA, Jason Samuels Smith
Desert Wedding - three groups of traditional Rajasthani folk artists including musicians and dancers entertaining audiences with the songs and rituals of a desert wedding
The Guru of Chai - a new comic play by one of Australasia's most successful theatre companies, New Zealand's Indian Ink Theatre Company
Anandavalli, Australia's renowned Bharata Natyam dance artist collaborates with South Indian contemporary music artists Anil Srinivasan and Sikkil Gurucharan to create the world premiere of A Million Eyes
Australia's leading music improvisors, the Australian Art Orchestra, perform one concert of The Chennai Tapes featuring long-term artistic collaborator Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani and members of the Sruthi Laya Ensemble.
Cricket will also be front and centre with a themed Twenty20 Cricket Match (the 'art' of cricket) and the annual Deepavali Fair at Parramatta Stadium.
Parramasala was launched in Delhi at the Australian High Commission at a Business Club Australia (BCA) function. BCA India 2010 from 3 - 14 October with a program of 22 activities over the 13 days of Games competition.
Parramasala is a new festival on the NSW Master Events Calendar. It was created by the NSW Government through Events NSW in conjunction with Parramatta City Council and the Indian community.
Tickets for all Parramasala events are now on sale at www.parramasala.com For more information on the NSW Master Events Calendar visit www.eventsnsw.com.au
Parramasala is the Australian Festival of South Asian Arts, a new major annual event which will place the historic city of Parramatta on the world stage. The inaugural festival will be held November 4-8, 2010, bringing together a mind-expanding confluence of cultural backgrounds, artistic ideas, and innovative collaborations from today's most celebrated, contemporary artists working across music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts. Colourful, uplifting and inclusive, this is a festival for arts lovers of all ages and interests with a rich program of free and festival-exclusive ticketed events.

Hawaiian Islands Tap Festival

November 11 - 14

Maui Arts & Cultural Center

4 Days of TAP in Paradise includes:
* Master Classes for all Levels
* Artist Reception
* Showcase & Jam
* Performance on Saturday, November 13

Featuring International Tap Stars
Chloe Arnold, Mark Mendonca, Yukiko Misumi &
Jason Samuels Smith

Schedule, Information , & Registration Online:

Hi Everyone,

It's time to get in shape... physically, mentally and spiritually!  Come on in and work on your skills!!
Feel good and dance!  

Monday  10 am, Beginner level Broadway Jazz@ Broadway Dance Center - 322 W. 45th St. bet. 8th and 9th Ave.
              7:30 pm,Basic Beginner level Broadway Jazz@ The Ailey Extension - 405 W. 55th St. @ 9th Ave.

Tuesday  9:30 am, Advanced Beginner level Broadway Jazz@ Arias Dance NY - 300 W. 43rd St. @ 8th Ave.
               1:30 pm, Basic Beginner level Broadway Jazz @ Broadway Dance Center

Wednesday  10:30 am, Beginner level Broadway Jazz@ Broadway Dance Center

Thursday   9:30 am, Advanced Beginner level Broadway Jazz@ Arias Dance NY 
                1:30 pm, Basic Beginner level Broadway Jazz@ Broadway Dance Center

Friday  10 am, Beginner level Broadway Jazz@ Broadway Dance Center

Saturday 4:30 pm, Intermediate level Broadway Jazz@ The Ailey Extension

Sunday 10:30 am, Beginner level Broadway Jazz@ Broadway Dance Center

I look forward to seeing you in class!
Sue Samuels

Sue Samuels' Halloween Jazz Dance Class "THRILLER"

Sunday, October 31 · 10:30am - 12:00pm

Broadway Dance Center
322 W. 45th St. between 8th and 9th Ave.
New York, NY

Created By
Sue Samuels

More Info
Wear a costume to class!! Win a prize for best costume!!!
Bring your family and friends. Fun for all ages!

Tap Into Halloween with Chloe Arnold (Int-Adv. level tap class for all ages):

TAP into HALLOWEEN with Chloe Arnold this FRIDAY in NYC at Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana] from 12-1:30pm. ONLY $10 when you come in costume, bring a friend, or bring a treat! $15 otherwise...SPREAD the Word

When: Friday, October 29 · 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Where: Flamenco Vivo, 4 West 43rd Street, bet 5-6th avenue, 7th floor, walk upstairs, New York, NY



Beats & Ballads/Jam + Tap-A-Thon Masterclass/ Jenny Lane
Sunday, October 24 · 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Producers Club Theatres
358 West 44th Crown Theater
New York, NY

Created By
Traci Mann

More Info
Jenny Lane Tap-A-Thon Master Class 6-7 pm
Producer's Club Crown Theater-$20
Cocktail Party 7-8
Beats & Ballads Showcase/Jam-Alex Cowings & Calvin Booker 8-11:30 pm
Producer's Club Crown Theater-$20 Free wine w/ticket purchase
Live Jazz, African Drums, Stanley Banks, Kimestri, Carol Harding, David Gilmore & More!
Associate Producer - Mann Arts

ATDF presents
Fall Tap Intensive
  November 5-7, 2010 
(Adults & Teens 13+)
A (3) Day Tap Intensive led by master teacher and choreographer Brenda Bufalino.

This is your opportunity to develop your own unique vision with the direction and assistance of a master teacher and choreographer and a live accompanist/arranger.  All participants are invited to bring in material that they have been working on for further development and may have an opportunity to perform it in a Sunday evening Studio Presentation.  Students from Ms. Bufalino's on-going Wednesday Class are encouraged to attend and can attend at a discount.
All enquiries should be directed to Tony Waag at twaag@atdf.org. Structured improvisation created by Ms. Bufalino during the intensive weekend will also be presented.
Bufalino Intensive: $200.00
Talk/Films: $5 Donation at Door
Showcase: $10 Guests (Non Registered Students)
All classes and events held at:
American Tap Dance Center, 154 Christopher Street #2B, (between Washington and Greenwich Streets)
To register: call or email
Courtney at 646-230-9564, crunft@atdf.org
For more information, visit: www.atdf.org

DONATION BASED Int/Adv Tap classes in NYC hosted by Lisa La Touche
Fridays at ATDF  (154 Christopher St - #2B) 
 Starts Friday Sept 17th - ongoing weekly
Come work out, discover, and explore!!!! Classes are focused on improvisation and fresh new choreography.
Pay what you can!  

NEW SHOW from Parallel Exit

Parallel Exit spent the summer preparing a brand new show, and we wanted to make sure you were the first to hear about it.


What happens in ROOM 17B?

Watch a sneak peek on youtube.

Or explore the show on our website.

January 2011
59E59 Theaters
Thank you very much for your continued interest and support of Parallel Exit.


Mark Lonergan
Artistic Director

Events at Flushing Town Hall
Submitted by Cobi Narita

Exhibition: Endangered Art/ists - China
October 16th - November 14th
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 16th, 5-7pm
Celebrate the 5,000 year history of traditional Chinese arts and textiles and the endangered artists who are slowly vanishing due to lack of civic support and market economies.

Exhibition: Within the Emperor's Garden - The Ten Thousand Springs Pavilion
October 16th - September 30th, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 16th, 5-7pm
Based on the original Wan Chun Ting pavilion that majestically stands on the east side of the Imperial Garden of the Forbidden City in China, this highly detailed 1:5 scale replica is made of red sandalwood, prized in Imperial China, and constructed using mortise-and-tenon joinery. The exhibition was organized by the Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute, with assistance of the China Red Sandalwood Museum and the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Chembo Corniel- Dancing with the Ancestors
Friday, October 29th, 8:00pm
Tickets: $25/$20 Members/$20 Students/Package: $75/$65 Members (Table seating for 2, wine, snack, Meet the Artist, CD)
In a tribute concert to Chano Pozo and Mongo Santamaria. Grammy-nominated, renowned percussionist and conga ensemble leader Chembo Corniel with Ivan Renta, Elio Villafranca, Carlo DeRosa, and Vince Cherico.
Buy Tickets

1st Annual International Halloween- Remixed Costume Party (Adults Only)
Saturday, October 30th, 8:00pm
Tickets: $35
It's an international thrown-down! Celebrate D?a de los Muertos, All Saints Day and Halloween at Flushing Town Hall's 1st Annual International Costume Party. Live performance by Cumbiagra, NYC's premiere Cumbia band -- and, of course, enough progressive world house, techno, latin and whatever to wake the dead and the undead!
Buy Tickets

Halloween-Remixed (Kids & Family)
Sunday, October 31th, 2:00pm, FREE
Before you trick or treat, stop by Flushing Town Hall in costume to celebrate the community traditions of Day of the Dead, Halloween, and All Saints Day with hands-on festive fun for the whole family!


FRIDAYS (through Oct. 1st)
Adv/Beg. Tap: 7:45pm - 9:15pm

Adv./Beg. Tap: 6:15pm - 7:30pm
Adv./Beg. Tap: 6:15pm - 7:30pm
Basic Tap: 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Beginner Tap: 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Visit www.broadwaydancecenter.com
BDC ~ 322 W. 45th Street, 2nd Flr.

Adv./Beg. Theatre Dance: 7:30pm – 9pm
Visit www.manhattanmovement.com
MMAC ~ 248 W. 60th Street



A gala benefit supporting performance and education
Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
Monday, October 25 at 5:30pm   

Chicago Human Rhythm Project's 20th Anniversary Season concludes with JUBALEE!, a premier gala benefit supporting performance and education, this October 25 in Chicago.  On this extraordinary evening, Chicago and international tap and percussive dance stars will heat up the stage with thrilling performances!   
The evening begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by performances by

Cast members of Billy Elliot the Musical
with additional ground-shaking rhythms from
CHRP's resident ensemble BAM!
World Champion Trinity Irish Dancers with Rhythm World Tap Scholars
Cartier Collective
Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater
and Be The Groove

The evening will conclude with a dinner and dessert buffet where guests can meet the evening’s performers and honorees.

Monday, October 25, 2010
Jay Pritzker Pavilion – Millennium Park
5:30 pm Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
7:15 pm Performance and Live Auction
8:00 pm Post-Performance Dinner and Dessert Reception
www.chicagotap.org   Tickets
$ 500 Premium Level
$ 250 Preferred Level
$ 150 Patron Level
Click here to purchase

November 26-28 at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park

CHICAGO--The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), the world's only year-round presenter of American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts, concludes its 20th Anniversary season with Global Rhythms, its annual community-building, shared-revenue performances that spotlight national and international artists. Sponsored by Target, the four unique programs showcase a range of cultures and styles, featuring local, national and international artists. Performances are November 26-28 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park.

Global Rhythms Artists
The French medieval ensemble Diabolus in Musica makes its Chicago debut on opening night, November 26, performing "La Rose Tres Bele"--Women's Voices: Monody & Polyphony by 13th-Century Women Trouvères. Among the 250 well-known trouvères, only eight women have written poems accompanied by melodies.This programme explores all aspects of the feminine presence in the repertoire of the trouvères.

Step Afrika!, returning after its enthusiastically received Chicago debut at Global Rhythms in 2009, is the first professional company in the world dedicated to stepping, a unique dance tradition that grew out of the song and dance rituals practiced by historically African-American fraternities and sororities in the mid-1900s. Step Afrika! creates an "ocean of sound" with contemporary stepping and hip hop alongside ancient Zulu dances, South African gumboot dancing and more.
CHRP's resident performing ensemble BAM! performs a series of premieres under the banner Interchange, sponsored by the Sara Lee Foundation, including works by Emmy Award winner Ted Levy and Riverdance star Martin "Tre" Dumas from Chicago, sand-dance master Guillem Alonso from Spain and Barbatuques Artistic Director Fernando Barba from Brazil.
The Miyumi Project, bassist-director Tatsu Aoki's Asian-American musical fusion, is "a symbol of Chicago-style jazz innovation" (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune).
Chicago ensembles JUMP RHYTHM Jazz Project, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and Be the Groove, along with youth ensembles St. Alphonsus Academy & Center for the Arts and Ensemble Español Youth Company, offer their particular brands of percussive performance.
Thanks 4 Giving
In conjunction with Global Rhythms and in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, CHRP offers an opportunity to give back to Chicago nonprofits while increasing its exposure to new audiences through the Thanks 4 Giving program. When purchasing tickets, patrons receive a 10 percent discount by mentioning one of more than 50 participating Chicago-area nonprofit organizations, and CHRP shares 50 percent of the revenue from that sale with the selected organization. In previous years, Thanks 4 Giving has produced as much as $32,000 in revenue for Chicago-based nonprofits. A list of 2010 participants, to date, follows. Nonprofits interested in participating should call Cameron Heinze at Chicago Human Rhythm Project, 773-281-1825.

Ticket information
Global Rhythms performances take place at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Dr. The lineup is as follows:
·       Friday, November 26, 8 p.m: Diabolus in Musica, Be the Groove, BAM!
·       Saturday November 27, 3 p.m.: JUMP RHYTHM Jazz Project, BAM!, 
            St. Alphonsus Academy & Center for the Arts
·       Saturday, November 27, 8 p.m.: Step Afrika!, Ensemble Español Spanish 
            Dance Theater, Ensemble Español Youth Company, BAM!
·       Sunday, November 28, 3 p.m.: Step Afrika!, Tatsu Aoiki/The Miyumi Project, BAM!
Tickets are $15-55 and are available by calling 312-334-7777 or visitingharristheaterchicago.org. All programming is subject to change. For information visitchicagotap.org.
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. 
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Upper left photo: Joe Davis
Center photo: Don Napoleon, Gearshift Productions
Middle right photo: Dorothee Senet
Lower right photo: Kristie Kahns

Thanks 4 Giving participating nonprofit organizations (as of 9/24/10)

African American Christian Foundation
Alain Locke Charter Academy
Alexian Brothers Bonaventure House
Alliance Francaise de Chicago
Alphonsus Academy
Arts & Business Council of Chicago
The Arts of Life
Be the Groove & Evanston Dance Ensemble
The Black Star Project
Book Worm Angels
Boys & Girls Club of Chicago
The Career Transitions Center of Chicago
Center for Neighborhood Technology
Centers for New Horizons
Chicago Children's Museum
Chicago Hotel Concierge Association
Chicago Human Rhythm Project
Chicago Independent Radio Project
Chicago Lights
Chicago Women's AIDS Project
Chicago Women's Health Center
City of Hope
Community Renewal Society
Cordao de Ouro Capoeira Chicago
Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions
Dance For Life
DuSable Museum of African American History
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
Franklin Fine Arts Center
Gene Siskel Film Center
Gingarte Capoeira Chicago
Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention
Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Ministries
International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago
Japan America Society of Chicago
Japanese American Service Committee
Japanese Culture Center of Chicago
Joel Hall Dancers & Center
JUMP RHYTHM Jazz Project
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Mayfair Performing Company
Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
New Life Christian Fellowship
No Wooden Nickels
PAWS Chicago
Polish American Association
Rape Victim Advocates
River North Chicago Dance Company
Rock For Kids
Urban Gateways
Woodstock Friends of the LAM Foundation

*new organizations added frequently; visit chicagotap.org

Sunday, October 24, 2010
21st annual Chicago Humanities Festival: The Body
Mandel Hall
1131 East 57th Street 
Chicago, IL 60637

General $10
Teachers & Students FREE

BAM! will perform body percussion pieces choreographed by members of StepAfrika! and Brazil body band group Barbatuques. BAM! will also perform its own signature body percussion piece, acaBAM!, as well as a few other tap pieces from its rep.  There will be a 10 min Q&A included in the performance.

Jill Chukerman
JAC Communications


TAPESTRY ON THE FRINGE; Experimental Rhythm and Dance Series!

Thursday, October 21 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Salvage Vanguard Theatre
2302 Manor Rd
Austin, TX

Submitted by
Matthew R Shields

More Info
For Immediate Release on October 7th 2010:
Contact: Anna Heilbron, anna@tapestry.org
Tapestry Dance Company 512-474-9846
Salvage Vanguard 512-474-SVT-6 or salvagevanguard.org

Tapestry Dance Company is proud to present Episode III of our experimental rhythm and dance series, Tapestry on the Fringe

Crossing Frequencies
Exploring the Surfaces of Sound
October 21st 8:00 and 9:45

AUSTIN, TX – Once again Tapestry Dance Company forges together multiple performing art forms to create a one-of-a-kind experience for audiences. As a part of our experimental series Tapestry on the Fringe at Salvage Vanguard, Crossing Frequencies is an exciting new mix of Austin artists, dancers, live musicians, and poets creating a vibrating force of living creativity. Professional tap dancer, Matt Shields directs this collage of music, sound, poetry and dance into an avant-guard expression of humanity which pushes the boundaries of art and performance. Come relax, have a drink and bask in an atmosphere of audible and visual pleasures.
Crossing Frequencies: Exploring the Surfaces of Sound features NEW Tapestry Company Member and formerly of TAP DOGS, Travis Knights, popular spoken word artists, Joe Brundidge and Ebony Stewart, and trumpeter extraordinaire, Marcus Graf. Our LIVE BAND consists of Charles “Swift” Phillips and Aaron Perez on drums for plenty of intoxicating rhythm, Burt Snover and Quinton Smith on keyboards/vibes and of course, Tapestry’s own Matt Shields rounding out the rhythm with his tap shoes.

Tapestry on the Fringe is an on-going series of performances and presentations exploring the boundaries of contemporary dance and art. Always a leader in the contemporary tap dance and rhythm renaissance, Austin’s own Tapestry Dance Company dances on the very edge of contemporary tap and rhythm with performances EVERY THIRD THURSDAY of every month of our stellar 2010 – 11 Season.

Tapestry on the Fringe: Episode III
Crossing Frequencies
Exploring the Surfaces of Sound
Thursday October 21st, 8:00 and 9:45
Salvage Vanguard Theatre
2803 Manor Road, Austin
Tickets are $10 and available at www.tapestry.org or at the door

MATT SHIELDS. Originally from Ontario, Canada, Matt previously danced with Decidedly Jazz, Danceworks, and MADD Rhythms Canada. In addition to his innovative work during his 6 years with Tapestry Dance Company, Matt served as MC for the 8th Annual Third Coast Rhythm Project, danced with Jason Janas at Baylor University’s Tribute to Duke Ellington, and was a soloist in the opening American Tribute for the 2008 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. Matt is available for interviews; hi-resolution images available. Contact anna@tapestry.org



Help tap dance become more visible and viable in Canada - simply by voting daily!
(Currently ranked 39th - Pepsi Refresh project)

Monday, September 13 at 6:00am - November 1 at 12:00am
Submitted by: Barbara Vargas, Matthew R Shields, Jamie Ausmus, Dano Nielsen

Help tap dance become more visible and viable in Canada.


* To study under tap dance masters
* Educating dancers in history, theory, and technique
* Working alongside musicians
* Stimulate creativity and help with future creative projects
* Build the confidence to trust in personal abilities

Tap dance is the blending of cultures and the translation of music and movement that reflect the multicultural mosaic that is Canada. Through shows performances, tap dance teaches people to open their eyes and see melody in everything. The intention is to run a two-week intensive geared for pre-professional and professional tap dancers interested in a career in the percussive arts. Four masters will guide the participants through a well rounded education. Instructors will develop individual relationships with participants to facilitate growth. Participants will be given feedback from the instructors on progress and strengths. Members of the community will be exposed to three shows with intentions to make tap dance more visible and viable to the public. To relieve the burden of the costs of tuition scholarships will be awarded. Profits will be allocated to further funding for future projects that encourage and inspire dancers to become ambassadors of the arts in Canada.

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For Immediate release.

Landscape of Contemporary Tap
October 20th 2010
A talk with Xumo Nounjio 
(Artistic director of Central Art Process)
9.30pm: Panel with Xumo Nounjio
10.30pm: Jam-session with guest Pablo Galak (sax)
11.30pm: While-we-drink-screening of “Fascinating Rhythm”

November 17th 2010
A talk with Mireia Font
(Director of El Timbal, Arts Escenics)
9.30pm: Panel-discussion with Mireia 
10pm: Jam-session with guest Pablo Galak (sax)
11pm: While-we-drink-screening of “Hoofalogies”

Moderator: Roxane Butterfly (www.roxanebutterfly.com)

TAP INTENSIVES with Roxane Butterfly

Saturday October 23rd 2010
2pm-3pm; Rhythm-tap rudiments (open)
3pm-4pm;  Intermediate Improvisation (int)
15 min break
4.15pm-5.15pm; Teaching Jimmy Slyde (int-adv)
5.15pm-6.15pm; Choreographing to jazz (adv)

Saturday November 20th 2010
2pm-3pm; Introduction to improvisation (open)
3pm-4pm; Changing time-signatures (int)
15 min break
4.15pm-5.15pm; Interpretation (int-adv)
5.15pm-6.15pm; Crossing-over to flamenco (adv)

Private Coaching
Needing help to choreograph a piece?
Feeling stuck with your technic?
Afraid to improvise?
just call...

Roxane Butterfly's Worldbeats
Barcelona: + 34 651 684 430
New York:  + 1 347 879 5065

Halloween Tap Jam & Workshop with Heather Cornell

Friday, October 29 at 5:30pm - October 31 at 4:30pm

Swedish Swing Society
Igeldammsgatan 22C, Link to map: http://kartor.eniro.se/m/IFNHE
Stockholm, Sweden
By: Jonas Nermyr, Andrew Liebmann, Stockholm TapFestival

Come and celebrate Halloween with us at this awesome tap dance weekend with Heather Cornell!!
Three days of classes and a Halloween Tap Jam Special!!

Schedule and levels:

Friday beg 17.30-19.00
int 19.00-20.30
adv 20.30-22.00

Sat & Sun beg 11.00-12.30
int 12.30-14.00
adv 14.30-16.00

Sat 19.00 Halloween Tap Jam Special
Heather will do a short demo of her dancing and give us some of her thoughts on tap!
Cutting Contest, 1st prize 500SEK! And of course lots of jammin all evening! We have a trio playing and Cafe/bar will be open.
ds Feel free to dress up.... ds


Workshop including Saturday Tap Jam 900 SEK
Entrance Saturday Tap Jam 100 SEK

For out-of-towners we can offer free accommodation at the SSS studio! There you have a kitchen, toilets and showers. Bring sleeping gear!

Register by email to: andrew@stockholmtapfestival.com

Payment is made at the door.

Any questions? send email to: jonas@stockholmtapfestival.com

See you at Halloween!! "Sluta deppa, börja steppa"

/Jonas Nermyr
Andrew Liebmann

HEATHER CORNELL is artistic director and choreographer for the acclaimed Manhattan Tap, one of the busiest music/dance companies in the 90's. Her recent endeavors have been in creating music ensembles where she functions as the percussionist. She has a number of projects that she is touring internationally at present, most notably "Finding Synesthesia" a collaboration with pianist Andy Milne, vocalist Malika Zarra and cellist Rufus Cappadocia, which premiered at the London Jazz Festival 2007 at London's prestigious Southbank Center. Other notable venues: The Banff Festival, Harbourfront, Toronto and the Salzburg Jazz Festival in 2008. Called "the Oscar Peterson of hoofing" (Globe and Mail, Toronto, Canada), she began her career as an apprentice to six of the first generation of American tap masters, and had the honor of performing frequently with Buster Brown, Eddie Brown, Harriet Browne, Cookie Cook, Steve Condos and Chuck Green. Ms. Cornell is known for her innovative collaborations on original music for tap.

She is a pioneer in concert tap, traveling worldwide with her company and as a soloist since the late 80's, and has created full-length works with the late jazz icon Ray Brown, film composer Bob Telson (Gospel at Colonus), Chango Spasiuk, and the world music blend of Keith Terry and Crosspulse. She choreographed the British comedy, "The Play What I Wrote" for Broadway and was choreographic consultant and tap coach on "Three Penny Opera", a production by Atalaya theatre company in Seville, Spain. TV credits include a national KQED special with JTE and Honi Coles; Gregory Hines' Tap Dance in America for Great Performances on PBS; and a 30-minute special for the Canadian Television jazz series Sounds Impressive.

She is responsible for training much of today's generation of tap artists and for 20 years she has held the "Manhattan Tap NYC Intensive Workshop", a 58-hour intensive that she co-teaches with world and jazz musicians.

She is Artistic Director of Heather Cornell and CanTap, a new performing ensemble that brings together some of Canada's finest tap dancers to inspire, create and tour the globe. Ms. Cornell's greatest collaborators are her daughter Soni (August 2000) and son Eoghan (December 2002).