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Aug 25, 2011

*In This Issue*

Sue Samuels Summer Jazz Classes
Jeffrey Page Nominated for an MTV VMA
Vancouver International Tap Fest and ACGI Performance
Tap Workshop with Jason Samuels Smith in Berlin, Germany

Harold "Stumpy" Cromer and Jared Grimes Podcast Available Now!
New Jersey Tap Festival
GYPSY JAM, A Lindy Hop/Swing Dance Workshop
Too Darn Hot
TAP EXPERIENCE is coming from Barcelona to New York in November!!!!

*West Coast*
Louise Reichlin & Dancers performance at the TriArt Festival

New school in Barcelona! Escola Luthier d’Arts Musicals- Luthier Dansa

DRP Artists

Jeffrey Page is up for an MTV Music Video Award under the category of Best Choreography for his work on Beyonce’s music video “Run the World (Girls)”
Check out the video at this link:

and be sure to tune into the VMA’s on Sunday AUGUST 28 @ 9/8 c

Also check out these interviews with Jeffrey Page about his work with Beyonce, and his article in the Huffington Post:





11-12:30 Beginner level Broadway Jazz @ Broadway Dance Center
(322 W. 45th St. Between 8th and 9th Avenue.)
7:00-8:30 pm Beginner level Broadway Jazz @ The Ailey Studios
(405 W. 55th Street @ 9th Avenue) ****NEW CLASS LOCATION*** for Monday nights in August

9:30-11 am Advanced beginner level Broadway Jazz @ Arias Dance NYC
1:30-3 Basic level Broadway Jazz @ Broadway Dance Center

11-12:30 am Beginner level Broadway Jazz @ Broadway Dance Center

1:30-3 Basic level Broadway Jazz @ Broadway Dance Center

11-12:30 Beginner level Broadway Jazz @ Broadway Dance Center

12 noon Intermediate level Broadway Jazz @ The Ailey Studios
( 405 W. 55th St. @ 9th Ave.)

10:30-12 Beginner level Broadway Jazz @ Broadway Dance Center

September 2,3,4 - 3 days of master classes, residency, 4 performances!
Tap superstar Jason Samuels Smith and his company A.C.G.I. (Anybody Can Get It) are bringing a dynamic performance to our festival, Friday, Sept 2.
The company will showcase Samuels Smith's intricate rhythms and original style, while also featuring talented tap soloists: Chloe Arnold, Lee Howard, Sarah Reich and Melinda Sullivan.


TapBeat is proud to present, for the first time in Berlin, Germany: Jason Samuels Smith!
November 11-13, 2011.
Workshop-levels with Jason:
   Advanced Beginner
Event: Jam Session on Saturday, November 12th.
Registrations for this major event are NOW open! Early registration recommended.
Registration form, schedule and tuition (PDF-Files) on: http://tapbeat.de/en/workshops-events/


Harold "Stumpy" Cromer and Jared Grimes Podcast Available Now!
Dancers Harold "Stumpy" Cromer and Jared Grimes are separated by 60 years in age, but between the two of them they have worked with Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Betty Grable, Ethel Merman, Gregory Hines, The Roots and Mariah Carey. They discuss (and dance) the history of tap through the generations with Dr. Lewis Porter.
Subscribe now on iTunes.

August 25th-28th, 2011 – Bloomfield, NJ
Founded by Hillary-Marie Michael, Jersey Tap Fest provides repertoire classes to encourage today’s young, emerging tap dance artists and master classes to celebrate the tap masters and allow them to train the artists who are the future face of the tap dance community. We are committed to tap dance by being dedicated to its advancement for the purposes of promoting and preserving its tradition, history and musicality as an American art form. Jersey Tap Fest provides non-competitive opportunities of self-advancement and networking for the basic tapper, tap teacher, tap enthusiast, pre-professional and professional artist and tap master. This stimulating, demanding and rigorous program will serve diverse students with great passion for tap dance in the tri-state area, allowing them to improve their technical abilities and increase their overall knowledge of the art form. All participants will be afforded opportunities to perform giving them valuable experience. Jersey Tap Fest is focused on serving tap dance, teaching its history, preserving its percussive traditions and promoting tap as a cherished American art form.
Visit www.jerseytapfest.com for Faculty, Schedule, and Registration information!

TAP 'N TIME - Main Stage Event/Concert at the New Jersey Tap Festival
SUN - AUG 27 - 7:30PM
Westminster Arts Center - Bloomfield College, NJ
Jersey Tap Fest, the 2nd annual New Jersey tap festival, founded and directed by Hillary-Marie Michael, is proud to bring Tap 'n Time to the Bloomfield College Westminster Arts Center stage! Tap 'n Time will showcase the dazzling, tapping feet of the top tap soloists, ensembles and today's younger generation tap dance artists as they celebrate this treasured American art form.
$22 General Admission
$15 Children/Student/Senior (w/ ID)
On sale online at Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/190508)
Or reserve by calling 908-202-7636 or emailing jerseytapfest@yahoo.com

GYPSY JAM, A Lindy Hop/Swing Dance Workshop, Takes Place Over Labor Day Weekend
Gypsy Jam is a Lindy Hop/Swing Dance workshop weekend with three nights of dance parties, happening in NYC from Sept 2 through Sept 5th. They will have two-day intermediate and advanced Lindy Hop workshops with world famous instructors Alice Mei, Tommy Blacharz, and Sara Deckard. The weekend will be full of fun activities: they will have three nights of dance parties with live hot jazz & big band jazz music by talented local musicians, late night lindy/blues parties, and outside dancing on Labor Day. They are expecting many dancers from far and near communities.
We hope you can join us! Only a few spots left for early discount registration! Grab the great deal while it lasts! Please check out WWW.GYPSYJAM.ORG

TWO SHOWS ON SEPTEMBER 8: 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm!
TOO DARN HOT, an exciting new show co-produced by Philadelphia tap dancers Pamela Hetherington and Kat Richter, makes its debut at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival with two performances on Thursday, September 8th (5:30pm & 8:00pm) in the elegant 120 Room at Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard Street, Philadelphia. Cash bar opens at 5 pm! Selected menu items will also be available throughout the evening.
?The evening will feature both choreographed and improvised works performed by an all-female lineup of professional tap dancers from Philadelphia, including Rochelle Haynes, Corinne Karon, Karen Cleighton, C. Tweety Klevence, JoAnna Turner, Becky Mastin, Jaye Allison, and additional surprise guests. New York saxophonist Paul Carlon, pianist John Stenger, and bassist Paul Gehman will keep the show swingin' all night long. Philadelphia's own Darrell Williams, himself a master hoofer, will serve as the master of ceremonies.

I am in love with the idea that all my incredible circle of friends can make my dream come true! As you know, I try my best to get a Tap Dance festival together every year since 2005, and you also know that sometimes it has happened and sometimes, well... ?? Anyway, Kickstarter is a funding tool that anyone with a project can use.
The goal is set at $5000 since that is the amount I had to produce it this year. It was very challenging indeed on that budget and showed me how much positivity from the event was encouraged! However, I did go broke with that secured amount which also tells me that $10,000 is the real minimum for a successful festival to occur. Many have told me how they did not even know there was a tap festival, because they never saw or heard any advertising. I can assure you that I had wonderful help with advertising through PhiladelphiaDance.org and completely understand that more was definitely needed. Well the answer is simple, more budget, more word can be spread and more of you can plan ahead to see (or just wish me well with :) the amazing shows!

Please help this fundraising effort by donating in any amount from $1 or more and spread the word by forwarding the emails (or just copy the link) I will send out through the next 58 days! It is the same link highlighted above and I really do appreciate all your help! Remember, raising 200% of the goal is really the aim!!!

Jaye Allison
Founding Director, New LEJA Dances & Philly Tap Challenge "ON FIRE!"

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO MAKE YOUR DONATION: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1521513158/lost-tap-dance-philly-tap-challenge-needs-you?ref=email

TAP EXPERIENCE is coming from Barcelona to New York in November!!!!
A new creation by Xumo Nunjo and Roxane Butterfly with special guest Gino Sitson
Two dates only!
November 1st at GALAPAGOS (Brooklyn)
November 4th at The EGG for The Performing Arts (Albany)
Made in Barcelona, this ground-breaking "Tap Experience" ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSEP8VcJVUg) takes its audience aboard a multi-dimensional audio and visual journey. Fueled by the common desire to flirt with new technologies while honoring a tradition deriving from ancient african practices, the show offers a meditative reflection on the making of poetry (originally inspired by the spirit of Andalusian poet Federico Garcia Lorca) which gradually escalates into a spectacular buffet of sound, images and improvisational dances , reconnecting with the celebrative spirit and healing virtue of the trance.

November 11-13, 2011
The upcoming workshop in the 'Tradition In Tap - Series' will be dedicated to the work of Tap Giant Ms. Sarah Petronio.
The workshop will take place at Nola Studios in midtown Manhattan.
The Participants Showcase will take place on Saturday November 12, 2011 - 7:30 PM, at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. See the website for guidelines and performance application form.
This workshop consists of 4 different programs:
   Two separate adult programs for intermediate, advanced and professional levels (Adults & Teens 17+).
   Teens program for tappers age 13-16?(with at least 5 years of extensive tap training).
Youth program for tappers age 10-12?(with at least 3 years of extensive tap training).
Extensive information on this workshop is now available on the web site:
Space is limited - register early!

*West Coast*

Louise Reichlin & Dancers performance at the TriArt Festival
(San Pedro, CA)
We will be performing on Sunday, September 25th at 1:10 pm. We will perform a dance excerpt from Tap Dance Widows Club, titled Brandenburg. We had wonderful visual animation art for our original performance of the piece; however, since the festival is outdoors and during the day, we have adapted the end with new choreography. We will also be performing Mourning Light from our new work Baggage, shown last in May at the Miles Memorial Playhouse. Also in that clip are excerpts from Woman Sleeping. Our performance at TriArt will also include excerpts from The Patchwork Girl of Oz including some that have not been seen in LA since 2005.
For the complete TriArt dance schedule, please visit the TriArt Dance website. You can also visit the TriArt Festival website for more information: http://www.triartfestival.com/index.html

August 24-26th
9-10 am: Beg/Int
10-11am: Int/Adv
11-11:45 am: History (with film)
12-1:30 pm: Choreography
Rainier Dance Center
9624 57th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98118
For more information please call 206.696.1433

Lula Washington Dances with musical stars at the Ford (Los Angeles)
Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) will join Grammy winner Macy Gray; pioneer female rapper MC Lyte; Israeli song sensation Haral Skaat; Oprah Winfrey singing discovery Abraham McDonald; the Agape International Choir; and the Keshet Chayim Dance Ensemble for an evening of dance and music at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater, Sunday, Aug. 28 at 7:30 pm.

Special discount tickets can be purchased for $20 by going to www.kcdancers.org and putting in the coupon code: Lula20. Or, you can call the Keshet Chayin Dance Ensemble at 818-986-7332 and mention Lula Washington Dance Theatre.

The Ford program is entitled “Rhythm and Roots”. It is designed as a sharing of cultures through music and dance. It is produced by Keshet Chayim Dance Ensemble, a Jewish dance company that uses the arts to break down cultural barriers. Proceeds from the benefit concert will go towards Keshet Chayim’s education programs; and also to “Children Uniting Nations” – an advocacy group for youth in foster care.

Lula Washington Dance Theatre will perform Lula Washington’s “Global Village” which had its formal premiere in China in May. The work celebrates culture and dance from around the world. The Company will also perform Donald McKayle’s “Angelitos Negros”, a cry for black angels to be included in the church paintings about Heaven. Both works were favorites in the dance company’s recent tours in China and Brazil.

MC LYTE was the first woman to release a solo rap album. Macy Gray is a two-time Grammy Award winner who is known for her soul musical hits, including, “I Try.” R&B singer Abraham McDonald won Oprah Winfrey’s Karaoke Challenge on her television show. Harel Skaat is a leading singing star in Israel. The Agape International Choir will sing from its multi-cultural spiritual repertory. The program will feature Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble, which celebrates the dynamic culture of Israel through ethnic contemporary movement.


Tap dance Sarah Reich recently taught and performed at the Motor City Tap Festival in Detroit. Check out this interview in the Detroit Free Press about her training and career!


Escola Luthier d’Arts Musicals- Luthier Dansa
C/ Balmes, 53 baixos
08007 Barcelona
Telèfon: (+34) 93.323.22.46/ (+34) 93.451.71.30
Correu electrònic: escolaluthier@casaluthier.com

stay posted for opening date, class schedules, and more!

*Fellowship Opportunity*

AADS Visiting Performing Artist/Research Fellowship Spring 2012
> African and African Diaspora Studies Department
> The University of Texas at Austin
> Application Deadline: August 31, 2011

The African and African Diaspora Studies Department (AADS) at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce a one-semester Visiting Artist/Research Fellowship in the performing African and African Diaspora arts.

The fellowship is open to emergent and established artists who would benefit from the artistic and intellectual environment offered by AADS. This appointment is for the spring semester of the 2011-2012 academic year (January 16, 2012 ? May 31, 2012) and carries a stipend of $25,000 plus fringe benefits. The fellow is obligated to be in residence in Austin during the entire spring semester. The fellow will receive a moving allowance and will have some limited access to shared office space, shared space that can be used as rehearsal/studio space, and shared logistical office support.
Depending upon the successful applicant’s field, efforts will be made to pair the artist with an appropriate senior faculty mentor affiliated with AADS. The fellow will pursue his/her own artistic work, teach one undergraduate course in his/her area of specialty, give a public performance/presentation, and submit a report on the activities at the end of the term to the AADS Chair.
> Artists working in the following fields are encouraged to apply:
> traditional and experimental theatre forms, including performance art, theatre for social change, spoken word, and performance poetry of Africa and/or the African Diaspora;
> traditional and contemporary music, including voice and instrumental performance of Africa and/or the African Diaspora;
> traditional and contemporary forms of dance/choreography, including dance and dance theater of Africa and/or the African Diaspora.

> Terminal degree in field or equivalent experience is preferred.
> Completed applications must include:
> Cover letter
> Curriculum Vitae/Resume
> Project proposal: No more than three (3) double-spaced pages describing the artist’s work and discussing specific plans for the fellowship semester
> Three (3) letters of reference
> Applications must be submitted as e-documents to: applicants@austin.utexas.edu

> Questions regarding the AADS Visiting Performing Artist/Research Fellowship can be directed to Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Associate Professor of AADS, jonijones@austin.utexas.edu.