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DIVINE RHYTHM NEWS - June 18th 2006

EVENTS: Omar Edwards’ Tap Dancin’ in Music at Minton’s Playhouse 206-210 W 118th st.EVERY Tuesday at 10pmFREE!Followed by a Jam Session at 11:30pm -----Minton's Playhouse to Re-Open on Friday, May 19thPosted: 2006-05-12 LEGENDARY HARLEM JAZZ CLUB, KNOWN AS THE BIRTHPLACE OF BEBOP, SET TO OPEN ITS DOORS ON FRIDAY MAY 19TH FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE EARLY 70'S Leaders of Housing & Services, Inc., among the city's premier providers of supportive housing for the formerly homeless, announced today that Harlem's most famous and legendary jazz club, Minton's Playhouse, shuttered since the early 70's, will re-open on Friday May 19th. Minton's was known as the birthplace of bebop during a legendary 32 year run on the first floor of the Cecil Hotel, a 103 year old building that now operates as an 89-unit, HSI run supportive single room occupancy hotel. Thelonius Monk was the house piano player and headliners who played the room included such legends as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Quincy Jones, Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday. Earl Spain, a well-known Harlem club operator, is the proprietor of the new Minton's, which occupies the same space as the original club at 206-210 West 118th Street. True to its history the club will feature Monday night jam sessions in an intimate atmosphere inspired by the 1940's. “The reopening of Minton's is a truly special event, not only for jazz enthusiasts, but for Harlem as well” said Lawrence Oaks, Executive Director of HSI. “Harlem's renaissance would not be complete without the comeback of this important cultural venue”. Don’t forget to check out The Brand New Harlem Tap Dance & Rehearsal Studio at 401 West 149th street - take the A train to 145th and dance 4 blocks north! Classes all week, Jams every Mon & Fri at 10pm - Call 347-401-5838 for full schedule. ************************** Dixon Place presentsAM+bu$h+ED a work in three parts presented through tap dance By Michela Marino-LermanDancers: Michela Marino-Lerman, Claudia Gomez Vorce, Hannah Leah Dunn, Masato Nishitani, Warren Craft, Luke Hawkins, Joseph Wiggin, Chikako Iwahori, Hank SmithMusicians: DJ Supreme, Sharp RadwayPoets: Mswati Elijah, KesedJune 9th-24th 2006 – Fri & Sat 8pm & Thurs June 22nd258 Bowery btwn Houston & Prince$10-15, $12 at theatermania.comReservations: 2122190736 ext *************************** “Can. You. HERE. Me. Now?”Jacob's Pillow Festival,Inside/Out Series (outdoors, against the backdrop of the Berkshire Hills)Marcia and Seymour Simon Performance SpaceBecket, MAJune 23, 6:30pmInspired by the many rhythms of her native Brazil, Cintia Chamecki uses both composition and choreography as tools to tell stories that evoke the inherent humor, thoughtfulness , joy, and spontaneity of tap in "Can. You. HERE. Me. Now?". Baiao, samba, bossa nova, maracatu and other rhythms serve as the basis for improvisation and choreography as the dancers compose with their feet and develop spontaneous choreography. After four years of performing her one-woman show in her native Brazil, and researching group language with her ensemble RITMICO, Cintia Chamecki comes back to Jacob’s Pillow inside/out series with “Can. You. HERE. Me. Now”.Chamecki has gathered musicians Oran Etkin, Dionisio and Ze Mauriio and dancers Jenai Cutcher and Igor Correa for the first time ever to communicate to American audiences her visions of Brazilian culture and tap dance. Co-director Hannah Heller helped articulate the form and shape maintaining the storytelling element of the dance.“Can. You. HERE. Me. Now?” sets tap dance to the music of some of the most prominent Brazilian composers, both traditional and modern. The constant mixing of choreography and improvisation makes this an exciting, ever-changing show for both the audience and performers. “At one moment, the rapid-fire delivery of Cintia Chamecki’s five-membertap ensemble sounds big enough to be an entire orchestra, and in the next,quiets to a whisper. The performers onstage at the Duke Theater in New YorkCity work each musical phrase as if it were dialogue. They modulate theircadence to mimic the inflections of human speech. You can almost hear therise of question marks and the fall of commas.” Karen Hildebrand, Dance MagazineCintia Chamecki is from Curitiba, Brazil, and has performed her tap choreography and improvisation in New York City, Brazil, Japan and Portugal.She toured Brazil with her solo show “Ta No Pe” in 2000 and 2001.In 2002 she complete her second full evening show “Sapato Baixo”, in collaboration with bass player Glauco Solter. In New York she has appeared in "The Elegance and Comedy of Tap" (Town Hall), "Vaudeville 2000", "Tap Fusion" and the New York City Tap Festival. Her work has also been seen at Jaob’s Pillow Inside/out, Performance Space 122, Movement Research, Dixon Place, the 17th Annual Downtown Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop and Lincoln Center Out-of Doors. She was featured in "What Is Tap" a documentary for Italian television (RAI).In addition to her work as a soloist and choreographer, Chamecki currently performs with Barbara Duffy and Company and was a featured dancer with the Peggy Spina Tap Company and Tap Collective. She appeared with the ATDO and with Manhattan Tap 2 . In Brazil, Chamecki was co-choreographer and artistic director of "A Cooperativa da"a one-woman percussion ensemble" Jack Anderson – The New York TimesPress contact:cintia@cintiachamecki.com212-6803787 or 917-6894277 *************************** SPECIAL 2-HOUR WORKSHOP with JASON SAMUELS SMITH ONE DAY ONLY in NYC!Sunday, June 25th 20061-3pm. Don't miss your chance to take this Intermediate/Advanced workshop offering the skills, concepts, and exercises to guide your developement as a performer, instructor, and choreographer!!!Cost: $25Located at: The Ailey Studios, 405 West 55th St. and 9th ave, The Joan Weill Center for DanceVisit To register, Click on Take an Ailey Extension Class or call 2124059500 to reserve your spot today! Don't miss out, spaces are filling fast! ************************** Hello Friends,Just to let you know what I'm doing in the next two weeks.I hope you are all doing well. Come out and see us if you can. MaxSaturday, June 17th from 8pm to MidnightFast FeetwithMax Pollak – Tap Dancer Hayes Greenfield - Saxophone Andy Milne – Piano Adam Roberts – Bass Sunny Jain - Drums The Bacchus Room @ Bona Fides Restaurant 60 2nd Ave (bet. 3/4 St) (212) 777 2840 NO COVER 2 Drink Minimumhttp://www.jazzamatazz.comhttp://www.hayesgreenfield.comTuesday, June 27th 8 pmThe StoneNW-corner of Ave. C and 1st Streetthis is John Zorn's excellent new music roomKI-SU-UChikako Iwahori and Max Pollak with Alby Roblejo, Brian Marsella and Tim Keiperwww.thestonenyc.comRumbaTap779 Riverside Drive Apt. C 62New York, NY 10032USA212 928 5072 phone&FAX917 497 6807 *************************** Hello all --It’s time to send your registration in for this summer's Manhattan Tap Intensive. Don't wait too long and miss the early bird discount!! Make sure that your registration is postmarked on or before June 15th. We’ll be back at Bridge for Dance from July 17 – 28th. See you all *************************** Don’t miss Cecilia Marta in performance!!!Tickets: $20 Gen. Adm. / $15 Students & Seniors *************************** ROXANE BUTTERFLY's Worldbeats (NYC-Paris)presents 3 New York concertsWHITE NITE PARTY at the French EmbassyJune 21st7pmCULTURAL SERVICES OF THE EMBASSY OF FRANCE972 Fifth AvenueNew York, NY 10021Tel : (212) 439 14 00Fax : (212) 439 14 55E-mail: Website: DJELLABA GROOVE/ 'Tap From The Mediterraneans'July 7th at Summerstage (Central Park)Central Park's main stage (72nd street)Showtime: 8pm to 8.45pmFree!THE DJELLABA GROOVE PROJECT/ (full concert)July 8th at Joe'sPub7.30pm425 Lafayette Street (Train: Astor Place) *************************** CAPEZIO AND AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATIONPRESENTSJAM IT UP AT CAPEZIOTAP SERIES JAM SESSION AND PERFORMANCEATCAPEZIO FLAGSHIP STORE1650 BROADWAY 2ND FLOORNEW YORK, NEW YORK 10019ENTRANCE AT 51ST STREETSUNDAYJUNE 185:00 PM PERFORMANCE BY THE TAP CITY YOUTH ENSEMBLE WITH SURPRISE APPEARANCES BY OTHER LOCAL HOOFERS !!OPEN SHOPPING WITH SPECIAL DISCOUNTS BRING YOUR TAP SHOES, BUY SOME TAP SHOES…BRING YOUR BEATS…. ****************** RE: Support The Group Theatre Too And Get One FREE Movie Ticket Dear GTT Friends & Patrons, The Group Theatre Too has just kicked off it's Online Fundraising Campaign in association with Reader's Digest and your participation is the key to our success! If You Participate You Can:• Get One Free Movie Ticket Redeemable Online • Save When You Renew Your Current Magazine Subscriptions • Purchase Your Favorite Magazine Subscription From More Than 650 Titles • Save Up To 85% On The Newsstand Price • Support GTT Because GTT Keeps 40% Of Each Purchase Amount In addition to ordering or renewing subscriptions you can help by inviting your friends and family from coast to coast to support GTT by purchasing their favorite magazine subscriptions online at an 85% savings over the newsstand price.CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE NOW!What This Fundraising Campaign Will Support:This fall GTT is producing "GTT Presents...", a collection of theatrical works including a revival of the 1973 Broadway production of Cy Coleman's Seesaw which will run in repertory with Count To Ten, an original family musical, and other events such as: The One-Act Playhouse, The Choreographer's Canvas, Taparet and GTT's Respect-Your-Body play Aftermath. For more information, please contact me directly at 212-665-0360 or call 1-866-825-2921. Sincerely, Justin BoccittoExecutive DirectorTHE GROUP THEATRE TOO Michael BlevinsArtistic DirectorTHE GROUP THEATRE TOO P.S. Please forward this email to everyone in your email list. So they can buy or renew their own magazine subscriptions online at savings of up to 85% off newsstand prices! Simply CLICK HERE to visit our group’s online magazine store. *********************** CO Tap Blast! TAP GALA SHOWCASE IS COMING Don’t forget about the upcoming 1st Annual “Tap Gala” Performance Showcase and Auction• Performance opportunities for solo, duo, trio, other are filling up … reserve your performance entry now! • Tickets are pre-sale only and going fast … reserve yours today! • Auction items are still being accepted … for pick-up please call!Sunday, June 25th5:00 – Auction7:00 – ShowcaseGALAXY THEATREStarstruck Academy of Dance7006 S. Alton Way Ste BCentennial, CO 80112Tap Connections(303) *********************** Dear Colleagues, I would like to invite you over to the traditional dance festival "Crimea Trophy 2006". This year the festival program is sufficiently enlarged with new dance styles. As a result we have the following:folk, classical, modern choreography Modern danceArgentina tango Oriental danceCaribbean danceSport Ballroom & Latin dance Tap danceDetailed information is available on our Internet site: *********************** MIDWAY!>Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and Girls! Step right up!>>Feast on delicious Cotton Candy! Fresh Buttery Popcorn!>>Find Romance at our Kissing Booth!>>Dare to reach for a prize from inside The Box of Mystery!>>And most importantly: FREE DRINKS ALL NIGHT LONG!!!!>>PLUS:>>A Dazzling Display of perilous performances from our entrancing ensemble:>>Joel Jeske, the morbid master of mirth!>>Juliet Schaefer-Jeske, sensational solo monologist and accordian >aficionado!>>And a special sneak preview of TIME STEP:>Derek Roland Brent McBeth Ryan Kasprzak>This energetic evening will cataclysmically conclude with the most>boisterous, the most breath-taking, the most tip-tappingest TAP JAM - with >a>Parallel Exit twist! Bring your shoes! All are welcome!>Thursday June 15th, 2006>>7:30pm>Chashama - 217 E. 42nd St. (between 3rd & 2nd)>>$10 advance, $15 at the door *************************** Laraine Goodman invitesTappers and Friends to Dance the Night Away—TapCity eve Tap jam &Grand opening celebration ofThe New HUB Station Bicycle GarageSaturday, July 8, 2006The HUB73 Morton Streetbtwn Hudson and Greenwich StsWest Village, NYC2 blocks from the Hudson RiverLive jazz, funk and moreWith Bernice Brooks, drumsAnd friends8-11 pm $5 suggested donationFree with tap shoesCelebrate tap dance, jazz, Human powered transportation and A cleaner environment.....use your feet!for info call: Laraine: 212-475-0588hella@mindspring.comTake the No. 1 or 9 train to Christopher St Stationgo one block west and 2 blocks south orPath train to Hudson and Christopher Sts *************************** Register now for the Summer Session atTheM.A.D.D Rhythms Tap AcademyIn Residence@The South Shore Cultural Center7059 S. Shore DriveChicago, IL. 60649773.604.1899 Phone773.604.1898“Summer” 2006 SessionBril Barrett, Martin “Tre” Dumas III, Jumaane Taylor and Starinah Dixonwill be teaching the following classes every Saturday for 10 weeks(June 10 – August 18)10:00am – 11:00am Beginning Basics $100 Ages 5 – 8 The beginner’s class will contain warm-ups, floor exercises and combinations of both. Students will learn what tap is all about. - taught by Bril11:00am – 12:00pm You’re Never Too Old To Start $100 Teens & Adults This class will contain everything taught in Beginning Basics, but with a more mature style.- taught by Bril12:00pm – 1:00pm Intermediate 101 $100 All Ages This class is for that tapdancer who knows a little something and wants to learn a little more.- taught by Tre’1:00pm – 2:00pm Beginning Basics 1.5 $100 Ages 9 – 12 The beginner’s class will contain warm-ups, floor exercises and combinations of both. Students will learn what tap is all about taught by Tre’2:00pm – 3:00pm Advanced taught by Bril $100 All Ages The Advanced class will contain everything that has been learned in every other class, so make sure you have been there first because we are not responsible for the confusion that may result if you haven’t. 3:00pm – 4:00pm Beginners 2 taught by Starinah $100 Ages 7– 12 This class covers everything done in both beginner classes, but at a faster pace. Students will also begin to learn more complex combinations.Come on down to the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive, and join us! Registration begins at 10:00am, June 10, and will continue through the next two class sessions (June 17, 24). Parents can register children during the child’s class, while adults should register before their class.Call 773-604-1899 or email us at for more information.“Summer” 2006 SESSIONWEEK DAY CLASSESMonday5:00pm – 6:00pm Beginning Tap 4 Teens $100 Teens6:00pm – 7:00pm “You Are Never Too Old 2 Continue” $100 21 and overWednesday6:00pm – 7:00pm Beginning Basics $100 All Ages7:00pm – 8:00pm Intermediate 101 $100 All Ages8:00pm – 9:00pm Advanced. $100 All AgesFriday6:00pm – 7:00pm Intermediate $100 All Ages7:00pm – 8:00pm Advanced $100 All AgesIMPORTANT INFORMATIONPLEASE READ PLEASE READPLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT M.A.D.D. RHYTHMSIS NOT ONLY A TEACHING ORGANIZATION,BUT WE ARE ALSO A PERFORMING ORGANIZATION.THIS WILL MEAN SEVERAL THINGS TO YOU AND/OR YOUR CHILD. IT WILL MEAN THAT FROM TIME TO TIME YOUR SCHEDULED INSTRUCTOR MAY HAVE A PROFESSIONAL CONFLICT AND NEED TO MISS CLASS. THAT CLASS, WILL THEN BE COVERED BY ANOTHER QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR OR INSTRUCTOR TRAINEE. THIS WILL, ALSO, MEAN THAT YOU AND/OR YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE LEARNING FROM WORKING PROFESSIONALS SO YOU KNOW THAT THEY KNOW AND LIVE WHAT THEY TEACH!WELCOME TO THE “SUMMER” ‘06 SEMESTER OFTHE M.A.D.D. RHYTHMS TAP ACADEMY @THE SOUTH SHORE CULTURAL CENTERJune 10 – August 18(10 WEEKS)WE HAVE AN ESTABLISHED DRESS CODE. PLEASE RESPECT AND ADHERE TO IT.BOYS AND GIRLS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A BLACK M.A.D.D. RHYTHMS T-SHIRT, BLACK JOGGING PANTS AND TAP SHOES.THE M.A.D.D RHYTHMS T-SHIRT CAN BE ORDERED AT REGISTRATION OR ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASSES………………..THE COST IS $15THE BLACK JOGGING PANTS SHOULD BE COTTON OR FLEECE. PLEASE AVOID THE WINDBREAKER MATERIAL AND POCKETS, AS THEY BOTH CREATE DISTRACTIONS. THE COST IS PROBABLY ANYWHERE FROM $5 TO $25.THE TAP SHOES CAN BE PURCHASED(PLEASE TELL THEM THAT M.A.D.D. RHYTHMS SENT YOU)STEVEN CRAIG SHOES1850 W. 95TH ST.CHICAGO, IL. 60643773.445.4956OPEN 11AM – 6PM DAILYCLOSED SUNDAYSLEO’S FACTORY STORE1900 N. NARRAGANSETTCHICAGO, IL. 60639773.745.5600(HAS A CLEARANCE ROOM)WESLEY’S SHOE CORRAL1506 E. 55THCHICAGO, IL. 60615773.363.3230 OR 773.667.SHOEKLING’S MOTION UNLIMITED218 S. WABASH AVE., 8TH FL.312.922.3330PAYLESS SHOESCALL AND ORDER FOR GIRLS ONLYWAL-MART CARRIES BOYS AND GIRLS *************************** Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’A jazz jam and open micTuesday June 27th 2006@7pm$15Complimentary banana puddin’ for allRSVP 2124653167 or romekyn@earthling.netAt the Nuyorican Poets Café, 236 East 3rd St. bet ave B&CTake F train to 2nd *********************** 5 - DAYONE WEEKTAP, THEATRE DANCE & ACTINGINTENSIVEMonday - FridayJune 26 - 30, 2006Read about MICHAEL BLEVINS & his students in the GENERATION TAP COMPANY:Dec. 2005 issue of DANCER MAGAZINE=Monday.-Friday Dance Intensive.= Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced Levels= Daily Workshops in Tap Dance & Jazz/Theatre Dance and Acting.= Prepare for the rigors of a professional career= Benefit from the program with its emphasis on discipline, self worth &developing a depth of physical expression.Michael Blevins is a noted teacher of professional & non-professionaldancers and actors & has sustained an international teaching career for over25 years. In addition to his technical knowledge, Blevins' brings a wealthof practical experience to the classroom with his extensive performingcredits that include the Broadway stage, Television and Film. (Visit: )LOCATION:All workshops will be conducted at the beautiful and fully equipped NorthWest NJ Dance Expressions Studio listed below:DANCE EXPRESSIONSCrossroads Mall915 Route 517Hackettstown, NJ07840CLASS SCHEDULEJune 26 - 30, 2006Monday - FridayDANCE TRACK LEVELS & CLASS TIMES:Track #1 [Beginning Level]9am - 11am Tap & Jazz/Theatre DanceTrack #2 [Intermediate Level]11am - 1PM Tap & Jazz/Theatre DanceTrack #3 [Advanced/Professional Level]1PM - 3PM Tap & Jazz/Theatre DanceEach DANCE TRACK level features one hour of tap and one hour of jazz/theatredance each day.ACTING WORKSHOP*June 26 - 30th , 2006Monday-Friday Nights 7:30-9PMages 13 & upOnly $200 [w/Dance Intensive only $100]*Minimum Enrollment Required to run classREGISTRATION & TUITION**:Contact:**The tuition for the 5-Day/One Week 2006 Summer Workshop is only $250. As always there is a Sibling Discount [2nd Child/Sibling = $200] ALL TUITION FEES MUST BE PAID BY JUNE 20th – Payments should be post-marked no later than June 18th, 2006. Payments received after June 20th incur a $25 LATE FEE. Once tuition has been received you will be called with your child’s TRACK # and attendance time. Register early as classes are filled on a first-come first-served basis and enrollment is limited. INCLUDE WITH YOUR PAYMENT: Student's name, age, Parent/Guardian name; US Postal mailing address - 3 contact phone #s, and email address, students dance/acting experience level and mail to: Michael Blevins, 13 West 100th St., #2C, NYC, NY 10025 MORE ON BLEVINS:Blevins attended the University of North Carolina & continued his trainingat NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Blevins has a well documented &successful career as a performer on Broadway, Television & Film working withmany Tony and Oscar winning directors & performers including, RichardAttenborough, Bob Fosse, Michael Douglas, Chita Rivera, Diane Lane, JasonAlexander & Bebe Neuwirth. Broadway productions include: Bring Back Birdie,Neil Simon's Little Me, and The Tap Dance Kid in which he created the roleof Winslow. Film credits include a featured role in Chaplin, cameoappearance in Woody Allen's Zelig, yet he's most widely know for hisportrayal of "Mark" in Sir Richard Attenborough's film A Chorus Line. Hehas gained international recognition as an arts educator having trained suchBroadway luminaries as Savion Glover, Melissa Errico, & Alfonso Rebiero.Mr. Blevins' broad range of teaching credits also includes: the K-12 publicschool system, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts exclusive studio program,Broadway Dance Center, Musical Theatre Works Academy with the legendary GwenVerdon, & Folkuniversitete Balettakademien in Gothenborg, Sweden. He isalso Artistic Director of the NYC's Group Theatre Too & a founding member ofthe Generation Tap Company. Michael Blevins resides in Manhattan and iscurrently on the Guest Artist Teaching Faculty of the Broadway Dance Centerin NYC and is Director of the noted Centenary Young Performers Workshop,[hailed by the Star Ledger as "A State Treasure!"] a musical theatretraining program for young people housed by the Centenary Stage Company, aprofessional Equity theatre in residence at Centenary College, inHackettstown, NJ.Track #s and Class Times are based on students' level of learning so thateach individual student may be appropriately challenged and enjoy optimallearning. Therefore, siblings and/or 1st Time Student/Friends may notnecessarily be scheduled in the same Track # or Class Time. Blevins can notbe held responsible for personal injury. The potential of injury exists inany physical activity please consider this possibility before enrolling."To dance or not to dance...silly question!!" ~BLEV with apologies to BillyShakespeareMICHAEL BLEVINSmike@michaelblevins.comhttp://www.michaelblevins.com FOR SCRIPTS?: Artists Creating Healthy Lives & Financial Freedom: H O P L U C Y ! ~ America's 1st & Favorite "I Love Lucy" Store since 1992 @ Cathy's Closet"The only closet with more 'authentic' Lucy items than Cathy's was my mother's!" --LUCIE ARNAZ BROADWAY: Films, Videos/DVDs, & Special Tapings of Broadway Plays & Musicals! *********************** WeBop! ClassesWeBop! is an early-childhood music education program in which children (ages 2-5) and their parents or caregivers sing, move, and play with the soulful rhythms and great melodies of jazz. WeBop! teachers lead children to a greater understanding of jazz, of their national musical heritage, and, ultimately, of themselves. Produced in collaboration with Lori Custodero, Teachers College, Columbia University.Irene Diamond Education CenterTuesday and Saturday morningsEach 8-class session: $280/8 weeks, including materials. VIEW THE 2006-07 WEBOP! SCHEDULE AND POLICIES at www.jalc.orgor call Subscription Services at 212-258-9999. For More Information Email or call Jennifer Kwok at 212-258-9835. ************************ SouLFuL - WorkShop taught by VioLa your online Special rate of 5$ June 17th 5 - 7pm I will be teaching a SouLFuL Choreography Workshop in the Honor of Cathy Lamorena's Birthday and would love if you all can come. This is a one time deal of only 5$ when you purchase your spot on line with pay pal. The deadline is June 10Th after that the price will be just 10$ for a 2 hour session featuring a small performance by me and Cathy.why so cheap?I am feeling blessed after my show and it is hard for dancers to afford classes so it is my gift to you and just want to express how excited I am to be moving ahead in my life, as I keep challenging myself to strive for more, I hope it inspires you to do the same. Plus it's Cathy's birthday and I couldn't think of a better way for me to celebrate than to move with someone that I am so blessed to be apart of my project and a great friend, so let's get SouLFuL!location will be at a former dancer of mines studio:and he is SouLFuL!The Performing Arts of Humbolt2622 W. Divisionbetween western and californiaregister and secure your spot on line safely with pay pal. It is the only way to get the special rate of $5.If you want to come and watch it will be $2to take the class without registration and or walk ins is $10SouLFuL- Embracing what you You FeelIntermediate LevelA Choreography Workshop that is SouLFuL, Funky, smooth, and powerful. I want to cre8 that vibe in the room that's free, and fun, and SouLFuL. I want you to know that it is OK to go with what you feel, because is real.SouLFuL June 17Th 5-7pm click on link to secure your spot and get featured in my next"May Your Spirits Continue To Guide You on Your Cre8tive Journey" - VioLa ************************ OPPORTUNITIES:Cobu Project is looking for tap dancers for their show featuring Traditional Japanese Taiko drumming and Tap Dancing. Contact for future audition possibilities.Check out their website for more information about their show: *********************** Dance Chicago Deadline is July 1!! 5/22/2006Dear Artists of Dance Chicago: The deadline for the submission of a videotape of your work has been extended from June 1 to July 1, 2006.Greetings from Dance Chicago. First, congratulations to all participants of Dance Chicago 2005 for your spectacular performances. Over 16,000 audience members and press were inspired by your performances: more premieres, higher quality performances, greater talent than ever before. Second, this notice is a request to contact me immediately if you wish to propose a work for Dance Chicago 2006. The development of new choreography of the highest artistic quality remains a major focus of the festival. The deadline for the submission of a videotape of your work is July 1, 2006. We have redesigned the application process. This application will apply to everyone, including Dance Slam. You must go to to fill out the new online form. The new form must be emailed to me: In addition, we now require a $20 application fee to review up to 10 works.This year begins a new focus for the festival. We will be changing much of our marketing campaign, our show themes, etc. We will try to adjust the festival to the growing needs and rapidly changing directions of the Chicago Dance community. It is our intention to remain the most important creative outlet for our artists and the most important place for them to reach larger audiences. Our average Dance Chicago attendance per show at the Athenaeum exceeds the seating capacity of most dance venues in the city. In addition, our Best of Dance Chicago Tour has seen enormous audience growth of the last 3 seasons.I will again be curating each work on each program, via dvds (or videotapes). It is impossible to see all your concerts live, as there are so many! I must see your proposed work: either a performance dvd or a rehearsal dvd. Festival positions are secured by the quality of the work submitted. Works should come from two different categories: 1) submission of a work that is finished and has been performed and can be submitted on dvd now (July 1 deadline), and 2) new work created - choreographers must make commitments to music, number of dancers, cast/sets/costumes/lights and furnish a rehearsal dvd or arrange a live rehearsal viewing prior to July 15, 2006. If you don't have the work on dvd yet, send in the application by July 1 and note the date when you will send the dvd.We are interested in seeing quality work from anyone, but the dances must fit into our programming structure. Two programs, New Dances and Dance Slam, allow for greater range in artistic expression. Programs like World Rhythms, Dance for Kids, Too!, Stars of Dance Chicago, and Best of Dance Chicago need to be more specific. We want you to start immediately on your dance for 2006. If you wish to create dances for more than one program remember that the perfection of one dance is more important than the creation of two or more average ones. In addition, shorter dances are more versatile and can often be used on multiple programs. Dances longer that 8 minutes have to be exceptional to hold up to audiences and critics. The optimum time for a dance is 5 to 9 minutes. The most successful works (i.e. good reviews, audience appeal, etc.) are generally in this time range.We offer only performance fees, not creation fees. The fee level is directly related to the level of funding from corporations, foundations and individuals. What we can offer to artists changes each year. You should decide to be in Dance Chicago for reasons other than financial compensation. It cost us about $2,000 in artistic, marketing, production and administrative activity for each of the approximately 250 dances we present.To encourage creativity and innovation we will be continuing the Dance Chicago Choreography Award. This cash award of $1,000 will be given to the Chicago choreographer who produces, in our opinion, the best Dance Chicago premiere in 2006. The winner for 2005 was Eddy Ocampo.Again, you must contact me immediately if you are interested in participating in Dance Chicago 2006. Email is the only efficient means of communicating what you are proposing: we do not hear from you by July 1, 2006, we will not be able to include your company's name in the season brochure.Applications are available on the website at Video tapes or dvds submitted last year must be picked up at the Dance Chicago Center (next to the Athenaeum) in the evenings, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm before July 31. They will not be mailed. Call evenings at 773/404-4423 before coming for the pick-up.Keep in mind we have rehearsal space available in the Dance Chicago Center, next to the Athenaeum in Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts, third floor. We have 5 large dance studios for inexpensive rentals if you need space to rehearse. Rehearsing at the Center allows me time to view the work’s progress on a regular basis. The rates for Dance Chicago artists: $15/hour: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 4 pm to 10 pm. or Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm.If you are having trouble getting your ideas performance ready, inform me as early as possible with any problems. We can often be helpful in getting you aligned with the support you need. If you do not keep us informed about the status of your dance, we may have to cut you from the program if it falls short of our artistic expectations. Exact time calculation is also very important. All did an excellent job with time last year.Here are the Draft Programs (subject to change):1. Best of Dance Chicago: Opening: 2 performances, November 4 and 52. New Works 1: Modern (also Post Modern, Improv, Alternative, Multi-Arts): 1 performance2. New Works 2: Ballet (also Contemporary, Fusion): 1 performance2. New Works 3: Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop: 1 performance2. New Works 4: Ethnic Roots (Ethnic Fusion, Spanish, Irish, Indian, Ukranian, Polish, Mexican, etc.): 1 performance2. Best of New Works (3 to 4 works from each of the previous 4 show)3. Dance for Kids, Too! 3 performances3. Dance for Kids, Holiday Dances: 1 performance4. Encore: Stars of Dance Chicago: 2 performances5. Dance Slam: Youth Program: 2 performances5. Dance Slam: Adult Program: 1 performance5. Best of Dance Slam: 1 performance6. World Rhythms: 1 or 2 performances7. Jazz Fusion: 3 or 4 performances8. Holiday Dances: 1 or 2 performances9. Best of Dance Chicago: Finale: 2 performances, Dec. 3As you know I am short of help this year without Fred Solari, so please help me by getting information to me quickly when I request it. ThanksSend DVDs and a copy of your emailed application with your $20 application fee to:John SchmitzDance Chicago 20065851 North Kenmore, 3SChicago, IL 60660-3722Note: Please send all packages by regular United States Postal Service, not UPS. ************** Pandora’s Box BalletJUNE 25, 2006 4:00p ARCADA THEATER ST. CHARLES, ILFOR TICKETS GO Presents an Original Ballet Suite *********************** ANNOUCEMENTS: Hello again,I wanted to share with all of you the lovely review we received from Jane Goldberg in Dance Magazine.You can check it out atwww.dancemagazine.comYou'll get directly to it if you copy this into your browser: f=june_2006/rumba.php&PHPSESSID=0d102150b334f4c909679012764f5adebest regards *********************** NY TIMESMay 23, 2006An AppreciationHow Katherine Dunham Revealed Black Dance to the World By JENNIFER DUNNINGWhatever else Katherine Dunham was in her long and productive life, which ended on Sunday at 96, she was a radiantly beautiful woman whose warmth and sense of self spread like honey on the paths before her. How could anyone be stopped by the color of her skin after her invincibly lush sensuality and witty intelligence had seduced audiences on Broadway, in Hollywood films and in immensely popular dance shows that toured the world? And how could anyone cram black American dance into one or two conveniently narrow categories — or for that matter ignore the good strong roots that would one day grow green stems and leaves — with the vision of her company's lavishly theatrical African and Caribbean dance revues in mind? Miss Dunham was one of the first American artists to focus on black dance and dancers as prime material for the stage. She burst into public consciousness in the 1940's, at a time when opportunities were increasing for black performers in mainstream theater and film, at least temporarily. But there was little middle ground there between the exotic and the demeaning everyday stereotypes. Ms. Dunham's dance productions were certainly exotic, and sometimes fell into uncomfortable clichés. But a 1987 look at her work, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's "Magic of Katherine Dunham" program, confirmed that she also evoked ordinary lives that were lived with ordinary dignity.Miss Dunham, as she was universally known, was by no means the only dance artist to push for the recognition of black dance in the 1940's, when Pearl Primus pushed, too, though a great deal less glamorously. But though Miss Dunham's academic credentials as an anthropologist were impeccable, including a doctorate from the University of Chicago, it was her gift for seduction that helped most to pave the way for choreographers like Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty and Alvin Ailey, who were the first wave of what is today an established and influential part of the larger world of American modern dance.Ailey's first encounter with her, as a newly stage-struck boy in his mid-teens, says a great deal about Miss Dunham's appeal. Intrigued by handbills advertising her 1943 "Tropical Revue," he ventured into the Biltmore Theater in downtown Los Angeles, his hometown, where it was playing. There he was plunged into a world of color, light and heat that was populated by highly trained dancers with a gift for powerful immediacy, who were dressed in subtle, stylish costumes designed by John Pratt, Miss Dunham's husband. After the show, Ailey followed the crowd making its way backstage to her dressing room and was again stunned when the door opened on a vision of beautiful hanging fabrics and carpeting, paintings, books, flowers and baskets of fruit. And there was La Dunham, dressed in vividly colored silks and exuding irresistible gaiety and warmth. Ailey returned to the show several times a week, let into the theater by the Dunham dancers who had looked so unapproachably exotic on that first backstage visit. And he was still more than a little in love with her when he invited her to create for his company "The Magic of Katherine Dunham," a program of pieces that had not been seen for a quarter-century. Miss Dunham's dancers, who remained close to her and to one another throughout her life, swarmed into the studios to help her work with the young performers. Most of the Ailey dancers did not appreciate Miss Dunham's iron perfectionism or the unusual demands of her technique, a potent but challenging blend of Afro-Caribbean, ballet and modern dance. And she was not the easiest of women. I remember speaking with her before a public interview we were to do in April 1993. Addicted to CNN, she had just learned of the fiery, tragic end to the F.B.I.'s seige of the Branch Davidian compound in in Waco, Tex., that morning, and that was all that she could talk about, off and on the stage, despite her promises to discuss her work. Her horror was real, as was her sense of social justice. She has been criticized for not denouncing the Duvaliers for their dictatorship in Haiti, where she owned a home. But she had also sponsored a medical clinic in Port-au-Prince, and she stayed on for many years in desolate, impoverished East St. Louis, Ill., where she established a museum of artifacts pertaining to her career and taught local children including Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the Olympic long jumper, and the filmmakers Reginald and Warrington Hudlin. "I was trying to steer them into something more constructive than genocide," she said of the children in a 1991 interview with me in The New York Times. "Everyone needs, if not a culture hero, a culturally heroic society. There is nothing stronger in a man than the need to grow." That idealistic, eloquent self was infused with a streak of no-nonsense practicality. "I don't like that 'accept,' " MissDunham, still a vibrant beauty at 91, said during a Times interview six years ago in response to a middle-aged visitor who insisted on talking to her about the acceptance and embrace of old age. "I would just let the whole thing go. Just be there for it, centimeter by centimeter." Then it was time for the photo session. Her eyes seemed to widen even more invitingly and her gaze to grow even warmer as she looked into the eye of the camera and asked, "Did you ever see photographs of elderly divas trying to look sexy?" Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company *********************** Hi All and Welcome to Rhythm n Grooves...The new home of last Saturday was our first day tapping in ournew home and it was a buzz all round ...the students kids and parents all lovedthe new vibe and floor ..... now we have our own 24-7 home of African drumand tap dance the sky is the limit as we continue to promote the history andcreate new avenues for the beautiful art form.Check out our new website at www.rhythmngrooves.comIntroducing and a big welcome to Melita SammutStarting this Tuesday 13th June - Melita Sammut will be teachingher unique style of tap at rhythm n grooves. Check out Melita bio Tap Class On Hold.Due to a small technical glitch we have had to post pone our WednesdayNight Tap classes. Stay tuned to the website and check the schedule to seeWhen they are ready to commence.Beginner and Intermediate Drum ClassWednesday African Drum Classes with Simon LewisSimon Lewis’ drum classes is all go if your interested let us knowso we can provide drums.....Teachers at Rhythm n Grooves include Grant Swift - Artistic Director - Rhythm Tap Dance and Body Percussion. Shonah Honeyhill Sonko - Tap Dance, Pe-School Movement and African Dance.Lamine Sonko - African Drumming, Dance and Percussion.Simon Lewis - African Drumming and Afro Cuban Percussion.Rachel Cusack - Tap DanceMelita Sammut - Tap DanceCheck out their bios and schedule on the website and email us toreserve a place today.Good health to everyone and we'll see you next time at Rhythm n Grooves.Grant SwiftArtistic Director - Rhythm n GroovesLocated at - 70 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford Victoria 3067.www.rhythmngrooves.comIf you know someone who would like to added to our newsletter, Please forward to this email to them and get them to send us an email with PLEASE ADD ME TO THE RHYTHMNGROOVES.COM NEWSLETTER as the subject line. *********************** PRODUCTS: Music in Schools - Book Ideas (available at most booksellers)Teachers, use this storytime idea to help your preschoolers to share in the joy of music & dance!J P BURLELookin' for Bird in the Big Cityby Robert BurleighIllustrated by Marek Los This is the story of how Miles Davis met Charlie Parker. I love the brilliant colors and the skat syllables mixed in with the text. I read the book almost like it's beat poetry and try to get the kids to sing along with me using the skat syllables. It's a beautiful and touching story and although fiction, it still gets the point across for a preschooler and provides an introduction to the music of these jazz legends.J P DILLONRap A Tap TapHere's Bojangles - Think of Thatby Leo & Diane Dillon Bill "Bojangles" Robinson is probably one of the most well-known and well-loved tap dancers of all time. He was certainly one of the best. This story is short and simple and tells of the joy he brought to people's lives through dance. The repetition is perfect for preschoolers. I like to get the kids to stand up during this song and each time I read, "Rap a tap tap - think of that" the kids get to practice their own tap dance steps with you!J P RASCHKACharlie Parker Played Be Bopby Chris Raschka A fun and symbolically illustrated book, this is a favorite with the kids. They like the nonsense words and phrases. These words and sounds imitate what you'd hear the instruments doing when you listen to jazz. Charlie Parker was unchallenged as the greatest saxophonist of his time and he could make his horn sound like just about anything he wanted. During the middle part of the book, try having the kids repeat the sounds with you. If the children are old enough to read some words, have them help you with the ending by completing the sentences for you. Charlie Parker played... be bop!J P RASCHKAGiant Stepsby Chris Raschka John Coltrane's classic song "Giant Steps" is performed wonderfully in this book by raindrops, a snowflake, a box, and a kitten. Each representing a part of the song and bringing it together. How fun would it be to play the music for the children after the book is over and let them be the raindrops or the kitten?!J P SHANGE Ellington Was Not A Streetby Ntozake Shange Created from the author's poem "Mood Indigo," this picture book touches on the lives and contributions of a group of African American men in the 20th century. Among them are W.E.B. DuBois, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespe. Beautiful illustrations and text that is great for all ages.This book opens the door for your students to seek out more about the lives of these great men. Have photos or books about them handy, you might be surprised at the questions you'll be bombarded with. J 780.3 KRULLM Is For Musicby Kathleen KrullIllustrated by Stacy Innerst This book is filled with entertaining illustrations bringing everything from "Jj is for Jazz" to "Yy is for Yodeling Yankee Doodle" to life on the page. What I love best is that there isn't just one word for each letter. Every page contains several words & pictures illustrating the featured letter. You can get as involved as you want with each one depending on what age level and how much time you have at your disposal. At the very least, this book is sure to catch the attention of your class with its funky drawings and peak their interest in everything musical. *********************** LINKS: - Your Number 1 source for Hip Hop news, products and resources!!! **********************This is the single most amazing ballet I have ever seen, It is definitely worth the watch it will blow you away I promise! - From anonymous sender. ************************************ EMPOWER YOUR SOLE!