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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Dance Classes in the Las Vegas Area


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All Funk Styles with Angel Escamilla (Student of Mr. Wiggles)
"To provide a creative fitness outlet in a structured and safe environment"
FRIDAYS- 1:30-3:30pm
SATURDAY- 1 - 2pm
***New classes forming at A-Z Dance Studio.
900 Karen Avenue, Ste. A-116, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 369-2160
Starting March 16th -- 1st class free!!!
ALSO HIT UP MRWIGGLESEB@COX.NET for class schedules from boogalUNICO (son of Mr. Wiggles) and also privates from Mr. Wiggles himself!

Tap City on Tour in Iowa!

Tap City on Tour

Featuring: Master of Ceremonies - Tony Waag; dancers - Nate Cooper, Barbara Duffy, DeWitt Fleming, Kendrick Jones II, Margaret Morrison, Lynn Schwab, and Karen Callaway Williams; and musicians - Musical Director and on the drums, Bernice "Boom Boom" Brooks, Theo Hill on piano, and Joe Fonda on bass.

Waverly Performance Details:
Where: Neumann Auditorium
100 Wartburg Blvd.Waverly, IA 50677
When: Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 at 7:30 PM
Box Office: 319-352-8286
Iowa City Performance Details:
Where: Englert Theatre
221 Washington St.Iowa City, IA 52240
When: Saturday, March 24th, 2007 at 7:30 PM
Box Office: 319-688-1040

Tamango's Urban Tap at The JOYCE

Tamango's Urban Tap

Bringing together dancers, percussionists and artists from Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Haiti, Cote d'Ivoire, and France in a celebration of his Creole heritage, Tamango's Urban Tap presents Bay Mo Dilo (Give Me Water). A native of French Guiana, master tap artist and visionary Tamango fuses a global blend of dance and music mixed with the visual collage of video artist Jean de Boysson. Through rhythm, Bay Mo Dilo winds through the mythology and culture of creole diaspora. Tamango, a major player in the New York tap scene, has performed with artists ranging from Gregory Hines to Savion Glover. In this Joyce Theater performance, he and his troupe, Urban Tap, perform a blend of tap, freestyle, and traditional dance with master drumming from Haiti and Guadeloupe.

When: March 20 - 25
Tue-Wed 7:30pm
Thu-Fri 8pm
Sat-2pm & 8pm
Sun-2pm & 7:30pm
Where: The Joyce Theater 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th St.)
Price: $36 per ticket

2007 Finger Lakes Tap Dance Festival!

DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE…2007 Finger Lakes Tap Dance Festival Register NOW!!

A TLF program, the Finger Lakes Tap Dance Festival promises to be an awesome experience in it's second year. With scheduled artists including Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Dianne Walker, Michelle Dorrance, Rocky Mendes, Andrew J. Nemr, and Jason Samuels Smith, the weekend is sure to have something for everyone.

Scheduled events include workshop classes, a screening room of rare footage from the Tap Legacy Digital Archives, tap jam and showcase, a special improvisation workshop, panel discussion and the All-Star Performance "Walking in Time" at the last remaining vaudeville theater in the area, the Historic State Theatre.

ALSO... TLF Launches! We are proud to be honoring a true inspiration in the world of tap dance, and a co-founder of TLF, with the launching of Launched February 14, 2007 in celebration of Gregory's brithday and TLF's fifth anniversary, the website is dedicated to Gregory's amazing body of work will serve as a continual celebration of his life in dance. We hope you enjoy.

ABOUT US:The Tap Legacy Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation founded by tap dancers Gregory Hines and Andrew J. Nemr.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


8th Annual Summer Intensive & Showcase

July 22nd-29th, 2007
Tarrytown, NY

Lisa Hopkins, Artistic Director

Ages 9-22
Now accepting DVD audition applications.

Deadline June 21st.

Application at

Scholarships available

· ONLY 70 dancers will be selected
· Technique, style, improvisation, repertoire & African drumming
· Work on improv with pro jazz musicians
· Perform new choreography by guest faculty
· Work with the creators of Touring Show "TAP KIDS"



Marvel Allen & Omar Edwards , Tapping into the music

See a clip from the show at

Appearing At
Minton's Playhouse
Legendary Birthplace of Modern Jazz 210 W 118th Street
(Adam Clayton Powell (7th Ave) / St. Nicholas Ave.)
(212) 864-8346
Every Tuesday
Sets are 9 p.m., 10:30 PM and 12:30 a.m.
Two drink minimum and $10 music charge



FREEFALL with Omar Edwards

An Intermediate-Advanced Level Class from 7-8pm


Only $10

Located at Harlem Tap Studio
401 West 149th Street
Between Lenox and Convent
Take the A train and walk four blocks north

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News from Roxane Butterfly

Hello everyone,It is with great joy I am letting you know about this amazing film event which will be shown on giant installations at Lincoln Center and which gathers fantastic dance artists from around the planet. Needless to say, I am thrilled to have had the privilege to be included in this myriad of talents as a french artist and as a hoofer, and to share this absolutely uncommon film experience. Check it out!

Lincoln Center Summer Arts Festival Presents:
Slow Dancing (World premiere)
Motion Portraits of Dancers Multi-Channel Video Installation
Conceived and directed by David Michalek
Tuesday, July 10 Sunday, July 29
New York State Theater, Facade, Josie Robertson Plaza, 63rd Street and Columbus Avenue
Hours screened: 9 p.m.1 a.m.

Beginning July 10, Lincoln Center Festival will present Slow Dancing, an outdoor installation of larger-than-life, hyper-slow-motion video portraits of extraordinary dancers and choreographers from around the world, conceived and directed by artist David Michalek. The installation will be seen on three five-story screens hung on the front facade of the New York State Theater on Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza. With Slow Dancing, Mr. Michalek attempts to simultaneously capture the beauty of the body in motion, while laying bare its most intricate workings. Slow Dancing will run from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., from July 10 through July 29.

Each subject's movement (approximately 5 seconds long) was shot on a specially constructed set using a high-speed, high-definition camera recording at 1,000 frames per second. The result is approximately 10-minutes of extreme slow motiona motion portrait in which each dancers unique artistic expression and technique are revealed as never before.

For the Plaza installation, a cycle begins as a full-length figure of a dancer appears on each of the three screens. Over the next 10 minutes, what at first appears to be a series of "still" photographs unfolds, gesture by barely-perceptible gesture, into an elaborate choreography. Viewers can choose to focus on one dancer's complete performance or observe the interplay among the three screens. The extreme slow motion also allows the viewer to share privileged information about the complexity of the simplest gestures; catching details that would normally escape the naked eye.

The subjects chosen for Slow Dancing are some of today's foremost modern and classical dancers and choreographers, as well as recognized master interpreters of a range of traditional and contemporary dance forms. The dancers represent a diversity of body types, sizes, training, styles, traditions, ages and ethnicities. They hail from the worlds of ballet (Herman Cornejo, William Forsythe, Isabelle Guerin, Allegra Kent, Alexei Ratmansky, Wendy Whelan); modern dance (Karole Armitage, Trisha Brown, Holley Farmer, Bill T. Jones, Desmond Richardson, Shen Wei); tap (Roxanne Butterfly), and from many countries, including the United States, Russia, Guinea, Bali, China, Turkey, Brazil, India, Taiwan and New Zealand. And they represent dance traditions and contemporary styles as diverse as Javanese court dance (Miroto Martinius), Krumping (Lil C), "Voguing" (Benny Ninja), Afro-Brazilian Capoeira (Maestre Joao Grande), Hip-Hop (Kwikstep and Rokafella), Shantala Shivalingappa (Indian Kuchipuri), Beijing Opera (Wu Hsing-Kuo) and Flamenco (Omarya Amaya).

Featured Dance Artists Filmed for Slow Dancing:
Omarya Amaya Karole Armitage Alexandra Beller Trisha Brown Roxane Butterfly Dana Caspersen Shasta Cola/Glen Rumsey Patrick Corbin Herman Cornejo Wayan Dibia Gabriel "Kwikstep" Dionisio Megumi Eda Anita "Rokafella" Garcia Eiko and Koma Holley Farmer William Forsythe Maestre Joao Grande Isabelle Guerin Wu Hsing-Kuo Emine Mira Hunter Judith Jameson Jill Johnson Bill T. Jones Allegra Kent Youssouf Koumbassa Miroto Martinius Emine Mira Hunter Benny Ninja Lemi Ponafasio Alexei Ratmansky Desmond Richardson Bill Shannon (Crutchmaster) Ari Candrawati Saptanyana Putu Krisna Saptanyana Fang Yi Sheu Shantala Shivalingappa Dwana Smallwood Elizabeth Streb Janie Taylor Christopher Lil C Toler Jeremy Wade Shen Wei Wendy Whelan Nejla Yasemin Yatkin

David Michalek is an artist who takes the concept and techniques of portraiture as the starting points for the creation of compelling works, on both a large and small-scale, in a range of mediums. His focus over the past ten years has been closely tied to his interest in relational aestheticsspecifically using performative and interactive techniquesstorytelling, dialogue, movementrelying on the input and responses of otherssubjects, collaborators and audienceas integral to both the creation and the experience of art. He has been drawn in particular to projects that bring together diverse groups of people in settings ranging from galleries to public spaces, churches and community organizations to health-care facilities. His 14 Stations is one such project, created in collaboration with men and women transitioning out of homelessness, participating in the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. 14 Stations is modeled on the traditional Christian devotional rite, The Stations of the Cross, with a different man or woman assuming the role of the Christ figure in each. Group interaction, discussion, and communal meals were all part of the process. Michalek's riveting, oversized black-and-white photos, mounted on back-lit displays have not only been exhibited in galleries and museums, but have served as the catalyst for interactive performance events in a number of cities, involving the homeless and formerly homeless interacting with the audience and participating in a performance of Bach piano works that incorporates projected stills of 14 Stations. Covering the 2005 exhibit of 14 Stations at The Brooklyn Museum, Art in America said, "Michalek's commiseration with his fellow humans and deep understanding of dramatic figurative representation have enabled him to produce a profound cycle of photographs."

Commissioned to create the images for the film in Peter Sellar's Kafka Fragments, a staged setting of composer Gyorgy Kurtag's searing work for soprano and violin, Michalek, then Artist-in-Residence at The Bridge, Inc., a day-home for people living with mental illness, drew on his activities and interactions with patients to create his compelling photographs. Michalek introduced Kurtag's libretto at the residents' weekly poetry group, where it was read aloud and discussed. Out of these discussions, and over four months of work, he and the group staged and photographed scenes and tableaux for each of the 40 "fragments" of text that are sung by soprano Dawn Upshaw. The Los Angles Times, reviewing the 2005 performance of Kafka Fragments at Zankel Hall, wrote, "Kafka Fragments reveals the hidden places where light shines within the darkest recesses of our souls...[and the] photographs by David Michalek connect the musical fragments to suffering in the world and also to the beauty of the world."

Born in San Francisco in 1967, David Michalek earned a B.A. in English Literature from U.C.L.A. in 1990 and also studied filmmaking at NYU. He worked as an assistant to noted photographer Herb Ritts for two years, beginning in 1989. In 1991, he began his professional photographic career and worked regularly as a portrait artist for publications such as The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Interview, and Vogue. Beginning in the mid-1990s, Michalek began experimenting with performance and installation, and developing large-scale, multi-dimensional projects. His solo and collaborative work has been shown nationally and internationally, with recent solo exhibitions at Yale University, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Kitchen. He has collaborated with director Peter Sellars on two staged works: Kafka Fragments, presented as part of Carnegie Hall's 2005-06 season; and St. Franois d' Assise, presented at the Salzburg Festival and Paris Opera. Other film and video work for theater includes collaborations with The Tallis Scholars; John Malpede and L.A.P.D. on three works, Agents and Assets, The Skid Row Museum and RFK in EKY; and with the Brooklyn Philharmonic in a project for The Brooklyn Museum's "Music Off the Walls" series. Michalek has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, from, among others, The Franklin Furnace, The Durfee Foundation, The California State Arts Council, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, Karen-Weiss Foundation, and the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County (commission grant toward the creation of Slow Dancing). Beginning in spring 2007, he will be an artist in residence with The World Performance Project at Yale University. He is on the visiting faculty of the Yale Divinity School, where he lectures on religion and the arts. David Michalek lives in New York with his wife Wendy Whelan, principal dancer of New York City Ballet.

Watch "Black Choreographers Festival.... Excerpts" on Google Video!

Description: A compilation of dance performances as part of the Black Choreographers Festival Artists include: Robert Moses Kin, Jason Samuels Smith and Dimensions Dance Theater.(13 min 41 sec - Jan 18, 2007)

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Nicholas Brothers INCREDIBLE NEVER TOPPED dance they did- I never have gotten tired of re-watching it:

Sammy Davis Jr, performing "Mr. Bojangles"

Loved THIS since I first received a copy: the Berry Brothers dancingFascinating Rhythm

Teddy Hale tapping...

Condos Brothers Indian Dance

TAP - the movie TAP Challenge Scene...Gregory, Sammy, Steve, Slyde... [remember: the movie TAPS is about a military academy-not tap dancing]

Lindy Hoppers: and guess what! some of the steps fromthe SHIM SHAM

Savion Glover and Gregory Hines...Circa 1989? PBS special?

Gregory in Japan

Gregory Hines and Barishnikov...tap...and the 11 pirouettes in a row...without stopping...just slowing down a little...

Omar dancing his job at the Apollo

yesterdays Sammy Davis Jr. and Carol Burnett sing Every Showtune Known

...and Nicholas Brothers dancing with Dorothy Dandridge to "Kalamazoo!"

Harold Nicholas really young with a line of tall women tappers..

Sammy Davis Jr as a little boy tapping

who knows who but they are tapping in the subway waiting areasof NYC

you are still here at the computer and not out TAPPING????
don't forget: May 25- National Tap Dance Day Celebration in LV!!! plan onit!!! all the best- Susan

...........the JACKSONS dancing with the NICHOLAS BROTHERS??!

Night of 100 Stars....Chita Rivera, Christopher Walken, Honi Coles,Gwen Verdon, Hinton Battle, Dick Van Dyke,


The Mocidade Alegre school, the first to feature tap dance in Brazilian Carnaval ever, WON the 2007 Sao Paulo Carnaval Competition. Tap dancer Christiane Matallo, was featured on a float that payed homage to Carmen Miranda and other popular stars of the silver screen.

You can visit her NEW website

ROXANE BUTTERFLY's Spring 2007 Intensive TAP Sessions

ROXANE BUTTERFLY's Intensive TAP Sessions/ Spring 2007

Friday April 20th thru Sunday May 20th

Learn the material of Roxane Butterfly's Worldbeats
A unique Tap experience that will take you across continents, from New York to Andalusia via the Sahara.
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays: 12.30-2pm: Inter/Advanced $20/class ($50 for each session of 3 classes if paid up to 2 weeks before session begins)

Place is limited. Registration required

Registration by email only:
PMT House Of Dance 69W 14th at 6th Avenue
Roxane Butterfly Artistic Director of Worldbeats
NYC contact: + 1 212 636 9584 ;
France contact: + 33 (0)6 50 78 03 90

Best of Dance Chicago, Orland Park Review

Orland Review Performance: 'Best of Dance'


February 1, 2007

By Myra Eder

Orland Park kicked up its heels last Saturday and danced all night.Well, for two hours anyway. Tap, hip-hop, ballet, modern, jazz, Spanish ballroom flashed across thestage as Best of Dance Chicago returned for its fourth year in a row.With enthusiastic support from villagers and elected officials, theOrland Park Arts Commission, under the leadership of Colleen Panega,packed the Sandburg High School Performing Arts Center for the danceconcert featuring top companies from throughout the region.Hip Hop ConnXion, a young troupe featured in a 2006 Firstlook feature,opened the show with enough energy to power the stage lights.Hip-hoppers popped, froze and kept their bodies rhythmically following the complex choreography by Suave. Audience intensity was high when HipHop ConnXion left the stage.Those who developed the art of tap dancing over the decades would havebeen ecstatic to see the next act, a cappella dance performance by thephenomenal Chicago Tap Theatre.Chicago Ballet company members danced on pointe to a drivinginstrumental version of the Beatles "Revolution" by Kronos Quartet. Although this reviewer did not care for the music, the choreography andits execution were compelling.One hardly thinks of park districts and high schools when professionaldance is involved but the award-winning Bolingbrook Park DistrictDanceforce, as well as Sandburg's own Orchesis Dance Troupe, broughtyouthful bravado and talent to the stage. Everyone of these youngdancers should go forward in performance arts.Live music by Stone has to be seen and heard to be believed. This guyplays several instruments at once -- with tremendous coordination andmusical talent.The elegant, exotic SurTaal Dance Company, Stick and Move Dance Crew,Choreography by Eddy Ocampo, Cerqua Riveral Dance Theatre, CultureShock Chicago, Chicago Latin & Ballroom Dance, Bril with M.A.D.D.Rhythms and Inaside Chicago Dance kept the show moving with charisma,electricity and huge amounts of talent and hard work. Hopefully 2008 will find Best of Dance Chicago back in town for anotherstellar show.