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Monday, April 12, 2010

War Peace: The One Drop Rule featuring Jason Samuels Smith!

War Peace: The One Drop Rule featuring Jason Samuels Smith! 

War Peace: The One Drop Rule, a youth driven hip hop theater piece that imagines the Bay Area as a potential war zone in a time of protracted drought. Directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, War Peace is collaboratively written and performed by Chinaka Hodge, Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs, and Nico Cary with choreography by Emmy Award winning tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith.
Click here for an interview with the director and an excerpt from the performance:
Video credit: Eli Jacobs Fantauzzi and Clenched Fist Productions
The Living Word Project (LWP) creates verse-based work that is spoken through the body, illustrated by visual and sonic scores, and in communication with the important social issues and movements of the immediate moment.
LWP is the theater's connection from Shakespeare's quill to Kool Herc's turntables; from Martha Graham's cupped hand to Nelson Mandela's clenched fist: a new voice for a new politic. The Repertory Works of the LWP premiere at either the Living Word Festival or the Hip Hop Theater Festival Bay Area, then tour nationally and internationally year round, and are presented before audiences numbering over 100,000.
Friday, April 16, 8pm??? & Saturday, April 17, 8pm
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
$10 students, $15 CAC members, $20 general admission?
CAC box office: 504.528.3800

This project is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program. For more
WAR PEACE: The One Drop Rule is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Youth Speaks in partnership with Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, Hip Hop Theatre Festival and NPN. For more information:

Thank You, Gregory - Upcoming Tour Dates

Thank You, Gregory

A Tribute to the Legends of Tap

Upcoming Tour Dates

April 16, 2010 Delaware Valley Arts Center Frazer, PA

For more information:

Master Class in Los Angeles with Chloe Arnold


Tuesday, April 20th Int./Adv. - 7:30 - 9:00 PM


All ages are welcome!

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

Space is limited!

Please RSVP to

World Music/CRASHarts presents: India Jazz Suites

World Music/CRASHarts presents:

Performing the Boston premiere of
India Jazz Suites: Kathak Meets Tap

With world class musicians:
Abhijit Banerjee, Tabla
Jayanta Banerjee, Sitar
Debashis Sarkar, Vocal
Theo Hill, Piano
Sameer Gupta, Kit Drums
Aaron James, Bass

Friday, April 30, 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 01, 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 02, 3:00 PM
Institute of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Ave
Boston, 02210

India Jazz Suites is an explosive collaboration between Pandit Chitresh Das, one of India’s foremost Kathak masters, and Jason Samuels Smith, the Emmy Award–winning tap dancer renowned for hisamazing footwork in Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk. Indian classical musicians and a stellar jazz trio perform live to complete this powerful artistic exchange. The result is high entertainment that crosses all boundaries of age and culture—a blast of incredible speed and power, grace and beauty, epic storytelling and the pure joy of dance.

Free preperformance talk with dance critic Debra Cash, 45 minutes prior to each performance.

Free postperformance Q&A: Friday, April 30.

For ticketing information please call (617) 876-4275 or visit

2010 Choreographer's Canvas


Sue Samuels' Dance Company JAZZ ROOTS DANCE to appear


The Group Theatre Too presents its third annual Choreographer's Canvas, a one-night event featuring the works of over fifteen cutting-edge New York choreographers. See new and traditional styles of choreography including, tap, ballet, theatre dance, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and even aerial dance. Experience New York's established and emerging choreographers in this uplifting mosaic evening of music and movement.

Choreographers include: Kyla Barkin, Michael Blevins, Justin Boccitto, Bob Boross, Jessica Chen, Dana Fisch, Bobby Hedglin-Taylor, The Manhattan Youth Ballet, The New York Theatre Ballet, Katrina Phillip, Jonathan Riedel, Sue Samuels, Tracie Stanfield, Michael Susten, Kate Swan, Dawne Swearingen and Jennifer Turey.

The Canvas performs for one-evening on Wednesday, May 5th, 8pm at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, 248 West 60th Street. 

Purchase tickets by calling 212-567-1535. 
$20 Pre-Purchased, $22 At The Door.
Visa/Mastercard accepted over the phone.

Rhythm World 2010 - Artist in Residence: Jason Samuels Smith

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

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

Rhythm World 2010 Faculty includes:

2010 JUBA! Award Winners
Sam Weber
Dianne Walker
Gene Medler

CHRP's 2010 Artist in Residence
Jason Samuels Smith

Lane Alexander
Fernando Barba of Barbatuques
Bril Barrett
Bruno Buarque of Barbatuques
Julie Cartier
Ayodele Casel
Michelle Dorrance
Martin "Tre" Dumas
Jay Fagan
Derick Grant
Jason Janas
Cheryl Johnson & Anthony Peters
Idella Reed Davis
Sarah Savelli
Jakari Sherman of Step Afrika!
Billy Siegenfeld
Randy Skinner
Jumaane Taylor
Lukas Weiss 
Mark Yonally

The Harlem Tap Studio Class Schedule

*Class Schedule*
1:00-2:00 PM
7:00-8:10 PM
6:00-7:00 PM
8:00-9:15 PM
12:00-1:00 PM
2:00-3:15 PM

Where: Harlem Tap (W 149th Street, NYC)



With Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Omar Edwards

*Live Jazz Band*

When: Monday nights @ 9:45PM

Where: The Cotton Club (W 125th and Riverside)

Cost: $20

INT/ADV TAP CLASS with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards


With Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards

When: Every Thursday from 6:00-7:30PM

Where: Harlem Tap (W 149th, NYC)

Jazz Dance Class-Sue Samuels

Jazz Dance Class-Sue Samuels

Monday 10:30 Beginner @ Broadway Dance Center

7:30 Basic @ Ailey

Tuesday 9:30 Adv/Beg @ 300 W. 43rd St. @ 8th Ave. 3rd floor (NEW)

1:30 Basic @ BDC

6 pm Beg @ Ailey

Wednesday 10:30 Beg @ BDC

Thursday 9:30 Adv/Beg @ 300 W. 43rd St (NEW)

1:30 Basic @ BDC

Friday 10:30 Beginner @ BDC

7:45 pm Beginner @ BDC

Saturday 4 pm Intermediate @ Ailey

Sunday 10:30 Beginner @ BDC

I look forward to seeing you there,


Sue Samuels

Top Rock City Upcoming Tour Dates w/ Mr. Wiggles & Ynot

Top Rock City Upcoming Tour Dates w/ Mr. Wiggles & Ynot

Mr Wiggles in Taiwan
(Taipei and Tai-Chung)
April 8 - 18
Event: Doobiest
Teaching: Poppin, Rockin, Toprock
Judge: Poppin and Top Rock
Performance: yes!

Click here for more info...

Ynot in Moscow
April 10-12
Event: "TBA"
Teaching: Toprock, BBoyin
Judge: TBA

Ynot in Belgium, Bruxelles
April 17-18
Event: "Sous Pression 2010"
Teaching: Toprock, BBoyin
Judge: Top Rock
Performance: yes!

Ynot in the UK
April 20-26
Event: "TBA"
Teaching: Toprock, BBoyin
Judge: TBA

Ynot and Mr Wiggles in Norway
June 23-30
Event: Summer Dance Camp
Teaching: Poppin, Toprock, BBoyin

Ynot and Mr Wiggles in Korea
July 3 - 4
Event: UR16
Teaching: Poppin, Rockin, Toprock, Footwork
Performance: TRC Showcase
Judge: Poppin and TRC Battle

Mr Wiggles in Italy
July 12 - 18
Event: Street Fighters
Teaching: Poppin, Rockin, Toprock
Judge: Poppin

Ynot and Mr Wiggles in Germany July 31 - August 5
Event: Underground Dance Camp
Teaching: Poppin, Rockin, Toprock, Footwork
Performance: Poppin and Top Rock

Mr Wiggles in Germany
September 4
Event:The Jump
Teaching: Poppin, Rockin, Toprock
Judge: Battle
Performance: Poppin and Top Rock

Ynot and Mr Wiggles in Switzerland
October 1 - 10
Event:Style is King
Teaching: Poppin, Rockin, Toprock, Bboyin
Judge: TRC
Panel Discussion