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  • RHAPSODY IN TAPS: THE FIRST THIRTY YEARS | www.tapdance.org
    you and that s exactly what I ve done Sometimes it s been successful and well received and other times not but having the opportunity to explore break new grounds keeps me interested in the form Working with only live music I enjoy colors and a range of dynamics Sometimes in our musical arrangements the taps are not exposed There are places in our arrangements where I consciously let the music push or drive the dance and maybe the taps for that moment are sacrificed I feel that s OK when you have a whole evening of tap dance and live music Milestones which I created in 1988 for the whole company with a feature spot for Eddie Brown was originally a piece built to showcase the company s more visual style contrasted by Eddie s improvisational style At our 15th anniversary I re created it with a major change that was having Bob Carroll do Eddie s part and to have Bob join us in some of the ensemble work as well as to solo When Bob danced in this piece I sometimes looked up above and thought that Eddie was smiling Every year I choreograph a new solo and or group pieces I enjoy working with jazz music but I also work with other musical styles Many of my experiments include other forms of dance and or percussion including Two Ta Tambour 1994 which used a 12 8 rhythm and in which M B Gordy playing wood gourd and bamboo instruments actually moved on stage and participated in the physical action of the dance In 1986 I choreographed Stickato a piece done in jazz shoes using modern dance movement and rhythms played with sticks dowels The commissioned score by Swami Deva Asanga used odd meters and a Japanese koto to lend an Asian quality in tone music and costuming Another multi form piece was Live Wire in 1987 with three dancers in tap shoes and two dancers in jazz shoes performing counter rhythms and larger traveling patterns The score by Steve Fowler included breaks where the musicians actually stopped playing and clapped responses to the dancers I created Duet in 1987 with Brent Lewis accompanying me on his Ikauma drums which are 22 chromatically tuned bongos In 1989 I created Piru Bole a solo to John Bergamo s original percussion score with percussionist Mark Berres and later M B Gordy on Indian tabla drums Chinese bowls and vocal chanting In 1990 I collaborated with renowned drummer percussionist Al Tootie Heath to create Raindance It was one of my early multi section group pieces about 20 minutes in length with textural percussion interlocking rhythms with six dancers who performed modern dance movement and tap percussion sequences with 7 rain sticks In 1991 I created Drum Thunder a tap duet performed on amplified wooden platforms In 1995 I choreographed Prelude and Fugue supported by a grant from the California Arts Council The creative process for that project was very rewarding The piece was inspired by the music of Bach The Fugue was actually my first a cappella piece RIT dancers Pauline Hagino Christy Hernandez and Bob Carroll were integral in the creation of this work It incorporated their skills in improvisation and relied on their excellent sense of timing and ability to shade and modulate the taps In creating the piece I felt like a painter painting at first one color then adding other colors over the top then going back to shade blend mix rearrange or replace It was a very loose and open process that I don t normally use when I m working with a jazz tune where I m more inclined to follow the structure of a standard chorus For me it was a freeing kind of creative process and I really enjoyed it very much especially because of the dancers skills and willingness to work this way My love for tap percussion collaborations continues throughout the evolution of Rhapsody In Taps and also includes many other pieces such as BEAT Percussion Discussion 1997 a collaboration with Michael Bissonnette whose percussion score included Taiko African and Arabic rhythms was a twenty minute work for seven dancers who tapped and played specially designed wood drums created by Bob Carroll Espiritu 2001 was a collaborative duet between Monti and I with Monti playing the berimbau We explored a range of rhythms and the dance included dramatic and playful interchanges Riptide 2001 a 9 minute work featuring 5 tap dancers performing counterpoint rhythms included showcase solos for the dancers with an African based polyrhythmic drum score performed by Monti and 3 other drummers Dat s Right 2004 was another duet I made with Monti on vocals and percussion to songs popularized by singer Harry Belafonte In 2009 Monti and I collaborated on Chugarump a 20 minute work in which the tap dancers and Monti play decorated paint buckets stick percussion and wooden frog instruments In 2010 I commissioned current company members Mindy and Gabe Copeland to create Drop da Beat a tap quartet with a hip hop flair It was time to incorporate the younger energy of the company and I really enjoyed watching them grow as choreographers This year we ve spent the entire summer working on Salute to Soul an 18 minute theatrical five part work created for Rhapsody In Taps 30th anniversary season It is performed by the company s 7 dancers and 2 apprentices to the music of American soul singers Otis Redding And Sam Cooke sung by Monti Ellison with the RIT band I have tried to incorporate or take into consideration who the actual dancers in the company are and there is something true about each person dancing the piece We have also been reconstructing notable works from the company s past and have been preparing for our 21st annual lecture dem for our free L A U S D Children s Program which started in 1991 and happens the Friday prior to

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  • Feature Articles | www.tapdance.org
    of the best tap dance artists teachers in the U S Read more about Fred Strickler Announces New Video Series Pages first previous 1 2 Quick Links Join the ITA Advertise coming soon Propose an Article Be considered for our Dancer Spotlight Submit an Event News Item or Feature Article Apply to be a Regional Representative Join a Board Committee User login Username Password Create new account Request new password

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  • Feature Articles | www.tapdance.org
    is Rusty Frank Transcribed by Sandy Adler Read more about MIRIAM NELSON NEW RELEASE TAP DANCING AMERICA A CULTURAL HISTORY By Constance Valis Hill Here is the vibrant colorful high stepping story of tap the first comprehensive fully documented history of a uniquely American art form exploring all aspects of the intricate musical and social exchange that evolved from Afro Irish percussive step dances like the jig gioube buck and wing and juba to the work of such contemporary tap luminaries as Gregory Hines Brenda Bufalino Dianne Walker and Savion Glover Read more about NEW RELEASE GOTTA MOVE GOTTA MOVE WOMEN IN TAP A New Film by Lynn Dally March 2010 News Release Read more about GOTTA MOVE MASTERS OF AMERICAN TAP DANCE A COLLECTIVE GIFT TO TAP DANCERS FROM FRED STRICKLER www mastersofamericantapdance com Read more about MASTERS OF AMERICAN TAP DANCE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MANHATTAN TAP INTENSIVE HUMMING YARDBIRD SUITE By Pam Hetherington United States and Kristel Baris Holland August 2010 Just when you think you own it it s already gone Eddie Ornowski Drummer Read more about 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MANHATTAN TAP INTENSIVE AMERICAN TAP IN CHINA ONE HUNDRED FLOWERS BLOSSOMING ITA s Chinese Members Chen Jiefang Fan Pei Xia Su E Wei Wei Gu Ying Jin xiao Bo November 2010 The History and Actuality of American Tap in China Read more about AMERICAN TAP IN CHINA SCIENTIFIC RHYTHM By Rhoda Huffey First published in Green Mountains Review Volume XX Nos 1 2 Read more about SCIENTIFIC RHYTHM RHAPSODY IN TAPS THE FIRST THIRTY YEARS by Linda Sohl Ellison as told to Carolyn Clarke Sam Katz October 2011 Read more about RHAPSODY IN TAPS THE FIRST THIRTY YEARS Pages 1 2 next last Quick Links Join the ITA Advertise coming soon Propose an Article Be

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  • Tapestry's Are You Listening to Me? | www.tapdance.org
    lined up across the stage and spoke rapidly all at once until they were silenced by some inexplicable force though still left to gesture wildly with their arms their mouths simultaneously moving like a fish s underwater One by one Gray touched them giving them voice before relinquishing their power The voice often functioned as a source of comedy In Find the Quiet Brenna Kuhn was the object of jibber jabber as each of her fellow dancers approached her to utter nonsensical sounds Tanya Rivard laughed herself into hysterical crying Matt Shields voiced what can best be described as a whiny Italian cadence and Thomas Wadelton s jig jibberish combination induced the audience to laughter At other times words were powerful The opposite of courage is not cowardice The opposite of courage is conformity pronounced Miller The dichotomy between courage and conformity was very much present throughout the evening It was highlighted in The Journey in which the group of six perfectly synchronized moved forwards and backwards in profile One by one they broke from the herd to forge their own path in this world of daily routines before rejoining the group The music by Jani Sieber sounded like it could have come off the American Beauty soundtrack though it didn t whimsical with a touch of melancholy There s no denying the fact that Tapestry s dancers are talented In many ways the most compelling bits of the evening were when they were all out dancing pure and simple As an audience member it was almost as though I could feel every fiber of my being getting sucked into the vortex of their energy In one solo Wadelton performed quick tiny movements at times standing up on his tippy toes like an awkward ballerina Lost in his own world

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  • Cuarteto Latinoamericano + Tapage | www.tapdance.org
    Latinoamericano plays and Tapage dances and the combined result is very attractive basically due to the fact that the dancers and choreographers have a very good feeling and intuition to reinterpret through movement the essence of the music Throughout Dansaq one can appreciate among many other things the fact that Fujibayashi and Rosenkrantz conceive and realize their choreographic composition and dance performance without recourse to the simple transliteration of the titles or the evident contents of the pieces approaching each score instead in a flexible varied and intuitive fashion In other words it s true that they do not fully reject categorically emphasizing with their bodies and tap shoes some of the music s accents but they do not fall into rigid imitation by coincidence that ugly vice that both in film and dance is known as mickeymouseing Time and again it s been remarked I myself commented on the subject a few years ago in this column that one of Tapage s greatest assets is their unfailing intuition to select the music to which they apply their choreographic and performance work In the case of their collaboration with Cuarteto Latinoamericano there is an evident joint effort in the process of musical selection a process that in this particular version of Dansaq has resulted in an impeccable musical continuity This session of Dansaq with Tapage and Cuarteto Latinoamericano began on the right foot actually two right feet with a playful version of Ástor Piazzolla s Four for tango subjected to bodily solfège by Tapage alongside the musicians From then on an interesting combination of musical works of Latin American Iranian Chinese and Japanese origin for each of which Fujibayashi and Rosenkrantz created highly individual choreographic versions with specific well defined dynamic and expressive features The high point of the performance

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  • 11th Annual TAP KIDS Summer Intensive | www.tapdance.org
    workshop as was the In the Pocket class in improvisation lead by Max Pollak and Tom Cleary The TK annual team cutting contest was very exciting this year the level of improvisation was so high that the judges had to throw random time signatures at the dancers in order to eliminate anyone After an exciting series of trades between Demi Remick for Purple Pain and Brittany DeStefano for The Flamingos the title went to Brittany DeStefano whose team was dancing for breast cancer Unlike a traditional cutting contest at TAP KIDS the dancers don t dance for themselves they dance for their team and the proceeds go to a charity selected by the winning team The tap jam cruise on Lake Champlain aboard The Spirit of Ethan Allen was a night to remember and a chance for dancers faculty and friends to mingle and jam and take a much needed break on the 3 hour sunset cruise Faculty member Jimmy Tate even took out his guitar and serenadedthe crowd with an impromptu performance on the deck The Tap Kids summer intensive began as a workshop for pre professional dancers in 2000 dancers from across the US and Canada apply each year by videotape audition for the chance to participate Only 75 kids are accepted The professional touring show TAP KIDS premiered in 2002 and has since played at major theatres in more than 35 states traveled to Mexico twice and The Netherlands three times including a command performance in Amsterdam for the Queen of Holland TAP KIDS earned rave reviews for their month long run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in August 2009 and received the first 5 Star review of the entire festival Other performance highlights a National television spot on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon and

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  • Chicago Tap Summit | www.tapdance.org
    from home festival Everyone who walks in is treated like family For those itching to leave the nest and try something on international soil start saving your pennies now This goofy group is full of personality Everyone has something different to the table One minute you are swinging with Tristan Bruns and then you are grooving with Nora Clark Improvising remixing with Bril Barrett and asking is Jumaanee Taylor really doing a 6 8 Star and Donnetta will make you sweat and Jaybo starts the class off with a stretch just when you really need it The events are always fun and educational the show is a must see event of the year but most importantly there is always a ton of food waiting to fill you up and recharge for what s next Not to mention you are in Chicago We know what you are thinking and to be honest you have a better chance of seeing Barrack Obama before you see Oprah but who needs Oprah when you have tap for three days straight Interning at the Summit has always been an experience It is a huge part as to how we learned to start our own business and were able to take as many classes from as many people as we have It is not all fun and games and often there seems to be more work than classes being taken The experiences and lesson learned in and out of class are invaluable We strongly suggest to any young dancer who wants to learn the business or take class but simply cannot afford to make to trek to really consider applying for an interning position If you want it bad enough you will make it happen Hope to see you next year Quick Links Join the ITA

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  • Field Report | www.tapdance.org
    excellent choreography and dancing of Caryn Yee plus her outstanding cast of tap dancing chorus members helped make the show the huge success it was In October the long awaited return of tap classes at Ballet Hawai i absent since the death of our beloved teacher Jim Hutchison two years ago occurred thanks to the fact that Hawai i born Pauline Hagino returned home to O ahu following a long and successful career dancing and teaching in southern California where she was a member of Rhapsody in Taps and a dance faculty member at Orange Coast College Finally in November the Maui Tap Experience presented another outstanding four day festival of tap at the Maui Arts Cultural Center see review below Interest in tap continues to grow with classes now being offered on several islands The University of Hawai i Manoa kicks in again in the spring with a tap class to be taught by Peggy Gaither Adams a member of the university s Theatre and Dance Department Quick Links Join the ITA Advertise coming soon Propose an Article Be considered for our Dancer Spotlight Submit an Event News Item or Feature Article Apply to be a Regional Representative Join

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