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  • AROUND L.A. | www.tapdance.org
    around the country and performs at clubs in the L A area She and Melinda Sullivan can be seen regularly as the Sole Sisters at various clubs including the Edison in L A and the Typhoon Restaurant in Santa Monica Sarah teaches at several major venues in L A and is regularly off to Costa Rica The Colburn School of Performing Arts has become a very active source of tap dancing in the past year Their stellar roster of teachers included Denise Scheerer Sarah Reich Hiroshi Hamanishi and Angel Pennington Recently they celebrated their beautiful new wooden tap floor with a workshop and concert Guests and performers included Fred Strickler Bob and Denise Scheerer Angel Pennington Denise Donovan Linda Sohl and Monti Ellison Carol and Steve Zee Hiroshi Hamanishi Ray McNamara Blake Colie and Rusty Frank Channing Cooke Holmes proved to be a triple threat as MC percussionist and tap soloist Some of the highlights of the performance included Sarah Reich and her new tap company Tap Con Sabor with a cameo by Melinda Sullivan and including L A s newest tap star percussionist Aaron Williams Fred Strickler and Denise Donovan dazzled everyone with their incredible musicianship while Channing and Steve Zee caught everyone s eye with a fun filled challenge using both taps and drums Denise Scheerer and daughter Angel Pennington shined in a mellow piece choreographed by Bob Scheerer and Linda Sohl and Monti Ellison displayed excellence in their vocal percussion tap piece Steve Zee can be seen regularly at the Mbar in Hollywood with Aaron Williams on drums and taps plus various talented guest artists You can always count on a most entertaining evening with Steve Zee and Friends So nice to have bi coastal phenomenon Chloe Arnold back in L A when she is not in

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  • 2011 Soul to Sole Festival | www.tapdance.org
    of Roxanne Butterfly the style of Travis Knights were great new additions to the festival while old favorites Barbara Acia Nich Matt Brenna Dianne made it like coming home Thursday s video night brought a special screening of Roxanne Butterfly s touching tribute to Jimmy Slyde the premiere of Matt Ryan s insightful documentary short A Vision in Rhythm which followed the creation of Tapestry s Spring 2011 show Are you Listening to Me Friday night s Souls of our Feet Showcase featured wonderful student performances as well as a special treat a preview of Acia Gray s The Souls of our Feet A Celebration of American Tap Dance the touring show with company members Jacqueline Coleman Sioban Cook Kirstin Grbic Katelyn Harris Travis Knights Matt Sheilds Adriana Ray Tanya Rivard thomas Wadelton which is now scheduled for a 5 week tour of China in the Fall Congratulations to Acia company on THAT feather in their caps Saturday night s faculty concert Friends in Time was was a pleasure that began with Acia Gray s lovely All Blues Play included the spectacular stylings of Travis Knights in Everything in its Right Place Stompin at the Savoy Brenna Kuhn was lovely as always in an intimate But Not for Me and Matt Sheilds was introspective dazzling playing with Round Midnight Blue Rondo The vocal stylings of Datri Bean were a nice change of pace led to a beautiful solo by Barbara Phillips to Speak Low A crowd favorite Austin s own Nicholas Young shared his time on stage with the faculty joining in a trip through the rainforests of Brazil Jay Fagan s comedy set prior to his solo had the audience in stitches his Just in Time Green Dolphin Street performance showed he had quite the chops in addition to

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  • The Rhythmic Angels of Japan | www.tapdance.org
    and shared the stage On April 16 17 we celebrated International Tap Dance Day produced by Hideaki at Miellparque Hall 27 groups and 300 tap dancers got together and the highlight was a tribute to the famous Nakano Brothers We lost the older brother Keisuke Nakano last year but Shozo Nakano in his 70 s still teaching and dancing Sing Sing Sing was their favorite dance In the tribute Shozo and his old students got together again and danced the first chorus the team representative danced the second and the last chorus everybody joined in More than 300 dancers together The highlight of the evening The Tokyo International Tap Festival was held May l2 6 2011 and produced by Pori and directed by Yukiko Smilie Misumi Artn Tap Dance Studio and Olympic Center Big Hall The plan was to invite Dianne Walker Arthur Duncan and Jason Samuels Smith this year but the disaster halted the plans However our strength and determination brought this event to fruition with our wonderful Japanese All Tap Star cast 12 master classes were taught by Hideboh Suji Yukiko Smilie Misumi Yoshiko Soundout Pori Saro and Doji and a special course by Ronii that was performed in the show Artn Studio was packed On May 6th the show included Sujitap Crew Tadashi Kato Sachi Hashimoto Artn Company TRB DX RONxII Ayako Ukawa as well as Soundout Every number was beautiful As a finale and choreographed by Pori a circle was started and we all danced together quietly a prayer to Amazing Grace getting stronger and stronger Not only through the dance but also our spirits coming together We were moved to tears We thank you all for your prayers for Japan Quick Links Join the ITA Advertise coming soon Propose an Article Be considered for our

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  • FEATURE STORY - 12.08 | www.tapdance.org
    a moment of history to this floor The NYU students were out on winter recess and it was very quiet throughout the urban campus I was searching for a tap fix and when Gregory said yes he felt like dancing he d be right over I knew I was in floor trouble immediately We were to meet on the top floor of the building The floor itself was the star of the room It was that blondish whitish pinkish hard maple you see sometimes in fancy art galleries It was vast gorgeous easily the centerpiece of the studio It would be the perfect sounding floor Gregory wasn t just going to add a moment of history to this floor he was going to clobber it brutalize it He tapped so hard and so loud In 1992 Gregory Hines had ferocious feet I adored Gregory and felt free to call him write letters to him eat dinner with him even get into a studio with him all for the sole purpose of talking tap I felt special about how he loved talking tap with me There was something wonderful intimate intense about talking tap with Gregory discussing the past present future of the art we both were involved in at seemingly the same passionate level As our friendship grew however it became increasingly clear that we had fundamental philosophical differences regarding certain issues He for example felt the Challenge was the essence of tap tradition and I personally hated it Gregory liked to talk champions being the best Who will be the next King he d wonder as if tap were a sport like boxing I felt you couldn t compare artists on those grounds and had no time for that way of thinking Gregory was totally into great feet where I felt tap was a sensibility If the dancer had the right attitude salesmanship humor I could just as soon watch closet hoofers and beginners as virtuosos When we got to the subject of women in tap women and wardrobe for example I saw red We really locked horns about what constituted feminist or even female feet We argued a lot idolized our favorites debated everything tap read more IN GLARING ERRORS DEPARTMENT August 2009 Jane Goldberg Recently I received a terrific review of my book Shoot Me While I m Happy by Marcia Siegel in The Boston Phoenix August 13 2009 Books I felt understood and heard But Siegel erroneously wrote that I had organized in Sole Sisters a showcase of veterans like Frances Nealy and Dianne Walker and younger women like Brenda Bufalino doing old routines and inventive contributions to the tap renaissance I know Brenda Bufalino has never liked the young woman moniker in regard to the years of Sole Sisters and she is a generation senior to Dianne Walker For someone who likes tap dancing a lot like Siegel made this kind of error Siegel s writing was some of the first I had ever read

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  • FEATURE STORY 04.09 | www.tapdance.org
    out a tap dance in a class by herself In Lady Be Good 1941 she danced Busby Berkeley s Fascinating Rhythm number in top hat and short tails that opened on an extended close up of her tapping feet ended with her being tossed head over heels over and over again down a corridor of men In 1943 after twenty years of performing she married the actor Glenn Ford and retired from the stage devoting herself to raising their son Peter She became an ordained minister in the Unity Church and devoted herself to charitable organizations and religious endeavors However in 1950 she was persuaded to appear in a musical number with Esther Williams and Van Johnson entitled Duchess of Idaho After that performance alone Powell returned to private life In May 1952 she emerged as a guest star on an episode of Four Star Revue with Danny Thomas and June Havoc and in 1954 she was asked to host The Faith of Our Children a non denominational religious television program which featured appearances from film and sports stars The show lasted three seasons and Eleanor received a regional Emmy award for children s programming Her son Peter Ford was a regular on this show and would later find his own success as a rock and roll singer and as an actor In 1955 Powell made her last ever film appearance when she appeared in Have Faith in Our Children a three minute short film produced for the Variety Club of Northern California in which Powell asked viewers to donate to the charity The short which other than its title had no relation to the TV series marked the only time Powell appeared on screen with her husband Glenn Ford Powell divorced Ford in 1959 and that year encouraged by her son launched a highly publicized nightclub career maintaining her good figure and looks well into middle age She was given an extended engagement at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas and her live performances continued well into the 1960s She made several guest appearances on variety TV programs including The Ed Sullivan Show All Star Revue The Bell Telephone Hour the Hollywood Palace and This Is Your Life In 1981 she received an award in her name and her honor the Ellie Award from the National Film Ceremony for her outstanding contribution to the film musical Eleanor Powell died of cancer at the age of 69 As a minister in the Unity church her ashes are placed in a bronze replica of the bible She is interred at Hollywood Forever cemetery just a few steps down the hall from Rudolf Valentino Peter Finch and several other great legends of film Her film credits include Queen High 1931 George White s 1935 Scandals Broadway Melody of 1936 Born To Dance 1936 Broadway Melody of 1938 Rosalie 1937 Honolulu 1939 Broadway Melody of 1940 Lady Be Good 1941 Ship Ahoy 1942 Thousands Cheer 1943 I Dood It 1943 Sensations of 1945

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  • MIRIAM NELSON | www.tapdance.org
    what I did it always seemed to be all right because I m still working you know laughs One time I thought it was very funny I ll tell you something I ve never written in the books 01 38 My very first television show was The Red Skelton Show I had been recommended by Louis DaPron a very good choreographer He was offered the job and he couldn t do it because he was going to Las Vegas with Donald O Connor He Louis did his O Connor s act So he recommended me for the job And I didn t even know what it was but he said You ll get a phone call And I did And the producer of the show called asked if I could come in and do an interview I did and he asked me what I had been doing and I gave him some of my credits and he was very nice and he decided to go with me I did the first show and they seemed to like that and all of a sudden they were handing me another script for the next show and that went on for about a year and I did the rest of the season But after I d been on the show for a while we d become a family The director and his wife we were always having a lot of fun We would go to somebody s house for dinner and barbecues One time I said to him How come you hired me when you knew that I had never done any television yet And he said Well I thought maybe one day I d chase you around the desk and I could catch you laughs But he never made any improper gestures

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  • NEW RELEASE! | www.tapdance.org
    Tap was long considered a man s game and Hill s is the first history to highlight such outstanding female dancers as Ada Overton Walker Kitty O Neill and Alice Whitman at the turn of the 20th century as well as the pioneering women composers of the tap renaissance in the 70s and 80s and the hard hitting rhythm tapping women of the millennium such as Chloe Arnold Ayodele Casel Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards Written with all the verve and grace of tap itself drawing on eye witness accounts of early performances as well as interviews with today s greatest tappers and richly illustrated with over ninety images Tap Dancing America fills a major gap in American dance history and places tap firmly center stage Features the first comprehensive and only up to date history of tap dancing in its three hundred year evolution in America Meticulously researched on the basis of a bevy of primary and secondary sources over 20 years by an author who is herself a tap dancer Challenges the notion that tap died in the 1950s and 1960s Foregrounds the contributions of women in tap dance the history of which has otherwise privileged male soloists Reviews A great source of reference for Tap Dance culture and history Tap Dancing America accumulates stories and articles in attempts to capture the essence of this elusive oral tradition An important read I highly recommend it Jason Samuels Smith With breath that is bated we all have awaited the arrival of this book Spanning the gaps and the taps across the ages and the stages of time covering the various aspects of the art of this American dance form Ms Valis Hill has guided us through a definitive full of life exploration into the world of Terpsichore It s a hard book to put down and calls out to you with its inclusion and accuracy whether it be about the dance patterns the personal or the historical dates and times With his love of dance and dancers my grandfather would have been most proud to be included within these pages Mercedes Ellington President CEO of The Duke Ellington Center for The Arts Comprehensive and compelling Tap Dancing America places race gender individual innovation and rhythm at the center of American dance history Carefully researched and eminently readable this landmark volume will inspire generations to explore a legacy of tap dancing as corporeal evidence of Afro Irish fusion Constance Valis Hill brings intellectual breadth and an abiding love for the dance and its dancers to this invaluable and definitive project Thomas F DeFrantz Professor Music and Theater Arts MIT and author of Dancing Revelations Alvin Ailey s Embodiment of African American Culture Tap Dancing America casts new light on the hurly burly of class culture race and gender that fused into one of America s most original and popular arts An indispensible resource for anyone interested in American culture Sali Ann Kriegsman Modern Dance in America The Bennington Years

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  • GOTTA MOVE | www.tapdance.org
    With principal photography by filmmaker John Bishop Gotta Move acknowledges the contributions of these accomplished leaders in the renaissance of tap It is a tribute to their creativity and brilliance It was my pleasure and privilege to document this extraordinary moment said Dally in a recent interview Gotta Move Women in Tap will have its first public screening on Thursday April 22 7 pm at Glorya Kaufman Hall on the UCLA campus in Westwood where the 2008 conference took place The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers giving a behind the scenes look at the making of the film The evening will begin at 6pm when author Constance Valis Hill will discuss her new book Tap Dancing America A Cultural History published by Oxford University Press Admission is free and the event is open to the public Seating is limited Reservations are required To make your reservation contact Jazz Tap Ensemble at 310 475 4412 or email jtensemble aol com The screening of Gotta Move Women in Tapis part of a major tap event co sponsored by Dance Camera West UCLA Department of World Arts Cultures and the Jazz Tap Ensemble Ms Valis Hill an accomplished jazz dancer choreographer and performance scholar is also featured in the film Her book Tap Dancing America A Cultural History is the first comprehensive fully documented history of this uniquely American art form It explores 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 Ms Valis Hill will host a book signing in the Rainbow Lounge later that evening On Saturday July 10 Dally

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