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  • TECHNIQUE: MICHELLE DORRANCE | www.tapdance.org
    cutting off a dead guy s foot and attaching it to their own ankles She winces and laughs at this gruesome image but it works The group s nerve taps fast continuous beats in one position improve the sounds from their relaxed feet are clearer and even Dorrance s class is jam packed in the studio and the students a handful who are tap teachers hang on her every word and demonstration Although she s worked with huge names in tap Jimmy Slyde Buster Brown Dianne Walker Brenda Bufalino and Savion Glover for starters she doesn t draw attention to her accolades or show off Mixing humor with a down to business attitude the 32 year old tapper extraordinaire tells it like she sees it She s still performing and building her own creative voice so she s able to give her students practical tips and help them tackle steps she sometimes struggles with herself 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

    Original URL path: http://www.tapdance.org/content/technique-michelle-dorrance?destination=node/131 (2016-02-17)
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  • TAP OVER 40 | www.tapdance.org
    includes two panels and performances featuring tappers from Broadway and beyond as well as a salute to the tap teachers of the golden ages of theater and film Featured guests include HarveyEvans and Noah Racy with KarinBaker Randy Skinner and Karen Prunzik 42ndStreet Bob Audy James Dybas andPatti Mariano George M Linda Rose No No Nanette TeakLewis Lawrence Merritt Joy Serio Dunbar Max Pollack and Diane Walker as well as performances by Noah Racy Karen Prunzik Linda Rose Karen Callaway and Kathy Calahan Video and film clips will also be a highlight of the evening featuring many of the tap greats of the 20th Century This is the first time Dancers Over 40 is celebrating a specific genre of dance instead of a performer director or choreographer DO40 will continue the discussion next season with a ballet panel in October and eventually feature jazz and modern dance Dancers Over 40 is dedicated to preserving the History Legacy and Lives of our creative community while sharing the knowledge with the younger generation just beginning their careers To that end the event will be videotaped and donated to the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at the Lincoln CenterLibrary for the Performing Arts CALENDAR

    Original URL path: http://www.tapdance.org/content/tap-over-40?destination=node/110 (2016-02-17)
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  • TAP AT CMU | www.tapdance.org
    professional tap dancer on television and stage Most recently she performed Duke Ellington s Praise God and Dance She also has recently co choreographed and produced Taps Are Talking Women in Tap in the metro Denver area READ MORE 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

    Original URL path: http://www.tapdance.org/content/tap-cmu?destination=node/109 (2016-02-17)
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  • FOR THE DANCE | www.tapdance.org
    don t do it for the money I do it for the love In love with that statement I asked him his name Art he said Then he showed me a dance step or two and I was on my way leaving him to continue his dance I never saw Art again Ever As I arrived to my rehearsal late thanks to my curiosity and Art s mini tutoring session I began to ask myself Who was Art What was his life before now Who takes care of him Do they know where he is Would they approve This is where Nostalgia was born That was in 2005 It s now 2012 and those questions have turned into a story that I am extremely proud of Nostalgia is not a story about a dream deferred but about dreams derailed What happens to a living legend as he struggles to hold onto his music and his muse despite the fervent opposition of his loving son Nostalgia takes two men on a journey as they encounter love forgiveness regret resentment and acceptance A lovely cast has been assembled Dule Hill Bringin Da Noise Bringin Da Funk The West Wing Psych Johnnie Hobbs Jr The Wire Rocky Cover Chloe Arnold SYTYCD LATapFest Tap Heat and Jason Samuels Smith Bringin Da Noise Bringin Da Funk Idlewild Tap Heat Creator Director of the tap dance company Tap Con Sabor Sarah Reich is the head choreographer and also performs in the film along side the very talented Elizabeth Burke Logan Miller and Joshua Johnson The film has been filmed and in the can We were so happy with the result we can t wait to get in the editing room and put together a film We plan to get the film to the public during the

    Original URL path: http://www.tapdance.org/content/dance?destination=node/108 (2016-02-17)
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  • TAP WITH A LATIN FLARE | www.tapdance.org
    Viva he got to wow American audiences too with the Fox premiere of the show this past Saturday Speaking to us exclusively about the experience Leo seemed humbled and very excited about the weeks to come LINK 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

    Original URL path: http://www.tapdance.org/content/tap-latin-flare?destination=node/107 (2016-02-17)
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  • WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS “LOVE” SWEET LOVE! | www.tapdance.org
    frail or cognitively fit seniors do have something valuable to contribute Kicking off this enlightening event was Dr Todd an affiliate of the N Broward Medical Center whose emphasis was on putting your brain to work He confidently confirmed that the current star in brain science is exercise and doing what you love to do Dancing singing or anything that forces us to seek new directions brings joy to the soul and elevates us to a new dimension of life What better way to gain brainpower and a positive zest for life than through an opportunity to express yourself creatively I speak positively and in authority on behalf of this event because I have been a teacher of the art of tap dancing for decades as a creative means of expression Tap dancing not only strengthens the body and challenges the mind but its higher purpose is about lightening your heart Those participating leave the tap class with a feeling of euphoria that emanates from a sense of accomplishment and a job well done Productive aging is about continuing to live life to the full and no matter what age physical or mental ability adults can and should participate in the arts It is events like Seniors Got Talent that serves as a motivational force for those in the Winter Season of their life by providing a way to reach the height of excellence through their gift and to live what they love So if you are trying to find something new to add to your present agenda why not decide to choose an exercise that clicks and maybe someday you too will say I ve got rhythm I ve got music I ve got tap shoes who could ask for anything more Dr Mary Archer boasts that she s been dancing for the past 64 years She started her terpsichorean career in show business in New York City where she was part of the dance team Stanford Lynn She spent most of her time entertaining audiences abroad and has graced the stage with such headliners as Danny Thomas Bobby Vinton Paul Anka Cab Calloway Gregory Hines Maurice Farther Hines just to name a few She later opened the dance studio of Stanford Lynn in Howard Beach New York which is well known to be the birthing place of many of the stars that are now seen on Broadway and in many area s of the entertainment world Dr Archer continued her course of teaching the art form of tap in Charlotte Durham and Chapel Hill North Carolina Nassau Bahamas and at present teaches a Tap Your Troubles Away tap program for the club members of the Boca Raton Resort Boca Raton Florida She specializes in teaching Creative Arts for Wellness and has taught this art form to those with severe schizophrenia and cancer patients who believe that their healing was due to having an opportunity to live what they love Through the many challenges of teaching tap dance through

    Original URL path: http://www.tapdance.org/content/what-world-needs-now-%E2%80%9Clove%E2%80%9D-sweet-love?destination=node/120 (2016-02-17)
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  • RAP A TAP TAP: HERE'S BOJANGLES - THINK OF THAT | www.tapdance.org
    and was impressed by way in which the Dillons illustrations capture the feeling and form of Douglas s own paintings What strikes me vividly about this book both its verse and illustration is the way it moves actually dances from page to page It sings to the reader and to the listener The repetition of the phrase Rap a tap tap think of that begins the book travels you through the story to the end of the tale It s like a tap riff itself When I read this book to young children they actually hear the rhythm of Rap a tap tap think of that and love repeating it over and over This book is a great way to teach pre schoolers the meaning and feeling of the word rhythm as well as call and response As the Diane and Leo Dillon write of Robinson He didn t just dance he made art with his feet And more this big picture book deals with challenges that Robinson confronted because of his race The phrase He danced past doors some were open some closed tactfully approaches the question of racism in popular American dance of the early part of the 20th century I often read this book to young children when I introduce the musical concept of rhythm This section of the book seems to really touch 5 year olds They grasp the meaning of the words and talk about how it must feel to have doors that will not open for you just because of the way you look This treasure of a book gives a real voice to authentic tap dance in a way that many young children may not have heard He danced many rhythms that were seldom the same Rap a tap tap think of that

    Original URL path: http://www.tapdance.org/content/rap-tap-tap-heres-bojangles-think?destination=node/119 (2016-02-17)
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  • WHY I DANCE? | www.tapdance.org
    tap dance From its inception in the mid 1800s in the Five Points district of downtown New York tap continues to be sustained by democratic ideals Both Irish immigrants and African Americans contributed to tap by sharing their percussive dance traditions in social settings It is still an art form that embraces an incredible diversity coming from such widespread participation There is room for everyone in tap dance regardless of age shape gender or background Everyone has a voice In whatever small way that philosophy might affect the rest of the world I want to be a part of it I am drawn to participatory cultures I like to explore connections with others the music the earth the present history and future I look for ways to include not exclude others and I can do that through tap It is a culture that encourages self expression but also values a larger sense of community Dance is a window through which to view the world I use it to become a better person My teacher and friend Lynn Schwab taught me that tap dance is like life One is constantly learning how to balance when to exert control and when to let it go how to listen how to share how to adapt and how to leave space for endless possibilities Dance is an act of giving and reminds me to maintain a generous spirit The act of dancing is something we all own and can use however we wish Dancing expresses any emotion and serves any purpose It is spiritual transgressive meditative Today I am regarding dance as celebratory I relish the joyful practice that it is It makes me happy I am dancing to imagine I am dancing to give I am dancing because I can I am dancing

    Original URL path: http://www.tapdance.org/content/why-i-dance?destination=node/118 (2016-02-17)
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