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  • TAP IN ARGENTINA | www.tapdance.org
    Musical Comedy Congratulations to both of them It is important that tap has been accepted and included in higher level education Andrea Tezze continues with her charity presentations of tap dance in the latest show she used jazz music marimba rhythm rumba and percussion without music maintaining the style of each music We must also mention the contribution of Dr Alberto Cormillot renowned physician who loves tap dance during 2011 he presented a tap show at the Broadway Theater in Buenos Aires due to his 50 year s dedication to his profession his daughter and two grand daughters accompanied him in this popular tap event In Comodoro Rivadavia Southern Argentina Liber Scal and Alicia Batana continue their pioneer work more people slowly discover what tap dance is and young ones are now practicing it A very active and enthusiastic group at Monica Totino s Academy were prepared by Alicia and Liber and were very well received both at Comodoro Rivadavia s Cultural Center and Español Theater and were invited to Pico Truncado s festival last November Alicia Batana gave a seminar at the Arab Dance Meeting in Sarmiento city Arab dance students were really interested at the comparison of tap dance technique and that of arab percussive dances Alicia also presented her choreography of tap derbake percussion dancing with a group of arab dancers of Marcela Mortada s Academy both at Maria Auxiliadora Theater and at the School of Art where it was very well received Liber Scal is now recovering from his double bypass surgery that prevented him from tap dancing during 2011 But in spite of this he introduced some beautiful tap steps in his actoral unipersonal video this was really splendid In Rada Tilly Chubut Stella Fernandez also continues giving tap classes to a group of very

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  • TAP IN JERSEY | www.tapdance.org
    menu My Homepage My Account My Events Calendar You are here Home TAP IN JERSEY TAP IN JERSEY March 2012 Dance Studio Life Magazine 40 Going on 40 It s Friday August 26 2011 Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the Atlantic seaboard and everyone in New Jersey is in full on disaster preparedness mode Roads are jammed with vacationers and shore dwellers trying to flee the approaching storm ahead of a declared state of emergency and major roadway shutdowns In stores up and down the state flashlights batteries water and other necessities are flying off shelves It s high anxiety time everywhere Everywhere that is except at the Jersey Tap Fest 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 Join a Board Committee User login Username Password Create new account Request new password Choose your language Who s online There are currently 0 users online How to Search the ITA Site Members and registered users can search the entire ITA web site including all back issues of On Tap Signing up for a membership

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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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