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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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  • 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

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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

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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

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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 (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

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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

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