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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

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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

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  • ASTAIRE THE ARTIST, EVEN IN BLACKFACE | www.tapdance.org
    then at the height of his fame wears blackface to evoke the African American dancer Bill Robinson No pat answer occurs The opening image is a coarse Robinson caricature gigantic shoe soles are upended to show a thick lipped black face topped by a derby and above a dotted bow tie Then the women of a chorus tug the shoes apart to reveal giant trousered legs at the end of which sits Astaire The women bear those legs away Astaire bursts forth dancing What follows though is no traditional blackface number For one thing his white lips and eyes aren t enlarged with makeup unlike say Al Jolson s in The Jazz Singer In Bojangles of Harlem Astaire is far less like a cartoon than that sole face suggested For another after the chorus dances in alternating black and white costumes as if to make a point about race Astaire builds rhythmic complexity to peak upon peak of glory in the last three minutes 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

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  • A FEW FRIENDLY GHOSTS HELP OUT A MASTER OF TAP | www.tapdance.org
    barebones and pure full of the kind of rhythmic innovation that trips down one path splinters off in different directions and then sweeps back home There s no band and the only other dancer is the excellent Marshall Davis Jr The set features poster size photos of departed tap legends including Gregory Hines Jimmy Slyde and Sammy Davis Jr which dangle from the ceiling as if they were spirits watching over the stage At the back is an altar of red votives and on the stage sits a pair of tap shoes belonging to Mr Glover but designed by Capezio with Mr Hines There are a few unusual touches An unidentified man wearing white like Mr Glover meditates silently for the show s duration And it s worth glancing over the fanciful program direction and choreography of SoLe Sanctuary are credited to Spirits Known Mr Glover s biography reads simply Censored Praise Almighty God But because the dancing is so unadulterated the holier than thou atmosphere isn t oppressive At one point Mr Glover calls out for Resolution and what he means is the second track of John Coltrane s spiritual album A Love Supreme When the music starts the performers tap in unison but after the piano begins Mr Glover leaves the stage re entering with the saxophone At its core this show is a deeper exploration of the idea of a dancer as an instrument and after all these years Mr Glover s lean body in silhouette is as recognizable as an instrument While his upper body wilts and his arms seem to be along for the ride imagine a man on a unicycle his long lower legs temper the forceful patter of his feet with rubber band dexterity By the end of the evening his pants are

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  • CHRP Hires Executive Director | www.tapdance.org
    our organization s evolution said CHRP Founder and Director Lane Alexander We re opening a new space in the heart of Chicago in a long term collaboration with multiple dance organizations growing our partnership with the China Arts and Entertainment Group see below expanding our education programming debuting at the Kennedy and Lincoln Centers in December and March respectively it couldn t be busier for CHRP Frank is a heavy hitter who can lead CHRP during a time of extraordinary opportunity I m also thrilled because Frank s management and fundraising expertise will allow me to refocus my energy on the education performance and outreach programs that are at the heart of CHRP s mission and where my real passion and talents lie Sonntag brings a tremendous wealth of experience to CHRP most recently overseeing the successful opening of the 42 million Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis as well as previously serving as executive director at the Parsons Dance Foundation and Dance St Louis He also served as managing director at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts and held senior management positions with the New York Foundation for the Arts and Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS Sonntag will oversee institutional development fundraising and strategic planning for all of CHRP s activities including its four primary annual events Global Rhythms the Winter Tap JAMboree Windy City Rhythms and Rhythm World as well as the establishment and imminent opening of CHRP s new Collaborative Space for Sustainable Development working title an education rehearsal and administrative facility for several Chicago arts organizations I am quite impressed with CHRP for many reasons says Sonntag including its many meaningful partnerships across a broad spectrum of the community In addition to continuing programs that have served audiences and young people

    Original URL path: http://www.tapdance.org/content/chrp-hires-executive-director (2016-02-17)
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  • A Young Artists' Perspective | www.tapdance.org
    Arison in order to fulfill the desperate need in the United States for an organization that would encourage and validate young artists YoungArts recognizes emerging talent in nine disciplines photography music dance cinematic arts jazz voice writing visual arts and theater and selects a hand full of young artists to participate in a week of master classes interdisciplinary workshops performances exhibitions and artistically enriching experiences This past year over 5 000 15 to 18 year old artists applied and 152 were selected to participate in YoungArts Week in Miami Upon arriving in Miami on January 8th there was automatically a sense of unison and family as fellow YoungArts winners and alumni greeted arriving participants at Miami International Airport and escorted us to the resort That evening we were treated to an eclectic performance by a few of our RAs which included wonderful jazz music and an elegant opera singer Although it was already breathtaking to acquaint myself with so many talented people my age from so many different places in the United States what truly opened my eyes to the reality of my situation was the Voice and Jazz Performance on Monday evening at the New World Center I was aware that the people around me were deserving of recognition simply because of their presence at YoungArts Week However when the first girl walked up to the microphone in a dazzling evening gown and sang her first note I was completely floored By the end of the show that night I was in a complete daze of disbelief and amazement It was a great awakening to the indescribable series of events that I would experience later that week READ MORE Quick Links Join the ITA Advertise coming soon Propose an Article Be considered for our Dancer Spotlight Submit an Event

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  • Tapping Into History / Harriet Butcher | www.tapdance.org
    Theater in Denver s Five Points neighborhood Butcher takes a deep breath and closes her eyes as she recalls swooning over the legendary performer He tore up the show that was big time she recalls Sharing the stage for dress rehearsals Butcher also sang for Davis that day and he encouraged her to stay committed to her art She has She continues to Butcher s was an artistic childhood spent mostly in the Five Points neighborhood Five Points was Denver s first predominantly African American community and during the 30s 40s and 50s the Points was the place to be for all things music especially jazz Tap dance was part of the culture too from attaching metal to school shoes to watching adolescents drop into impromptu street performances In those days everybody danced Butcher recalls At a national level you don t hear that much about tap dance but it was really a part of our life Tap was everywhere 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

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  • Sarah Petronio Receives the Tradition in Tap Award | www.tapdance.org
    focusing both on her contribution in the past as well as looking into her present creations To celebrate New York Tap dancers and producers Avi Miller Ofer Ben and Germaine Salsberg gathered some of the most sought after master faculty to teach in Sarah s honor Along with Ms Sarah Petronio honorary master classes were taught by Ofer Ben Karen Callaway Williams Denise Caston Barbara Duffy Acia Gray Josh Hilberman Melba Huber Avi Miller Carson Murphy Prof Clare O Donnell Prof Robert L Reed Germaine Salsberg Prof Hank Smith Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards and Nicholas Young The event brought together tappers from all over the USA as well as from Brazil Canada France Holland and Japan The showcase which was presented at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center gave the opportunity both to the students as well as the master faculty to get on stage and show off each in their own unique tap style If you are interested in getting future information on our events as well as for Avi Miller Ofer Ben s tap workshops please join our mailing list at www JazzTapCenter com Quick Links Join the ITA Advertise coming soon Propose an Article Be considered for our

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