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  • News | www.tapdance.org
    submissions are also welcome for monthly LOTTERY placement February S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 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 Regional Reports TAP IN ARGENTINA TAP IN JERSEY AROUND L A 2011 Soul to Sole Festival The Rhythmic Angels of Japan Read more Regional Reports Feature Articles FEATURE STORY 12 08 FEATURE STORY 04 09 MIRIAM NELSON NEW RELEASE GOTTA MOVE Read more feature stories Steppin Out TECHNIQUE MICHELLE DORRANCE TAP OVER 40 TAP AT CMU FOR THE DANCE TAP WITH A LATIN FLARE Read more Steppin Out Views and Writings WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE SWEET LOVE RAP A TAP TAP HERE S BOJANGLES THINK OF THAT WHY I DANCE ASTAIRE THE ARTIST EVEN IN BLACKFACE A FEW FRIENDLY GHOSTS HELP OUT A MASTER OF TAP Read more Views Writings People Awards Changes Tap Love Interview with

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  • www.tapdance.org
    27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 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

    Original URL path: http://www.tapdance.org/calendar-field-event-date/month/2016-01 (2016-02-17)
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    Wed Thu Fri Sat 28 29 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 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

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    Wed Thu Fri Sat 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 1 2 3 4 5 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

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  • MASTERS OF AMERICAN TAP DANCE | www.tapdance.org
    were a way to put together a cyber community that could tap into all that talent What if there could be a video series of the best tap teachers each one offering a free glimpse into the mastery they d achieved as artists and teachers What if they could be available to any one at any time YouTube It occurred to me that there could be a series of mini master lessons that could be available for free so I started with a list of about ten people I thought might be willing to contribute videos The first person I called was Shelley Oliver who was a founding member of Manhattan Tap I d followed her work via YouTube and was very excited by her choreography her dancing and her teaching She was really enthusiastic for the idea of a video series and said she d be honored to participate With her encouragement I started calling the others on my list The name Masters of American Tap Dance came very quickly and with every new phone conversation the possibilities for this project expanded I was delighted that virtually everyone I invited to participate in the project was excited and honored to contribute to this project It was absolutely clear that everyone was passionate for tap and cared deeply about advancing the quality of the entire community It was so heart warming to hear again and again Yes This is a great idea Tap dancing needs something like this I want to contribute something Count me in Almost everyone I talked with suggested other people I should invite to join the project so my list got longer and longer Within two weeks I had about twenty wonderful artists and teachers in the project and eventually 38 artists agreed to contribute their work Miriam Nelson at 90 is the most senior of the tap masters in the series and Michelle Dorrance who is in still in her 20s is the youngest There are artists of every generation since the Tap Renaissance began in the early 70s All bring something unique and powerful to the series One the hallmarks of tap dance is that every dancer choreographer and teacher develops a personal style There aren t so much schools of thought about tap as there are individuals who have mastered their art in a way that is unlike anyone else s The way one person moves is unlike any other The kinds of rhythms one makes is different from all the others The musical interests and tastes of one dancer are distinct from every one else The vocabulary and terminology are different One person scats rhythms another only counts them another does neither One teacher breaks things down slowly in detail another demonstrates at full throttle and challenges you to pick it up any way you can One teacher wants you to do the steps exactly the way she demonstrates them another wants you to learn it and make it your own This

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  • 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MANHATTAN TAP INTENSIVE | www.tapdance.org
    questions pushed the students to ask themselves Why do you hit the floor What is YOUR role right now in this situation What is YOUR focus What is the intention behind the music What is the intention behind YOUR music Are you collaborating with the music or dictating While grappling with those and other questions Heather along with Eddie Ornowski Alan Murphy bass Tony Romano guitar and Michel Gentile flute offered a wealth of information on how to communicate effectively in jam sessions or in band rehearsals and on using correct jazz terminology The students learned the nonverbal signs for take it home lay out and other terms like head and A B or bridge all of which creates the structure of most jazz tunes Most importantly the students were given time to learn to use the vocabulary and were urged to work within the form at all times Students learned to do things like playing a standard in an odd time signature asking for specific grooves changing a groove like putting a latin beat on a tune working with rubato and even delving into free jazz They counted in the band inserted vamps and fills did trades tried stop time provided foundation comped and opened up during the going home choruses The supportive environment helped each student grow as a musician Kristel Baris a participant from Holland agreed that working with musicians makes you conscious of your own style and what is important to promote that Everybody went through their own process each at their own level The exercises often traveled beyond the classroom On Saturday night of the first week Heather invited all of the students to her house for a barbecue and then to a gig at Tasha s Café in Nyack NY Heather balafon conga tap Andy Algire lead balafon conga and Adriel Williams balafon violin played the first set In the second set Heather invited all of the students to sit in This was the first time some of the students had ever jammed to live music while others were more experienced One of the important aspects of Heather s style of teaching is that all students learn together It is remarkable how much it enriches the atmosphere to have students of all levels and from all backgrounds and cultures feeding each other After the long days in the studio the group met up at some of Heather s favorite New York spots They ate chicken at Flor de Mayo the place where Heather and Buster Brown used to go every week and went to Brazil Restaurant where on the fourth night in a row they reserved the whole restaurant with a live guitar player for a thank you presentation to Heather Each night the students had the opportunity to go to the gigs of the musicians who leant their time and talents in class Heather concludes that the 58 hour annual event is life changing not only for the students but also for me This is where I get to re set re charge my ideas inspire and get inspired Students who have returned to the intensive year after year echoed Heather s sentiments Carol Efron Flier a tap instructor at the Boston Conservatory has attended the intensive almost every year since 2000 As a professional tap dancer and teacher she notes that continuing education is a priority for me Finding a tap intensive designed to fine tune one s professional skills in musicality dancing and teaching is difficult Finding a tap intensive that consistently propels one s skills forward year after year is almost impossible Attending Heather Cornell s NY Tap Intensive which embodies all these unique qualities is priceless Lizzie Oxley from London United Kingdom has attended the intensive for four years She says Heather promotes a beautiful relationship between tap dancing and music inspiring so many to finally view tap as part of the music and not outside of it Jazz music and tap dancing have never merged so stunningly as in a work by Heather Cornell It is always a privilege to study with her Finally Jussi Lindroos a native of Finland who has attended the intensive for six years says the Intensive is truly about you and what you want and need to learn Dancing as a musician is actually not so easy It s not always pleasant to give up your ego and really try to develop a deep connection to music This is one of the greatest opportunities to learn humility and get tools how to truly collaborate with live musicians The process is sometimes painful but full of discoveries and new opportunities This is a hardcore rhythm tap event Five Questions for Heather Cornell by Pam Hetherington Why tap dancing Because it is inherently improvisational combines music and dance in the most profound way and is the hardest thing that I could choose to do And because it is and always was my medium my raw material my foundation When I became a modern dancer while searching for an improvisational dance form I never really understood the vocabulary and always felt like I was speaking a second language When I found tap I knew immediately that it was my first language Where was your most memorable performance There are so many of them Obviously the moments of dancing a duet with Ray Brown are irreplacable also collaborating with him The solo performance with the Lewis Nash trio when I was coming out of time off while having my kids was another altering experience Guest artist in London at the Southbank Center where I hooked up with a wonderful flute player and she and I did trades for ever Almost all the shows that I do with the band in Greece love Spyros piano Petros bass and their beautiful emotional playing Loved all the performances with simply voice and wooden taps with Malika Zarra and her Moroccan vibe with Sotiria and the traditional greek songs with all

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  • AMERICAN TAP IN CHINA | www.tapdance.org
    rather than being to the music We know that the essence of tap is in depth We need to know the true tradition to gain depth in teaching and dancing as well How Do We Learn American Tap Since tap is a language it has no essential difference in the languages of English or Chinese Many of the advanced methods and mature experiences should be all suitable in teaching tap dance For instance modern English takes an open mouth to speak as a goal From the very beginning one must arrive and the correct pronunciation and shape of the mouth to be accurate One then reads aloud and recites perhaps from classical writings and studies or sings the original songs to communicate effectively When studying the Chinese language for example if you want words to flow from the mouth as from the pen of a master you must introduce a large amount of written material in your mouth first You must chant a poem many times before you can create one Practice the poem hundreds of times first then improvisation will be reached naturally and so on When utilizing this in teaching tap we must study dance classics and steps fastidiously studying the rhythm to be able to sing the beat and be stable and refined One must also practice this foot communication to enable dialogue with others as in improvisation games So the teacher must incorporate a lot of reading aloud and reciting of all previous masters styles and techniques of tap dance so that we may better learn our predecessor s outstanding works The first step is to find classics and teaching foundations suitable to the majority of ordinary students here in China so that we can then ultimately achieve the goal of pursuing higher levels of expertise to enable a deeper exploration of choreography and improvisation For all the goal of study must come from knowledge of tap language to express one s self and successfully communicate with each other through the dance We Are Working Our State of Education At this juncture the ITA s Chinese members according the aforesaid theory are working in a different way from each other in respect to tap education Some from the very beginning grasp the rein of rhythm unifying the soul and the body through work with the classic Shim Sham Shimmy as the main teaching material Each tap step is clarified and the principals of technique and placement are stressed While studying each sentence a phrase or a chorus they request the students to be able to sing and thus help to execute the dance steps correctly This practice has proved that with such teaching method the student passes through a semester approximately 3 months and can then successfully execute the first two chorus of the tap dance anthem the Shim Sham With another semester adds the Shim Sham II and The Revenge of Shim Sham In other words with no experience from the beginning a student can

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  • SCIENTIFIC RHYTHM | www.tapdance.org
    Alaskan fishing boat Leander called up Eddie Brown by telephone She was not a professional tap dancer but she wished to learn the Eddie Brown B S Chorus the mythic dance real tap dancers did to get through the long dark nights up by the Arctic Circle What you want Eddie yelled into the phone Do you teach at the Embassy Hotel downtown Be there at one o clock tomorrow he yelled and slammed down the receiver The next afternoon packed and ready to go Leander pulled the hand brake on her blue Volkswagen Her tap dance courage had not failed She flung herself out opened the trunk in front and grabbed her old high heeled tap shoes by the straps She was waiting for the red light at Ninth and Figueroa a small person in downtown Los Angeles when she spied him across the street Eddie Brown was leaning on the Embassy Hotel like a tired king his dance bag on one shoulder It could only be him She stepped forward off the curb before the light turned green squinting in the sun that shone off the gold dome of the Embassy Hotel She held up one hand to shield her eyes When she stepped up on the other side of the street the glare subsided She started toward the dark man who pushed off the wall at her approach and did not touch his brown derby hat Eddie Brown For some reason Leander held out her tap shoes He regarded her as if she were a rhinoceros with bad posture You re lucky you ain t late he snarled He turned and went into the hotel Leander followed at a safe distance Tall and fine boned he moved with elegance but it was obvious to Leander he would not survive this class He was too tired to have left the house too tired to cross the lobby At any second he might collapse He pushed the elevator button leaning in with the whole weight of his bones chin down The antique car arrived at their feet with an unsettling screech Follow me said Eddie his chin on his collarbone Leander stepped in Eddie put one thumb on P button for Penthouse breathing like a sick man and they rode up slowly amid dangerously squeaky cables The elevator stopped for no one As they passed floor seven his head in its brown derby hat rose off his chest I wish I had a chocolate muffin he said bitterness in each word A chocolate muffin Her waitress muscles twitched but she was in an elevator She repressed her longing to serve food and Eddie s head dropped with a conk onto his collarbone again She stood prepared to catch him if he collapsed He was somewhere between forty and eighty and each breath sounded hard as if it might be his last She was grateful when the door opened Holding her tap shoes she followed his long legs and dark

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