AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATION’S "RHYTHM IN MOTION" RETURNS TO 14Y
AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATION
TAP IS BACK! AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATION’S
RHYTHM IN MOTION RETURNS TO 14Y
APRIL 22 THROUGH APRIL 26, 2015
Renowned Tappers/Emerging Talent/New Work
Two Programs - Six performances Over Five Days
Groundbreaking, Innovative Tap Dance Choreography by the City’s Top Tappers
Chloe Arnold, Brenda Bufalino, Michelle Dorrance, Derick K. Grant, Jason Samuels Smith,
Caleb Teicher, Nicholas Young, more…
(L-R) Jason Samuels Smith; Rhythm in Motion 2014; Michelle Dorrance
New York, NY, April 7, 2015 – Stretching boundaries with new tap dance technique and choreography, the American Tap Dance Foundation returns with Rhythm in Motion, their yearly showcase of top tappers and contemporary tap dance, April 22 through April 26 at The Theater at the 14th Street Y, NYC. Two programs highlighting the rich diversity of contemporary tap dance will be shown (choreographers and presentation dates below). See video here.
Rhythm in Motion features the work of established and emerging choreographers, exemplifying the diversity and groundbreaking choreography driving the art form today. New choreography by tap luminaries Michelle Dorrance, Brenda Bufalino, Derick K. Grant, Chloe Arnold (and more) infuse the five-day, six-performance program.
The American Tap Dance Foundation has been lauded for preserving the history of tap dance as well as inspiring its evolution. Rhythm in Motion is a theatrical platform enabling the art form to present, move forward and grow.
“Rhythm in Motion is a window into a family of voices, reactions, comments, celebrations and explorations of what is going on in the tap dance field today,” said Tony Waag, Artistic/Executive Director of ATDF and the show’s director and curator. “In December, I received the coveted Dance Magazine Award for my contributions to the art form. Being recognized as an ‘ambassador,’ I feel obligated to keep presenting work that is literally fresh off the presses so that tap dance continues to expand, evolve and move into the future as it becomes recognized as one of the most exciting and innovative forms of self-expression in the world today.
“It is very exciting that we are creating, witnessing and talking about choreography that challenges the limited perception that tap dance is old-fashioned or too commercial to be taken seriously. And there is so much new work being created right now that needs to be seen and shared with audiences. Full length shows with books and themes are now being developed and presented all over the world. It has been such a pleasure to witness the process that the dedicated Artists in Residence have shared with me at the American Tap Dance Foundation,” he said.
“…a vindication, a triumph, a knockout show.” (Brian Seibert, NY Times)
"…all-the-way live tap designed with 21st Century tastes in mind… each making a case for tap's continued relevance as hardcore skill and art" (Eva Yaa Asantewaa/InfiniteBody)
“…an infectious dance celebration” (Siobhan Burke, NY Times)
THE AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATION PRESENTS:
RHYTHM IN MOTION
APRIL 22 THROUGH APRIL 26, 2015
Directed and Curated by Dance Magazine 2014 Award winner Tony Waag
Wed., April 22, Thurs., April 23 and Friday, April 24 at 8pm will include choreographers/artists Brenda Bufalino, Michelle Dorrance, Derick K. Grant, Jason Samuels Smith, Leonardo Sandoval and Samara Seligsohn.
Saturday April 25 at 3pm and 8pm, and Sunday, April 26 at 3pm will include choreographers/artists Chloe Arnold, Felipe Galganni, Susan Hebach, Kazu Kumagai, Michela Marino Lerman, Caleb Teicher and Nicholas Young.
(Program notes and choreographer bios available upon request).
The Theater at the 14th Street Y
344 East 14th St (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
New York, NY 10003
$40 General Admission ($45 Onsite/Day of Show)
$20 Children, Students, Groups, Seniors & 14th Y Members ($25 Onsite/Day of Show)
Special Tap Talk Back - Saturday, April 25 (after the 3pm show)
For tickets click here...
General 14Y Information: 212-780-0800
For additional ticket information call American Tap Dance Foundation: 646-230-9564.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATION
ATDF is a non-profit organization committed to establishing and legitimizing tap dance as a vital component of American dance through creation, presentation, education and preservation. The organization is in a unique position as both a promoter of the new and preserver of the living history of tap dance as an art form.
From 1986 - 1999 the American Tap Dance Foundation was known as the American Tap Dance Orchestra. It was created, choreographed and directed by master tap dancer Brenda Bufalino and founded by Ms. Bufalino along with Tony Waag, and the late Charles ‘Honi’ Coles in 1986 as a tax exempt 501c3 charitable organization. During that time the Orchestra performed in hundreds of concert, stage, and film projects and thrilled audiences around the world. From 1989 to 1995, the company also operated Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center in New York City, and presented on-going classes, performances and related activities. In 2001 with a new generation of tap dancers and enthusiasts, the Orchestra was renamed under the artistic direction and leadership of Tony Waag.
ATDF programs include Tap City, the annual New York City Tap Festival, the Tap City Youth Ensemble, Rhythm in Motion, the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund, the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame, the Annual Hoofer & Tap Preservation Awards, the Gregory Hines Collection of American Tap Dance archives at the Lincoln Center Library and occasional out door public events, concert performances and national/international tours.
The American Tap Dance Center opened in 2010 as the home to the American Tap Dance Foundation, and offers year-round educational programs including a Tap Dance Conservatory, a Teacher Training Certificate Program, Ongoing Classes for Youth, Teens & Adults, Tap Choreography Intensives & Showcases, Master Workshops for Professionals, an Artists in Residence Program, Reconstruction & Choreography Commission Projects, Rental Space for rehearsals and seasonal Tap Talks, Jams & Film Presentations.
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