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Happy National Tap Dance Day!

Happy National Tap Dance Day!


Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 8:50am

Warm wishes from the American Tap Dance Foundation

National Tap Dance Day Events
From the American Tap Dance Foundation
ATDF Logo with Website 
Dear friend,

May 25 is the birthday of legendary tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and is celebrated every year as National Tap Dance Day!

There are lots of events happening around the country on and around May 25, below are some of those we recommend checking out!
Michela Marino Lerman & the American Tap Dance Foundation Present:
Dr. James "Buster" Brown Centennial Celebration
 May 17th-19th, 2013

On Friday, May 17, 2013, Dr. James "Buster" Brown would have been 100 years of age. On his centennial weekend, we gather to celebrate his soaring spirit of love and generosity and the artful mastery of his chosen means of expression... tap dance. We rejoice in the teaching and re-creation of some of his most famous dance pieces, immerse ourselves in films of his work and discussions of his importance, and bring it home to party at Swing 46, site of one of his most enduring and endearing creations, the Buster Brown Tap Jam. This will be a weekend packed with memories to last a lifetime.


Master class teachers include: Kazu Kumagai, Mable Lee, Michela Marino Lerman, Max Pollak, Jason Samuels Smith, Dianne Walker and more. On Sunday, May 19th there will be a "Film Presentation" presented by Hank Smith followed by a Panel Discussion that will be moderated by Constance Valis Hill. Meanwhile, the final show will be located at Swing 46 at 6pm on May 19th.


For more info, including a full schedule, visit: http://www.atdf.org/Buster100th.html. To register for classes contact ATDF at: 646-230-9564.
2013 Tap Extravaganza
Saturday, May 25, 7:00 pm 0
Norman Thomas High School
111 E. 33rd St. NYC, NY


The Annual Tap Extravaganza celebrates national tap dance day every year with a live show featuring performances and the Flo-Bert Acheivement Awards. This years performers include: Alex Cowings, Shelby Kaufman and Company, Mable Lee & Her Dancing Ladies, Michela Marino Lerman, Traci Mann and surprise guests, with live music by the Frank Owens Trio! This years Flo-Bert Acheivement honorees include: Paul Ash, (business owner/producer) Susan Goldbetter, (producer) Jacqui Malone, (historian/professor) and Karen Callaway Williams. (performer)
Net profits will go to the Harold "Stumpy" Cromer relief fund.
For further information visit: www.nytap.org or e-mail: questions@nytap.org


Photo: Enid Farber
Mann Arts, NYFA/Flo-Bert Ltd, & Jazz Center of New York present a rare film screening of:
Milt & Honi
Sunday, May 26 7:00 pm, 0
Producers Club Grand Theater (2nd Floor)
358 W. 44th St. (btw 8th & 9th Ave.) NYC, NY

 Milt & Honi is a 16mm documentary feature film on the life-long friendship between two American jazz giants; bass player, Milt Hinton and tap dancer, Charles "Honi" Coles. Their memoirs of touring with Cab Calloway and his big band recall the roots of jazz and the beginning of bebop. The film features original music and choreography written and performed by both Milt Hinton and Honi Coles. Behind the scenes musical rehearsals and practice sessions reveal some of the secrets of these masters, as they are joined by tap dancer and choreographer Brenda Bufalino, with Mickey Tucker, piano & Bobby Rosengarden, drums. Rare footage includes photos taken by Milt Hinton throughout his long career of his fellow musicians in recording sessions, touring clubs and theaters and travelling from town to town celebrating the magic of jazz.


Narrator: Gregory Hines, Director: Louise Tiranoff, Asst. Director: Michael "Toes" Tiranoff


Advanced reservations e-mail: toestaps@aol.com
National Tap Day Celebration!
June 1, 2013 7:30 pm
Old Town School of Folk Music
Maurer Hall, 4544 North Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL


Master of ceremonies Reggio "The Hoofer" McLaughlin leads you through a rousing celebration of percussive dance at the National Tap Day Show. Accompanied by the big band beat of Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Band, Reggio has brought together a variety of special guests to join in this evening of dance.


Featuring George "Mo Leggs" Patterson from the Broadway hit show  Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk, Doris Humphries, a former tap dancer with the legendary Louis Jordan's Big Band, Susan Hebach from Tap City New York, Reggio's Advanced Tap Students and featuring the live music of the Alan Gresik Swing Band, Kathy Cowan and her Vocal Students, and The Young Stracke All-Stars.


Here's hoping you have a copasetic National Tap Dance Day!

American Tap Dance Foundation

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