For Immediate Release
Contact: Audrey Ross
TAP CITY 2006 RETURNS TO THE DUKE FOR PERFORMANCES JULY 11-22
All performances at The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 West 42 Street
For reservations call Telecharge 212/239-6200 or http://www.telecharge.com/
New York once again becomes Tap City when Tony Waag's American Tap Dance
Foundation presents two weeks of classes and workshops for tappers of all ages,
levels, and styles, and two weeks of performances at the Duke, featuring veteran
tappers to young cutting edge performers. "All of the bigwigs will be in
town for this massive tap festival" noted the Village Voice (May 24, 2006), and
once again producer Tony Waag and the American Tap Dance Foundation will treat
dance lovers to two weeks of tap heaven.
The Festival will begin with tap films and showcases for adults and young
Tuesday July 11 at 7 PM
'AN EVENING OF TAP DANCE ON FILM"
Both current and rarely seen films on tap.
Tuesday July 11 at 9:30 PM
'ADULT SHOWCASE OF TALENT'
A new presentation in which Tap City offers a performance opportunity to
adult students, teachers, studio directors, and senior ensembles who have the urge
to emerge." Hosted by ATDF Education Director Margaret Morrison.
Wednesday July 12 at 7 PM & 9:30 PM
'YOUTH SHOWCASE OF TALENT'
Ever supportive of young tapper, Tap City opens the doors to future
generations to show off their talents. Hosted by Ms. Yvette Glover.
Thursday July 13 at 7 PM & 9:30 PM
'TAP YOUTH/TAP FUTURE'
Cream of the crop performances by specially selected kids, teens and youth
ensembles from across the nation. Hosted by Tap City's Youth Program Director
Michele Ribble. The 4th annual Tap Teacher Awards will also be presented.
Friday July 14 at 7 PM & 9:30 PM
A chance to see unique international artists from around the world: Guillem
Alonso (Spain), Nate Cooper (USA), Feet Beat Tap Ensemble (Finland), Kazu
Kumagai (Japan), Sharon Lavi (Spain/Israel), Christiane Matallo (Brazil), Ritmico
(Brazil/NYC), Max Pollak's Rumba Tap (Austria/NYC), Sonidos (Brazil), Tapage
(France/Japan), and Tap and Tray (Germany)
Saturday July 15, 7 PM & 9:30 PM
Tuesday July 18, 7 PM & 9:30 PM
Thursday July 20, 7 PM & 9:30 PM
Saturday July 22, 7 PM & 9:30 PM (total 8 performances)
An evening of contemporary choreography created by leading soloists, cutting
edge ensemble, and up and coming hoofers, featuring Barbara Duffy & Company,
Omar Edwards, Linda Sohl Ellison, DeWitt Flemming, Walter Freeman, Innovative
Soul Productions, michela Marino Lerman, David Rider, DJ Supreme, the Tap City
Youth Ensemble, and Tap Collective. The July 15th performance will include
presentation of the annual Hoofer and Tap Preservation Awards.
Sunday July 16 at 7 PM & 9:30 PM
Wednesday July 19 at 7 PM & 9:30 PM
Friday July 21 at 7 PM & 9:30 PM (total 6 performances)
'TAP AND SONG"
Tony Waag in a celebration of traditional vaudeville, comedy and classic song
and dance with friends Nate Cooper, Warren Craft, Charles Goddertz, Mable
Lee, Margaret Morrison, Michele Ribble, David Rider, Kirsten Burke Smith, Tapage,
Tap and Tray, Tap City Youth Ensemble, Tony Waag, Karen Callaway and surprise
guests. July 16 performance will include induction of tap legends into the
Tap Dance Hall of Fame.
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS: Young and old tappers from around the country come to
Manhattan for ATDF's two-weeks of tap classes, workshops, performances, and
related events. Morning to event classes take place at Chelsea Studios, 151 West
26th Street, with a faculty that includes Harold Cromer (Dig et vous), Mari
Fujibayashi (Connecting Taps with Music), Bob Audy (From Sounds to Music),
Walter Freeman (Don't just Tap, Move with it!), and dozens more.
For Information on schedules, fees, etc., call ATDF, 646-230-9564
Official hotel of ATDF is the New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Avenue.
American Tap Dance Foundation
Sunday July 9, 8-11PM
'OPENING WEEKEND TAP JAM"
The Festival's opening social event - jam with students, faculty, performers
and staff at Pier 63 Maritime, West 23rd Street at the Hudson River)
Monday July 10, 7-8PM
'SAND DANCE AT SUNSET'
Join Guillem Alonso of Barcelona, who will teach the basics of the
traditional "Sand Dance" from the Golden Age of American Vaudeville. Free and open to
the public. Bring your leather soled shoes to Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater.
The GREGORY HINES SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Many of the youngsters, ages 7-19, have been specially selected to attend on
the recently announced Gregory Hines Scholarship Fund, named for the late
beloved dancer/actor. Hines was a staunch supporter of both Tap City and young