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 Post subject: Turned on Tap, London
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 2:44 am 
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by JUDITH MACKRELL for the Guardian

Tap dancing has been defined by the glamour of Hollywood musicals for generations - by the lines of chorus girls in 42nd St; by Fred and Ginger twirling cheek to cheek; by Gene Kelly scintillating on a rainy sidewalk. But today, the tappers capturing the public imagination are a much rougher, tougher breed.

published: June 1, 2005
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by SANJOY ROY for the Guardian

Turned on Tap is director Terry Monaghan's second (and more successful) showcase of rhythm tap. Its pleasures are partly down to its distinctive performers, especially Americans Jason Samuels Smith and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, and Canadian Heather Cornell.

published: June 6, 2005
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I really enjoyed this show, and the American talent in particular blew everyone away. Jason Samuels Smith and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards shared a power and clarity of sound that was stunning and a creativity with rhythm to rival the best jazz drummers (and there was a pretty good one, Matt Home, playing here).

The biggest pleasure was the feeling that the dancers were part of the band. They had the look of a soloing instrumentalist, deep in concentration, exploring every possibility of a rhythmic phrase, and really pushing themselves as far as they could go.

The dancers' passion for their art was infectious, not least when it came to veteran tapper Will Gaines, who's nearly 80 but seemingly just can't stop his feet moving.

And Londoner Junior Laniyan held his own against the Americans. In his solos he showed off blistering technique and assured musicality, with a healthy sense of showmanship on the side. Apparently he's been dancing at some club nights at Cargo in east London, I'd definitely recommend catching him if you can.


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