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Author:  Azlan [ Fri Aug 04, 2000 6:06 pm ]
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From the LA Times,<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Reflecting the 1930s concept that tap-dancers are musicians, a group of teens--members of the Jazz Tap Ensemble Caravan Project--will be doing the shim-sham shimmy at the Falcon Theatre this weekend. <BR> They will perform contemporary tap-dance and duplicate some of the works of America's foremost tap-dancers, the Nicholas Brothers, known for flashy high jumps and for splits without using their hands.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank>Click here for the full article</A>.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Tue May 22, 2001 12:44 am ]
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<B>Tappers With Attitude: At 10, in Tiptop Shape</B> <P>By Sarah Kaufman for The Washington Post <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>In the 10 years since its inception, Tappers With Attitude has grown from a small group of eager local students to a smart, savvy ensemble that has learned from many of the best in the field and graduated some of its own to careers on Broadway and other stages. This weekend the Silver Spring-based company celebrated its first decade with three evenings of performances at Dance Place, making plain why it has grown so fast and so well.<P>Along with a raft of teen and adult performers, Friday's concert featured appearances by TWA graduate Baakari Wilder, who danced with Savion Glover in the Tony Award-winning "Bring In da Noise, Bring In da Funk" and later took over the starring role, and dancer-choreographer Josh Hilberman, one of the first professional choreographers to work with TWA back in its early years.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>More...</B></A><BR>

Author:  Azlan [ Thu Jun 14, 2001 3:55 pm ]
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Tap dancing isn't easy, students find<P>Inexperience, fast music put Golda Meir class to the test</B><P>GARY RUMMLER, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel<P>Anyone who watched dancers tapping their way through New York streets to open this year's Tony Awards knows that tap is alive and well.<P>Which is good. Because it may not have survived the kicking it got by students at Milwaukee's Golda Meir Elementary School.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A>

Author:  Azlan [ Mon Jul 09, 2001 10:17 am ]
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A cute story:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Tapped For Talent</B><P>LILY RAFF, Hartford Courant<P>Tyler Knowlin, 16, saw the movie "Tap" when he was five years old, and his feet haven't stopped moving since.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><a href=[url= target=_blank><B>More</B></a>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Apr 11, 2002 9:45 pm ]
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A tap dance festival in Moscow:<P><B>They Can't Make Their Feet Behave</B><BR>By Maria Kaminskaya in The Moscow Times<P><BR>Nearly a decade after its 1993 debut, the fifth not-quite annual International Tap Parade is about to fill Moscow once again with the sound of the pitter-patter of (not necessarily little) feet. <P>The tap dance festival begins Tuesday and continues April 22 in Moscow, occupying four venues and welcoming more than 150 participants from Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, the United States and Germany. <P>For the first time since the inaugural festival in 1993, the competition dancers -- whose specialties run the gamut of tap, from urban jazz dance to Irish step to flamenco, a not-so-distant relative of tap -- will be judged by an almost exclusively American jury, which will be presided over by a celebrity of the world of tap: well-known American dancer and choreographer Pat Cannon.<P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A><BR>

Author:  Basheva [ Wed May 08, 2002 4:37 am ]
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From the Washington Post:<P><B>Dancers Tap Into a Variety of Influences</B> <P> <BR> <BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Two of the Washington area's favorite tap companies, Tappers With Attitude and Step Aside, took to the boards over the weekend for rhythm with shoes. With no shortage of fans -- two shows sold out -- 42 performers, ranging from age 10 to comfortably middle-aged, pounded out rhythms on Dance Place's gray wood studio floor.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>MORE...</B></A><BR>

Author:  LMCtech [ Wed Jun 26, 2002 12:08 pm ]
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An article in the Village Voice with a prominent picture of Mr. Gregory Hines.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Dancers Create a Global Village in Manhattan<BR>Trading on the Tap Floor<BR>by Brian Seibert<P>ancing feet on 42nd Street will multiply in July as hundreds of hoofers arrive for "Tap City," the second annual New York tap festival. For the tap "community," the event is a family reunion—a chance to network, reminisce, bicker, and show off. For the rest of you, the week-long series of performances, opening July 8 at the Duke on 42nd Street, will demonstrate what the community takes for granted: a range of expression much wider than the forced gaiety and clichéd movements visible in the revival of 42nd Street playing a few doors down. As the 70-year-old veterans and teenage upstarts at the Duke will make clear, tap is in no need of revival. What it does need is a home.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>more...</B></A>

Author:  Basheva [ Mon Aug 19, 2002 4:43 am ]
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From the Chicago Tribune:

Sheketak's imaginative, percussive tap tough to beat

By Sid Smith

Nobody can accuse Lane Alexander and his Chicago Human Rhythm Project of hopping late onto the tap revival bandwagon.
This 12-year-old organization enthused about tap and percussive expression when it still seemed quaint, hosting early visits by such contemporary luminaries as Savion Glover and old masters such as the Nicholas Brothers.

Though their mission has had its financial ups and downs, the group survives. And it's back this month with its annual festival of programs, tributes and performances.

Author:  Azlan [ Tue Aug 20, 2002 10:34 am ]
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Shoot Me Now!

Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Village Voice

After his second successful year as producer of "Tap City," Tony Waag—always tickled by foreign names—can confidently call New York "la città del tip tap" and "Claquettes-ville," and did so, on the festival's official T-shirt. Over nine days in July, the tap community—dropping in from as far afield as Japan and Slovakia—converged for classes, performances, and special events, delighting some of the warmest dance crowds I've ever seen.
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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Oct 24, 2002 7:28 am ]
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Tap show coming to the Elsinore
Derick Grant’s “One Night Out: TAP” deals with communication in the tap world.
BY RON COWAN for The Statesman Journal (Oregon)

Derick Grant wants to treat us to tap but tackle an issue at the same time with “One Night Out: TAP.”

The tap show this Saturday, which is the second subscription series program at the Historic Elsinore Theatre, is kind of a brave new adventure for tap and Salem.

“I’m just curious how people receive it,” said Grant, the show’s director/choreographer. “It’s kind of an experiment for myself.

Grant, a star and dance captain for Broadway’s successful “Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk” with Savion Glover, is only 29 but finds himself a bridge between new school and old school tap, an issue he tacks on with this new show that just recently took to the road.

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Author:  Malcolm Tay [ Sat Nov 30, 2002 12:03 pm ]
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<B>Tapping into razzle-dazzle</B>
November 29 2002
By Lily Bragge
The Age

When students enrol at Miss Calamity Jane's Glamour Puss Studios Tap Dancing Academy, not only do they learn to tap in a particular style - a kind of hybrid Partridge Family meets the Tap Dogs, but they are also encouraged to embrace their leader's glitzy lifestyle. Miss Jane says her hot-pink studio is an oasis of glamour, a little piece of Las Vegas in St Kilda. The academy is strictly a leotard-free zone.

Like most schools, all students are required to adopt certain etiquette. They are to address one another in a particular manner. David Helms, a town planner by day, is Mr David, the Tapping Cowpoke and choreographer by night. Sergeant Helen Murray casts off her role as an instructor at the Melbourne Police Academy and becomes Miss Helen of the Swinging Chandeliers.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Dec 14, 2002 4:44 am ]
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Move over Ginger
Tap lessons let seniors show off fancy footwork. By Nicole Gainey / The Detroit News

Molly Russell's doctor didn't believe she had been tap dancing for more than a decade.

So the smallish 71-year-old got off the examining table, put on her tap shoes and danced for the office staff.

"He's used to older people coming into the office shaking, barely being able to walk and complaining about what's wrong with them," Russell said. "I tapped for him and he was surprised -- just like most people are, especially the younger people."

Russell is one of about 35 senior citizens who spend an hour each week in the senior tap class at Ridgewood Recreation Center in Warren.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Feb 01, 2003 5:37 am ]
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Dancer revels in rhythm of tapping
Tanya Goodwin presents a program on the history of tap dancing today at the Palm Harbor Library.
By MEGAN SCOTT for The St. Petersburg Times

PALM HARBOR -- During the day, Dr. Tanya Goodwin treats patients at her Palm Harbor gynecology practice.

But at night, she trades in her white lab coat and stethoscope for a black leotard and a pair of black tap dance shoes.

Then she heads to her Clearwater dance studio, Rhythm Works, to teach students of all ages the art of tap dance.

"It's not a hobby," Goodwin said. "It's a passion. I'm dedicated to promoting tap dance. I've been doing this for more than eight years, and I'll do this the rest of my life."

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Mon Jul 21, 2003 11:56 pm ]
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Blackhawk teen taps her way up
By Jennifer Carnig, Alameda Times-Star

BLACKHAWK resident Amanda Pierce has 51 national tap dancing titles and just carried away her first international award, a colossal, 25-pound crystal cup from Italy where she beat more than 700 performers from 17 countries for the coveted "Prix d'Italia" award.
Not bad for a 13-year-old.

"When I'm onstage, I feel like it's where I belong," says the mature eighth-grader, a tall, perfectly poised brunette. "I don't ever want to quit dancing -- there's nothing else I want to do."

And it's been that way since she was a tiny tapper -- Amanda started dancing at age 3. Her parents, Russ and Sylvia, signed her up for tap classes to keep her busy while they were working.

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Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Jul 22, 2004 3:50 am ]
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Tapping out a heavy multicultural beat

Chicago Sun-Times
July 22, 2004

What began in 1990 as a showcase for preserving, presenting and teaching American tap dance in all its many forms has grown both culturally and geographically as Alexander began presenting percussive dance companies from as far afield as Israel, Spain and Brazil.

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