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TAP CITY 2009

TRAVELS FROM JOE'S PUB TO LINCOLN CENTER TO SYMPHONY SPACE.

WEEK OF JULY 6-11 INCLUDES PERFORMANCES, ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY, A TAP JAM, AND A WEEK OF MORNING-TO-NIGHT CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS FOR TAPPERS OF ALL LEVELS, STYLES, AND AGES, TAUGHT BY A STELLAR STAFF.

 

                   "The summer Tap City festival is always breezy, hard-dancing fun."              

             The New York Times

 

Tap City 2009, Tony Waag, director, begins its celebration of tap, that unique American dance form, with a Tap Jam at Joe's Pub (July 6), makes a midtown stop at Lincoln Center for the 2009 Tap City Awards Ceremony (July 8), and continues uptown to Symphony Space for performances of adult students, young tappers, and "The Main Event," with some of the best tappers in the world  (July 9 & 10).   Highlights of this 9th Annual Tap City are the recreations of two Brenda Bufalino works, made possible by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.

 

Performance Schedule

 

JAM @ JOE'S

Opening Night Tap Jam at Joe's Pub

Monday July 6, 9:30 to 11 PM

Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street (bet. E. 4th & Astor Place)

Tickets: $12

Reservations: 212-967-7555 or www.joespub.com or at the Public Theater box office

The American Tap Dance Foundation kicks off its annual weeklong festival, Tap City, with this up close and personal event.   Produced in assocation with Awoye Timpo, tappers from around the world will join forces for a night of tap improvisation.  The live jazz trio features Bernice (Boom-Boom) Brooks on drums, Jess Jurkovic on piano, and Joe Fonda on bass.   The evening will be hosted by Barbara Duffy, a tap veteran known and respected around the world as a dancer/teacher.

 

THE 2009 TAP CITY AWARDS CEREMONY

Wednesday July 8, 8 to 9:30 PM

NY Public Library for the Performing Arts/Bruno Walter Auditorium, 111 Amsterdam Avenue (just south of 65th Street)

Free admission - first come, first served

       Hosted by Tony Waag, "the pied piper of tap" (The New York Times), and tap historian Constance Valis Hill, this event will feature film presentations to honor this year's awardees and a Tribute to Brenda Bufalino.   The New Tap Dance Orchestra, will perform Bufalino's "Buff Loves Basie Blues," premiered in 1991 at The Joyce Theater.   Inspired by Count Basie riffs and themes, the work stands as a tribute from Bufalino to Basie and to her mentor, Charles "Honi" Coles.    Live music will accompany the ensemble of eleven dancers, which includes Olivia Rosenkrantz, Ms. Bufalino's Reconstruction Assistant.    This year's awardees are:

Mercedes Ellington                                   Brenda Bufalino

Hoofer Award                                           Tap Dance Hall of Fame Award

 

Randy Skinner                                          The Class Act

Hoofer Award                                           Tap Dance Hall of Fame Award

 

Marshall and Jean Stearns

Tap Preservation Award

 

TAP CITY ADULT STUDENT & FACULTY SHOWCASE and ADULT

RESIDENCY PERFORMANCE

Thursday July 9 at 2 PM

Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street)

Tickets: $20; $10 for students, seniors, children 17 and under

Reservations: 212-864-5400 or www.symphonyspace.org

       Tap City includes everyone!   This concert offers a performance opportunity to adult students (aged 15+), teachers, professional and senior ensembles who have the urge to emerge.   It's a chance to see and to be seen.  Amateur and professional groups from around the U.S. and the world will be showcased, as well as works-in-progress showings by students in the Adult Residencies.

 

TAP YOUTH/TAP FUTURE

For Kids, By Kids (ages 6-19)

Thursday July 9 at 7 PM

Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway

Tickets: $20; $10 for students, seniors, children 17 and under

Reservations: 212-864-5400 or www.symphonyspace.org

       Snappy young groups of young tappers (ages 6-19) will perform, showcasing themselves and the choreography of their teachers.   Guests are Tap City Youth Ensemble, that amazing young group that has recently been the subject of feature articles in Dance Teacher and Dancer Magazines (and how can we not brag about Youth Program Director Susan Hebach appearing on the cover of Dance Teacher).

 

TAP CITY 2009 - 'THE MAIN EVENT'

Friday July 10 at 8 PM

Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway

Tickets: $35; $18 for students, seniors, children 17 and under

Reservations: 212-864-5400 or www.symphonyspace.org

       Once again, the Mayor of Tap City Tony Waag has gathered an eclectic cast of legendary tap dance veterans, cutting edge soloists, contemporary ensembles, and the hottest new hoofers on the scene today.   A highlight of the evening will be the premiere performance of the New Tap Dance Orchestra, dancing a recreation of "The Haitian Fight Song," Brenda Bufalino's most celebrated work and a seminal piece in the canon of tap.   Set to a musical score by Charles Mingus, the work premiered in 1987 at the Cotton Club and was also presented in 1998 on PBS' "Great Performances - Tap Dance in America."

       

       The international cast for "The Main Event" is a tap lovers dream: Chloe Arnold, Michelle Dorrance, Barbara Duffy and Company, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Derick K. Grant, Nicole Harris, Sean Jackson, Chikako Iwahori, Jamaal Kendall, Kazu Kumagai, Carson Murphy, Claudia Rahardjanato, Sarah Reich, Lynn Schwab, Chris Scott, Jason Samuels Smith, Jimmy Sutherland, Tap City Youth Ensemble, Tony Waag, Joseph Webb, Baakari Wilder, and more!

 

Classes

Tap City includes classes and workshops, July 6-11, morning to night for dancers of all ages and styles, and on all levels, taught by a remarkable faculty.  For more information on classes, please contact the American Tap Dance Foundation at 646-230-9564.

www.atdf.org

Tap City is produced by the American Tap Dance Foundation, Tony Waag, Founder/Director.

 

 

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