Catch me onstage this month in several unique and exciting performances!
On Tuesday, April 8th, I’m appearing once again at The Lily Pad in Inman Square, Cambridge, MA, with Ostinato, an evening of live jazz music and tap improvisation. Come support terrific local dancers and musicians at 7:30 p.m. Donations welcome!
Then, on Saturday, April 12th, come see the debut of Class Act, a brand-new show that uses 1920s and ’30s jazz to tell tapping tales influenced by The Great Gatsby, Vaudeville, crime noir, and Fred Astaire. The show is at The Dance Hall in Kittery, Maine (right next to Portsmouth), at 7:30 p.m., and it promises to be a good time! Seating is limited, so purchase tickets in advance!
Another debut performance will occur toward the end of the month, on Saturday, April 26th, at the Community of Christ Church in Lexington, MA. Join me at 7:30 p.m. for “An Evening of Tap & Indian Dance Fusion,” an exciting presentation of these two rhythmic dance forms, including some works in progress. Reserve a seat and stay after the show for a Q&A with the artists!
For those who have been asking when I’ll be teaching an open class in Boston — this month is your chance!
On Sunday, March 16th, I’ll be teaching two tap workshops at The Dance Complex in Central Square. Intermediate students are welcome from 3:00-4:15, and Advanced tappers from 4:15-5:30. Classes are $20 if you pre-register before March 12th, or $25 at the door — or you can take both for $40!
Please find more information (and pre-register!) online via Boston Percussive Dance, who is graciously hosting me!
Then, catch me at The Dance Complex again the following weekend for this month’s installment of the Sunday Salons series, which is, funnily enough, being held on Saturday, March 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. Admission is only $10 for an evening of dance, music, and poetry!
Finally, if you haven’t yet, please enjoy the music video for this great new tune, “Love Only You,” by Chas Bronz. We filmed it last summer in Central Square, and now it’s finally available for all to see! See if you can spot me:
I’m happy to have a bunch of performances in the Boston area this month — both “old” work & new — and I’m also looking forward to meeting some friendly faces when I teach at the American College Dance Festival at Boston University!
First, I’ll be presenting a blend of old and new work at the February installment of the Sunday Salon at The Dance Complex in Central Square, Cambridge. The show is at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 2nd, and if you’re not watching the Super Bowl, you should be there! Admission is only $10 for an evening of dance, poetry, music and more.
Then, I’m debuting the piece I created during the month of January at Boston’s celebrations of National Choreography Month — held at Green Street Studios on Friday, February 7th at 8:00 p.m. Come see what a number of local dancers choreographed in just 31 days! Tickets are just $10 for a diverse show of Boston dance talent.
I’m donning my producer’s cap for Heart and Sole, an evening of dynamic duets I’m presenting in honor of Valentine’s Day at The Regent Theatre in Arlington, on Saturday, February 15th at 8:00 p.m. Tap, ballet, modern, Latin fusion, classical Indian, flamenco — all performed in pairs! A 50% discount on tickets is available now! Get ‘em while they last!
And finally, catch me at the Third Life Studio Choreographer Series on Friday, February 28th, performing with my basketball once again. The show is at 8:00 p.m. at the Third Life Studio in Somerville, and tickets are $12-$15 in advance and $20 at the door!
It’s a new year, and it’s also National Choreography Month — I’ll be creating a new piece this month to present in early February for Boston’s NaChMo celebration. But before that….
I’m presenting some of my favorite pieces as part of “Stam-Pede,” an exciting percussive dance showcase at NYC’s Symphony Space on Sunday, January 12th at 3 p.m. Join me and some other great tap, flamenco, and body percussion dancers as part of the annual APAP conference. Tickets are only $15!
The following weekend, I’ll be entertaining crowds at the Cambridge Winter Farmers Market in Cambridge, MA, from 10:30-11:45 a.m. on Saturday, January 18th. Some other local tap dancers will join me for a fun morning of choreography and improvisation. Admission is free (but tips are appreciated!).
Then, it’s back to Manhattan to present work for Ready or Not!, a choreography series at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 25th. Tickets are just $13 for an evening of new contemporary work.
And — it’s not too late to sign up for any of my tap classes at Boston University for the spring semester! Classes begin on January 15th. See my previous post for information.
Happy New Year!
“Ball Change” will appear in “Stam-Pede” (Credit: Jeffrey R. Byrnes)
If you (or some of your friends) are in the Boston area and eager to tap dance, please consider signing up for one of my tap classes at Boston University for the Spring 2014 semester! I teach on Mondays & Wednesdays: Low Intermediate 10-11 am, High Intermediate 11 am – 12 pm & Beginner 12-1 pm. (I am particularly seeking more students for the Intermediate classes.)
We’ll work on technique, musicality, music theory, choreography and more!
More information, including cost, can be found on the official website. Classes begin on January 15 and run until April 30 — and will include a week guest-taught by local favorite Suzanne Bouffard!
Sign up & let’s dance!
I have not just one, but two articles in this month’s issue of Dance Studio Life Magazine: one, “Tap From the Heart,” an autobiographical piece on my show, “Transitions,” and how I infuse meaning and emotion into tap dance; and another, “From Injury to Inspiration,” about the new tap syllabus of friend and hoofer David Wynen. The magazine is available in stores now!
I’ll be reading some of my poetry and tapping to it as part of a new series at The Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA, on Sunday, December 8th, at 7:00 p.m. Join me and some other local artists for an evening of dance, music, poetry, and more for just $10!
And I’m very happy to return to Ring in the Rhythm!, a holiday spec-tap-ular at The Dance Hall in Kittery, ME. Drika Overton, Brenda Bufalino, and other great New England hoofers will dance to original holiday tunes in this swingin’, Nutcracker-inspired jazz tap production on Saturday & Sunday, December 14 & 15. Get your tickets now!
I’ll be back at The Lily Pad in Cambridge, MA, for another installment of “Ostinato!”, a session of tap dance improvography with live jazz music. It’s only $10, so if you’re in the Boston area, come enjoy an evening of cool rhythms and grooves with me, Suzanne Bouffard, Elena Steponaitis, and other special guests on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:30 p.m.
IN THE CLASSROOM…
I’m excited to be teaching a number of guest classes this month, including an upcoming class at Brandeis University and, later, with the Tri-Tone Youth Rhythm Ensemble in Calgary, Alberta, Canada!
AND IN PRINT!
I also have an article, “Counterpoint & Connection,” in this month’s issue of Dance Studio Life! If you’re a dance teacher, you might enjoy this piece on Broadway Dance Center’s “Interactive Performance” class, with tips on how to choreograph dynamic duos.
If you missed the premiere of my new basketball piece at last month’s Massachusetts Dance Festival, you have a few chances to catch it soon!
I’m performing as part of Soaking W.E.T., a rhythm dance showcase at NYC’s West End Theater curated by David Parker & The Bang Group, Thursday through Sunday, October 10-13. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. Thurs-Sat and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. I’m excited to perform with such a talented cast!
The basketballs will also make an appearance when I present 2 pieces as a guest artist with Cambridge Dance Company for their fall concert, “Second Nature”! The show is Friday, October 25 at 8:00 p.m. at The Dance Complex in Central Square, and I look forward to performing for a new audience.
And, speaking of new audiences: Boston-based hoofer Suzanne Bouffard and I have formed Ostinato, a new group of tap dancers and jazz musicians that will performing monthly at The Lily Pad in Cambridge. Our inaugural outing is Tuesday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m., and we hope you will join us for the magic of live dance and music!
You can also read my latest article for Dance Studio Life, “Seamless Show Strategies,” in the October issue.
I’m excited to return to the Massachusetts Dance Festival this month, premiering a new piece with basketballs (!) and teaching an open workshop.
Join me at UMass Amherst in Amherst, MA, on Friday & Saturday, September 27 & 28 for performances at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are just $15.
And, if you’re an intermediate tap student (or higher), please join my tap workshop on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., also on campus. The class is just $15, and there are many other great teachers you can study with that day, as well.
Hope to see you there!