July 21, 2016 (Thursday) 7-10pm
8pm Communal Dance Party
DANY Studios (305 West 38th Street, off 8th Ave)
$20 (available online and at the door)
ANDREW NEMR (Host) – Mentored by Gregory Hines, Andrew Nemr is considered one of the most diverse tap dance artists today. An international performer, choreographer, educator and speaker, Andrew’s work explores tap dance as a vehicle for storytelling and community building. He has played with Grammy Award winning musicians across multiple genres, founded and directed the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, now in their 11th season, and co-founded the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc. (along with Hines). “A masterly tapper” (New York Times), Nemr’s work has been recognized with a TED Fellowship, acceptance into the SupporTED Collaboratorium, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Dance Initiative and the CUNY Dance Initiative, a FloBert Award for Tap Dance Excellence, and residencies with Quarterly Arts Soiree at Webster Hall, BRICLab, More Art’s Engaging Artists program, and Surel’s Place. Nemr is recorded on the Grammy nominated recording “Itsbynne Reel” by Dave Eggar, the DVD Documentary and companion album “Tuesdays at Mona’s” by Mona’s Hot Four, and narrates the DanceTime Publications DVD, Tap Dance History: From Vaudeville to Film. An avid public speaker, Nemr now uses the story of his journey and the craft of tap dance to speak on ideas of identity, community, faith, and love.
BRIAN GREEN (Guest Artist) – a.k.a. “Footwork,” is a choreographer, teacher, and dancer, who began dancing at seven years old. He studied Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, and African from Phil Black, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and Joffrey Ballet. While he studied the dances mentioned above, Brian was inspired by seeing dances done by his mom, including hustle, salsa, and some African dances. His older brother did bboying and electric boogie. Wanting to learn more, he went to the NYC underground scene between 1983-84. By the end of 1984, Brian understood and was a part of the Hip-Hop/club culture and would continue, eventually immersing himself in House culture and dance and developing a unique and very fast footwork style – earning his nickname. In his career Brian has choreographed or danced with artists like Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefanie, Fergie, MYA, Foxy Brown, Missy Eliott, Salt-N-Pepa, Busta Rhymes, Barbara Tucker, EVE, Kraze, MAW (Masters at Work), and many more. His teaching has focused on the history of dances in the Funk, Hip-Hop, and House culture, which he has spread through the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Africa. In these countries he has been a judge for countless dance contests, promoting the true art, culture, and essence of these dances! He was even a judge on So You Think You Can Dance in Singapore. He is the 2001 ACA (American Choreographers Awards) recipient for Best Hip-Hop Choreography in a Music Video for his choreography in the video called, Free by Mya. He created the dance company, WORLD SOUL, the dance education event House Dance Conference, and online dance classes available at www.TheyBarelyUnderstandHello.com. He was also a Foundation Team Member of Red Bull Beat Riders. “Love to all in our different processes.”
DAN MITRA (Guest Artist) – is primarily a tap dancer native to Woodstock Valley, CT. Since he has started tap dancing at a young age he has received awards such as the American Tap Dance Foundation’s Tap Future Award, youngARTS silver finalist, and one of two dancers selected to perform at the Kennedy Center as Presidential Scholars in the Arts in 2009. Shows Dan has been in are Joseph Webb’s “Beautiful Fire”, Henry St. Theatre’s “Urban Nutcracker,” Omar Edward’s “Passion of Tap”, in works by Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards in “On Tap at Summerstage,” the film “Black Nativity. Also Dan has performed as a member of Jason Samuel Smith’s A.C.G.I. and in the “Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala,” with choreography by Jared Grimes. In terms of teaching Dan Mitra is on faculty at Mark Morris and is a Guest Teacher at Broadway Dance Center.
CLAUDIA RAHARDJANOTO (Guest Artist) – Born and raised in Berlin, Germany, and currently based in NYC, Claudia is a sought-after tap dancer, whose performance highlights include tap dancing with MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance’s DORRANCE DANCE, TED Fellow Andrew Nemr’s CPD PLUS, alongside the fabulous Miss Mable Lee, Max Pollak’s RUMBATAP, the ‘Cotton Club Sophisticated Ladies’ with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and in the original cast of Harold Cromer’s ‘Opus One’. She performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater and Joe’s Pub in NYC, Orchestra Hall in Detroit, MI, and the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA, and has also had the opportunity to dance with Dianne ‘Lady Di’ Walker, Ted Levy, Jane Goldberg, Brenda Bufalino, Chloe Arnold, Derick Grant, Barbara Duffy, Roxane Butterfly, Michela Marino-Lerman, and Jared Grimes among others. Having been featured on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine and featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 To Watch”, Claudia can be found teaching regularly in New York City as well as various master classes around the globe. Blessed to have met and spend valuable time with such tap masters as the late Dr. Jimmy Slyde, the late Dr. Bunny Briggs, the late Dr. Henry LeTang, the late Dr. Buster Brown, the late Dr. Harold Cromer, Mable Lee, Dianne Walker, Ted Levy, Savion Glover as well as her teachers Sven Göttlicher and Marie-Christin Zeisset, she is incredibly grateful for all that they have shared. Claudia is looking forward to keep sharing her love for music and the art of tap dance with everyone through her teaching and performing.