NYC July 14-19, 2014
The Tap Into Freedom Intensive is designed to provide Intermediate/Advanced and Pre-professional tap dancers a complete context from which they might explore the art of tap dance. Regardless of dancer’s final goal – tap dance company member, master improviser, or musical theatre leading role – the intensive will provide the fundamental foundation necessary to allow progress in any direction they choose.
In the over 50 hours of training, topics to be covered include:
- Tap Dance History (including recent history)
- Basic physiology and understanding of the human body in motion
- Music Theory
- Choreography analysis
- Content recognition
- Approaches to Improvisation
- Performance technique
Space is limited to ensure a more personalized learning environment.
Attendees will also have the option to privately audition for Andrew’s tap dance company, Cats Paying Dues.
George Nierenburg (Guest Speaker – Tap Dance History) – George Nierenberg has produced, directed and developed projects for PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, AMC, Bravo, Nickelodeon, Cinemax, and Sony BMG, including: Neon Lights for National Geographic’s Explorer and a film on Voodoo in Haiti for ABC. Nierenberg was enlisted as a producer to launch Saturday Night With Connie Chung on CBS. He also served as a consultant, overseeing the non-fiction programming at Lifetime Television and the Associated Press. For VH1’s Hard Rock Live, he directed portraits of popular musical artists such as Chicago, Robert Palmer, Cyndi Lauper, Blues Traveler, Sinead O’Connor, and Boz Scaggs. For American Movie Classics he created “Gotta Dance!”, a two-part pilot series on ballroom dancing. He created a series pilot for TNN, Adventure Chef, an hour TV special for Walt Disney and Bravo, Head of the Class: The Lion King, and the one-hour season opener for the series Paramedics on TLC and At The Chef’s Table for PBS. His award winning films, “Say Amen, Somebody” (MGM), “That Rhythm…Those Blues” (The American Experience) and Emmy award winning “No Maps On My Taps” (PBS) are considered classics. “No Maps On My Taps” spawned a live presentation of tap dance performances, which toured to over 60 cities around the world. John J. O’Connor of the New York Times wrote, “This is an exhilarating, touching, thoroughly absorbing history of tap dancing.”
Shane Shanahan (Guest Speaker – The Art of Percussion) Grammy Award winning percussionist Shane Shanahan has cultivated his own unique and highly sought after sound by combining his studies of drumming traditions from around the world with his background in jazz, rock and Western art music. His interest in other cultures has lead to extended visits to Turkey, India, and Tajikistan, among others. Shane’s rare set of diverse skills is what attracted Yo-Yo Ma when he was forming the Silk Road Ensemble. In the summer of 2000, Shane was invited to Tanglewood where he played an important role in the formation of the group. Ever since, he has been touring around the globe performing side-by-side with Mr. Ma as an original member of the award-winning Silk Road Ensemble. Shane’s playing can be heard on all four of the ensemble’s top-selling recordings for the Sony/BMG label. The most recent was nominated for a Grammy and two of them feature his arranging skills. These arrangements have brought ecstatic audience to their feet in the top concert halls of North America, Europe and Asia. Shane can also be seen and heard on Mr. Ma’s CD/DVD release “Songs of Joy.” He is also a member of frame drum master Glen Velez’ TaKaDiMi Ensemble and cellist Maya Beiser’s Provenance Project. He has performed and/or recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Aretha Frankin, Philip Glass, Alison Krause, Sonny Fortune, Deep Purple, Jordi Savall, Fantasia, Chaka Khan, G. E. Smith, Simon Shaheen, Jamey Haddad, Cyro Baptista, Anindo Chaterjee, Sandeep Das, Shahram Nazeri, Alim Qasimov, Kayhan Kalhor, Howard Levy and Steve Gorn, among others.
Peter Aguero (Guest Speaker – Storytelling) was born and raised in the wilds of South Jersey. He’s been a high school history teacher, bar bouncer and ice cream truck driver, and now resides in Queens with his lovely wife. Peter is a Moth GrandSlam champion, and he regularly hosts, performs, and produces storytelling in the New York City area. He is also the lead singer of The BTK Band, NYC’s improvised storytelling rock band. Peter loves his Mom.
Nathan Bugh (Music Theory for Tap Dancers) – is one of the world’s leading experts in traditional jazz movement. He has performed Lindy Hop at Carnegie Hall, with The New York Pops and Josie Say. He danced in David Tutera’s “Great Gatsby” wedding on the hit reality series “My Fair Wedding;” He performed on FoxNC’s “Fox and Friends Christmas” with George Gee; And he and Ramona Staffeld exhibited Lindy Hop in Noemi LaFrance’s “Agora II,” and later with the Vanaver Caravan at the legendary dance mecca, Jacob’s Pillow. Nathan and Evita Arce are principle dancers in the Weepies music video “Be My Honey Pie.” And Nathan and Elaine Silver dance in Ric Mysterie’s “Up All Night,” and “I Don’t Want Your Love.” A competitive dance champion, Nathan holds 1st place titles in Lindy Hop, Solo Charleston, Team, Cabaret, and Slow Dance divisions across the US. Nathan joins the faculty as a music lecturer, a capacity for which he is especially well suited. In 2006 Nathan graduated form the Juilliard School with a masters degree in music composition. Prior to that he studied music composition and tap concurrently at OCU. And more recently, he has delved into jazz piano. Nathan combines his familiarity with tap/jazz with his intense, music-theory knowledge, to offer a unique classroom opportunity. If you have any burning questions about rhythm, music structure, or theory, now is the time to ask them!
Jim Wharton (Musculoskeletal Therapist) – Jim is an internationally known trainer, therapist, and author who established his practice in 1989 and changed the face of human performance. He has worked with luminaries in the sports world from professional football players to Olympic gold medal winners, including Deena Kastor, Meb Keflezighi (winner of the 2009 NYC ING Marathon), Paul Tergat, and the Kenyan and Ethiopian national teams. He can be found in his clinics in New York City, in sports venues all over the world, at the podiums of seminars and workshops, in fitness centers all over New York, on Broadway stages, and in the spotlight of the press.
All participants of the NYC Intensive will receive a package valued at over $200.00.
Here’s some of what it includes:
- A-I Flexibility Rope from Wharton Health
- Large format Moleskine Journal
- Dancetime Publications’ DVD Tap History: From Vaudeville to Film
- Steve Condos Workout DVD
- and more!!!!!
With this package each attendee will have all the tools they need to pursue their journey in tap dance during the week and beyond.
*Actual contents may vary.
Participants in this year’s Tap Into Freedom Intensive will be attending a performance of STOMP!!! Since After Midnight recently announced its closing date of June 29th, we’ve decided to go see STOMP. Running since 1994 at their home on the lower east side, the Orpheum Theatre, the show has played host to numerous accomplished tap dancers including Nicholas Young and Michelle Dorrance (founding members of Cats Paying Dues), Lisa LaTouche, Alexandria Bradley, and current NYC cast member Penelope Wendtlandt (also a Cats Paying Dues alum).
Check a sample schedule* below.
Session Topics will include:
- Care for the Tap Dancer’s Body
- How to Watch Footage
- Traditional Steps
- Pattern-based Exercises
- Key Figures in Tap Dance History and Their Contributions
- The Tools of the Tap Dancer (tap shoes and tap floors)
- Song Structure and Rhythm Theory
- Improvisation Techniques
*Sample schedule displayed for example purposes only. Actual schedule may vary.
Check out the details for each scholarship below!!!
Ruben Sanchez Dance Wear Tap Into Freedom Scholarship
This Scholarship begins May 1st. Visit Ruben Sanchez Dance Wear’s website for complete guidelines starting May 1st.
SoDanca Tap Into Freedom Social Media Scholarship
How to Participate
1) Round 1: Starting May 1st, post a 2-3 minute video of you tap dancing on the Tap Into Freedom Facebook Page.
2) The 5 videos with the most likes as of May 20th will be invited to the second round.
3) Round 2: Winners of round 1 will be invited to write a one page essay about “The Value of Tap Dance” – deadline May 23rd.
4) Andrew will read all the essays and award the winning scholarship on Sunday, May 25th – the 25th Anniversary of National Tap Dance Day.