Brighton Tap Festival
Aug
31
to Sep 2

Brighton Tap Festival

  • 64 Edward Street Brighton, England, BN2 0JR United Kingdom (map)
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The original UK Tap Dance Festival, based in beautiful vibrant Brighton. Now in its third year, Brighton Tap Festival features classes from a fantastic international faculty and fabulous evening events including a tap jam with the Michèle Drees Jazz Trio.

For more information and booking, go to brightontapfestival.org.uk.

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Int / Adv Master Classes with Roxane Butterfly
Jan
28
1:00 PM13:00

Int / Adv Master Classes with Roxane Butterfly

HOOFING TECHNIQUE INT/ADV

1-2:30pm, Dance Attic         

Roxane pulls all her material in this class from her direct experience with the 'Original Hoofers', including her mentor Jimmy Slyde. You will learn some of their signature steps, which will engage you to work on quality of movements, phrasing and clarity of intention. 

JAZZ BECAUSE INT/ADV         

2:30-4pm, Dance Attic

This class will explore various approaches to understanding jazz, building solos, dancing melodies, whether improvised or choreographed. You will hear tracks from distinct eras of jazz, from traditional swing, to bebop, free jazz and conceptual jazz. You will also be engaged in a play on phrasing, breathing, interaction, time keeping, constructive deconstruction, quality of sounds, and collective improvisation.

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London Tap Jam 11th Birthday special with Heather Cornell, Sunday 26th November
Nov
26
8:00 PM20:00
jam

London Tap Jam 11th Birthday special with Heather Cornell, Sunday 26th November

Come and join us for the last tap jam of the year, which is also our 11th Birthday!!! Our fantastic live band, The Michèle Drees Trio will be joined by host Jess Murray, plus a very special guest, Heather Cornell. She will be joining us from New York City and we can't wait to have her here in London to celebrate our birthday. 

Get involved with your instrument/taps/voice, or just sit back and and enjoy. Buy tickets now.

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Tap Master Classes with Heather Cornell
Nov
25
to Nov 26

Tap Master Classes with Heather Cornell

  • Dance Attic & Danceworks (map)
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Master tap dancer Heather Cornell will soon be over from New York. Heather has a unique approach to dancing and teaching which is closely connected with the music. This is a great opportunity to work on musicality and the role of tap as a percussion instrument within a jazz ensemble.

Heather will be teaching a beginners class on Sunday 26th November at Danceworks (just before the 11th birthday London Tap Jam) and two back-to-back intermediate/advanced level classes at Dance Attic on Saturday 25th November. The intermediate/advanced classes will fit together into a 4-hour intensive tap session for those that want to do both.

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Heather Cornell with the Michele Drees Jazz Tap Project
Nov
24
6:00 PM18:00
gig

Heather Cornell with the Michele Drees Jazz Tap Project

FREE entry. ONE OFF EARLY EVENING 6-8pm

The really astounding Heather Cornell from New York City will be performing a lovely intimate Jazz gig at the wonderful Woodman pub in Highgate.

Called “the Oscar Peterson of hoofing” Heather was the sole tap dancer mentored by the infamous bassist, Ray Brown. 
Expect some beautiful interaction with the musicians.
A very special chance to see Heather spread her wings in London.

This is part of a whole weekend of activities with workshops and the 11th birthday London Tap Jam. 

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Michèle Drees Jazz Tap Project at EFG London Jazz Festival
Nov
14
8:00 PM20:00

Michèle Drees Jazz Tap Project at EFG London Jazz Festival

The Michèle Drees Jazz Tap Project is a spectacular mix of rhythm, tap dance and jazz. This project works towards helping the revival of the iconic ‘jazz tap’ that originated in Harlem, and then became popularised on Hollywood’s silver screen.

Part of the Royal Albert Hall's intimate Late Night Jazz series in the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room.
 

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Tap workshop with Melissa Tannús
Oct
27
6:00 PM18:00

Tap workshop with Melissa Tannús

TAP DANCERS!! 
Old Kent Road are super excited to have the amazing Melissa Tannús teaching next week! Melissa will be teaching our advanced Tap class at Pineapple next Friday 27th October!

The workshop is £15, contact Helen Duffy on Facebook or Old Kent Road at oldkentroadtap@gmail.com to book your place before they fill up!

Don't miss out! LET'S GO

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Aug
24
to Sep 2

Dirty. Tap. Funk @ The Bunker

Dirty. Tap. Funk is a new show commissioned by InMotion Festival, featuring dancers from Old Kent Road.

The show is full of live funk music and high energy Tap Dance.

Show times and booking information can be found at the link below:

https://www.bunkertheatre.com/whats-on/dirtytapfunk/book-now

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Jul
30
7:30 PM19:30
jam

Sunday 30th July

 Come and join us at the next tap jam with our fantastic live band, The Michèle Drees Trio, joined by guest host Jess Murray and tap dancers from across the country. Get involved with your instrument/taps/voice, or just sit back and and enjoy.

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Dorrance Dance ETM: Double Down
Jul
12
to Jul 15

Dorrance Dance ETM: Double Down

Michelle Dorrance brings tap into the age of electronic music with collaborator Nicholas Van Young. Tap has always been a way of talking to the stage, now with Van Young’s electronic tap boards, the stage is able to talk back, as every step, swipe, and scrape sets off an element of sound, building musical loops, turning the stage into a musical instrument in its own right.

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Sunday 28th May
May
28
8:00 PM20:00
jam

Sunday 28th May

 Come and join us at the next tap jam with our fantastic live band, The Michèle Drees Trio, joined by guest host Junior Laniyan and tap dancers from across the country. Get involved with your instrument/taps/voice, or just sit back and and enjoy.

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Currents by Mayumana - UK Premiere
Apr
18
to May 6

Currents by Mayumana - UK Premiere

Internationally acclaimed Mayumana is a company that wow – their work ignites the senses with a thrilling and unique blend of movement, acrobatics, dance and percussion. Their shows are pure spectacle bursting with video art projections, stunning lighting effects which visually harmonise with original music played by 10 performers on stage.

Known from New York to Madrid and from Israel to Buenos Aires this production of CURRENTS is their UK Premiere.

CURRENTS is an electrifying show inspired by the rivalry between inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, and their quest to find energy sources. Presented by Hackney Empire.

‘An indestructible global blockbuster.’ New York Times

‘A must for the eyes, ears and your feeling.’ De Zondag, Brussels

‘Wow! You will not stop being astonished.’ Berliner Morgenpost, Berlin

‘An international extravaganza of dance, music, humour and acrobatics.’ Toronto Star, Canada 

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Brenda Bufalino London Masterclass!!!!
Apr
9
2:00 PM14:00

Brenda Bufalino London Masterclass!!!!

Reserve your place at: michaelmsandwick@gmail.com
£25

Recognized throughout the world as a leading exponent and innovator in the tap world, Ms. Bufalino performs, lectures, and teaches master classes and workshops throughout the United States, Germany, Italy, England, France, Israel and Australia.

She has appeared as a guest soloist in such prestigious arenas as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Apollo Theater, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Smithsonian Institute and the Kennedy Center.

 

 

Ms. Bufalino performed in concert with the late Charles "Honi" coles, touring America, England and France. They also choreographed "The Morton Gould Tap Concerto" and performed the Concerto with the Brooklyn and Norwalk Symphony. Ms. Bufalino has also performed the Concerto solo with The Detroit Symphony and The Hudson Valley Philharmonic.

 

A trailblazer in the renaissance of jazz and tap dance, Ms. Bufalino has been one of the guiding forces in the creation of numerous Tap Festivals, Summits, and Reunions.

Ms. Bufalino has also made her name as an author, actress, producer, director, vocalist and performance artist. Her one-person shows, "Cantata & The Blues," "Journal Of A Woodpecker," "Unaccompanied," and the Tap Opera "Gertrude's Nose", have delighted audiences in New York City, and on tour throughout the U.S. and abroad.

 

She has appeared Off Broadway in "The Courtroom" directed by, and starring Bill Irwin, and she produced and directed the award winning documentary, "Great Feats of Feet: Portraits Of the Jazz Tap Dancer" featuring Charles "Honi" Coles and The Copasetics.

In 1986, in order to develop her choreographic concepts of tap fugues and counterrhythms, Ms. Bufalino created The American Tap Dance Orchestra. The ATDO's concert, stage and film highlights include: PBS "Great Performances/Tap Dance in America," "A Night of Tap At The Apollo Theater," "The International Festival of the Arts in Central Park," and seasons at "The Joyce Theater,"and "Dance Theater Workshop." International appearances include performances in Bermuda, Germany, and Rome. For the State Department the company performed in Turkey, Cyprus, Poland and the Baltic States.

 

In 1989 Ms. Bufalino and The ATDO created Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center in Soho, producing classes, workshops and performances featuring both National and International tap artists.

A writer of essays and numerous articles, Ms. Bufalino also wrote the forward and afterword for the reissue of "Jazz Dance."

Ms. Bufalino has created many vocal/tap CD's, Instruction and Concert Videos, and many companies throughout the U.S. have commissioned her choreography. She collaborates regularly with musicians, vocalists, composers and mixed media artists.

She has been awarded numerous National Endowment Fellowshipsand is a NYFA Fellow. Ms. Bufalino has been honored by the Tap Community in New York City and Boston with the presigious "Flobert Award" for outstanding achievement, and "The Tapestry Award" for her contributions to the field of tap dance. Her biography appears in several editions of "Who's Who in American Women."

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Take The A Train
Apr
8
7:30 PM19:30

Take The A Train

Ever find yourself tapping your feet or hands along to music?...or even when there is no music? WE DO!!!

Come and join us for an evening of tap dance, musicality, artistry and most of all, Fun! Four hoofers (tap dancers) exploring space and sound.
An eclectic range of music choice and choreography by Raef Commissar. Including Jazz, Trap, Hip hop and swing!

We will also have a guest performance from BDblaq Dance:
A rhythmic fusion of tap and contemporary exploring the possibilities of an open space

 £7

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EKIDKI

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Jam At The Southbank Centre!
Apr
7
5:30 PM17:30
jam

Jam At The Southbank Centre!

We're very happy to announce we will be back at the Southbank Centre for a special April Jam. Not to be missed!

Gather to see astounding tap dancers performing with creativity, skill and individual styles, in a special jam event featuring special invited guest dancers. Tap dance is the original street dance; in the 1930s, tap dancers would gather on city street corners to trade steps and challenge each other.

Find us in the Central Bar Foyer, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall. Free entry.

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This Joint Is Jumpin'
Apr
4
to Apr 15

This Joint Is Jumpin'

Celebrating jazz icon Fats Waller’s life and music, New York’s finest are in town and they want you to join them. Michael Mwenso and The Shakes are joined by hoofers Michela Lerman and Joseph Wiggan for an evening of exceptional live jazz, tap dancing and inventive storytelling. Singin’ for their supper and breathing new life into classics like Ain’t Misbehavin’, Black and Blue, Honeysuckle Rose, these hip contemporary artists celebrate American jazz via their critically acclaimed style. This promises to be an unforgettable evening

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Mar
26
8:00 PM20:00
jam

Sunday 26th March

Come and join us at the January tap jam with our fantastic live band, The Michèle Drees Trio, joined by guest host Jess Murray and tap dancers from across the country. Get involved with your instrument/taps/voice, or just sit back and and enjoy.

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Fall Out, See The Sound. Feel The Movement
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

Fall Out, See The Sound. Feel The Movement

The show begins a journey through quintessential jazz entangling movement within the graceful perspective of tap dance. Conversations of question and answer between soloists of the band and the performers, expose emotions and trigger manoeuvres back and forth between each art form on stage.
Lead by a live musical force the show takes an experimental ride attempting to understand a journey of falling out of love. In particular, these fervent dancers find ways to uncover their passion, love and raw relationship for tap dance. Using the sparse set up of the wooden boards concealing how love can never be defined, Fall Out pushes the boundaries of strength and intensity through the bare sounds of music and dance, articulated through complex rhythms and spectacularly technical performance.

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