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NDI New Mexico's 16th Annual Tap Dance Jam
4800 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque NM 87108
What is your business philosophy?
NDI New Mexico is founded with the knowledge that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children. The purpose of our distinctive programs is to help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives.
What is NDI New Mexico's Tap Dance Jam?
1) A four-day workshop of tap master classes, taught by guest artists Jason Samuels Smith and Cheryl Johnson, local teachers and members of the New Mexico Rhythm Tap Ensemble, open to the general public and the oldest group of NDI New Mexico Advanced Training students. Classes range from beginning through advanced, for ages 12 to adult, and include Tap technique, repertory, improvisation, pedagogy and history. 2) Performances featuring the guest artists, the New Mexico Rhythm Tap Ensemble (NMRTE), dancers from local companies and studios, and NDI New Mexico dancers.
What is the history of Tap Jam?
The Tap Jam was started by Bill Evans at the UNM Department of Theatre and Dance in 1999. NDI New Mexico adopted the festival and continues to produce the event annually.
Who are some of Tap Jam's past guest artists?
William (Bill) Evans (2012) is artistic director of the Bill Evans Dance Company, based in Seattle, Albuquerque (1988 - 2004) and now Rochester, NY. BEDC has performed in all 50 states and was the most-booked company in the country for several years under the Dance Touring and Artist-in the-Schools Programs of the National Endowment for the Arts. Bril Barrett (2013) is a dedicated tap dancer, whose mission is to preserve and promote tap dance as a percussive art form, foster respect and admiration for the history and creators of tap, and continuously create opportunities for the art form and its practitioners. Roxane Butterfly is the only woman to receive the Bessie Award.Brenna Kuhn’s teaching credits include Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Giordano Dance Center, American College Dance Festival, Tap West, the Maui Tap Experience, New Mexico Rhythm Tap Festival and the Soul to Sole Tap Festival. Misty Owens received honors from the 2006 New York City Tap Festival naming her "Teacher of the Year." Mark Yonally is Artistic Director of Chicago Tap Theater. Nicole Hockenberry has been a member of A&G Dance and Manhattan Tap, and her choreography has been commissioned by tap companies nationwide.
How do I sign up for the workshop classes?
Visit www.ndi-nm.org or call Alyx at (505) 872-1800 ext. 182.
How do I purchase tickets to the performance on July 12?
Purchase tickets online at www.ndi-nm.org or call (505) 340-0219.
Who are the Guest Artists this year?
Jason Samuels Smith and Cheryl Johnson.
Jason Samuels Smith’s Background:
Jason’s choreography and special guest performances include Fox’s hit series “So You Think You Can Dance” and ABC’s Dancing with The Stars. Other television and film credits include the TV One Christmas Special (2013), Dean Hargrove’s award-winning short film “Tap Heat” (co-star), Outkast’s feature film “Idlewild,” co-star of the dance documentary UPAJ to air on PBS (2014), Nostalgia: A Tap Film, AlleyOop Films’ “Kaleidoscope” and “Nautilus,” and Debbie Allen’s AMC series “Cool Women,” to name a few.
His Other Awards and Accomplishments:
Jason’s accolades include a Dance Magazine Award, an Emmy and an American Choreography Award for “Outstanding Choreography.” Mr. Samuels-Smith has also received the Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award, Hoofers Award; Certificate of Appreciation by the City of Los Angeles for creating the First Annual Los Angeles Tap Festival (2003); a Proclamation declaring April 23rd “Jason Samuels Day” from the City of Shreveport, Louisiana; the “Ivy of Education” from Brainerd Institute; the “President Kenny Award” from Stony Brook; an Andrew Mellon Grant/Joyce Foundation Residency; an Alpert/McDowell Residency Award; an Arts International Grant; National Performance Network and Map funding among others in support of his work.
Cheryl Johnson’s Background:
Cheryl is a dancer, vocalist, percussionist, choreographer, educator, personal trainer. She has performed Off Broadway for TV, music videos, at international arts festivals and with touring dance companies.
Her Other Awards and Accomplishments:
Cheryl has been awarded choreography grants from the Seattle Arts Commission, WA State Arts Commission, King County Arts Commission and Artist Trust Foundation. She has choreographed and performed Morton Gould’s Tap Dance Concerto, created “TapSquad” mentoring up and coming talent, co-founded the Johnson & Peters Tap Dance Studio and the non-profit art organization Anacrusis Modern Tap Dance.
Her Ongoing Involvement in Tap Dance:
In Rochester, NY since 2011, she performs as a guest artist with the Bill Evans Dance Company, hosts tap dance jams with live music every third Sunday at the Tango Café, performs as a vocalist/percussionist/tap dancer with a variety of local musicians, teaches at the Hochstein School of Music & Dance, the College at Brockport Dance Department and national dance workshops.
Where is the Tap Jam held?
At the historic Hiland Theater on Central Avenue, newly renovated by NDI New Mexico.
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