Spring Guest Workshops: Deborah Mitchell, Karen Callaway Williams
Apr
15
12:30 PM12:30

Spring Guest Workshops: Deborah Mitchell, Karen Callaway Williams

The Philadelphia Community Tap Project presents a special afternoon of master tap dance instruction from two of the leaders in the field: Deborah Mitchell and Karen Callaway Williams. Both classes will be ninety minutes, will be taught at an intermediate level and will have live accompaniment. All are welcome.

Classes are $15 each. Registration is first-come, first-served. No dancer is turned away for lack of funds. Buying online is highly suggested, (click on link to pay), or you can stop by the studio and pay in person.

This program is made possible by our sponsors and through a grant from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

Master class with Deborah: 12:30-2 pm

Master class with Karen: 2-3:30 pm


About Deborah Mitchell: Deborah Mitchell is Founder and Artistic Director of New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble. This award winning choreographer, dancer and director has been the driving force behind one of the most celebrated dance companies in the state of NJ for more than 20 years. She is recipient of some of tap dancing’s most prestigious awards including the 2012 Living Legend Award, Flint, MI; Lifetime Achievement Flo-Bert Award 2007, NY; The Hoofer Award, 2007 NY; The Living Treasure Award 2007, Oklahoma City University; Savion Glover Award 2006 and she is one of the subjects in the 2010 new publication, Tap Dancing America by Constance Valis Hill. Protégé of Leslie “Bubba” Gaines of the Copasetics and student of many tap masters including Broadway Choreographer Henry LeTang. Her many credits include The Cotton Club Motion Picture, Tony-Award Winning Broadway Production and Paris Production of Black and Blue, PBS Great Performances of Black and Blue, 5 tours with the legendary Cab Calloway, and a partnership with Philadelphia native Germaine Goodson as The Rhythm Queens. She was guest artist, master teacher and speaker at 2008 UCLA’s 1st Conference on Women in Tap and is a 2nd Generation Silver Belle, honoring the dancing divas of Harlem’s Golden Age, subject of Award Winning Documentary, Been Rich All My Life. She is author, director and choreographer of Arts Education musicals the Doll Shop, and Generation Tap. She serves as an advisory Board Member of Tap City in NY and Assistant Director/Choreographer for Theater Workshop/Peppermint Players, Marie Foster in Newark, NJ.  

About Karen Callaway Williams: Trained in the Tommy Sutton notation system of tap dance at Spellman College, she enrolled in the Certificate Program of the Alvin Ailey School of American Dance. There, she met, in rehearsal, the cast of Black and Blue. Schooled at the "University of La Cave" with Jimmy Slyde, she joined Mercedes Ellington's DanceEllington in 1989, where she worked with the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington and, later, Paul Ellington. She performed in the The Majesty of Tap (1992) with tap legends Bunny Briggs, Jimmy Slyde, Chuck Green, and Lon Chaney and made her debut on Broadway in 1998 in the "Trading Taps" tap challenge scene in Riverdance--The Musical. Callaway has authored the children's book Gabriella's Tap Shoes; has served as Dance Captain and as Assistant to the Director Deborah Mitchell of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble; and has appeared in the documentary film on the legendary Silver Belles, Been Rich All My Life (2006), in which these senior dancing women proclaimed her to be following the legacy of black chorus-line dancers of the 1930s.

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AfroCuban Dance & Percussion Workshops with Rumbero Allstars
Jul
1
3:00 PM15:00

AfroCuban Dance & Percussion Workshops with Rumbero Allstars

Learn AfroCuban dance and percussion from the very best of Cuba's folkloric groups! 

RUMBERO ALLSTARS is a collaboration here in the United States of musicians and dancers of different prestigious Cuban folkloric groups. Its members include: 

Ernesto “El Gato” Gatel (Conjunto Folklorico and Rumberos de Cuba)
Juan “Chan” Campo (founder of Yoruba Andabo)
Michelito Herrera (musical director of Yoruba Andabo)
Lesmay Quintero (Yoruba Andabo)
Aramis Pazos (graduate of Escuela Nacional de Arte)
Randel Villalonga (graduate of Escuela Nacional de Arte)

For one day only on July 1st, they will be in Philadelphia and are offering classes on AfroCuban dance and percussion. There will also be a show later in the evening! Stay tuned for more details.

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Saturday, July 1

Afro-Cuban dance
3-4pm Rumba
4-5pm Orishas

Afro-Cuban percussion
5-6pm

$15 per class, in advance (message "Michael and Leilani" on Facebook, or email michaelyleilani@gmail.com)
$20 per class, at the door
$5 discount if attending 2+ workshops

Sound Space studio
2511 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130

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Storytelling and Gesture: Abhinaya Workshop with Rahul Acharya
May
7
1:00 PM13:00

Storytelling and Gesture: Abhinaya Workshop with Rahul Acharya

Internationally renowned, award-winning performer and scholar, Rahul Acharya will lead a one-of-a-kind workshop for professional dancers of all genres, theater artists, and enthusiasts of Indian Dance forms and aesthetics. Exploring the nuances of rasa bhava – the theory of emotions as reflected in facial expression and gestures used in danced storytelling (abhinaya), Acharya will draw from India’s ancient texts on performing arts, such as Natya Shastra and Abhinaya Darpana. Mr. Acharya will also guide participants through a series of exercises developed over many years to thoroughly condition the performer’s body, mind, and spirit to be able to perfect the art of abhinaya.

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Intro to Odissi Workshop
May
6
6:00 PM18:00

Intro to Odissi Workshop

In this immersive workshop, participants will explore the elements, technique, and expressive vocabulary of Odissi, one of India’s neo-classical dances. The form is known for its percussive footwork paired with curving movements and sculpturesque poses. Rahul Acharya, one of the most accomplished Odissi dancers in the world will also touch upon history and cultural context. We will dance barefoot. All levels welcome.

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Spring Guest Teacher: Heather Cornell
Apr
29
4:00 PM16:00

Spring Guest Teacher: Heather Cornell

Heather Cornell returns to Philadelphia to lead a improvisation workshop focusing on world rhythms and percussive dance. Students will be immersed in Heather's singular teaching style, which is focused on musicality concepts: feeling the pulse and groove of world rhythms in our own bodies and feet, exploring rhythmic improvisation and how to become our own innovators and creators of rhythm. There will be group improvisation and polyrhythms. Ideal for any mover at any level in dance, yoga or theater! 
Heather Cornell is one of the most innovative and deeply musical tap artists working on the scene today. From 1985-2004, Heather Cornell directed Manhattan Tap, one of the busiest and most successful tap dance companies of the period. With her home base in New York, she worked with some of the most famous jazz musicians in the world and pioneered an approach to tap choreography that has been called "visual music." Currently, she tours internationally mentoring students, teaching the connections between tap dance and music, and headlining at tap and jazz festivals around the world. In 2016, she released her first album, "Making Music Dance," a collaboration of original music using tap shoes, violin, balafon and guitar. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=KkuTMvx2Py0

 

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March Guest Teacher: Ray Hesselink
Mar
19
11:00 AM11:00

March Guest Teacher: Ray Hesselink

One of the most sought-after tap instructors on the international scene, Ray Hesselink is a New York-based choreographer and director who is currently on faculty at Juilliard, Broadway Dance Center and Steps. He specializes in training all artists to improve their skills and find the musicality in the simplest of movements. 

Fast Beginner/Intermediate Tap with Ray Hesselink

Sunday, March 19

2511 West Girard Avenue, 2nd Floor

11 am -12:30 pm

$20 in advance, $25 at the door

Buy online or come by the studio to pay in person

Register in advance through MINDBODY.

 

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Kathak Workshop with Najma Harisiadis
Aug
7
3:00 PM15:00

Kathak Workshop with Najma Harisiadis

Kathak is powered by infinite foot rhythms which push into the earth while the upper body expresses the rhythms by lifting the body upwards. Feet are regarded sacred because they transcend time on earth. The first part of the class will be familiarizing oneself with the various sounds of the feet and how to combine the sounds and create patterns within the 16-beat rhythmic patterns. Abstract sounds applied to these phrases are called "bols" which form the rhythmic formulae. Participants will learn to express simple phrases using this verbal expression. Students will also learn to synchronize their upper body movements to simple rhythmic compositions and will explore various turning methods reflecting rhythmic phrases.

About the instructor:

Najma Ayashah, Kathak Dance exponent of the Jaipur Tradition of Kathak Dance, is known to have enriched and integrated the great Jaipur tradition of Kathak with elements of folk and Gypsy dances with an unusual sense of aesthetic adventure and free form. Her creative repertoire finds expression in integrated compositions with cross-culture fusion pieces performing to music and rhythms of Flamenco, Sufi, and the Middle East. Najma has been a faculty member at NYU since 2002 where she teaches the Jaipur tradition of Kathak Dance and Yoga correlating the dynamic interplay of energies and consciousness through chakra awareness and the cosmic movement of the universe. She originally studied Kathak Dance, Sanskrit, yoga and tabla at the Bharatiya Kala Kendra, and Kathak Kendra, New Delhi under the guidance of the illustrious Guru Kundan Lal Gangani and his son, Guru Rajendra Gangani. Founder of the Gangani Kathak Dance Company since 1989, Najma has performed both classical Kathak and fusion throughout the United States at venues including Asia Society, Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art, Garden State Arts Center, Lincoln Center in New York city and has toured extensively performing and presenting workshops in England, Brazil, Russia and India. Najma has performed widely with “Espirito Gitana” and Flamenco artists, composer/musicians ,Carmen Salou and tabla virtuoso, Badal Roy at Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park, in August 2011 and her most recent collaborations at La MaMa Theatre and Faison Firehouse Theatre in New York. Being very active in Multi-Cultural Education throughout the tri-state area, Najma assimilates poetry and music from all backgrounds by incorporating Indian dance movements and sounds—shaping artistic communication with her students. Most recent venues include Baruch College, Juilliard School of the Arts, Brooklyn Council of the Arts, Queens Library and Bronx Library. Early only in her career, 1989, Najma was awarded a Letter of Commendation from the Board of Education in New York City for her work with learning disabled children. And in 2003, she was awarded for her work reflecting the global influence of Asian cultures by the Asian Heritage Committee at New York University.

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Soundspace 1525 welcomes Vanessa Sonon
Jul
24
2:00 PM14:00

Soundspace 1525 welcomes Vanessa Sonon

Vanessa is back in town and is bringing Broadway to you! Take advantage of these two rare opportunities to learn original choreography from Broadway Dir/Choreographers such as Randy Skinner (42nd St) and Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes). These classes will not only offer your students original Broadway choreography, but also audition exercises that will help your artist reach The Great White Way!

$15/advance, $20/door

2-3: Advanced beginner
3-4: Intermediate/advanced

About Vanessa Sonon:

Vanessa Sonon is a Broadway Actress, Singer, Dancer with a world wide career spanning over 15 years with a teaching history of over 20 years. She has a BFA in Musical Theater from University of the Arts, Phila. Pa and has continued her career consistently since graduating! Her Broadway credits include Anything Goes, Spamalot and 42nd St. as well as Multiple First National tours and Roles spanning across the country and the globe.

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May Guest Teacher: Ray Hesselink
May
15
2:00 PM14:00

May Guest Teacher: Ray Hesselink

Soundspace 1525 is closing out our first Winter/Spring guest teacher series with none other than Ray Hesselink. His focus is on the cleanest of clean technique, articulation, musicality and the joy of traveling while tap dancing. He truly needs no introduction. One of the most celebrated teachers working today, he is on faculty at Juilliard, Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway.

Ray will be teaching two classes on Sunday, May 15:
Beginner/intermediate: 2-3:30
Intermediate/advanced: 3:30-5

All class reservations must be accompanied by pre-payment. A single class is $25, both classes are $40. Cash or check made out to Take It Away Dance can be dropped off or mailed to 1525 North Bailey Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121. Online payment and registration is available here: http://takeitawaydance.ticketleap.com/ray/. If you are purchasing two classes online, use the code TWOFERRAY.

 

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Mapping Sound and Movement in Performance
May
7
11:00 AM11:00

Mapping Sound and Movement in Performance

Reset your brain, access your creativity and experiment with music and dance in a new way. Working in tandem with dancers and musicians, participants will quickly develop new scores and phrases and will learn ways to expand upon this material outside of the classroom. Taught by Sean Thomas Boyt and Andy Thierauf (stb x at). Open to all musicians and movers! Basic percussion instruments provided. Feel free to bring your own instruments. $15.

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Mapping Sound and Movement in Live Performance
Apr
9
11:00 AM11:00

Mapping Sound and Movement in Live Performance

Led by our artists-in-residence, Sean Thomas Boyt and Andy Theirauf (stb  x at).

Come experiment with music and dance in a new way using alternative notation methods for devised performance and improvisation. Working in tandem, participants will develop scores for communicating phrasework and musical cells to explore creative devices stemming from a cross-disciplinary approach.

Open to all movers and sounders! Basic percussion instruments provided.

$15 or pay what you can

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