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

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
1:00pm 1:00pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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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April Guest Teacher: Heather Cornell
Apr
29
4:00pm 4:00pm

April 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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Mar
19
12:00pm12:00pm

Philadelphia Community Tap Project - Rehearsal 1

***What is the PCTP? 
Since 2013, The Philadelphia Community Tap Project has served as a platform for FREE tap dance education and performance opportunities in the Philadelphia area. The classes and performances, which are all accompanied by live music, are accessible and open to anyone and everyone. No dance or music experience required. No shoes? We got you there, too. Over the past four years, almost two hundred people have participated in the project, and this year promises to be the biggest year yet. 

***This sounds awesome! Who is teaching these classes this year?
This year, Ray Hesselink (NYC) will be creating a new piece of tap dance and live music in his signature style. We are evoking music and rhythms inspired by Chick Webb, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. 

***What is the time commitment?
There are two rehearsals planned:
Sunday, March 19, 2017: 12-3 pm
Sunday, April 23, 2017: 12-3 pm
Both of the rehearsals will be at Sound Space, 2511 West Girard Avenue, 2nd Floor.

And two performances!
Saturday, May 20, 8 pm: Rhythm and Blues and Shoes (Rittenhouse Soundworks)
Thursday, May 25, 7 pm: National Tap Dance Day Celebration (City Hall Courtyard)
Performances are optional, but you must attend both rehearsals.

***How do I sign up?
This year, we have room for many more participants! Sign up at www.phillytapproject.com. You can also check out videos from previous year's performances.

Funding made possible by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (2016-2017) and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (2014-2017). The PCTP is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas.

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March Guest Teacher: Ray Hesselink
Mar
19
11:00am11:00am

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
3:00pm 3:00pm

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
2:00pm 2:00pm

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
2:00pm 2:00pm

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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Open audition for Lady Grey's Lovelies
May
14
5:30pm 5:30pm

Open audition for Lady Grey's Lovelies

Lady Grey's Lovelies are holding auditions for creative, energetic and authentic dancers with all levels of experience in various styles of vintage dance - including everything from tap and lindy hop to jazz age dances and burlesque.  No preparation needed. Just bring yourself, a bottle of water, and be ready to move. Please wear workout/yoga clothes that allow us to see you move. Resumes and photos aren't necessary, but absolutely welcome! Bring all your dance shoes just in case (ballet, tap, jazz, character, whatever else you have!) If you do not have dance shoes, please go barefoot - street shoes aren't permitted on the studio floor. Previous dance experience is highly recommended for the Lovelies, but anyone is welcome to audition. Some auditionees may be invited to be stage kittens (apprentices) and or swing performers. All body types and genders are welcome! Must be over 21.

*** Dancers who specialize in a unique skill (hooping, fire dancing, etc.) may contact us directly to inquire about performing as a guest artist. 
*** Dancers who cannot make the audition and wish to send in a video audition can email Lady Grey at stringofpearls2@yahoo.com.

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Open level tap improvisation with Sarah Mason
May
14
4:00pm 4:00pm

Open level tap improvisation with Sarah Mason

Tackle your fears head on! This improvisation class will help you identify your toolbox for being successful when trading with other dancers, participating in "challenges", or even dancing a tune all by yourself on stage. All ages and levels welcome. Dancers will be most comfortable at at least an Intermediate level or higher. Cash/check at the door: $15 per dancer$5 per observer.

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Mapping Sound and Movement in Performance
May
7
11:00am11:00am

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
11:00am11:00am

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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Apr
2
11:00am11:00am

Tap and Shoot

Come sweat and tune up your speed and clarity. With lots of pocket and bounce and swing... and even a little Missy Elliott "Pep Rally" video shoot!

All ages welcome. Dancers should be at least an Intermediate level.

Cash/check at the door:
$15 per dancer
$5 per observer

Taught by Sarah Mason.

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