(New York, NY) – Artistic director of the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues/CPD PLUS, and co-founder of the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Andrew J. Nemr was recently announced as a member of the 2012 class of TEDGlobal Fellows. As part of the class of 2012 Andrew stands among 19 other innovators from around the world who have been hand-picked to be brought to the TED stage. As a TEDGlobal Fellow, Andrew will participate as a full member of this year’s annual TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh where he will deliver his own TED Talk before an audience of hundreds, and have an opportunity of having his talk posted on TED.com. The fellowship continues throughout the year with ongoing coaching, mentoring and collaboration within the TED community.
About Andrew J. Nemr
Mentored by Gregory Hines, Andrew is considered one of the most hardworking and diverse tap dance artists today. He performs regularly with Nat Adderley Jr., Max ZT and House of Waters, as one half of the 1to1 Project with Sean Hagerty, and with his own band, the Andrew J. Nemr Quartet. Additionally Andrew is the director and artistic director of his own tap dance company CPD PLUS (Cats Paying Dues) and co-founder of the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc. along with Gregory Hines. The artist in residence for the Quarterly Arts Soiree (QAS) at Webster Hall, Andrew is also the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Masterpieces: Dance Initiative Grant for the reconstruction of the works of classic tap dance soloists, garnering critical and popular acclaim upon their presentation in Echoes In Time (2009-2011). As an international teacher and performer Andrew has garnered a reputation for impeccable musicianship and sensitivity in performance, and respect for the craft that he loves. Collectively, Andrew’s choreography and solo work has been described as “a welcome return to the elegance of simplicity and the tap dancer as maker of aural magic” (exploredance.com) and “deeply touching” (Daily Gazette).
For more information visit www.andrewnemr.com
About TED and the TED Fellows Program
TED is a nonpro?t organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs. TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TED Talk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action. TEDx offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
For more information visit www.ted.com