Tap Dance Freedom’s first online lesson is currently live! Inspired by the this blog post, and this recent Dance Spirit Magazine article, the lesson uses progressive video lessons, printable resources, and the opportunity for instructor feedback. I’m very excited to provide a complete learning experience online, and look forward to your feedback.
On October 2nd (Jimmy Slyde’s birthday), Andrew’s Patreon Page went live! What’s Patreon? Patreon is a crowdfunding and community building platform that is designed with creatives in mind. It makes it easy for anyone to support a creator and the work they’re working to bring to life.
Through a monthly support model, Andrew will be able to focus on his performance work, creating a series of online lessons for Tap Dance Freedom, creative and educational writing, and hosting gatherings like The Table and Conversations Dance Party.
Since the launch, Andrew’s already uploaded a series of tap dance steps for Beginner and Advanced level tap dancers. Patrons also get a special inside look on the work Andrew’s up to with weekly recaps. Do you want new tap dance exercises and combinations delivered weekly? Want to support and share the journey of discovery that Andrew’s on? Check out Andrew’s Patreon Page here.
The B.S. Chorus is full of depth. For such a short and often overlooked piece, it can teach a lot about the early days of tap dance. As one of the few dances that has survived close to intact from the heyday of tap dance, it’s worth spending some time around. A few years ago, I was asked to teach a class on the B.S. Chorus at Stompology (a solo Jazz Dance festival in Rochester, NY), and the recap got posted on YouTube. After getting great responses I realized the importance of the piece, and wrote this article to further process my thoughts.
I’m super excited to announce the next step in this process. As part of my residency at the YMCA I’ll be developing a full online lesson on the B.S. Chorus for Tap Dance Freedom. The Lesson will go live on November 22nd!!
If you’d like to get the inside scoop, have access to early release videos, and provide feedback as I develop the lesson, join me on Patreon!!
December 15-16, 2017
Tribeca Performing Arts Center (NYC)
Save the Dates!! Andrew’s new solo show will debut at Tribeca Performing Arts Center on December 15th and 16th, 2017. Developed and produced by Flying Carpet Theatre, with additional support from the CUNY Dance Initiative, Rising to the Tap combines storytelling, tap dance, and physical theatre to explore themes of identity, bullying, and the immigrant experience. The show has an awesome team behind it with writing by Adam Koplan and Andrew Nemr, original music by Or Matias (most recently see in Broadway’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), direction by Adam Koplan, and choreography by Andrew Nemr.
Andrew Nemr joins Lori Belilove and the Isadora Duncan Dance as an Artist in Residence at the McBurney YMCA this fall. For his residency Andrew will be developing a series of online tap dance classes, and developing a new body of choreographic work. This marks further growth in Andrew’s relationship with the McBurney YMCA. Since early 2017, Andrew has been working closely with the leadership of the McBurney YMCA in developing the tap dance program, now hosting 4 weekly tap dance classes of varying levels (all based on the Tap Dance Freedom method) and the quarterly Conversations Dance Party. “Finding good space in New York City is challenging, particularly for a tap dancer,” Andrew said, “so I’m very excited to partner with the McBurney YMCA to have a place to develop this new body of work.” Videos from Andrew’s classes are available online through Andrew’s Patreon Page. Andrew’s first online lesson is scheduled to be released in November.
Andrew is joining a host of amazing artists and creators on Patreon. What is Patreon? Good question. Patreon is a crowdfunding and community building platform that is designed with creatives in mind. Unlike Kickstarter or other project based platforms, Patreon cultivates a community around the ongoing support of a particular person or endeavor. As Andrew’s work spans a number of pursuits and takes more of a long-term approach, Patreon is a well suited platform for the support of his work.
Andrew is uniquely diverse in his work with projects in the worlds of preservation (Tap Legacy®), performance and storytelling (Andrew Nemr’s Artist Portfolio), education (Tap Dance Freedom), writing (Rhythm Theory Handbook), and gatherings (The Table). Patrons who support Andrew through Patreon will have access to Andrew’s weekly tap dance steps, writing drafts, video recaps of his weeks work, and more!!
A few weeks ago, I performed with a group of dancers I’m been connected with since the early 2000s. World Soul is a collective of street dancers curated by Brian Green that aims to showcase the relatedness of dance styles and celebrate their unique expression. For our most recent performance in Osaka, Japan, I co-choreographed the showcase alongside fellow member, Kim Holmes. What came to life was a story of beautiful interplay between the dances of tap, house, and African. For the first time in my career, I was able to be a part of making a show in which tap dance not only was part of the music, it was the music.
Enjoy my featured solo above. See the entire performance here.