Andrew’s Beginner Tap Class at the McBurney YMCA will be featured as part of Union Square Sweat Fest on Sunday, February 11th. Come by and take advantage of this FREE class to get your feet moving and making some music!!
Andrew is thrilled to join the faculty of the Theatre and Dance program at Montclair State University, rated one of the top 100 public universities by the Wall Street Journal. Andrew will bring his deep knowledge and unique teaching style to an already a stellar program with enthusiastic students. The semester begins this month!
With the recent presentation of Rising to the Tap, critics were deliberately not invited to review the show. The creators (Adam Koplan, Or Matias, and Andrew Nemr) didn’t want to send the message that the show had “opened” (and then closed) as they may be planning for a real NYC premiere when they do a longer run. In the commercial theatre business reviews indicate an “open” show and Rising to the Tap is still on its way to being that.
That said, without the creators knowledge, two critics came. And reviewed. On a 2 show run! That’s very rare. The good thing is that the reviews were great! Read the full reviews below.
Rising to the Tap also made the Huffpost round-up of best dance performances of the year.
Coming at the end of January. Tap Dance Freedom will release its second online course. Andrew teaches the SHIM SHAM, including Honi Coles and Leonard Reed versions of the second step, and the Stop Chorus. As with all Tap Dance Freedom Online Courses, this one will include multi-angle videos AND downloadable resources. Subscribe to the newsletter to here, to be notified when the course goes live!
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!!