Andrew’s one week summer intensive is moving from NYC to Vancouver this year. Participants will experience over 40 hours of training and activities. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to take part in the events of the Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival which is running the same week! But first you have to apply.
I get super excited about opportunities to teach. They are opportunities to share experiences in the craft and witness learning in action. Two things I really enjoy doing. In addition to regular classes in Vancouver, here what’s in store for 2019:
See you in the shoes!
I’m hopping on the #tapdancetuesdays bandwagon but with a slightly different offering. I talking (and dancing out) process, content, and context. I’ll tackle a different topic every week in short 2 minute videos.
See the first one here.
You can hear my first official interview from Vancouver live tonight. It’s on one of Vancouver’s hippest radio stations, Co-Op Radio!! I had a great time doing the interview with Gerry Kowalenko who hosts the program Arts Rational. The show airs at 9PM (PST) and my segment will be close to the top. Here’s how to listen:
RADIO: Tune in to 100.5 FM
After taking on the role of Artistic Director at the Vancouver Tap Dance Society I’ve received many questions about what my future career would look like. Would I continue to perform? Yes. Would I continue to speak? Yes. How many classes would I be teaching in Vancouver? I wasn’t exactly sure when I first landed.
I can now answer the final question. Here’s the schedule of new classes that I will be teaching at the VanTap Academy in 2019. I’m excited to join the awesome faculty at the Academy in sharing the joy I’ve found in tap dancing. If you want to save your slot, registration is now open!!
The Friday Get Down – A Monthly Workshop
THREE hours of intense tap dance training with VanTap Artistic Director, Andrew Nemr. Get down for any of the 1 hour classes or take all 3 for a full effect.
Hour One – Technique – Steve Condo’s style Rudiments, Traveling Steps, Air Steps, and Turning Steps. Check your chops. There will be no hiding allowed.
Hour Two – Choreography – New choreography will be built each month. Modeled after Andrew’s experience in Savion Glover’s TiDii and his own tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, choreography will be ensemble-based and focused on listening, dynamics, and moving through space.
Hour Three – Improvisation – The circle, trading 8’s, the time step, the song as improvisational structure, groove based playing, and more. All these improvisational structures will be explored with the goal of gaining familiarity and confidence in making strong choices.
DATES: January 11th, February 8th, March 8th, April 5th, May 3rd.
VENUE: VanTap (2775 East Hastings, Vancouver)
PRICE: $25/hr or $65 for 3 hrs (Drop-ins welcome!)
RESERVE YOUR SPOT or PAY AT THE DOOR
Absolute Beginner Course – 8 Week Course
Have you ever wanted to try tap dancing? Missed out on your opportunity as a kid? Now is your chance! This 8 week course is geared towards anyone interested in learning how to tap dance. No prior experience necessary.
DATES: Every Saturday, January 12th – March 2nd.
VENUE: VanTap (2775 East Hastings, Vancouver)
PRICE: $150 for all 8 weeks (Sorry, no drop-ins allowed)
Every year around this time I look back through my calendar to see what actually happened in the blur of activity that I usually find myself in. Most years are full and 2018 was no exception.
It began with receiving the Spirit of Windrider Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Being presented the award by my friend and mentor Mako Fujimura was a special moment.
HollerJake also dropped their first album!!
Teaching has always been an important part of my work and 2018 was packed with it. Worldwide festivals included Stockholm, Barcelona, and the inaugural Show Me Tap Fest in St. Louis, where the Tap Legacy Exhibit also was displayed.
I was excited to return to Betsy Daily School of the Performing Arts for a series of Studio Workshops, and continue my journey in the lindy hop world with stints at Stompology and Swing Out New Hampshire. Of course, the Tap Dance Freedom intensive ran in NYC, and was an absolute blast.
I was also invited back to the newly branded REFLECT Conference (previously the Creative Church Conference, Boise, ID), where this amazing collaborations with fine artist Amandalynn Lovewell and composer Justin Nielsen came to life.
But the biggest news came towards the end of the year. That’s when I sign up to become the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Tap Dance Society. I’ve since been spending the majority of my time in Vancouver, while continuing to travel to perform, speak, and teach.
Indeed, 2018 was full, and 2019 looks to be shaping up to be as well. This journey has been a blast so far, I’m excited to see where it will lead. Wishing each of you the fullness that brings joy, growth, and peace in every day.
Every good endeavor needs the support of those to whom it speaks. We all have had the experience of a particular work resonating with us. During this season, when everyone is asking for support, we may be overwhelmed by the need we see.
Instead of asking for the support of a particular artistic endeavor this season, I’m listing three organizations that I am a part of, or believe in, and asking you to support them if their work resonates with you.
Check out the list below. It’s short 😉
Do you believe in preserving our stories? In the midst of the digital revolution that we all are experiencing, there is a need for communities to capture and own their own stories. Once captured they must be preserved in a way that makes sense for each community’s context and made accessible in a way that ensures their value. The Tap Legacy Foundation is building a platform to empower communities to do just that. Check out this TEDTalk I gave on the ideas behind the work or visit the website to learn more.
How I’m involved: I co-founded this organization with Gregory Hines in 2002.
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Are you looking to support a Canadian organization? The Vancouver Tap Dance Society is a 22 year old organization that has been a steadfast member of the Vancouver dance community and a major proponent of tap dance internationally. The organization continues to provide accessible tap dance education through a year round Academy, community outreach programs, and an International Tap Dance Festival. The Society is also home to the youth performance ensemble TapCo. To learn about all the programming, visit the website here.
How I’m involved: I was recently named the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Tap Dance Society.
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Interested in solving homelessness? No problem. Miracle Messages is a wonderful organization founded by TED Resident Kevin Adler (check out his TEDtalk here) to help neighbors experiencing homelessness reunite with family. There is really nothing I can say to express how beautiful and needed this work is. See their work for yourself by visiting the website.
How I’m involved: Kevin and I were both TED Residents, and I’ve been a fan of his work since I first heard the story of Miracle Messages. I am not affiliated in any other way. I just believe in the work.
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Some of you may have already heard or seen this news, but I wanted to make sure that you also heard it directly from me.
On October 29th I will be starting an exciting new role as the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Tap Dance Society. In that role I will be responsible for all current programming (tap dance academy, youth performance ensemble, annual tap dance festival), and shaping the vision for the future of the organization.
Practically, this means that I will be relocating to the greater Vancouver area as my base, which I’m very excited about. Vancouver has a thriving arts and music/dance scene, and the landscape is beautiful. I will continue to travel throughout the year for performing, speaking, and teaching endeavors, and my commitments to the Tap Legacy Foundation, and artistic projects like Rising to the Tap, remain unchanged.
So there it is. A whole new adventure is on the horizon as I step into this new role.
I’ve deeply appreciated the opportunity to share my journey with you in the past, and look forward to continuing to share this new adventure.
P.S. Here’s a link to some press about the announcement from Broadway World Vancouver!