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Tap Dancer’s Birthday // Gregory Hines

I was waiting for Gregory's workshop to begin. Hosted at Woodpeckers (the former home of the American Tap Dance Orchestra in New York City), I had taken a workshop from him just a year ago at the same venue. This year I couldn't get into the workshop. It had sold out before I had the […]

Identity @ Dam Short Film Festival

Elaine K. Smith Center 700 Wyoming St, Boulder City, NV

Andrew's documentary film is an official selection of the 2023 Dam Short Film Festival! The film will be screened in-person as part of the "Song and Dance" program on Friday, February 17th at 11:45am (PST). Visit the website below for more details. // Boulder City, Nevada (USA) // FESTIVAL WEBSITE // PROGRAM TICKETS

Tap Dancer’s Birthday // John Bubbles

Every tap dancer who syncopates in the modern idiom owes a reference to the "Father of Rhythm Tap" – John Bubbles. While Bubbles passed away before I even caught the bug about tap dancing, his standard looms large. This quintessential clip from the 1937 film, Varsity Show, showcases Bubbles' exceptional skill and performance ability alongside […]

Tap Dancer’s Birthday // Baby Laurence

I’m sitting in at a small jazz club with Yvette Glover (Jazz Singer and mother to Savion Glover) and Junior Mance (jazz pianist). I play a tune with Junior just before the set break. We finish the tune and as we go on break, Junior comes up to me and says that I remind him […]

Tap Dancer’s Birthday // Bunny Briggs

Bunny didn't like to say goodbye. When it came time after our first meeting he said he'd walk me to the end of the hall and then turn around before I'd left the building. He didn't like watching people leave. That gives you a little picture into the sensitive character Bunny possessed. The other side […]