[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Tap legend, Jane Goldberg: performing and teaching in Philadelphia this weekend

Pamela Hetherington pamelamh4 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 24 13:30:17 EDT 2017

Visionary, trailblazer, author, performer and more: Jane Goldberg is coming
through Philadelphia this weekend for performances and a free
lecture/demo/class. Don't miss her! www.janegoldberg.org


Jane is performing this weekend at Uniting Colleges Through Tap: A Safe

Saturday, March 25 at 7 pm and Sunday, March 26 at 4 pm

Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street, Philadelphia, PA

Go to uctt.ticketleap.com for details and tickets!


Jane is hosting an open technique class/lecture on

Sunday, March 26 11:30 am -1 pm

Sound Space, 2511 West Girard Avenue, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA

Free or pay what you wish

Go to www.soundspacephilly.net for details.


About Jane Goldberg

Jane Goldberg is a “rara avis”: a dancer who is also a writer. She has been
one of the most prolific voices in the field of tap dancing for the past
three decades. In 1972, after graduating as a political science major from
Boston University, she saw the dancing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
and was soon studying tap dancing. She began ferreting out many of the
remaining entertainment greats of the 20th century. She became good friends
with the late Gregory Hines, the actor/singer/tap dancer, as well as his
chronicler. By the 1980s, Goldberg had apprenticed herself to many of the
old hoofers, while at the same time, interviewing and documenting their
work. These classic jazz men were at the time living virtually
“underground,” considered practitioners of a “dying,” or at best, “lost”
art form. At least, that was the official lore Goldberg heard about this
uniquely American art. Determined to prove the two myths wrong, Goldberg
began teaching and was only a few steps ahead of her students in her
Bleecker Street basement. The experimental choreographer/singer/writer,
Meredith Monk, was in her first class, and Monk sent many apostate modern
dancers Goldberg’s way. Tap’s universal appeal attracted Japanese scholars,
doctors, lawyers and “closet hoofers” to Goldberg’s underground quarters as
well. She employed her newly developed “talking feet”, to pass down great
steps and secret recipes from the originators. As artistic director of
Changing Times Tap, a non-profit preservation, promotion, and performing
entity, begun in 1979, Goldberg began teaching at New York University, and
giving workshops and master classes to college and serious dance students.
Her company produced the first international festival, *By Word of Foot* in
1980, at the renowned NYC Village Gate. Her acclaimed memoir, *“Shoot Me
While I’m Happy: Memories from the Tap Goddess of The Lower East Side
<http://www.janegoldberg.org/book.html>”* with introduction by Gregory
Hines, comes with a bonus DVD which highlights this celebration of
teaching.  Some of her archives reside at The New York Public Library’s
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, as part of the Gregory Hines
Collection. Her personal archives, “Jane Goldberg’s Wandering Shoes, Tap
(h) istory, Tip Top Tapes, Tapalogues, Tapology and Tapperabilia” is living
testament to the future of tap. She is the recipient of two Fulbright
Scholarships to India where she performed her highly idiosyncratic program
throughout the subcontinent.

*Pamela Hetherington <http://www.pamelahetherington.net>*
Artistic Director, Take It Away Dance <http://www.takeitawaydance.com>
Owner, Sound Space <http://www.soundspacephilly.net>
Executive Director, The Philadelphia Community Tap Project
2511 West Girard Avenue, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19130

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