[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Tap workshops with Deborah Mitchell & Karen Callaway Williams - April 15

Pamela Hetherington pamelamh4 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 4 12:05:25 EDT 2018

The Philadelphia Community Tap Project
<http://www.phillytapproject.com/> presents
a special afternoon of tap workshops on *Sunday, April 15* from two of the
leaders in the field: Deborah Mitchell and Karen Callaway Williams.

Both classes will be taught at an intermediate/advanced level and will have
live piano accompaniment by Alex Posmontier <http://www.alexposmontier.com>

*Deborah Mitchell's class: 12:30-2 pm - $15Karen Callaway Williams' class:
2-3:30 pm - $15*

Location: Sound Space Performing Arts, 2511 West Girard Avenue, 2nd Floor,
Philadelphia, PA 19130. www.soundspacephilly.net

This entire day of programming is made possible by a grant from the
Cultural Fund <http://www.philaculturalfund.org>.

To register in advance, go to:

About Deborah Mitchell: Deborah Mitchell is Founder and Artistic Director
of New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble. This award winning choreographer, dancer
and director has been the driving force behind one of the most celebrated
dance companies in the state of NJ for more than 20 years. She is recipient
of some of tap dancing’s most prestigious awards including the 2012 Living
Legend Award, Flint, MI; Lifetime Achievement Flo-Bert Award 2007, NY; The
Hoofer Award, 2007 NY; The Living Treasure Award 2007, Oklahoma City
University; Savion Glover Award 2006 and she is one of the subjects in the
2010 new publication, Tap Dancing America by Constance Valis Hill. Protégé
of Leslie “Bubba” Gaines of the Copasetics and student of many tap masters
including Broadway Choreographer Henry LeTang. Her many credits include The
Cotton Club Motion Picture, Tony-Award Winning Broadway Production and
Paris Production of Black and Blue, PBS Great Performances of Black and
Blue, 5 tours with the legendary Cab Calloway, and a partnership with
Philadelphia native Germaine Goodson as The Rhythm Queens. She was guest
artist, master teacher and speaker at 2008 UCLA’s 1st Conference on Women
in Tap and is a 2nd Generation Silver Belle, honoring the dancing divas of
Harlem’s Golden Age, subject of Award Winning Documentary, Been Rich All My
Life. She is author, director and choreographer of Arts Education musicals
the Doll Shop, and Generation Tap. She serves as an advisory Board Member
of Tap City in NY and Assistant Director/Choreographer for Theater
Workshop/Peppermint Players, Marie Foster in Newark, NJ.

About Karen Callaway Williams: Trained in the Tommy Sutton notation system
of tap dance at Spellman College, she enrolled in the Certificate Program
of the Alvin Ailey School of American Dance. There, she met, in rehearsal,
the cast of Black and Blue. Schooled at the "University of La Cave" with
Jimmy Slyde, she joined Mercedes Ellington's DanceEllington in 1989, where
she worked with the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer
Ellington and, later, Paul Ellington. She performed in the The Majesty of
Tap (1992) with tap legends Bunny Briggs, Jimmy Slyde, Chuck Green, and Lon
Chaney and made her debut on Broadway in 1998 in the "Trading Taps" tap
challenge scene in Riverdance--The Musical. Callaway has authored the
children's book Gabriella's Tap Shoes; has served as Dance Captain and as
Assistant to the Director Deborah Mitchell of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble;
and has appeared in the documentary film on the legendary Silver Belles,
Been Rich All My Life (2006), in which these senior dancing women
proclaimed her to be following the legacy of black chorus-line dancers of
the 1930s.
*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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