Sunday, September 21, 2014

Things that made us smile this week







and the general public was invited to a FREE open rehearsal! 
we suggest you keep and eye on the Thursdays @DTH series






a global movement to "make the world a more tap conscious place"
read our Exclusive Interview with Founder Anthony Morigerato



35 New Yorkers offer their picks for don't miss arts happenings in NYC this fall



Friday, September 19, 2014

thatgirl006 Exclusive: Interview with Anthony Morigerato, Founder + Director of Operation: Tap


thatgirl caught up with Tap Dancer, Choreographer Anthony Morigerato for his very first interview about Operation: Tap, an online forum for dancers, artists, students, teachers, choreographers and  enthusiasts of tap dancing. Operation: Tap was conceived by Morigerato and launched yesterday via Facebook. The mission of Operation: Tap is not only to raise the funds to support Tap projects created by its contributors, but to create a global community of people committed to making "the world a more Tap conscious place." The Operation: Tap program will include: weekly debates, video sharing, mission deployments and musicality and or technique exercises with online classes soon to follow in 2015. 


thatgirl: What was the most difficult aspect of deciding to create Operation: Tap?
Anthony Morigerato: I think my deciding to start Operation: Tap is born out of a 
frustration with the way tap is perceived and received by the general public.

TG: I've heard it said that when we think about what we want to achieve, we often aim well below what we are actually capable of. Do you agree?
AM: I don't personally subscribe to that thinking. I actually sometimes aim too high and then am disappointed in myself for not getting things all the way there. I need to work on making goals realistic and attainable and focusing on how small goals can build upon one another to achieve a larger goal.

TG: With that said, what is your dream for Operation Tap and what it comes to mean? 
AM: My dream for Operation: Tap is to provide finance for viable tap projects that otherwise would fall by the wayside. To provide education to those seeking it. To provide a communal place for tap dancers, to exchange ideas and to receive education that otherwise is not available within a dancer's personal community. To examine taps roots and success stories in the past, to identify qualities and characteristics today's dancers could learn from. To frame the debate on how we bring this art form forward in the 21st century. To educate the public of tap's existence and resurgence within our community. To make the world a more tap conscious place.

TG: Name one thing that you do very well but you enjoy the luxury of having someone do for you. 
AM: I don't know at all.

TG: What is one thing that is often misunderstood or misconstrued about Tap and/or Tap dancers?
AM: That tap is somehow less expressive than ballet or contemporary dance. That a tap dancer can't express complex emotional or artistic themes through their dancing and musicality.

TG:What was the event in your personal history that has influenced your work the most?
AM: The first time I saw Gregory Hines perform live when I was 10 years old.

TG: One dance you wish you had choreographed or performed first.
AM: "War Dance" by The Condos Brothers.

TG: 'Tap Dancer' 'Hoofer' or 'Percussive Dance Artist'?
AM: Tap Dancer

TG: Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly?
AM: Gene Kelly

TG: "Tap" or "White Knights"?
AM: "Tap"

TG: Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens? 
AM: Queens

TG: Anything you want our readers to know that we didn't ask? 
AM: Please join us and participate to make Operation: Tap a reality.

"War Dance" Choreographed and Performed by The Condos Brothers

Ayodele Casel, Tap Dancer, Choreographer, Actor (and thatgirl006 Director of Digital Content & Photography), is a Founding Member + Co-Director of Operation: Tap. Follow her on Twitter @AyoLives.

Mike Minery, Tap Dancer, Choreographer, Artistic Director and Educator, is a Founding Member + Co-Director of Operation: Tap. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeMinery.


As a performer Anthony Morigerato has been a soloist and member of Michael Minery's Tapaholics and is the lead tap dancer and choreographer for the musical group Matt and Anthony. He has performed on stages all over the world and on television on the Tony Danza Show and NBC's America's Got Talent. Anthony is an accomplished dancer in all disciplines having trained at Marymount Manhattan College where he performed the work of ballet and modern luminaries such as Robert Battle, Elizabeth Higgins, Jiri Kylian, Katie Langan, David Parsons, and William Soleu. He has served as an adjudicator and master teacher for dance organizations, competitions, theater schools, and dance studios throughout the nation since 1999, having students go on to perform in every medium of the performance industry on stages all over the world. Most recently, Anthony's choreography was featured on season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance. Follow Anthony on Twitter @MorigeratoTaps.

Join the Operation: Tap Movement! 


More posts about this fabulous movement, its directors, contributors and community members coming soon!

Enjoy,
xo
thatgirl

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

"GOLDEN BOYS" DEBUTS AT THE LAB THEATER IN MINNEAPOLIS AUGUST 22-24













"Golden Boys," tells the story of one of the nation’s first racially integrated army units -- a musical theater troupe. The show by New York artist Horace Turnbull is brought to life by Artistic Director, Kim Martinez of Out on a Limb Dance Company, with choreography by Jimmy Peters. Under their collaborative direction, this intriguing new musical will be presented at the Lab Theater August 22nd-24th.

"Golden Boys" was born -- and inspired by -- a trip Turnbull made to New York City’s Historical Society where he viewed a WW2 exhibit about the experience of an army unit whose mission was to perform musical theater across the country. The celebrated New York artist whose many credits include Choreographer for the National Touring production of Funny Girl,  knew then he had to tell this story. Focusing on the taboos regarding race relations and gender boundaries of the era, he deftly crafts a theatrical experience for the audience that entertains and illuminates.

The Twin Cities' premiere will feature full production numbers in the style of 1940’s Broadway musicals, showcasing the vibrant dancing and singing of the Twin Cities theater community.

"The show really is about friendship and unity," Turnbull says. "I think these interesting facts naturally combine to create a compelling platform for a musical theater piece:  An interracial army unit is in many ways forced to come together, with a world war as the theatrical back drop of the show."

Remaining show times: Saturday August 23rd at 7:30pm, and Sunday August 24th at 2:00pm. $20.00 regular and $15.00 student with ID.  
Lab Theater is located at 700 North 1st Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Lab Theater’s website www.thelabtheater.org or by calling 612.333.7977.
VIP tickets available by contacting GoldenBoysTheMusical@gmail.com.  




Sunday, July 27, 2014

Jamal Story partners with Capezio for book + dancewear sale event in NYC


Toss in the Ether Pop Up Book Shop
&
Capezio Dancewear End of Summer Sale!


Sunday, August 17th 2014


Save the date!

Toss in the Ether Pop-up BOOK SHOP and CAPEZIO Dancewear End of Summer Sale kicks off on August 17th, and you're invited to take part in the festivities. 1650 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY is our meeting spot for a day of fun and excitement.  

 Meet Jamal Story (highly acclaimed dancer - BROADWAY, CHER, MADONNA) and purchase a signed copy of his latest novel Toss in the Ether!  



BONUS - Receive 15% OFF of your CAPEZIO PURCHASES!! 


WHEN

Sunday, August 17th 2014
2:00PM-5:00PM

WHERE
1650 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

Monday, May 19, 2014

William Isaac on Kymera Dance, Artistic Influence and The Color Green


thatgirl recently caught up with William Isaac, a dancer/choreographer who has had quite a career thus far and shows no sign of slowing down. He has performed with Armitage Gone! Dance, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Alonzo King’s Lines Contemporary Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Philandanco, appeared as guest soloist with Ballet de Lorraine in France, and was assistant choreographer for the Broadway production of Passing Strange. Imagine our excitement when we learned that he is now Artistic Director and choreographer for his own company, the New York City based Kymera Dance! The company is preparing for performances Sunday, May 25th and Monday May 26th in NYC so naturally, we thought this would be the perfect time to sit down with him to discuss dance, his influences, and this new endeavor. 

William Isaac, Artistic Director, Kymera Dance

thatgirl: Name one thing that you do very well but enjoy the luxury of having someone do for you.
William Isaac: The life I've been able to lead as an artist in New York city amazes me and I wouldn't trade it for anything or anyone else. At this stage of my life I can't say I have any luxuries or responsibilities that I would ask anyone to undertake, but I am always open to help in advancing my business and creating a better quality of life for my loved ones.

TG: What is the most natural aspect of directing Kymera Dance? The most challenging?
WI:  The most natural aspect of running Kymera Dance for me is the creative part. I love getting into a studio with my dancers and watching an idea manifest right before my eyes. It's truly exhilarating. The most difficult part would be running a dance company in New York City. There is a saturation of dance companies here and we are all pushing for the same pot of artistic funding.

TG: You have always choreographed while performing as a dancer in companies. Have you now decided to shift your focus completely from performing to choreographing or will you continue to perform? If so, will you perform with your company? 
WI: At this stage I enjoy watching my dancers perform in my works and works by the other artists that I have commissioned and will commission. I have had a full and wonderful career dancing for amazing choreographers and companies but I am fully committed now to the development of those dancers and the company. I would like for people to see me in this light now. As for the future, I will leave that door open as far as my performing with Kymera Dance.

TG: How would you describe your choreographic style/energy of your company? If it were a color what would it be?
WI: My choreographic style depends on my artistic mood and what I feel I can give the artists to further their and my artistic growth. I am always in search of new creative challenges. Having had the opportunity to work under so many wonderful artists, I am now in the process of filtering that information with newly acquired knowledge to paint and sculpt new landscapes. The color I would associate with my choreography is green. I have always found inspiration from nature and the processes that allow continuity while having so many variations.

TG: What was the event in your personal history that has influenced your work the most?
WI: Death has been a large part of my journey and influence. Coming from that generation that saw the tail end of waves of deaths from HIV/AIDS, I lost quite a few mentors. A good part of my journey is to carry on the torch that was passed to me. Along with this, the passing of my mother. Her motto was "If you're going to do it, do it right." She was a very detail oriented woman and she created this opportunity for me to meet my fullest potential by moving to America from the island of Antigua.

TG: Share something that you believed when you were very young that you have found to be true now that you're older and wiser?
WI: No matter what anyone tells you if you believe and work for what you think you are capable of doing, it will happen. The older and wiser part is, it just might not happen when you think or want it to happen.

TG: How do you feel about the term "contemporary dance" as commonly used today?
WI: "Contemporary dance" is a loose term now that gives you a wide area to play in. I am not opposed to it but I believe society has a branding problem. Someone somewhere is always looking to put people and things into nice neat categories or niches. Right now, for myself personally, I would say I'm an artist working in the medium of dance.

TG: A dance you wish you had choreographed?
WI: My appreciation for other choreographer's works has never extended to coveting their work. If anything, I would simply like to know the idea that spawned a great work like (Ailey's) Revelations or (Balanchine's) Serenade or (Forsythe's) One flat thing reproduced.

TG: Twitter or Instagram?
WI: Twitter, real time information I am all for that.

TG: Mountains or the Beach?
WI: Beach, I'm from a Caribbean Island.

TG: Hip Hop or House?
WI: House Music all day. Let me know where Dj Honey Dijon is spinning and I'm there.


More about William Isaac and Kymera Dance...




Kymera Dance New York City Season Spring 2014
World Premieres by William Isaac and Amy Hall Garner 
Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium JCC in Manhattan
New York City, NY