Shhh... and Beats is an ongoing collaboration between poet Daniel Carlton and tap dancer Alex MacDonald. Blending elements of spoken word, tap, and jazz, the work seeks to chronicle the vibrations of NYC and the never-ending quest for quietude. Special guests include bassist Steve Whipple, pianist Sharik Hasan, and tap dancers C.K. Edwards, Liberty Styles, and Naomi Funaki.
66 E 4th St (Downstairs)
March 11th, 7:30pm
Tickets and info here: lamama.org/beats
Performing excerpts of Felipe Galganni's Tap&Tom as part of the Inside/Out series at Jacob's Pillow. This is a beautiful show composed of four tap dancers, a live band, and singers, all performing the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim.
FREE outdoor show.
Come enjoy some bossa nova in the Berkshires!
Super excited to perform at the opening night of the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington, DE! I'll be providing the taps on Duke Ellington's "David Danced," (originally performed by tap legend Bunny Briggs) under the capable conducting of David Christopher, alongside a jazz orchestra, chorus, and soloists.
I'm thrilled to travel to Nigeria with Tim and the Space Cadets to offer a series of concerts and workshops for internally displaced children in Lagos and Abuja! We are very fortunate to make this special journey through the support of the United States Embassy Community Engagement Project.
Honored to be performing and presenting my choreography, "On Common Ground," at the Geneseo Dance Ensemble's 50th Year Celebration!! The show runs April 19th-22nd. I will be performing in the opening night and also co-moderating the pre-show discussion with fellow alumni!
Tickets: $10 bbo.geneseo.edu
Dancing the choreography of my dear friend, Felipe Galganni, on Feb 23rd and 24th!!! Excited to perform alongside some very talented dancers, singers, and instrumentalists. Three performances at the 14th St Y Theater!! A wonderful blend of tap dance and bossa nova.
Feb 23rd - 8pm
Feb 24th - 2pm & 8pm
Ticket info here: https://14streety.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S36000004StmQEAS
Hitting the road with Postmodern Jukebox and hope to see you at one of these shows!! Tickets available here: http://postmodernjukebox.com/tickets/
- Oct 6 - Denver, CO
- Oct 19 - Gainesville, FL
- Oct 20 - Clearwater, FL
- Oct 22 - Birmingham, AL
- Oct 24 - Cleveland, OH
- Oct 26 - Carmel, IN
- Oct 27 - Midland, MI
- Oct 28 - East Lansing, MI
- Oct 29 - Traverse City, MI
- Oct 30 - Columbus, OH
- Oct 31 - Cincinnati, OH
- Nov 1 - Milwaukee, WI
- Nov 2 - Chicago, IL
- Nov 4 - Mankato, MN
- Nov 5 - Kansas City, MO
- Nov 7 - Roanoke, VA
- Nov 8 - Norfolk, VA
- Nov 9 - Richmond, VA
- Nov 12 - Wilmington, DE
- Nov 13 - Worcester, MA
- Nov 14 - New York, NY
Dancing the choreography of my dear friend, Felipe Galganni, on Friday, April 21st!!! Excited to perform alongside some very talented dancers, singers, and instrumentalists. Spring is here in NYC and Jobim is the perfect soundtrack!!
Grab your tickets here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10141331
Hosts: Andrew J. Nemr and Brian Footwork Green
Featured Artists: DJ DOC, Kim D. Holmes, Alexander MacDonald, Andrew J. Nemr, and more to be announced soon!!
We get together for a night of beautiful improvisation. The evening begins with a formal sharing by featured artists. After the formal sharing, artists share their process, craftwork, and feelings around improvisation, responding to questions from the audience. After the last question the lights go out, the chairs are cleared, the floor is opened, and the music starts…the party begins. The divide between audience and artist is torn down. All are welcome on the dance floor.
Until the end of the night.
Thrilled to hit the road once again with my good friends in PMJ!!! All the dates listed below. :-) Purchase tickets here: http://postmodernjukebox.com/events/
27 Feb - Bournemouth, UK
28 Feb - Cambridge, UK
01 Mar - Brighton, UK
03 Mar - Manchester, UK
05 Mar - Belfast, UK
06 Mar - Dublin, Ireland
07 Mar - Dublin, Ireland
09 Mar - Newcastle, UK
10 Mar - Sheffield, UK
11 Mar - Edinburgh, UK
12 Mar - Liverpool, UK
14 Mar - Leeds, UK
15 Mar - Glasgow, UK
17 Mar - Birmingham, UK
18 Mar - Plymouth, UK
20 Mar - Bristol, UK
22 Mar - Oxford, UK
23 Mar - London, UK
24 Mar - London, UK
25 Mar - Paris, France
27 Mar - Paris, France
29 Mar - Antwerp, Belgium
30 Mar - Amsterdam, Holland
31 Mar - Esch-sue-Alzette, Luxembourg
01 Apr - Marseille, France
02 Apr - Toulouse, France
04 Apr - Brussels, Belgium
05 Apr - Frankfurt, Germany
06 Apr - Strasbourg, France
07 Apr - Cologne, Germany
08 Apr - Zurich, Switzerland
09 Apr - Geneva, Switzerland
10 Apr - Nuremberg, Germany
Hitting the road once again with my old buddies in Postmodern Jukebox! This will be my first time in each of these countries, so I am quite excited. :-) Come check out the show and I promise to tap my heart out!
Tickets available here: http://postmodernjukebox.com/events/
Australia & New Zealand:
Aug 29th, 2016 - Isaac Theatre Royal - Christchurch, New Zealand
Aug 30th, 2016 - Dunedin Town Hall - Dunedin, New Zealand
Sept 1st, 2016 - Civic Theatre - Invercargill, New Zealand
Sept 2nd, 2016 - Shed 6 - Wellington, New Zealand
Sept 3rd, 2016 - Regent Theatre - Palmerston North, New Zealand
Sept 4th, 2016 - Civic Theatre - Napier, New Zealand
Sept 5th, 2016 - ASB Theatre - Auckland, New Zealand
Sept 8th, 2016 - Enmore Theatre - Sydney, Australia
Sept 9th, 2016 - Anitas - Wollongong, Australia
Sept 10th, 2016 - Llewelyn Centre - Canberra, Australia
Sept 11th, 2016 - Palais Theatre - Melbourne, Australia
Sept 12th, 2016 - Capital Theatre - Bendigo, Australia
Sept 15th, 2016 - Wrest Point - Hobart, Australia
Sept 16th, 2016 - Plaza Ballroom - Brisbane, Australia
Sept 18th, 2016 - Entertainment Centre - Mackay, Australia
Sept 20th, 2016 - Concert Hall - Perth, Australia
Southeast Asia dates coming soon!
Come hang with Tim and the Space Cadets at the South Street Seaport on the 4th of July!!! Always fun playing the summer stage there and sampling the smorgasburg of food, music, and art! We play at 5pm! :-)
Hello friends!! Super excited to be dancing once again in the annual Rhythm in Motion series, curated by Tony Waag and the American Tap Dance Foundation. This year, I will be dancing the choreography of Caleb Teicher in Program A and Felipe Galganni in Program B. Many great choreographers and dancers sharing the bill - come check it out!!
Program A: April 13th-15th (8pm)
Program B: April 16th (3 & 8pm), April 17th (3pm)
Ticket info here: http://www.atdf.org/RIM2016.html
Very excited to be a speaker/performer at this year's TEDxFulbright event at the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin, Ireland! The theme of this year's event is "Old Myths and New Realities." More info on how to attend coming soon. Meantime, feel free to read the abstract for my talk below!
Oral Tradition in the Age of Smart Phones: The Case of Tap Dance
Tap dance is an American oral tradition and one of the oldest art forms to come out of the United States. Embedded in its beautifully intricate rhythms and footwork are the stories of African Americans forced into enslavement, attempting to hold onto their culture despite all efforts at its erasure; as well as the stories of Irish immigrants, fleeing the Great Famine and facing prejudice abroad. If necessity is the mother of invention, it might also be said that adversity is the mother of tap dance.
As an oral tradition, the form has long been transmitted from one generation to the next without the use of written language. Dancers are often very aware of their tap lineage, knowing precisely who mentored their mentors’ mentor. Movement material is learned and passed on through observation, repetition, andvisual/aural mimicking (sometimes affectionately referred to as ‘stealing steps’). Physical proximity between dancers was traditionally a crucial criterion for this process.
Today, we find ourselves in the age of smart phones and social media. Tap dance may be recorded, produced, and published for global consumption entirely via the modern miracle of mobile devices. We are simultaneously more connected and less connected than ever before. Physical proximity is no longer a prerequisite for learning steps, but do the steps truly translate when divorced from the stories they carry? How do we continue to learn from the struggle that begat this beautiful art form, while living in a newly accelerated age of transmission? Crucially, how do we harness the power of our technology to both innovate and honor our traditions? This engaging and performative talk will offer some possible answers to these inquiries based on the personal experiences of the speaker as an ethnochoreologist and professional in the field of tap dance.
Tim and the Space Cadets are joining forces once again with Mother Falcon to play on the Austin Kiddie Limits stage at the 2015 Austin City Limits Festival!!! Look to see yours truly in a brand new burgundy jumpsuit!!!
Dates and set times coming soon!!!
Tickets will be available at: http://www.aclfestival.com/
I will be playing a set with some dear friends at the historic Jalopy Tavern as part of this year's Make Music New York festival! Expect to hear some originals off my newest record, "Seasons and Shadows," as well as some jazz standards, complete with tap dancing! ;-)
I will be joined by Matt Cusack on bass, Matt Garrison on Sax/Clarinet, and Anna Crowley and Christiana Shorter on backing vocals.
Come for the music, come for the food, but mostly come for the hang!
Did I mention it's FREE?
Truly and always,
P.S. If you can't make this one, fear not... I will be planning a big album release show for later this summer!!! Stay tuned. :-)
Very excited to be a part of this special world premiere of Three Suites - choreographed by my dear friend and mentor, Andrew Nemr, including a collaboration with hammer dulcimer virtuoso, Max ZT and his band, House of Waters! I have been a part of Cats Paying Dues on and off since 2009 and it has provided me with a safe space to grow artistically, as well as close-knit family of like-minded dancers and musicians. Hope you will come and check out what we've been working on!
More details coming soon!
Stay tuned at: http://catspayingdues.com/
I will be performing the exciting choreography of my dear friend, Leonardo Sandoval, in Program A of this year's Rhythm in Motion series!
Other choreographers featured in the program include Derick Grant, Michelle Dorrance, Brenda Bufalino, Jason Samuels Smith, and Samara Seligsohn.
Wednesday, April 22nd - 8pm
Thursday, April 23rd - 8pm
Friday, April 24th - 8pm
$40 general admission, $20 students, children, groups, seniors, and 14th St. Y members
Tickets available here: http://onlineedge.14streety.org/OnlineEdge/showdetail.html?descrip=Rhythm%20in%20Motion
Hope you will come out and join us at this special show! I will be tap dancing alongside some wonderful dancers and musicians, including my mentor, Andrew Nemr, and hammer dulcimer virtuoso, Max ZT! (It's a bit of a teaser for the upcoming Cats Paying Dues 10th Anniversary Season in May 2015!)
Pay what you wish/$12 suggested donation :-)
Hitting the road with PMJ once again this fall! Going to be a blast. Come on out to one of these wonderful venues for a fun-filled evening of jazz, Motwon, doo-wop, klezmer, slow jams, and of course, tap dancing!
East Coast Dates:
Oct 17 - Pittsburgh, PA; Rex Theatre
Oct 18 - Northhampton, MA; Pearl Street
Oct 19 - Boston, MA; Wilbur Theatre
Oct 20 - New York, NY; Best Buy Theatre
Oct 21 - Potsdam, NY; Helen M Hosmer Concert Hall
Oct 24 - Montreal, QC; Corona
Oct 25 - Albany, NY; Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Oct 26 - Philadelphia, PA; TLA
Oct 27 - Charlottesville, VA; Jefferson Theatre
Oct 28 - Knoxville, TN; Bijou Theatre
West Coast Dates:
Nov 6 - Phoenix, AZ; Crescent Ballroom
Nov 7 - Tucson, AZ; Rialto Theatre
Nov 8 - San Diego, CA; Epicenter
Nov 9 - Agoura Hills, CA; The Canyon
Nov 11 - Anaheim, CA; House of Blues
Nov 13 - San Francisco, CA; Slims
Nov 14 - Portland, OR; Hawthorne Theatre
Nov 16 - Seattle, WA; Neumos
Nov 18 - Napa, CA; City Winery - Just added!!!
Tickets and VIP access available here: http://tickets.turnupgroup.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=24
Come by Hyde Sunset in Los Angeles, CA every Wednesday this fall season to catch the Postmodern Jukebox Speakeasy Series!!! We will turn the hottest lounge in West Hollywood into a 1920s hang and I will be play duel roles of MC and tap dancer for the show!!! Going to be a hip hang. Can't wait to see you there!!!
More info available on Hyde's website:
I'll be tap dancing along to the music of my dear friend, Nick Moran, at this year's US Open in Queens, NYC! The band is killer and the vibes will be delightful.
Here's what happened the last time Nick invited me along to one of his gigs: http://youtu.be/VMuQ7DbVKgs
We hit on Friday, September 5th at 2:30pm and Sunday, September 7th at 11:30am!
Check out the entertainment schedule here: http://usta.usopen.org/US-Open/entertainment/
At it again with Postmodern Jukebox, tap dancing along to some jazzed up versions of contemporary hits!
Check us out as part of the Bemus Bay Pops Concert Series in Bemus Point, NY!!!
Ticket info here: http://www.bemusbaypops.com/concert-schedule.html
Performing with the full band at Madison Square Park in NYC! FREE show! As per usual, I will be tap dancing in a jumpsuit and goggles!
Come on down and bring the whole family!
Also - if you haven't caught my new summer Space Cadet wardrobe yet, this could be your chance! I will be sporting a blue pincord stripe "shorty" from Sweet Company Jumpsuits! Classy stuff, folks.
Super excited to take part in the Jacob's Pillow Tap Program this year! It is a chance to learn from some of the most inspiring tap dancers in the field - Michelle Dorrance, Dianne Walker, Sam Weber, Jason Samuels Smith, and Nicholas Young - as well as perform for the public!
Follow me on social media for updates on how the festival is going!
Performance dates for the tap program are Saturday June 28th and Saturday July 5th!
Hop on over to the Jacob's Pillow website to find out more information and order tickets!