In Tap Form | Dance | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly
Loading...

In Tap Form 

Jazz Tap Ensemble: The Hollywood Journey

Wednesday, Oct 10 2007
Comments

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, the Nicholas Brothers, Ann Miller, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Eleanor Powell, Gregory Hines. Their tap dancing, especially in movie musicals, made them legends. Unfortunately, the surrounding plots often did not age as well as those performers’ immortal dance numbers, leaving their work seldom seen except in brief clips. For Jazz Tap Ensemble artistic director Lynn Dally, those iconic, show-stopping numbers cried out to be danced again by a new generation of tap artists. Over the years, JTE has sprinkled some of these reconstructions in its performances, but this program offers a broad swath of tap dance history. JTE dancers Sam Weber, Derick K. Grant, Michelle Dorrance, Josette Wiggan, Sebastian Goldberg and Ananda Bena-Weber are backed by live music from a quartet led by JTE’s longtime music director, Jerry Kalaf, and vocalist Leslie Lewis recreates some of those memorable performances aided by film clips of the originals. The show opens locally before touring throughout California, offering several chances to experience magical moments that inspired generations of tap dancers and continue to delight anybody moved by movie musicals. Pepperdine University, Smothers Theater, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu; Fri., Oct. 11, 8 p.m.; $40. (310) 506-4522 or www.ticketmaster.com. Also at Irvine Barclay Theater, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine; Sun., Oct. 13, $10 (part of the Fall for Dance Festival). (949) 854-4646 or www.thebarclay.org. And at Citrus College, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora; Mon., Oct. 14, 2 p.m.; $28, $26 students & seniors. (626) 963-9411.

—Ann Haskins

Related Stories

  • Wealth & Taxes

    It's no wonder that people from across the land and around the world still come to California seeking virtual gold. It's still the state with some of America's greatest potential salaries, at least when it comes to small-business employment. So says personal finance site NerdWallet, which this week revealed the...
  • California Thursdays Brings Fresh Local Produce to Schoolkids

    Nearly 1 million students in California, including in Los Angeles, will be test subjects for an experimental school food approach – feeding them freshly prepared, locally grown foods. It’s part of a statewide pilot program called California Thursdays that seeks to do something audacious – serve California food to California...
  • Poor You 7

    We recently told you that California is America's "richest state," which is true. Now we're telling you that, for the third year in a row, California has been named as America's poorest state. That's also true. See also: California Is America's Richest State How can both statements be accurate? Well, unfortunately,...
  • Porn Shuts Down 2

    While the world frets over Ebola, the porn business continues to confront the scourge of STDs. The industry trade group known as the Free Speech Coalition yesterday called for a three-day production shut down after learning from a public health official that a performer possibly contracted HIV on-set. The Canoga...
  • DJ Carisma Is L.A. Radio's Biggest Champion of West Coast Hip-Hop

    could stroll back and forth down this blah stretch of Burbank and never realize that you’d passed one of the most influential corners of West Coast hip-hop. The nerve center of Young California can’t be seen from the street. The only signage attached to the sunbaked taupe building belongs to...

Related Content