Happy May ! I’ve just returned from a very emotion filled, wonderful
Honor Flight to Washington DC with 26 World War II , Korean War, and Vietnam
veterans. My father in law Bernard Brown was one of the veterans treated to
this trip where police escort ,clapping, hugging, hand shaking, and much
respect and appreciation were so deservedly bestowed to these brave men and
women through the airports, bus rides to many war memorials and museums in
DC, and upon arrival home to Portland.( Bernard served in Italy, France, and
Germany during WWII. ) After visiting the WWII, Korean,and Vietnam war
memorials there was a children’s choir singing and dancing in front to the
Lincoln memorial. With the rhythm and the beat Bernard started dancing and
called out a 5,6,7,8- lets dance! And dance we did! At the bottom of the
steps. At the top of the steps. Dancing brought smiles, light, and joy to a
pretty emotional day of remembrance of really horrific times in our history
and recognizing with love and respect our American heroes that fought so we
can be free . I’m so happy that at age 92 my Pop and I can still dance
Speaking of dancing together the current tap session will continue
until Thursday May 19. And this Thursday night is a SPECIAL TAP CLASS FOR
ALL at 6pm with Brooke and Abby. Please let me know if you are coming.
The next tap session will be June 6 to July 21with classes on Mondays
at 4:30 in the tap house and Thursdays at 6pm above Star studio. Private and
semi private classes are always available by appointment. Here are your on
tap notes for May with many Save the Dates!:
1. Thursday, May 5 -6pm. SPECIAL TAP WORKSHOP with Brooke and Abby from
Willamette University at the upstairs Star studio. $15.00 drop in and
included in current tuition.
2. Current On Tap session will conclude on Thursday May 19 . New 8 week
session begins Monday June 6 through July 21. Mondays at 4:30 at the Tap
House and Thursdays at 6pm at Star studio. There must be 4 dancers signed up
to run a group class. Tuition is $120.00
3. Saturday May 28 is National Tap Dance Day with special tap classes at
Dancers Corner, 875 Portland Ave, Galdstone, Oregon. 7 hours of classes from
10am-5pm. *Details are below. I am teaching “Irish Tap” at 4pm at this
event. The Tap Dance show is at 7:30 pm that night at Camp Withycaombe
National Guard Armory in Clackamas, Oregon. Let me know if you want to
carpool to this event. It was alot of fun last year.
4. Friday, June 24 at 1:30pm …Save the date for our show at Avamere
Retirement in Keizer. We will be performing Stepping Out, Leon Collins #53,
and Witchcraft in collaboration with the Claddagh Irish Dancers.
5. Saturday, June 25 at 3pm.. Save the date for World Beat Festival show on
the European Stepping Stage! We will performing Stepping Out ,Leon Collins
#53 and Witchcraft in this show., again in collaboration with the Claddagh
6. Happy Tappy May birthday to Wendy Ulmer and me! May it be your tappiest
7. And Happy first Mother’s Day to Danica Galindo and Happy Mothers Day to
all moms everywhere!
That’s all for now! Hoping to see you all this Thursday night for extra
special fun with Brooke and Abby!
Yours in tap ,
Here is National Tap Dance Day information:
Calling ALL Tappers! All ages, all levels, all styles!
Come join us for Portland’s National Tap Dance Day 2016 Celebration!
For recognition of Tap History and Bill Robinson’s Birthday, Dancer’s Corner
is honored to sponsor PDX National Tap Dance Day for third year, on May
28th. We are excited to offer 7 hours of classes (up to 21 different classes
to choose from) from 10am to 5pm at Grande Finale Dance Studio. Our
community will continue the celebration with our exciting NTDD Showcase
featuring Oregon Tap Dance Artists at Camp Withycombe National Guard Armory
10101 SE Clackamas Road, Clackamas, OR, at 7:30pm.
In honor of Tap History and Bill Robinson’s Birthday,
We have created a suggested class syllabus for each level of Tap to make
your choices easier. These are just a suggestion, however. Feel free to jump
into any class that you would like to take.
“Lewis and Clark Trail” are our suggested classes for Advanced levels.
“Old Oregon Trail” are our suggested classes for Intermediate levels.
“Applegate Trail” are our elective classes that you can mix in to customize
your Tap experience. These classes will vary in levels depending on the
class and is posted on each class on the schedule.
*Make sure you check out our Audition Class! Tappers will go through an
audition process and the group of dancers that are chosen from this class
will be performing the piece at the Showcase!
Workshop tickets (which includes a Showcase ticket): $25 PRE-SALE price –
Please print email confirmation of purchase for Workshop entry and Showcase
Showcase only Tickets: $10 PRE-SALE price
*FREE ADULT CLASSES. We are excited to offer 2 free adult classes in our
workshop! Please send the word out to all adult Tappers of the great benefit
this year. Please see attached schedule. *more classes to be added!
*PRE-SALE will last until April 30th. After costs will be as followed:
Workshop tickets (including a showcase ticket): $35
Showcase Only tickets: $13
We still have a few spots available in our Showcase for Tap Solo artists,
Duos, Trios or Groups. Please contact us ASAP to secure a spot.
Click the following Paypal Links to make your purchase:
Workshop/Showcase – $25
Showcase only – $10
Sincerely, Shannon and Lisa