Posted in Che Malambo, City Center, dance, dance making, Fall for Dance, folkloric, Joyce Theatre, Malevo Malambo, Revolution Queens, tango, tap dance, traditional dance

Dance fervor

New Yorker’s Goings On About Town** led me to check out this troupe. Their style is a mucho macho tango and completely mesmerizing. Watching their performance led directly to another interesting find, Malevo Malambo, and from there onto Picahueso Malambo and then an all women’s troupe called Revolution Queens. Like the men from Che Malambo, Malevo Malambo are energetic, aggressive and graceful. The women of Revolution Queens exhibit similarly fierce showmanship.

Malambo, as it turns out, is an Argentine folk style that features footwork called zapeteo. The Malevo group has gone on America’s Got Talent (NBC) in an attempt to popularize this dance form which at home is seen in competitions, and not in theaters. The ladies of Revolution Queens have also been on the TV show. They came out brandishing drums and banging their feet with all the force of the all-male proponents of this genre.

Like the Irish percussive stomp dancers, these Malamboistas present more spectacle than dance performance. Can the French choreographer Gilles Brinas turn his Che Malambo company into a destination for dance fans? Malevo was created by choreographer and dancer Matías Jaime, a native Argentine, in 2015. His troupe appeared at last season’s Fall For Dance at New York City Center. Che Malambo performed at the Joyce this past February.

Seems like mainstream dance fandom, along with the folkloric crowd, is not far behind. Especially if the women of malambo continue to sing to the tune of “Anything you can do….”

**Note, I am always several weeks behind in my New Yorker reading, which is devoted and involves going cover to cover.

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Shine

via Daily Prompt: Shine with thanks to Ben Huberman, The Daily Post for the inspiration

NoLateSeatingThose who crave the spotlight most often become entertainers. Their talent demands it. It is their calling to shine.

We applaud them, and in so doing bask in the glow of their accomplishment. They are center stage with the footlights on them, but we are illuminated by their performance.

Their light shines on us as they render and interpret and presnet their truths. Greater  performers shine brightest, and we shine brighter too.

Posted in tap dance, tap dance musical

Maurice Hines remembers “Tappin’ Thru Life”

Logo for the musical
Logo for the musical

Tap dance is an American art form–with roots in traditional dances from all over the world. Some of you may have noticed that we are great fans of all dance,  and have a soft spot for what we call the percussive style (à la Riverdance, for instance as in the recent Lords of the Dance.)

Much as we like watching the pyrotechniques of the latter, we have always enjoyed the quieter shuffle and pat of Gregory and Maurice Hines. Gregory Hines is remembered in his brother Maurice’s new musical tribute, along with an array of greats with whom Maurice Hines worked over the years.

Tappin’ Thru Life, at New World Stages through March 13th, written by Maurice Hines introduces two new tapstar brothers, John and Leo Manzari. The musical is directed by  Jeff Calhoun, a nominee for Tony bests in choreography (Grease) and for direction of a musical (Newsies), and a dancer in his own right. The dancing and story are backed by the all female vivacious Diva Jazz Orchestra, led by drummer Sherrie Maricle.

For more information and tickets, please visit
http://www.tappinthrulife.com/