GOTTA MOVE: WOMEN IN TAP
A New Film by Lynn Dally
March 2010 News Release
In February, 2008, for the first time ever, five generations of phenomenal tap dancers came together to dance, to share stories, to talk tap, to celebrate. These women, Chloe Arnold, Terry Brock, Brenda Bufalino, Heather Cornell, Lynn Dally, Michelle Dorrance, Barbara Duffy, Acia Gray, Deborah Mitchell, Miriam Nelson, Linda Sohl-Ellison, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Dianne Walker, and Josette Wiggan, represent the tap dance renaissance that has been moving across the globe since the early 70’s. They are keepers of its history and innovators of its future.
The 2008 gathering, Women In Tap, a three-day conference with two concerts was electrifying. Tap dancers, dance historians, and tap enthusiasts from around the world participated in this history-making event. The weekend offered seminars by some of tap dance’s most noted writers and scholars, Sali Ann Kreigsman, Constance Valis Hill, and Ann Kilkelly, master classes, informal conversations, films, and, of course, dancing, lots of dancing!
This event has now been captured on film by Lynn Dally, well known as dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of the LA based Jazz Tap Ensemble. The film Gotta Move: Women in Tap, a lively documentary, chronicles one weekend in the life of some of today’s most extraordinary tap dancers who just happen to be women. With principal photography by filmmaker John Bishop, Gotta Move acknowledges the contributions of these accomplished leaders in the renaissance of tap. It is a tribute to their creativity and brilliance. “It was my pleasure and privilege to document this extraordinary moment," said Dally in a recent interview.
Gotta Move: Women in Tap will have its first public screening on Thursday, April 22, 7 pm at Glorya Kaufman Hall on the UCLA campus in Westwood, where the 2008 conference took place. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers giving a behind the scenes look at the making of the film. The evening will begin at 6pm when author Constance Valis Hill will discuss her new book, Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History, published by Oxford University Press.
Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. To make your reservation, contact Jazz Tap Ensemble at 310-475-4412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The screening of Gotta Move: Women in Tapis part of a major tap event co-sponsored by Dance Camera West, UCLA Department of World Arts & Cultures, and the Jazz Tap Ensemble. Ms. Valis Hill, an accomplished jazz dancer, choreographer, and performance scholar. is also featured in the film. Her book, Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History is the first comprehensive, fully documented history of this uniquely American art form. It explores all aspects of the intricate musical and social exchange that evolved from Afro-Irish percussive step dances like the jig, gioube, buck-and-wing, and juba to the work of such contemporary tap luminaries as Gregory Hines, Brenda Bufalino, Dianne Walker, and Savion Glover. Ms. Valis Hill will host a book signing in the Rainbow Lounge later that evening.
On Saturday, July 10, Dally will premiere the film on the East Coast, in New York City, as part of Tony Waag's 2010 "Tap City" Festival Awards, presented by the American Tap Dance Foundation at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center. For more information on this event, contact American Tap Dance Foundation at 646-230-9564 or go to their website at www.atdf.org.
Lynn Dally is currently celebrating thirty years as a professional tap dancer, choreographer, Artistic Director, and co-founder of the Jazz Tap Ensemble. She has toured worldwide in venues including Carnegie Hall, Maison de la Danse, the Smithsonian, Kennedy Center, and NY's Joyce Theatre with legends including Gregory Hines, Jimmy Slyde, Brenda Bufalino, Dianne Walker, and the Nicholas Brothers. She is an Adjunct Professor teaching Tap in the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. Gotta Move: Women in Tap is her first tap film.