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In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Buddy Bradley was coaching many stars of Broadway musicals, including Fred and Adele Astaire, Ruby Keeler, and Eleanor Powell. However despite being well known (and well paid) within show business he never received credit for choreographing a show with a white cast in America. In 1930 Buddy was invited to London to choreograph for Jessie Matthews’s show, Ever Green at the Aldephi Theatre for which he received his first choreographic credit. It was a great success for both Jessie and Buddy and in 1934 it was made into his first British musical film, Evergreen, launching him into the emerging English film industry. Buddy staged over thirty musical productions during the 1930s and choreographed a number of British musical films during his thirty-eight years in Britain.
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Tuesday 18 August 2020
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PUTTING TAP DANCE RESEARCH IN THE SPOTLIGHT
TDRN UK provides a space for researchers, artists, academics, and practitioners to share knowledge, information, and research around Tap Dance.
In May 2019 Jess Murray coordinated a ‘Tap Dance Research Symposium’ which led to the formation of the Tap Dance Research Network UK.
Our initial Steering team formed in May 2019 and included Jess Murray, Sally Crawford-Shepherd, Annette Walker, Trish Melton, Deborah Norris and Karen Wood with Junior Laniyan, Lee Payne and Nathan James joining in June 2020.
I’ve presented at TDRN UK Online Talk Series and on panels we’ve formed to present and discuss our individual research at conferences.
Find out more at http://tdrnuk.com
I’ve been going to a regular Tomorrow’s Warriors jam session run by artistic director Gary Crosby OBE, since we met in 2017 (on the panel of An Evening of Jazz – Dance and Music). The jam is for those of us that are “too old” to be “youth” musicians of the main organisation so we often joke that perhaps we should be called Yesterday’s Warriors!
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BBC PROMS PRESENTS Prom 54: Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert
22:15 Thu 29 Aug 2019, Royal Albert Hall (Auditorium)
Broadcast on BBC FOUR Fri 6 Sept – available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days (UK)
‘Swinging at The Cotton Club’ is the action-packed show celebrating the music, dance, and songs of the Cotton Club – New York City’s legendary nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s.
I joined the cast as a guest solo tap dancer back in 2016 and have performed in a number of shows up and down the UK including London’s Cadogan Hall in 2017 and 2019. I’m not in every show but keep an eye out on my social media for announcements of tour dates I’ll be joining.
Tickets £10 on the door, £8 in advance through our partner DesignMyNight. Participating dancers and musicians pay £6 on the door. Doors open 7pm and the jam starts at 8pm. Tap dancers can join in the free Renegade Stage class at 7:15pm for an introduction to improvisation.
Hoofers, other dancers, musicians, singers and poets drop in to jam from all over the world.
The London Tap Jam takes place every other month, on the last Sunday, in Hoxton (London UK) atGigi’s Bar, 11 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU