Master tap teacher Debbi Dee will receive the Living Treasure Award from Oklahoma City University’s Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management on March 12.
The award honors individuals who have contributed significantly to American dance and dance education. Past honorees include Al Gilbert, Henry LeTang, Fayard Nicholas, and Jimmy Slyde. As part of the event, Dee will be giving master classes and attending the OCU spring performances.
Dee teaches teachers and students for many major dance organizations, including Dance Olympus, Dance Masters of America, Florida Dance Masters, Dance Educators of America, Dance Teacher Summit, and Dance Makers. She has held guest faculty positions at performing arts schools as well as at OCU and the University of Buffalo.
As a performer, Dee appeared on Broadway, in television, movies and USO shows, and at Lincoln Center and other notable venues. She has worked as a choreographer, dance captain, and assistant choreographer on off-Broadway productions, industrials, and fashion shows and in professional and community theater. She also has created a series of educational DVDs and written training aids for teachers. More information is available at www.okcu.edu/dance_amgt/treasure.asp.
Classes are filling up fast for the Autumn 2010 Tap Experience, part of the “Traditions In Tap Series,” to be held November 13 and 14 at New York City.
Workshop faculty includes Bob Audy, Ofer Ben, Dr. Harold Cromer, Debbi Dee, Jay Fagan, Melba Huber, Avi Miller, Prof. Robert L. Reed, Germaine Salsberg, and Dianne “Lady Di” Walker. Classes will be held at the Nola Studios in midtown Manhattan, with a Participate Showcase set for 7 p.m. November 13 at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center.
Space is still available in the Youth Level classes and the Participant Showcase. Students interested in being placed on the standby list for the Adult #1, Adult #2, or Teen Level classes can call 646.383.4949. More information, including an online registration form, is available at www.TraditionsInTap.org.
The faculty for this workshop includes Bob Audy, Ofer Ben, Dr. Harold Cromer, Debbi Dee, Jay Fagan, Melba Huber, Avi Miller, Robert L. Reed, Germaine Salsberg, and Dianne “Lady Di” Walker.
This workshop consists of four programs: two separate adult programs for intermediate, advanced and professional levels (adults and teens 17 and older); a teens program for tappers age 13-16 (with at least five years of extensive tap training); and a youth program for tappers age 10-12 (with at least three years of extensive tap training).
The Participants Showcase will take place at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, November 13, at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center.
For more information and a registration form, visit www.TraditionInTap.org.
Scholarships are made possible by funds granted by private donors through the Sponsor a Tap Dancer program and The Tradition in Tap Advisory Committee. Refer to the website for more information and an application form.