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Thank you! Tap Happy!


Tim Hickey emcee's and presents this high energy music and dance event.  Wednesday, May 25, 2011 is 'National Tap Dance Day'  
Help us celebrate tap dance with joy!

Japanese tap dancer Ryo Ishiyama pays tribute to his homeland and helps us raise funds for the Red Cross in Japan.

Other tappers include Anthony Peters, Josh Scribner, Peter Flahiff, Becky Bloom, Jessie Sawyers, Shauna Mindt the 459 Tap Company and Jovon Miller!

Dancers from Allegro Dance Academy, Premiere Dance Center, Gotta Dance, Redmond Senior Center, The Connection Performing Arts Center, Dancers from Allegro Dance Academy, Premiere Dance Center, Gotta Dance, Redmond Senior Center, The Connection Performing Arts Center, Pacific West Performing Arts Center

Becky Bloom
grew up dancing in the Pacific Northwest at Bothell Dance Studio with Ray Bussey (That's Jazz) and Cheryl Johnson and Anthony Peters (Tap Dance Seattle).   At age 17, she was awarded a scholarship in honor of Honi Coles to the Portland International Tap Festival, selected for the award by Marion Coles and Cholly Atkins.   At 18, she moved to Los Angeles to join Jazz Tap Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Lynn Dally and alongside dancers such as Sam Weber, Mark Mendonca, Channing Cook-Holmes, Steve Zee, and Roxane Butterfly.  As a part of Jazz Tap Ensemble, she performed at the Joyce Theater (New York), Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival (Boston) with Jimmy Slyde and Diane Walker, The Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles), The Ford Amphitheater (Los Angeles), the Louis Armstrong Theater (New Orleans), and many other locations throughout the United States.  She was part of the original cast of "Groove", an original work by Gregory Hines for Jazz Tap Ensemble, and had the opportunity to perform it with him in Los Angeles.  On tour she performed the famous Fred Astaire and Elanor Powell number "Begin the Beguine" with Sam Weber.  She was the choreographer and master teacher for Jazz Tap Ensemble's youth program, The Caravan Project, from 1999 to 2007 and created several original works as well as reconstructions of dance on film (The Nicholas Brothers "Lucky Number" among others) and two tributes to Eddie Brown, based on film of his work.  A true rhythm tap dancer and jazz fanatic, she owes a debt of gratitude to the many dancers and musicians she has collaborated with over the years, including Jazz Tap Ensemble's musical director, Jerry Kalaf.  Prior to relocating back to the Pacific Northwest, she taught weekly tap classes at The Tap Academy in Santa Monica.  Currently, Becky is teaching weekly classes at Premiere Dance Center in Redmond, Washington.  Becky has a degree in Economics from UCLA and can be found reading the Financial Times and crunching numbers when she isn't tap dancing.

Josh Scribner
is a Seattle-based dancer and choreographer known for his innovative and contemporary interpretation of tap dance. He recently finished a year-long tour as a dancer for Cirque du Soleil's first Broadway show, "Banana Shpeel," and has appeared on the television show "Showtime at the Apollo" at New York's famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, toured with the Las Vegas dance company, "Iron Beats," and participated in the creation process for Cirque du Soleil's "Zaia." When not performing, he teaches and choreographs around the US and Canada, directs Premiere Dance Center's tap dance company for teens and young adults, and teaches the adult tap program at Seattle's historic Century Ballroom.

Jessie Sawyers
is a Seattle-based tap dancer whose involvement in the entertainment industry spans over a decade. She began her training with Cheryl Johnson and Anthony Peters and has had the honor of studying with tap masters Harold "Stumpy" Cromer, Arthur Duncan, Jeni LeGon, and the late tap greats Cholly Atkins, Ernest "Brownie" Brown, Gregory Hines, Fayard Nicholas, LaVaughn Robinson, Jimmy Slyde, and Prince Spencer. Jessie has worked with Savion Glover and performed his choreography in DANCE This at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, A stage upon which she was also invited to dance with the late Gregory Hines. In April of 2010, Jessie produced and performed in her first full-length show, calledFLOW,featuring live music by The Teaching, tap dancers Travis Knights and Mark Mendonca, contemporary dance from VAM performance, a group piece with 22 tap dancers from around Seattle, and a silent auction of her ceramic artwork with proceeds benefitting the Starlight Children's Foundation.FLOWplayed in Seattle at the Triple Door to a sold out house of 300

Jovon Miller
Although he's only been doing it for four years, Jovon Miller has already made his mark and has established himself as one of the up and coming young lions of tap dance. In just his second year of tap, Miller was one of ten recipients nationwide (one of two dancers) for the prestigious Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship Award for 2009-2010.  As a hoofer, Miller has performed at the Masters of Lindy and Tap Young Talent Showcase and with various artists such as Greta Matassa (four time Earshot jazz vocalist of the year). His audiences have included notable individuals and organizations including but not limited to, members of the United States Congress, spouses for the Congressional Black Caucus, artist Sam Gilliam, actor/director/producer Tyler Perry, and executives/CEO's of Disney, Coca-Cola. Although he is most well known for his tap skills, in 2010 Miller graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in dance focusing on Modern. Miller is also a Lindy hop dancer and has placed in several competitions including but not limited to Pacific Northwest Lindy Hop Championships, Battle of Swing Seattle, and the Savoy Swing Jam. His invocative choreography in Modern, Contemporary, Lindy, and Tap has given him wide recognition in the dance scene. Before he began tap, Miller was also a professional musician trained in saxophone, flute, and clarinet. As a musician he has performed with Gerald Turner (Digable Planets & Cherrywine), Kevin Gardner (E-40 Platinum Producer), Greg Adams (Tower of Power), and many others. Jovon has dedicated many volunteer hours to the Northshore school district. He has worked as a volunteer music teacher for both Bothell High School and Skyview Junior High, teaching students to play wind instruments. He has also worked with students at Northshore Junior High's Special Education program teaching them the joys of music and strives to share his passion for music and dance to everyone he meets.

Bob Hammer Trio features:
Bob Hammer studied at Manhattan School of Music before taking private lessons by composer Henry Brant.  Hammer led a band together with Bob Wilber (1955). He worked in the Sauter/Finnegan Orchestra, the Roy Eldridge Quartet (1956) and with Gene Krupa (1956/57). He was a member of Red Allen's band (1958-1962) and Eddie Condon' (1959/60) band. At that time he recorded with Charles Mingus (who called him his 'Beethoven') and began to work as arranger for the bassist on Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus, Townhall Concert and the celebrated The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. . In 1963 he played with Pee Wee Russell, Krupa and Eldridge. In 1964 he was on tour with Bobby Hackett. From 1965 to 1967 he worked as arranger for the Merv Griffin Show. He recorded with Jimmy Knepper, Johnny Hartman, Woody Herman, Clark Terry, and Elvin Jones. Between 1977 and 1988 he worked as a member of show bands in Las Vegas. After an engagement with Slide Hampton he worked as instructor for jazz improvisation at El Camino Community College and played in the Jimmy Cleveland Octet. He also worked with Barbara McNair, the Tommy Newsome Quartet and the Jerry Lewis Telethon. In 2004 he recorded with Floyd Standifer's quintet.

Ray Price (drums) was born and raised in Birmingham, England and began playing drums at 13 years of age. He began playing semi professional at 16, which seemed natural cause his dad Frank Price was a drummer.   After a stint in the Army he began playing pro in England for greats such as Tubby Hayes, Don Randel and Johnny Patrick.  Since moving to America in 1957, Ray has played for and with: Skinnay Ennis; Bob Hope; Jane Mansfield, Barbara Eden, Frank Sinatra, Bernadette Peters, Rosemary Clooney, Dick Haynes, Paramount Pictures - The Lucy Show starring Lucille Ball (1963 - 1966); Lionel Hampton,  Stan Kenton, George Shearing,  and perhaps his biggest honor played with Oscar Peterson and is featured drummer on Oscar's "Walking the Line" and "Another Day" albums.

Larry Holloway (bass) is a monster talent of the biggest of upright basses. His sound is generous and irrepressible. A regular on the Northwest and national jazz scene, Larry was recently heard performing with legendary jazz pianist George Cables for the Jazz Society of Oregon's "First Jazz 2001".  Growing up in Kansas, Larry earned a Bachelor of Music in 1980. He served two stints with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra led by Buddy Morrow; 1982-83 and 1991-92. Before dropping anchor in the Northwest, Larry spent many years in Kansas City and Denver performing with the likes of Chet Baker, Phil Urso, Harold Land, and Gary Foster. From his current northern position he has performed with the late Steve Allen and is a constant foundation to many bands and singers. Larry was featured at Jazz Alley in Seattle with Louie Bellson and Pete Christlieb. October '96 saw him in Brazil on a 10 day Jazz Festival tour with vocalist Ernestine Anderson.   Several years ago, Larry began tuning his bass in fifths, an ambitious technique pioneered by his mentor, the great jazz bassist Red Mitchell. This gives him a much expanded range on the instrument, allowing him to grind the low notes even lower, and sing on the high notes with amazing drive and clarity. Larry is the first recipient of the Red Mitchell Scholarship Award , presented at Willamette University in Salem Oregon, featuring a concert duet with trumpet legend Clark Terry. Larry is definitely at the top of his field (or bottom, if you're a bass player), and much in demand. He is a Pony Boy Records recording artist and can be heard on his latest release with master guitarist Christopher Woitach. Other recordings are with the The Big Bad Groove Society , a popular contemporary sextet of big band road alumni and Lance Buller and the Monarchs , a "good times" swing band.

National Tap Dance Day was decreed on Nov. 7, 1989 by President George H.W. Bush.  
National Tap Dance Day falls on the birthday of legendary Bill "Bojangles" Robison (1878-1949)

Allegro Performing Arts Academy is located in Kent, WA and first opened in 1996.  Tonya Goodwillie, owner, is especially proud of the wide variety of training that Allegro offers. They offer classes for all levels and ages 1-100!  Allegro Precision Dance Company and PURE Hip Hop are Allegro's premiere performance and competition teams.  Allegro is ranked #1 dance studio in the Northwest and Top 60 dance studios in the Country according to the Federation of Dance Competitions.  www.allegrodance.com

Tim Hickey began tap dancing at 24 years of age with the Gold Family in Boston.  He discovered his great uncle Freddy Hickey was a tap dancer in vaudeville and felt a part of a much larger family when he began taking master classes with hoofers such as Sherry Gold, Jimmy Mitchell, Cookie Cook and Steve Condos some of whom worked with his Great Uncle Freddy and knew him well.  Tim played Andy Lee in 42nd Street on tour; Dolittle in My Fair Lady, for which he performed a Command Performance for the King and Queen of Malaysia and has locally produced and directed many shows at Kirkland Performance Center including: New Millennium Tap Dance Revue (1-3); Tap Happy Radio Show and "An Evening with Greta Matassa".  He also has tap danced in the SRJO's Duke Ellington Sacred Music Concert for over 12 years consecutively.   Recently appeared in a  "Washington State Lotto Commercial" with Award Winning Director Patrick Daughters (Feist 1,2,3,4; My Man My Moon; Grizzly Bear; Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs) and Award Winning Choreographer - Michael Rooney (son to actor Mickey).  Tim also produced a successful run of "Tap Happy" at the Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, in Snohomish, WA.


11100 NE 6th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages
Music > Jazz
Other > Fundraisers

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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