Archive for Tap Events

1st Annual Jersey Tap Fest

// July 6th, 2010 // Comments Off on 1st Annual Jersey Tap Fest // Hillary-Marie, News, Tap Events, Yvette Glover

Jersey Tap Fest Promo Poster, July 14-17th at South Orange Performing Arts Center, NJ

The 1st Annual Jersey Tap Fest will debut at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in New Jersey, July 14th - 17th, 2010 IMAGE CREDIT: JerseyTapFest.com

Tap dancers from far and wide will be converging at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in just over a week to participate in the 1st Annual Jersey Tap Fest.

An educational experience that includes 40+ classes taught by major stars from the world of tap, the event will culminate in a main stage show where both students and teachers will perform for an audience.

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Double Tap On NJ Tap Dance Ensemble

// May 31st, 2010 // Comments Off on Double Tap On NJ Tap Dance Ensemble // News, Tap Events

The New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble practices. PHOTO CREDIT: Tom White for The New York Times

I came across two recent stories covering the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble’s work. The first, from NJ.com, focuses on the latest set of shows the troupe did at NJPAC May 20th through the 22nd.

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Incredible Tap Jam Marks 21st Anniversary Of National Tap Dance Day

// May 26th, 2010 // Comments Off on Incredible Tap Jam Marks 21st Anniversary Of National Tap Dance Day // Amiri Baraka, Frank Clemente, Hillary-Marie, Jazz Events, Jeffry Foote, Justin Ballasy, Kyle Wilder, Lucas Ballasy, Skippers, Newark, NJ, Tap Events, Yvette Glover

We here at Jazzville love any occasion to celebrate. So what better way to observe National Tap Dance Day than to have a Tap Jam at Skippers? Hosted by Yvette Glover, mother of famed tapper, Savion Glover, last night’s festivities honored American tap legend Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, whose birthday was chosen for the holiday. Best known for dancing with Shirley Temple in several 1930s films, Mr. Bojangles has since inspired many generations to take the stage and show off their own skills. (more…)

NJ Jazz, Blues & Tap Calendar

// May 23rd, 2010 // Comments Off on NJ Jazz, Blues & Tap Calendar // Blues Events, Jazz Events, News, Tap Events

Our goal here at Jazzville, NJ is to keep you informed about the local Jazz, Blues & Tap scenes. To that end, we’re introducing a new feature on the site: a comprehensive calendar of Jazz, Blues & Tap events all over New Jersey.

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Come To The Tap Jam At Skippers. You Might See A Star!

// May 16th, 2010 // Comments Off on Come To The Tap Jam At Skippers. You Might See A Star! // Jazz Events, Skippers, Newark, NJ, Tap Events

I was browsing through tap dance videos on YouTube recently, when I found one featuring Savion Glover with his troupe, Bare Soundz.

Almost immediately, I recognized the two male dancers in his group as Marshall Davis Jr and Maurice Chestnut. Both of these tremendous talents have performed at previous Tap Jams!

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“Hoofers” Triumphantly Return To Skippers For Thursday Night Tap Jam

// April 25th, 2010 // Comments Off on “Hoofers” Triumphantly Return To Skippers For Thursday Night Tap Jam // Alicia Smith, Frank Clemente, Frank Noviello, Greg Bufford, Hillary-Marie, Jazz Events, Jeffry Foote, Justin Ballasy, Kyle Wilder, Radam Schwartz, Recaps & Reviews, Skippers, Newark, NJ, Tap Events, Yvette Glover

14-year-old Tap phenom, Justin Ballasy commands admiration when he takes to the stage.

Hoofers, vocalists and jazz enthusiasts alike flocked to Skippers in droves this past Thursday for the Tap Jam extravaganza. After an unbearably long three-month hiatus, the night’s event more than met our need for rhythm and soul that’s been missing all this time.

As soon as you entered the popular pub, you could feel the electricity in the air. While the band set up, performers and their supporters bustled about in great anticipation for the exciting evening ahead. Serenading the crowd were music masterminds Radam Schwartz on the piano, bassist Michael Logan and Gregory Bufford playing drums. The lively set also included feel-good, rousing performances from jazz vocalists Frank Noviello and Joy Foster, getting hearts pumping for what was to follow.

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Skippers Tap Jam – Thursday 4/22/2010 @8pm

// April 21st, 2010 // Comments Off on Skippers Tap Jam – Thursday 4/22/2010 @8pm // Skippers, Newark, NJ, Tap Events

It’s been a while since the last Tap Jam at Skippers back in January. Usually they are held every 6-8 weeks, but with a 12 week stretch since the last one, we’re positively itching for a dose of some rhythmic tapping.

Be at Skippers this Thursday, April 22nd @ 8pm for a show that will absolutely bring down the house. Here’s a little video to get your blood pumping: Skippers Tap Jam – Join us Thursday 4/22 @ 8pm

Skipper’s is located at:

304 University Avenue
Newark, NJ
973-733-9300

First Tap Jam Of 2010 Sizzles @ Skippers

// January 16th, 2010 // Comments Off on First Tap Jam Of 2010 Sizzles @ Skippers // Dai Oyama, Greg Bufford, Hillary-Marie, Jazz Events, Jeffry Foote, Justin Ballasy, Kyle Wilder, Lisle Atkinson, Lucas Ballasy, Radam Schwartz, Recaps & Reviews, Robin Young, Skippers, Newark, NJ, Tap Events, Yvette Glover

It certainly has been brutally cold these last few weeks, but the stage at Skippers Plane Street Pub was ablaze with talent during this past Thursday’s Tap Jam.

A tradition started by Yvette Glover, mother of renowned tap superstar Savion Glover, Thursday night Tap Jams are designed to showcase the tap community’s rising stars as well as professional dancers. Those in attendance that night were definitely not left disappointed by the show. (more…)

The DO NOT MISS Event Of January: Tap Jam @ Skippers, Thursday Jan 14th

// January 1st, 2010 // Comments Off on The DO NOT MISS Event Of January: Tap Jam @ Skippers, Thursday Jan 14th // Jazz Events, Skippers, Newark, NJ, Tap Events

If there is only one event you attend in January, make it to the Tap Jam at Skippers.  This showcase of talent – young and not-so-young  is always the event to be at.

Showtime is Thursday Jan 14th at 8pm. Skippers information is located below. I HIGHLY suggest you get there early to get a seat up front – this event always fills up and we’re going to be right up front!

Skippers Plane Street Pub
304 University Avenue
Newark, NJ
Tel: 973-733-9300

Rising Tap Stars (and some Pros) Heat Things Up At Skippers

// November 2nd, 2009 // Comments Off on Rising Tap Stars (and some Pros) Heat Things Up At Skippers // Alicia Smith, Dai Oyama, Frank Clemente, Frank Noviello, Greg Bufford, Hillary-Marie, Jazz Events, Jeffry Foote, Justin Ballasy, Recaps & Reviews, Skippers, Newark, NJ, Tap Events, Yvette Glover

Ms. Yvette Glover & Justin

"Tap Mom" Yvette Glover with 13-year-old tap sensation, Justin Ballasy

Tucked away on a street corner in Newark, you certainly don’t expect much when first setting foot in Skippers Plane Street Pub. As you walk in, it’s impossible to believe there will be enough room for the patrons, let alone the tap dancers scheduled to perform in this past Thursday’s Tap Jam. Even the upright bass was bigger than the stage that had been set up.

Taking a seat at the cozy wooden tables, though, you instantly felt at home. The sense of community in the room quickly put you at ease, but with no less anticipation of what good times laid ahead.

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