The second installment of the American Tap Dance Foundation’s First Friday Film Festival, Tap Ellington, will take place Friday, November 4 at 8 p.m., in studio at the American Tap Dance Center, 154 Christopher Street #2, and stream live at https : //youtu.be/z11E-lQg5eI.
The studio screening suggested a donation of $5.00, the live stream is free. Mercedes Ellington, granddaughter of the great jazzman and CEO/Artistic Director of the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts, will be the special guest of the evening. Ms. Ellington will participate in a post-screening open discussion moderated by ATDF Executive Director Tony Waag.
Tap Ellington premiered Friday, July 14, 2017 at The Appeal Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center. It was a musical celebration of one man’s life, his music and a unique legacy of introducing, promoting and presenting tap dancers to audiences around the world. Master of Ceremonies Tony Waag and the Duke Ellington Center Big Band led by Eli Yamin came together in honor of this legendary American jazz icon, with tap-dancing performances by emerging raw talent, contemporary soloists and masters of top tap artists including Brenda Bufalino, Ayodele Casel, Mercedes Ellington, Sarah Reich, Caleb Teicher, Sam Weber, Jossette, Joseph Wiggan and others.
Duke Ellington composed a number of songs specifically for tap dancers, and many of America’s greatest tap dancers have worked with Duke Ellington. Ellington wrote tunes such as Bojangles and Tap Dancers Blues, and incorporated the seminal tap solo David Dance Before the Lord into his Concert of Sacred Music, often performed by tap virtuoso Bunny Briggs and elegant tap dancer Buster Brown (1960s to 1980s). ). The Library of Congress’ “Tap Dance in America” database, created by Constance Valis Hill, lists 195 recordings in their search engine under Ellington/Tap Dance.
The ATDF First Friday Film Festival parties, hosted by ATDF Executive/Artistic Director Tony Waag, revisit tap dance productions of the past, straight from the ATDF archives. All are open to the public, with proof of compulsory vaccination, optional masks. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, visit Shows and Events or call 646-230-9564 to register.