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UNCONDITIONAL LOVE FOR …THE TEACHERS WE LOVE!
DO40’S LOVEFEST PANEL & PERFORMANCES
HONORING THOSE THAT PREPARED US FOR OUR CRAFT
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(Trying to do that “Selfie” thing like the Academy Awards, but after almost 4 hours, this is all we could muster! Bella Malinka, Alan Onickel, Nicole Barth, Marilyn D’honau, Bob Boross, DO40 Prez John Sefakis taking the pic, Mary Cadorette-Harris, Jose de la Cuesta, Karin Baker, Carolyn Kirsch, Jessica Black, Francis Roach, Amy Burgmaier, Carter Poust, Chuck Kelley, Lester Holmes and DO40 board member Kathy Seng Gurland)
They said it couldn’t be done! They said nobody could do it! We tried, and despite a few bumps in the road, succeeded in getting most of the great teachers of our generation(s) together for the first time!
DO40 honored Gemze de Lappe, Bella Malinka, Marilyn D’honau, Bob Audy, Phil Black, Matt Mattox, Chuck Kelley and Luigi. Unfortunately, Gemze landed in the hospital the week before the show, and could not appear. She sent her love to all, and we all signed a get well card in the lobby for her. Phil Black, of course, is at the Actors Home in New Jersey, and a few panelists had to be changed last minute as well. But aside from these surmountable obstacles, we got it done! Videos! Singing! Dancing! Acrobatics! All Live!
DO40 founding member Eileen Casey opened the show with a rare 1997 video from a DO40 concert featuring Marilyn D’honau, Michon Peacock, Gary Gendell and Bill Thompson – and choreographed by Tony Stevens. Eileen noted that our 2014 – 2015 DO40 season marks our 20th anniversary as an organization. And they said it couldn’t be done! They said nobody could do it!
(Notice their feet do not touch the ground!!! Gene Castle, Patti Mariano, Karin Baker and Tim Falter,
in “All Aboard for Broadway” from GEORGE M!)
DO40 member Karin Baker got together her George M! gang to redo a portion of the show that Bob Audy had choreographed (choreographer Joe Layton handed Bob the task, as he did not tap). It featured Karin, Patti Mariano and Gene Castle from the original company, and newcomer (“the kid” learning the role) Tim Falter. Tappers extraordinaire Lynn Schwab and Tony Waag did a tap rap of Holi Coles’, Amy Burgmaier sang “Satin Doll” to her teacher, Luigi, as Francis J. Roach danced, and DO40 Legacy Award honoree Billie Mahoney sent video greetings from Kansas City, and intercut her talk with clips from her “Dance On” local television series from the early 80s that featured Luigi. The evening ended with a DO40 video clip from the 2010 DO40 CARES concert, a dance choreographed by Luigi and danced by Erika Black. The dance faded midway through and out came Jessica Black, Erika’s twin sister, to continue to dance the music to the end, and present Luigi with flowers.
The panels were insightful, as were the videos. Phil Black Student Paige Dana Polisner noted in her video clip (taped at the Phil Black Students’ Reunion in March, 2014) something that could be applied to many of the teachers honored:
“He alone had the ability to get us where we wanted to go. We knew it was because he cared so deeply he was harsh, and in truth, he believed in us way more than we did, and he settled for no less than what he knew, even when we didn’t, what we could do. So he prepared us equally for both the best and the worst of what the business had to offer….. but his students endured even when they couldn’t, even when their dreams and hearts and bodies were broken… and this way Phil readied us not just for Broadway but for life. He made us resilient, strong and flexible of mind as well as in body. In short, he made us “something else,” something bigger and better than the person we were when we walked in his door – and for that, we are eternally grateful.”
Bob Audy, Luigi, Chuck Kelley
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MEMORIES AND FRIENDSHIPS, LOVE AND ADMIRATION –
And most especially laughter and delight at the
Phil Black Students’ Reunion event on March 30!
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Phil’s “kids” with his “weapon of mass destruction…” the dreaded drumstick!!!!
Emotions ran high at the Phil Black Students’ Reunion March 30th. Every video with Phil, every dance number with a “Phil Black step” in it; the reminiscences of the 12 dancers featured during the evening. But most importantly, it was a way to reconnect with Phil – in many ways. DO40 member Mary McCatty offered directions – and a ride – to those who want to visit Phil at the Actors’ Home in New Jersey, and those instructions are posted on the Phil Black Appreciation Page on facebook.
Leora Blau flew in from Las Vegas, Al Micacchion from Lauderdale, FL…and each and every student got a “drumstick souvenir” when it was all said and done! Host Christine Langner kept the afternoon moving – if it wasn’t a video, it was a dance, choreographed by J.T. Jenkins and Alan Onickel – in the Phil Black style – and then the testimonials. Roseanna Mineo, Diane Nicole, Nancy Dalton Flowers, Jane Matera, Jose de la Cuesta, Michelle Bombacie, Jodi Guttierez, Mary McCatty, Nancy Melius, Leora Blau, J.T. Jenkins and especially Paige Dana Polisner.
DO40 will be using a clip from her remembrances at our TEACHERS WE LOVE PANEL and PERFORMANCE on May 5th at St. Luke’s Theater, 308 West 46th St., NYC, 7pm.
L to R: Nancy Melius, Leora Ron Blau, Paige Polisner and Jose de la Cuesta
Christine Langer and Michele Bombacie brought their mothers, as they were instrumental in their dance careers and were at Phil’s all the time, since both Christine and Michele both started at very young ages. There were DO40 members who remember Phil teaching in 1961 and Nancy Dalton, whom Phil hired to dance at the 1964 World’s Fair in NYC (with Goldie Hawn!). Students from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00’s were there as well, actually up to when Phil stopped teaching in 2005.
The DVD of this event will be donated to the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. However, Dancers Over 40 members may view the event in its entirety (13 clips) on the member-only page of our free website any time! Just use the email address you gave DO40 when you joined as your user name and the “discount code” on the back of your membership card as the password – and you’re in! It’s good to go for all our events from 2010 to the present. A great perk for our out-of-state members who can’t come in for our events. And these videos are great learning tools for the next generation as well. Our free youtube channel, featuring our older panels and performances is being referenced constantly by arts organizations and colleges around the country.
Also, Official AND unofficial photos of the event are all now on our DO40 Facebook page, our free website gallery and the Phil Black Appreciation Society facebook page. With all these embarrassment of riches, how can you NOT join DO40 now??!?!?
So please consider joining DO40, not just to watch your favorite teacher, Phil Black, but to also promote the history, legacy and lives of all our members by allowing us to continue our mission – and to pay it forward to the next generation. As board member and DO40 Legacy Award honoree Chita Rivera says “We Simply Cannot Do It Alone! Just click the box on the upper left hand corner and follow the easy instructions!
Another Wonderful Holiday Event and Awards Show--
Filled with Love, Reminiscence and Melancholy.
DO40 Honors its Own – the 2013 Legacy Awards
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(l to r: Bob Avian, Tracy Everitt – accepting for Skip Randall – Lawrence Merritt,
Chita Rivera and Ellie Quick, accepting in honor of her sister, Louise)
DO40 presented its fifth annual Legacy Awards at their Holiday Dinner, this year again LIPS restaurant in NYC. Honorees this year were Chita Rivera, Bob Avian, Lawrence Merritt, Skip Randall and Louise Quick (posthumously), with a special Honorary Award to BC/EFA Executive Director Tom Viola. Speakers Lisa Mordente, Baayork Lee, Larry Fuller, Teak Lewis, Harvey Evans and Tracy Everitt were all eloquent and heartfelt in speaking the praises of all these wonderful people, who have given so much to their profession – and to DO40.
A special video montage was shown in honor of Legacy Honoree Louise Quick, who died November 1st. Her sister Ellie flew in from Colorado, along with her daughter Ashley and other family members to accept Louise’s award. Both Chita Rivera and Lawrence Merritt offered stories about Louise and shared their love for her. There was humor and heartache, laughs and gentle tugs at the heartstrings.
(Clockwise at the Honoree and Speakers’ table: Chita Rivera, Lisa Mordente,
Tom Viola, Lawrence Merritt, Baayork Lee, Peter Pileski, Bob Avian and Joe Tremaine)
Hostess for the evening was Broadway and Off-Broadway Diva Christine Pedi. She regaled the audience with story after story as well as impressions of the great stars singing holiday songs. Tracy Everitt filled in for Legacy Honoree Skip Randall, who was unable to fly in from New Mexico with his wife. Skip was in Call Me Mister and Make Mine Manhattan in the ‘40s with a young upstart named Bob Fosse…
(Chita Rivera – center – with Louise Quick’s sister Ellie and her daughter, Ashley)
Also in the audience, former Legacy Award winners Nicole Barth, Bella Malinka, Ken Urmston, Larry Fuller, George Marcy, Harvey Evans, Joe Tremaine, Lee Roy Reams and Norma Doggett-Bezwick. Members roamed the tables finding old friends they hadn’t seen in decades. And our newest – and youngest – board members, Roger Ellis and Bethany Elkin, were on hand to help out with our video set-up and round up loads of volunteers from Marymount Manhattan College. It’s so important for the younger generation of theater and dance students to understand the importance of the history, legacy and lives of our community.
Our volunteers for the evening – l to r, DO40 member Lawrence Leritz, Marymount Manhattan College students Tim Allen, Allison Scott, Liane Zelinski, Katrina Colletti and new board members – and teachers at Marymount – Bethany Elkin and Roger Ellis. Not pictured, DO40 members Leni Anders, Diana Baffa-Brill and Eileen Casey, and DO40 Board Members Teddy Kern, James Dybas, and Gitana Garcia)
The special honorary award to Tom Viola was so very important, as BC/EFA has played a central role in the growth of DO40, and with their yearly funding, have allowed us to produce the panels and performances we have today. We are like a sister organization, giving back when we can, through our dance concerts and at the BC/EFA Flea Market every year. DO40 has donated over $10,000.00 to BC/EFA in the seven years we have participated in that event.
(Hostess Christine Pedi, along with Harvey Evans, speak the praises of BC/EFA Executive Director Tom Viola)
Also in the audience... Patti Lupone and Matt Johnston, John Breglio, Patricia and Bert Michaels, Denise and Steve Boockvor, Marianne Selbert Troy and hubby Hector, Steve Jones and Valarie Pettiford of the Verdon/Fosse Legacy, LLC, Carol Maxwell, Felicia Velasco, Lori Tan Chinn, Roseana Mineo, Jodi Moccia, Frank Davis, Rose Dennis (in from Pennsylvania), Kim Greenberg (in from Rhode Island), Karin Baker, Carolyn Kirsch, Penny Worth, Ellen Fluhr, Mary Six Rupert, Loida Santos and cast members from every 1950s, 60s and 70s show imaginable! An impressive crowd. An impressive evening!
DO40 is so fortunate to have a membership of such dedicated people!
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Life is Beautiful! The Girls are Beautiful! The Audience was Beautiful! The Show was Stunning! DO40’s Biggest – and Best – Panel and Performance!
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Joel Grey, Sandy Duncan, Don Correia, Marge Champion, Donna McKecknie and Ben Vereen.
Monday, October 21st was a luminous night for DO40, panelists, performers – and especially the sold-out audience who attended Dancers Over 40’s latest panel and performance, this time honoring Director/Choreographer Ron Field. Along with seven members from the original production, on hand were Marge Champion, Sandy Duncan & Don Correia, Joel Grey, Donna McKechnie, Lee Roy Reams and Ben Vereen. A star-studded night, indeed for DO40!
Video clips from Ron’s shows were interspersed with performance pieces by the CABARET cast, Donna McKechnie, and the “Dueling Duanes,” Lee Roy Reams, Harvey Evans and Lawrence Merritt, all of whom portrayed Duane in APPLAUSE.
Cast members from the original Broadway version of CABARET: Marianne Selbert, Bert Michaels,
Patricia Michaels, Rita O’Connor, Carol Hanzel, Steve Boockvor and
Bonnie Walker – staged by Marianne Selbert – with their “original selves” shown in the background!
The panel segments whisked by – no one noticed 3 ½ hours passed! The CABARET cast with the wonderfully honest, witty and direct Joel Grey, and moderators Harvey Evans and Lawrence Merritt; The Fabulous D’honau Sisters – Marilyn, Lillian and Dorothy, Lee Roy Reams – and that was just Act One!
L to R: Marianne Selbert, Patricia Michaels, Bert Michaels, Moderator Harvey Evans,
Joel Grey, Moderator Lawrence Merritt, Rita O'Connor, Steve Boockvor, Bonnie Walker and Carol Hanzel.
Act Two’s panels included segments with Marge Champion, Sandy Duncan and Don Correia, moderated by Harvey Evans and Marianne Selbert, and insightful discussions with Ben Vereen and Donna McKechnie. Donna led the panelists and performers into a sing along that included songs from ON THE TOWN and CABARET.
L to R: Marilyn D'honau, Lillian D'honau, Dorothy D'honau and Moderator Lawrence Merritt.
The audience was ablaze with the best of the best – DO40 members, Legacy Award honorees, new facebook fans and Friends of Dancers over 40 (FODO 40’s as they are known!). Ben Vereen singled out his ballet teacher from the High School of Performing Arts, 2011 Legacy Award honoree Bella Malinka, and Gary Gendell, Carolyn Kirsch and Legacy honorees Ken Urmston and Nicole Barth were also in attendance, and spoke from the audience with reminiscences of Ron and his work. Fosse biographer and DO40 member Kevin Winkler, Harry Haun, St. Luke’s producer Ed Gaynes, Virginia Seidel and a gaggle more of gypsies going back at least 45 years filled out the crowd.
Harvey Evans, Lee Roy Reams and Lawrence Merritt in front of their younger selves
performing on an Anne Bancroft Special in the 60s.
Special thanks to our new – and youngest -- members from Marymount Manhattan College and Broadway Dance Center, teachers and students, Roger Ellis, Bethany Elkin, Tim Allen, Kevin Breseley and BDC blogger Mary Callahan, none of them over 30 – but all of them involved in DO40 to learn about the History, Legacy and Lives of the performers, choreographers and artists who came before them.
Act I Finale, APPLAUSE, with Harvey Evans, Lee Roy Reams
and Lawrence Merritt leading the cast members of Act I.
From DO40 member Karin Baker: “It was a fabulous event! It was a pleasure to help take tickets and just to hug so many older dancers!!! Thanks so much Harvey and Larry for making it a dream come true. I felt very proud and happy to be counted as a dancer who has a legacy to offer along with all those talented people on stage. We were all a part of something special that doesn't happen today. I must have hugged over fifty people last night!!! I never had the pleasure of working with Ron, but I had worked with almost everyone who was up there. I auditioned for Ron when I was eighteen and almost got a job at the Latin Quarter. Now I wish I had actually gotten the job. But I do remember how much fun his audition was. It felt last night like he had the right and proper send off! Thanks DO40, for making it happen!!!”
Ben Vereen waxes nostalgic about Ron Field and his Emmy Winning TV Special,
with Harvey Evans and Marianne Selbert.
From new DO40 member Barbara Wasson: “I just wanted to tell you how wonderful the tribute to Ron Field was the other night! I'm still trying to take it all in because it was so incredible. To be in the company of so many talented people, people who have inspired and entertained me since I was a little girl; to spend an evening extolling the amazing art of dance and choreography; it was nourishment to my soul! Everyone was so friendly and delightful. It's a privilege to be a part of this fun organization. If you ever need someone to stuff envelopes, lick stamps or run for coffee, I would be an enthusiastic volunteer. Again, thank you so much.”
Don Correia and Sandy Duncan.
From DO40 Board Member James Dybas: “What a terrific evening! Everyone was saying that it was the best ever. I have to say, Harvey Evans did a great job tonight, he really kept it moving and knew exactly when to stop a panel discussion and move on. He really does his homework!”
Act II Finale from ON THE TOWN and CABARET, led by Donna McKechnie.
From DO40 member Leni Anders: “It really was a spectacular event – and worked well being at 7:00pm. It was the best organized event we’ve had, and really ran smoothly…. Congratulations – they get better every time.”
Curtain Call with the Cast (Joel Grey and Ben Vereen absent).
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T'was A Great Night - Hundreds of Years of History in One Room!
DO40 members L to R, Patti Mariano, Mary Lou Barber, Juliet Ewing and Bambi Jones
On September 16th, the best of the best of the dance and theater community were represented! Our annual membership meeting had gypsies galore, and a great show presented by DO40 members Karin Baker (director) and Patti Mariano (choreographer). Patti, Mary Lou Barber, Juliet Ewing and Bambi Jones rocked the house with a mini-concert from their Johnny Mercer Revue. This was our first time at the Shetler Studios Penthouse, and it was a cozy and inviting space.
DO40 Board members L to R, Lawrence Merritt, Richard Korthaze
and Harvey Evans, along with Gene Gavin and Ken Urmston
DO40 Prez John Sefakis outlined the upcoming year's activities and enlisted volunteers for the events. Members seen - and heard - Gemze de Lappe, Gene Gavin, Ken Urmston, Darlene Larsen, Dottie Belle, Sasha Spielvogel, Karin Baker and Greg Kayne, Harvey Evans, Lawrence Merritt, Debbie Abel, Gitana Garcia, James Dybas, Leni Anders, Kristine Nevins, JoAnn Mariano, Christine Reisner and new hubby Don, Virginia Seidel, Will Mead, Stephen Reed and a gaggle more!
The highly attentive audience enraptured by all the performances and speakers!
Thank you to the 250 members who have renewed since August, but there are another 100 of you that have not sent in your dues yet. DO40 counts on member dues and donations to produce all of our events and we simply can't do it without you! So please send in those membership forms or pay on our website by clicking the JOIN/DONATE button at the top of the page.
WE WERE BACK AT THE BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS FLEA MARKET IN SHUBERT ALLEY...RAISING OVER $2,100!
Rain, rain, went away, just in time for a fabulous day! We were inundated with people - Facebook fans, DO40 members, friends from the dance and theater communities. It was extremely hard work, but worth every blister!
James Dybas, Stephen Nachamie, Nicole Barth, Lawrence Leritz and Penny Worth
Especially noteworthy is the fact that we only sold only one item for $100.00, and just one at $50 -- all the rest were small ticket items, Playbills, sheet music, books, albums, CDs and sundry tschtochkes (sp?) donated by members (even a necktie signed by Milton Berle, donated by long-time member Jeanne Jones Snow in Indiana!).
The DO40 volunteer crew was well represented - and in choreographed shifts, no less!
Teddy Kern, Dottie Bell, Nicole Barth, and far right, Harvey Evans & Bert Michaels
at the WSS Book Signing Table
Special thanks to Debbie Abel for coordinating the volunteers, Karin Baker for organizing, Harvey Evans for putting together the West Side Story book signing from 1 - 4, and a gaggle of gypsies: Lawrence Leritz, Nicole Barth, James Dybas, Lawrence Merritt, Richard Korthaze, Teddy Kern, Mary Lou Barber, Penny Worth, Eileen Casey, Dottie Belle, Stephen Nachamie, Bert Michaels, David Bean, Eddie Verso, Joy Serio Dunbar - and appearances by Norma Doggett-Bezwick and Tom Fergus, Sasha Spielvogel, Roseanna Mineo, Debra Agin-Shine, Ken Urmston, Sharon Wendrow, Richard Skipper, Pamela Myers and Bryan Batt! Whatta line-up!
And dare we say... we need Playbills for next year! (And a few big ticket items wouldn't hurt!)
Lawrence Merritt, Elmo, featuring Mary Lou Barber, Joy Serio Dunbar
and flea market maven Karin Baker
Love and thanks to all who participated. Ongoing appreciation to BC/EFA Exec Tom Viola (a Legacy Award Honoree this December!) and Kim Russell, as always! (Apologies in advance if we left someone out!)
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Curtain Call/Finale with Tony Sheldon, Carol Lawrence, DO40 Prez John Sefakis and Liliane Montevecchi
THE STORY OF OUR LIVES
Hosted by Carol Lawrence,
DO40 ends the 2012 - 2013 season on the highest note!
Another year, another performance! And another lovely hosting gig by the luscious Carol Lawrence, and featuring new member Liliane Montevecchi, and long-time member Tony Sheldon….and the Paul Taylor Dance company and a Margo Sappington Ballet…and much, much more!
This was one of the most diverse entertainments DO40 has ever produced. The evening was a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Dance for PD® (Parkinson’s Disease), housed at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn. There was tap, jazz, ballet, modern, songs, duets, trios, and comedy… Tonight! (well, last week).
Opening Number: The Story of Our Lives, featuring (l to r on barre: Nicole Barth,
Tom Sinibaldi, Joy Serio Dunbar, Donna Rubin, Stas Kmiec, Michael Gorman,
Elen Fluhr, Troy Barnes; center, Ron Young Marilyn D’honau and Diane Nicole)
The evening was a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Dance for PD® (Parkinson’s Disease), housed at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn. There was tap, jazz, ballet, modern, songs, duets, trios, and comedy… Tonight! (well, last week). Margo Sappington and Mark Stuart provided two outstanding duets, “Fly Me” and “Night and Day,” that wowed the audience with their lifts and fabulous choreography.
Fly Me: Sarah O’Gleby and Adam Perry
Night and Day: Veronika Verterich and Vitali Krauchenka
And to promote DO40’s Legacy Project, hostess Carol Lawrence introduced the G.I. Jive, performed by DO40 members Bambi Jones, Juliet Ewing and Mary Lou Barber. This number, an excerpt from a longer, Johnny Mercer Songbook directed by DO40 member Karin Baker, was performed at the Lilian Booth Actors Home in NJ for their residents. (Choreography by cast member (not shown) Patti Mariano.) The Legacy Project seeks opportunities for DO40 members to perform, do workshops and speak at colleges, universities and arts organizations around the country.
“Guys -- I really didn't anticipate how much fun I would have doing the benefit this year. Thank you for asking me, and let me know if I can ever help again.”
Two different kinds of solos moved the audience in much different ways. Troy Barnes’ 2 Tears in a Bucket was a roller coaster of emotions, while Tony Sheldon lamented in song the travails and pitfalls of the “universal” Dancer over 40.”
Left: Two Tears in a Bucket - Troy Barnes
Right: What’s a Boy Supposed to Do? - Tony Sheldon
DO40 was honored to have the Paul Taylor Dance Company join us this year. The excerpt from “Cloven Kingdom” was impeccably danced by members of his company. A special thank you to Mr. Taylor for his largesse.
Cloven Kingdom: Michael Trusnovec, Robert Kleinendorst, James Samson and Sean Mahoney
For a taste of humor, or as one could describe it, a choreographic comic dialogue, the effervescent Claire Porter (from last year’s “Lady Lamp”) gathered a band of her merry men (and women) for an inside look at air travel, before – or after – the Sequester!
At the Gate: Jim Martin, Matt Buffalo, Susan Thomasson, Claire Porer and Sabatino Verlezza.
Always stunning, the beautiful Karine Plantadit, a new DO40 member, performed an original piece by choreographer Christopher Huggins. Karine performed in both Twyla Tharp shows on Broadway, MOVIN’ OUT and the Sinatra COME FLY AWAY.
Blue Lady: Karine Plantadit
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A FUN EVENING OF TAP AND TALK,
HONORING JUNE TAYLOR & THE ROCKETTES!
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They said it couldn’t be done. They said nobody could do it! Yes, TAP! was back again at St. Luke’s Theater and on the DO40 agenda, filled with performances and panel discussion, with plenty of video…and live “dish” for every dance and theater enthusiast to savour!
The Curtain Call!
Rare 50’s and 60’s footage of the June Taylor Dancers was provided by Craig Horwich, June Taylor’s nephew (Marilyn Taylor was his mother, Jackie Gleason his stepfather). Craig is head of Jackie Gleason Enterprises, and Jackie played an important role in the career of June Taylor. Panelists Mercedes Ellington, Diana Baffa Brill, Jane Defalco, Karen Prunzik and Horwich recalled the days of the June Taylor Dance School on 56th & Broadway, where just about everyone took class – ballet, tap, jazz, modern – you name it.
Setsuko Maruhashi, Kimberley Corp, Eileen Woods, Mary Lilygren Kane,
Katherine Corp and Madeline Jaye
The Rockettes panel – and performers -- stuffed the stage of St. Luke’s like a Carnegie Deli pastrami sandwich! Ann Murphy, Mary Six Rupert, Jean Preece, Jennifer Jiles, Joyce Nolen, Maryelle Scilla, Sandy Scilla Gendell, Jeri Kansas, Dottie Bell, Lillian Colon (the first Latina Rockette), Eileen Woods, Madeline Jaye, Mary Lilygren Kane, Setsuko Maruhashi (the first Asian Rockette), Kimberley Corp and Katherine Corp, six of whom performed a precision and unison dance to, what else? New York, New York!
Go Into Your Dance, with Lee Roy Reams, James Dybas, Karen Prunzik,
Karen Calloway, Kathy Callahan and Gabriela Zucckero
Performances abounded! A snappy Spanish tap number, featuring Linda Rose Iennaco, Barbara Massey and Kathy Conry, a recreation of Go into Your Dance from 42ND STREET, with Lee Roy Reams, Karen Prunzik, James Dybas, Karen Calloway, Kathy Callahan, and Gabriela Zucckero, and the solo, star 11pm slot (at 10:45 – we finished on time!) with Luke Spring, the 9-year old tap prodigy from A CHRISTMAS STORY.
Mary Six Rupert, Jennifer Jiles, Lillian Colon, Maryellen Scilla, Dottie Bell,
Sandy Scilla Gendell, Joyce Nolen, Jeri Kansas, Jean Preece and Ann Murphy!
Kudos to Karin Baker for organizing, compiling and rounding up these bevvy of beauties! Moderators Harvey Evans, Mary Six Rupert and Lee Roy Reams led the panels. And the audience was included in the discussion, with a shout out to the tappers/performers in the audience right before intermission.
June Taylor Panelists Mercedes Ellington, Diana Baffa-Brill,
Craig Horwich, Jane Defalco and Karen Prunzik
Most special moment of the evening: Before Craig Horwich left to fly back to Chicago, he thanked us for honoring his aunt, saying that this is the way she – and his mother -- would like to be remembered, by their peers and fellow dancers. Priceless.
Craig Horwich, with the original Plaque from outside the June Taylor Studio, NYC
…and Dapper Tapper, Luke Spring
Dancers Over 40 is dedicated to preserving the History, Legacy and Lives of our creative community, while sharing the knowledge with the younger generation just beginning their careers. To that end, the event was videotaped and donated to the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at Lincoln Center’s Library for the Performing Arts.
The Lovely Ladies of Spanish Tap: Kathy Conry, Linda Rose Iennaco and Barbara Massey
MORE DO40 NEWS!!
Our Facebook page continues to be hugely popular, with over 31,000 fans as of this newsletter. Please, look us up at www.facebook.com/dancersover40, post your thoughts, events you think are appropriate for our community, and remember to visit the page often! Our Facebook presence is another way that you and DO40 can continue to promote the History, Legacy and Lives of our members, friends and fans!
We’re always looking for volunteers! DO40 is always on the lookout for members with sales and marketing skills, accounting, fundraising and PR, as well as writing skills. If you think you can help, just call our DO40 Hotline (212-330-7016) and leave a message or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please let us know if you think you could contribute to a panel or social event! We can’t possibly know all the talents of our members, so please give us a call or call our Hotline and let us know your interest in our upcoming events. They are always announced yearly, so there is plenty of time to develop ideas and decide on participation. We can’t do it without you! But if we don’t hear from you, we’re hoping you will participate by attending all of our events. And please tell your friends and fellow dancers!
Membership dues are just $45.00 annually for NY/NJ/CT residents and $35.00 out of the area. We now have our member-only site, so it will be increasingly important to be a member – wherever you live. We’re working to get you the best “bang” out of your dance buck in these tough times. This year, the DO40 membership discount code is on the back of your membership card, good for all events and our member only site. Just go to www.dancersover40.org and click on the JOIN/DONATE button where you can pay by credit card with Paypal. You may also download the membership form and mail in a check if you don’t prefer the Paypal option.
Our ARTSWorkplace page on our website is really working! We had three casting directors call us and post auditions for our members this year! The feedback from those who were chosen was great! If you haven’t sent in a headshot to be posted on ARTSWorkplace, please email or snail mail one as soon as possible. Please include a resume as well, which we will keep on file and not disclose without your approval.
And our Legacy Project is up and running! As you saw from the brochure included in your membership renewal mailing, we have revived this very important DO40 educational tool. We are looking for those who have teaching, speaking and performance abilities and DO40 will do the promotional outreach to universities, colleges and arts organizations around the nation. So it’s no matter if you are in Missouri (Hi, Billie Mahoney!) or in Hawaii (Hi, Dorothy and Bobbie!), Connecticut (the lovely Carolyn Kirsch) or New Jersey (her partner in CHICAGO crime, Penny Worth), we will promote you and your History, your Legacy and your Lives to educate and entertain in as many venues as we can find!
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN TAP?
TRY CLASSES WITH DO40 MEMBER LINDA ROSE IENNACO!
And bring your DO40 Membership Card for a 10% discount!
Panelist, performer and tap teacher Linda Rose Iennaco has announced her tap classes for the Fall, and is offering DO40 members a 10% discount to all her classes (Jazz, too!) Go to www.danceandfitness.net for more information!
TAP Basics: Wednesdays - at Studios 353, 353 West 48th St. 2nd Floor
TAP Advanced: Saturdays - 10:00 to 11:10 at Studios 353, 353 West 48th St. 2nd Floor
Patrick Wenning offers DO40 members Physical Therapy discount
DO40 continues its ARTSLegacy series honoring all of our members. These written transcripts will also be donated to the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, and eventually into a compilation suitable for publishing. This is an added benefit for people who do not live in the tri-state area, or who are in NYC and might not be able to participate in our panels. This month we present Diana Baffa-Brill (left) and Skip Randall (right). We invite other DO40 members to volunteer their writing/interviewing skills and join us in this new venture. These interviews can be done by phone, so no need for interviewers to travel – or for members wherever they are in the country to dress up for the interview! Call the DO40 hotline at 212-330-7016 or email us at email@example.com if you are interested!
Click Here to read our latest ARTSLegacy interviews!