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And most especially laughter and delight at the
Phil Black Students’ Reunion event on March 30!

Members, see videos of this event now!

Members and Non-Members - Click here to view all 80 photos.

Phil Black Tribute

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.

DO40 Phil Black Tribute

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!

DO40 Membership Meeting for 2013-2014

T'was A Great Night - Hundreds of Years of History in One Room!

DO40 2013 Membership Meeting

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 2013 Membership Meeting

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!

DO40 Membership Meeting 2013

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.

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DO40 2013 Flea Market



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!

DO40 Flea Market 2013

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!

DO40 Flea Market 2013

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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