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RECAP: October Tap Jam

Last night marked the first tap jam in a new monthly series here in Seattle. It was great fun!

These events double as a way for tap dancers to come together – to jam, share ideas and steps, perform for one another, dance with live music – and as a Fundraiser to send a group of young tap dancers to the NY Tap Dance Festival in July 2011. We’ll be hosting one jam per month until then!

The group for which we’re raising funds is SoleSound Youth Performance Co, and consists of four young girls between the ages of 9 and 11. To meet their goal and get to the NY Tap Fest, at each jam the girls will be collecting a cover charge of $10 per person (or $7 with tap shoes / free for kids 5 & under), selling food and beverages, and holding a silent auction with great products and services from local businesses. That’s right, the girls will be doing this – they’re putting in the work at each event to literally earn their way to NY. Tap dancers and non tap dancers are encouraged to attend!

I want to take a second to give a huge thanks to the following people and businesses who, by offering their time, products, and services, helped to make our first tap jam such a big success:


Tim Kennedy, pianist
Such a pleasure to have him at the jam to dance with! Go check out his band, Gravity, at and be sure to get to their next gig. You will be in for a satisfying evening of music!


Chaco Canyon Organic Café  “is a vibrant, ecologically sound slice of heaven in Seattle’s University District. We are Certified Organic and are 90-97% organic throughout the entire year – proudly one of the few restaurants in the nation that can make this claim.”

Irwin’s Neighborhood Bakery and Cafe
2 Locations in Seattle:

Eastlake Hydro House Cafe Wallingford Bakery and Cafe

“Join us at our friendly Seattle cafe locations in Eastlake and Wallingford for legendary house-baked pastries, pies and other bakery goodies, full cafe lunch menu, Caffe Vita coffee and free Wi-Fi.”

Rachel Mason-Kelley, LMP, is a graduate of Everest College Massage School and is nationally certified by the National Certification Board of Massage and Bodywork.
She seeks to meet each client’s needs by treating each body as unique. Each message is specifically catered to the issues you are experiencing.
Her work is deep, specific, and intuitive.
Rachel works out of Integrated Oriental Medicine:
Vanessa Wheeler, Artist
“Seattle born and raised girl. I’ve dabbled in the arts my whole life, and have decided to give it my all. So, thank you for visiting this store to see what I’ve created.
I also do contract work, so feel free to contact me anytime.
Facebook under Vanessa Wheeler (Nuetzmann is my maiden name)
cobwebclothing [!at]
Thank you!
Check out her Etsy shop with drawings, paintings, and handmade accessories at:
Jessie Sawyers, Visual Musician
Hey, this is me! Haha. About a year ago I discovered that I really enjoy painting ceramics. Last April, I produced a music and dance show at the Triple Door called FLOW, at which I auctioned off 10 of my original ceramic pieces and donated a portion of the proceeds to Starlight Children’s Foundation. Painting ceramics is something I want to keep exploring and keep sharing with others, so I decided to donate one piece at each tap jam from now through June! I have more work samples on my website at: under “visual art”, and will be opening an online shop at Etsy in the near future.
Anthony Peters’ Tap Dance Seattle is THE PLACE to tap in North Seattle for adult beginners through advanced (Youth classes are also taught at the studio via SoleSound Youth Tap Program, and with Karen Omahen (inquire with studio for details)). The studio is nestled  just one block up from Greenlake in a gorgeous neighborhood.
Formerly called Johnson & Peters Tap Dance Studio, this studio is currently still transitioning over to the name “Tap Dance Seattle.” You can find a basic listing of classes offered by visiting the website and clicking on Anthony Peters’ name:, but for detailed info about registration, payments, etc, please visit the studio in person and speak with someone at the front desk. The studio is located at: 6600 1st Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115   Their phone number is 206.729.7620.
Premiere Dance Center is located in Redmond, WA, right near Microsoft Campus. This is a great studio that offers multidisciplinary dance education, with opportunities to participate on dance teams, performance companies, and more! Toddler classes, youth and teen classes, adult classes…. ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, tap, and more!
Check them out at:
Essence Salon
“Experience the difference at Essence”

Essence is a “green” salon that provides combination therapies to fully engage and relax the mind, body and soul. Traditional salon services with a little flair are offered in a calming environment to help make and keep clients beautiful from the inside out.

Camellia Cake Co.  – Ella, one of our Youth Company members, and her school friend, Camille,  have just started their own cake and candy company. They supplied sweets for sale at the jam, and they also generously donated a certificate for a custom-made cake to the silent auction. Rock on!

Thank you for your support and assistance. This could not have happened without you!

Anthony Peters, The Scudder/Davis Family, The Hawkins/Weinland Family, The Hayden/Chan Family, The McCord/Salman Family, Dan and Lisa Sawyers, Eliza Schuster, Rebecca Dietz

NEXT MONTH’S JAM: Saturday, November 13th from 7-9pm
Location: Tap Dance Seattle @ 6600 1st Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Hope to see you there!



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