What a KILLER jam! January brought our largest turnout yet! I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of attendance because it came up quickly right after the holidays and new year, but everyone surprised me with their readiness to jump back into things. 2011 here we come!! That’s what I like to see!
We had a rockin’ trio of musicians including John Sanders (piano), Matt Hopper (bass), and Frank Heye (drums, www.bigdogrevue.com); and, another fun round of silent auction items (the SoleSound girls even included some handmade items of their own!); and, not to forget the amazing array of desserts: Cupcakes donated by my mom, and two delicious pies donated by Cass Vaivadas (For superb catering, contact Cass, Chef/Baker extraordinaire, at firstname.lastname@example.org) . Yum…. to be nourished in more ways than one.
This jam also brought a newcomer from outside the local studios. His name is Ryo Ishiyama. He is an International student studying at the University of Washington, and he found out about us through a google search for tap in Seattle. Cool! Ryo told me that he had been tap dancing for a little over a year in Japan before coming here just recently. Well, I’d have never known if he didn’t tell me because those feet can fly! It was SO great to have him join us.
So nice to hear that the word is spreading. Serves as a nice little reminder, friends, that ALL ARE WELCOME! These jams are for all people to come express their love of the art form, in whatever way each individual feels most comfortable!
THANK YOU, CONTRIBUTERS!
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, Frank Heye
NEXT MONTH’S JAM: Saturday, February 12th from 7-9pm
Location: Tap Dance Seattle @ 6600 1st Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Hope to see you there!
ABOUT THE JAMS
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!