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Apologies
How rubbish am I at updating?! Huge apologies for those wanting the latest routines and pictures from all the various adult events and festivals. I'm finding that, as I am now helping to organise and run most of these events, there is little time for writing routines down - and we all know that by the time you get home you can't remember a thing!!
Therefore if anyone has any routines from Dancers Days Out, TapUK or Maurice's weekends that are typed out and you are pretty sure are correct, then please feel free to send them to me.

Tap Academy
From September 2006 - tap classes for children and adults. See the website (currently under construction) or classes/events page.

Festival Success
The ATD tap festival - TapUK 2006 - was a great success in it's new venue on the Isle of Wight. Unfrotunately, I was so busy during the weekend that I didnt get to write any routines down. So, for those of you waiting for me to get them on the website, I'm really sorry. If anyone DID write anything down then feel free to send it to me and I will try and get it on the site.

Website
I realise I have been pretty slack of late in updating the website - my apologies. I'm afraid there just aren't enough hours in the day!! However, today I have managed to upload some pictured from TapUK 2005 and Maurice Kachuk's October 05 weekend.
The next big update should be pictures and routines from the last 8 months of Dancers Days Out. Keep checking back!!

Fayard Nicholas

Tap legend Fayard Nicholas passed away peacefully at home on January 24, 2006.  He was surrounded by friends and his loving wife, Katherine Hopkins Nicholas. Fayard suffered a stroke in late November and had been in hospital since - only coming home a few days before his death.

You can read the full story at http://rustyfrank.com/fayardnicholas.htm and an obituary by Terry Monaghan at http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/news/obituary/0,,1695842,00.html

TapUK 2006
Associated Tap Dancers are now taking bookings for the 2006 tap festival. It will be held 5th-8th May on the Isle Of Wight. Instructors for the weekend are Diane Hampstead, Jason Di Mascio, Lee Farrow and Simon Selmon. Contact me or Penny Smith for a booking form or call the ATD head office on 01895 420409.

Dance London 2006
A new consumer exhibition is being held at London’s Olympia - 21-23 April 2006. Dance London 2006 will celebrate and promote dance in all its incarnations. There will be up to 100 exhibitors covering shoes, colleges, dancewear, organisations and teacher training. A main stage will feature many different performances and there will be free classes covering all styles of dance. There will also be demonstrations and seminars. At present I have no more details, but you can register for visitor info online at www.dance-london.co.uk.

Strictly Ballroom Dancing

A lavish, new spectacular dance show, begins a major national tour this autumn.

But you don't only have to watch this lavish ballroom extravaganza - you can be part of it!

Celebrity star hosts, Lionel Blair & Jane McDonald, will lead a cast of 14 international dance champions, backed by a live orchestra, in this exhilarating evening of ballroom dance where your town's local amateur dancers can participate centre stage!

From the passion of tango to the elegance of waltz, and every dance step in between, Strictly Ballroom Dancing is choreographed by TVs Come Dancing Stars, Erin Boag and Anton Du Beke.

TapUK 2005
There are still places available for the UK's biggest tap festival - 13th-16th May at Haven Golden Sands in Lincolnshire. Click here to go to the website.

New Tap Show!!
After the success of New York On Tap several years ago, another tap event is being held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in June. It features some of America and the UK's best tap dancers, coming together for one fantastic show. Tickets available online at www.rfh.org.uk

Teachers Required!
ATD are looking to organise more workshops throughout the country, but need instructors from all over the UK. If you are a tap teacher, and feel you have something to offer at an adult tap workshop, please contact me with your details.

New Shoes
Bloch now have the Audeo shoe which is a full sole version of the Tap Flex shoe featuring soft leather and a very comfortable insole. A non-slip pro balance pad is located behind the tap plate. This pad has been designed to smoothen out weight transference and reduce excess toe spring caused by the tap plate. The upper design is shaped to relieve pressure on the Achilles tendon.
They also have the Merry Jane, a two tie shoe in synthetic leather upper and resin outsole. A removable matching leather bow slides on and off the ankle strap, which is elasticated to release tension on the instep.It also has the pro balance pad. Find them at the Bloch website.
 
Capezio have brought out the Teletone Xtreme - The ultimate in new tap shoes! Features include taps with an exclusive steel sounding board, micro sole, interior lining is soft micro-peached poly/cotton and a cushioned insole is provided for added comfort.
Capezio's other new tap shoe is the Mary Jane - a low heel buckle or velcro shoe in leather, patent leather or dyeable canvas. These also have a removable bow. The Capezio website has all the details.

LeRoy Meyers
On 26th April 2004, LeRoy Meyers died at the age of 84. He was a founding member of The Copasetics and also their business manager, and heavily involved in many areas of tap dancing until his death.

Leonard Reed
Tap dancer Leonard Reed passed away on 5th April 2004 aged 97. Although his talents were plentiful, he was best known for helping to create the Shim Sham Shimmy.

Ann Miller
Machine-gun tapper and actress Ann Miller died from lung cancer in Los Angeles on January 22 2004.

Donald O'Connor
Donald O'Connor has passed away on September 27 2003 at a retirement home in California, age 78.

Gregory Hines
Tap dancer and actor Gregory Hines has died of cancer, aged 57, on Saturday 9th August 2003.

Tap Dogs
Tap Dogs are back in the UK at Sadler's Wells from 5th - 23rd August, but with a difference. This time they have some friends with them. Click here to find out more.