WORKSHOP: Samba Meets Jazz BAR HARBOR, MAINE AUGUST 4-10, 2019
I am excited to announce that I will be teaching a five-day tap dance intensive with 2017 Grammy nominee and virtuoso bassist, Nilson Matta, and other world-renowned musicians, August 4-10 in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Samba Meets Jazz Workshops is a fantastic organization dedicated to creating opportunities that promote the study and appreciation of Jazz, Brazilian Music and World Rhythms. These workshops have developed a cherished reputation for providing personalized attention, instrumental and vocal instruction of the highest caliber, and an enjoyable approach to learning this wonderful music.
Last year I was invited to introduce TAP DANCE to the program. After a great turn out and wonderful experience from the students I am excited to be back in this year's program.
Each tap participant will have a unique opportunity to further their skills by working with all of the members of the Samba Meets Jazz music faculty.In an intimate and supportive environment (approximately 10 students) you will be immersed (6 hours during 5 days) in classes that focus specifically on establishing a conversation between tap dancers and musicians, working on rhythm, articulation, melodic interpretation and phrasing.
Our goal for you is to understand and internalize this wonderful music as you integrate it into your tap repertoire.
This workshop welcomes adult students at all levels!
TAKE A LOOK AT OUR SCHEDULE:
Sunday, August 4 Check in from 2-5pm (for commuting & residential participants) Dinner at 6pm (optional) Meet & Greet / Orientation at 8pm
Monday to Friday, August 5-10
Warm Up 9:00 – 9:30am Work on basic sounds and weight shifts, and warm up with articulations.
Technique 9:30 -10:30am Tap Technique is a skillful and efficient practice of moving your upper body, legs and feet to bring forth a precise tap sound. Starting at absolute beginner technique we're gonna go from ZERO to HERO in 5 days!
Musicality 10:30 – 12:00pm (LIVE MUSIC) Felipe will facilitate a conversation between tap dancers and musicians about learning and practicing musical concepts that are crucial for any tap dancer, like single time, double time, triplets, swing, etc.
BREAK 12:00 - 3:00pm Mid-day break for lunch, relaxing, practicing, private lessons, excursions into the town of Bar Harbor and/or Acadia National Park (both minutes away!) where you can walk, hike, bike, swim, canoe, kayak, and more! Boxed lunches available. Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park was ranked by Trip Advisor as #2 of the top 10 summer vacation destinations nationwide. Brazilian Percussion 3:00 - 4:00pm Brazilian percussionist, producer, arranger, composer, and educator, Fernando Saci will lead us to experience playing and exploring Brazilian Rhythms, such as samba, and maracatu.
Repertory Lab 4:00 – 6:00pm (LIVE MUSIC) We will continue the conversation between live music and tap, focusing on jazz, Brazilian jazz and Afro-Cuban jazz -- in order to create new pieces that will be performed in the student showcase on Friday, at College of the Atlantic's Gates Auditorium. During this sessions with Felipe, SMJ artistic/music Director Nison Matta, and members of the instrumental faculty will rotate in to work with the dancers.
Evening activitiesinclude optional jams!
Saturday, August 10 If you are staying on campus, dorm checkout is at 9:00am.
Wednesday, August 7 - Faculty show at the Criterion Theatre Friday, August 9 - Student Showcase at the College of the Atlantic Gates Auditorium
Getting to Bar Harbor Bar Harbor is one of several towns on Mt. Desert Island. If you opt to fly, options are Bangor International Airport (BGR - approximately 45 minutes from COA; shuttles ($45 can be booked), or Hancock County Airport (BHB) approximately 20 minutes from COA, with free shuttle by the Island Explorer. As of today (May 27, NON-STOP ROUND-TRIP flights to Bangor are from $244 - $285 (less than 1.5 hour flight). Seats are going fast! You will NOT need a car during the week.College of the Atlantic is a short walk to the town of Bar Harbor. There is a free shuttle bus, the Island Explorer, which stops in front of the college. The Island Explorer also goes into Acadia National Park, and to the other towns on Mt. Desert Island.