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Conversations with Heather Cornell: The Masters, Manhattan Tap & Making Mus...

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An intimate look at Tap Dance through the lens of one of the movers and shakers of the tap dance renaissance, Heather Cornell.

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An intimate look at Tap Dance through the lens of one of the movers and shakers of the tap dance renaissance. During each show, Heather Cornell will invite a guest to join her for a lively discussion on Instagram at noon EST.   Then she’ll hold a community gathering on Zoom where she will show private footage and hold a Q&A, joined by the guest of the week.  Come ready to learn about this uniquely North American art form and ask all those questions that you’ve always been dying to ask.  

The next show will be Sunday, July 12th with Jamie Cuneen.

Footage will include 20 years of Manhattan Tap, including shows with mentors Charles “Cookie” Cook, Chuck Green, Buster Brown, Eddie Brown, Steve Condos and internationally acclaimed musical collaborators, most notably bassist Ray Brown and the Manhattan Tap group, The Hardbop Trio.  

Heather will also be showing selections from her shows Finding Synesthesia (with Andy Milne and Malika Zarra), CanTap (with Travis Knights, Matt Shields, Dayna Szyndrowski, Tasha Lawson and Danny Neilson), Conversations (various casts), and Making Music Dance (with Andy Algire, Antonio Vilchez, Bobby Moses and Tony Romano) as well as clips from Manhattan Tap’s annual radio appearances on “Around NY”.  She may even throw in a few cuts from her CD.  Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to engage in living tap history.

About Jamie Cuneen

In the early '80s Jamie met Heather Cornell. After a brief partnership, they formed Manhattap Tap along with Shelley Oliver and Tony Scopino. Later, Jamie joined Michael Mailloux with Swing 'n Taps. After leaving Manhattan Tap, Jamie became a professional ballroom dancer.

About Heather Cornell

Heather Cornell is a Canadian artist based in Valley Cottage, NY. She is Artistic Director of a number of music/dance companies, most notably Manhattan Tap and CanTap. Recent projects: “Making Music Dance” with Andy Algire, “Finding Synesthesia” with Andy Milne (commissioned by London Jazz Festival), "Tap & Traps" with Jessie Stewart and  “Conversations (commissioned by Capilano Univ). A leader of the rhythm tap renaissance in NYC in the 80’s and 90’s; dubbed “the Oscar Peterson of hoofing” Globe & Mail, Toronto; known for her collaborations with world-class musicians; mentored by jazz icon Ray Brown; choreographed for Broadway and numerous shows and companies worldwide; featured internationally at jazz, music festivals, theaters, clubs, TV, annual live radio on WNYC; her love is to teach artists to be bilingual in music and dance.   Heather is grateful for her mentors who inspired her with their living history and their passion, keeping them vulnerable in a difficult world. If music is the universal language, then improvisation is the conversation that heals. 

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