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REFLECTIONS

An Evening of Tap Dance and Jazz Music

 
     
  Friday, March 3rd at 6PM and 8:30PM  
  Saturday, March 4th at 6PM and 8:30PM  
  Spina Loft located at 113 -115 Prince Street.  
     
  For reservations and information: (212) 674-8885  
  Contribution: $20.  
  Choreography by Peggy Spina and Buster Brown  
  Music by Joel Forrester.  
     
 
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Photo by Jaqlin Medlock / Design by Elizabeth Rosetty

 
 

 

Join the Peggy Spina Tap Company and the Joel Forrester Quartet for the company's annual season. They will present new work and audience favorites from the endless supply of inspiration Ms. Spina has used over these past 36 years, joining the company for four performances in her cozy and historic Soho loft located in the heart of New York's downtown dance community. This group of talented dancers and musicians provide an evening of rhythmic entertainment that is not to be missed; Friday and Saturday March 3rd and 4th at 6pm and 8:30pm.

Annually, Ms. Spina re-explores and shares her many years of inspired musical collaboration with the composer and Jazz pianist Joel Forrester. As Brian Siebert of the New York Times wrote after the company's 2015 performance season "Ms. Spina, an unprepossessing performer, is a true tap artist, a living heir to such teachers of hers as Honi Coles, Chuck Green and Buster Brown. On Friday, every solo of hers, light and intricate, was at least tasty and at best breathtakingly beautiful… The sound of her feet is an enduring delight." Spina has created over 100 dances for her company in the last 36 years, making her one of the most prolific tap choreographers in the country. She and Forrester have presented work together throughout this extended period, and both have been honored extensively for their individual and collaborative work.

On the bill this year are "Mambo 2012," "Pulse" (a lively and joyful piece premiered in 2015), crowd favorites "Jam," "Savvy" and "Meet The Beat." "She Do" is a delightful duet from 1991 for Spina and Mr. Forrester set to a lively and challenging 5/4 Forrester score "He Do." "Peggy's Blues" is back with its soulful and moody musings, and Spina's newest work "Reflections" is set to Forrester's 'Dark Blues.' "Helen's Heart" and the annual finale tradition Buster Brown's driving "Laura" round out this evening of tap and jazz offerings.

Ms. Spina is also a decorated tap artist, most recently with a Flo-Bert Award from the New York City Committee to Celebrate National Tap Dance, which she received in 2008, for her lifelong achievements as a master tap dancer, choreographer and producer. She was a recipient of a Choreographer's Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1991 and has received numerous grants from the New York Council on the Arts.
Mr. Forrester has been a world renowned, and traveled, Jazz musician for over 40 years, still playing and composing in around New York and internationally. In a December 11, 2010 article, Larry Blumenfeld of the Wall Street Journal writes, "Forrester and Johnston had created the Microscopic Septet, a wildly idiosyncratic, devastatingly accomplished ensemble that… built a small, devoted following and a big catalogue of brilliant original compositions."

As Mr. Siebert said in 2015, "The pithy tap phrases and agreeable stage patterns, closely coupled with the live music, make for a rare and intimate pleasure." Don't miss these annual performances, they are indeed a rare delight.

Dancers:  Sarah Buscaino, Laura Coleman, Amber Indyk, Alison Manning, Emily Sindoni, Peggy Spina, and Mary Kate Walsh

Musicians: The Joel Forrester Quartet
                        Dave Hofstra, bass              Michael Irwin, trumpet
                        Matt Garrity, drums               Joel Forrester,piano

 
     
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