The Dr. Jimmy Slyde Tap Experience

May 28-30, 2005

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This past workshop in the Tradition In Tap - Series
was dedicate to the work of 'Tap Giant':
Dr. Jimmy Slyde

Dr. Jimmy SlydeDr. Jimmy Slyde





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Workshop Faculty
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Dr. Jimmy Slyde
Dr. Slyde receives his Doctor Degree
from The Oklahoma City University February 23, 2002
In the background: Prof. Jo Rowan - head of the OCU Dance Department





This Exciting Tap Workshop Included:

  • Special class overseen by the Master himself.
  • Honorary Tap Courses and Master Classes by leading tap artists.
  • Tradition In Tap - Award Presentation.
  • Tap History Talks.
  • Video Presentation.
  • Tap Technique.
  • Many related events.





  • Dr. Slyde with Dianne Walker
    Dr. Slyde with Dianne Walker




    Dr. Slyde with Sarah Petronio
    Dr. Slyde with Sarah Petronio
    Photo credit: Peter Petronio ©





    Resources:
    More about Dr. Jimmy Slyde can be found at:




    Dr. Slyde with Prof. Robert L. Reed
    Dr. Slyde with Prof. Robert L. Reed
    Photo credit: Melba Huber ©





    Pictures from the movie Cotton Club    Pictures from the movie Cotton Club
    Pictures from the movie Cotton Club





    Workshop Faculty:
    Click on a name for extended bio and pictures


    The Dr. Jimmy Slyde Tap Experience
  • Ofer Ben
  • Melba Huber
  • Avi Miller
  • Sarah Petronio
  • Van 'The Man' Porter
  • Prof. Robert L. Reed
  • Germaine Salsberg
  • Dr. Jimmy Slyde
  • Prof. Hank Smith
  • Dianne 'Lady Di'  Walker





  • Dr. Jimmy Slyde & Dr. Cholly Atkins
    Dr. Jimmy Slyde & Dr. Cholly Atkins
    Photo credit: Melba Huber ©
    Ofer Ben, Avi Miller, Dr. Jimmy Slyde & Prof. Clare O'Donnell
    Ofer Ben, Avi Miller, Dr. Jimmy Slyde
    & Prof. Clare O'Donnell


    Shim Sham
    Shim Sham





    Workshop Description:
    An intensive weekend of exciting the Dr. Jimmy Slyde Tap Experience,
    Included:

    Special Tap Master Class:
    Essential Elements of Tap:
    With:
    Dr. Jimmy Slyde & Prof. Robert L. Reed
    Dr. Jimmy Slyde, assisted by Prof. Robert L. Reed, taught a class emphasizing basic elements of tap and rhythm.

    Honorary Tap Courses and Master Classes:
    With:
    Sarah Petronio, Van 'The Man' Porter,
    Prof. Robert L. Reed
    , & Dianne 'Lady Di'  Walker

    Four leading tap artists taught reflections on Dr. Jimmy Slyde's legacy through their personal work. Each drew on Slyde's influence and contribution to his/her own career.

    Tradition In Tap - Award Presentation:
    With:
    Dianne 'Lady Di'  Walker
    Dianne 'Lady Di'  Walker, a member of the Tradition In Tap - Advisory Committee, presented Dr. Jimmy Slyde the Tradition In Tap - Award, for: "Outstanding Achievements & Significant Contribution To The Tradition And Art Of Tap Dance".

    Tap History Talks:
    With:
    Melba Huber
    Melba Huber is one of a few tap historians who write about the history of tap and the many artists who play / played important roles in it's development & growth. She led the emotional 'Tap History Talks' while interviewing Dr. Slyde, while adding her own personal input.

    Video Presentation:
    With:
    Prof. Hank Smith
    Hank Smith is a well known tap dancer, and collector of video & movie clips. He has an extensive library of material starting from the early days of tap dance. Hank presented some clips of Dr. Jimmy Slyde on film and video, including rare footage brought from France by Sarah Petronio.

    Tap Exercises:
    With:
    Germaine Salsberg, Avi Miller & Ofer Ben
    Warm-up for each day with Germaine Salsberg, Avi Miller & Ofer Ben who led morning tap drills - each with his/her own unique teaching style.





    Pictures from the PBS TV Special Tap Dance in America    Pictures from the PBS TV Special Tap Dance in America
    Pictures from the PBS TV Special Tap Dance in America
    Dancing with: Gregory Hines, Dr. Bunny Briggs,
    Dr. 'Buster' Brown & Howard 'Sandman' Sims





    Dr. Slyde performs at The 13th St. Louis Tap Festival - July 2005
    Dr. Slyde performs at The 13th St. Louis Tap Festival - July 2005
    Photo credit: Melba Huber ©





    The Hoofers
    The Hoofers (L to R): 'Buster' Brown, Jimmy Slyde, Baby Laurence & Chuck Green