The Dr. Jimmy Slyde Tap Experience
May 28-30, 2005
This past workshop in the Tradition In Tap - Series
was dedicate to the work of 'Tap Giant':
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.
Many related events.
Dr. Slyde with Dianne Walker
Dr. Slyde with Sarah Petronio
Photo credit: Peter Petronio ©
More about Dr. Jimmy Slyde can be found at:
Dr. Slyde with Prof. Robert L. Reed
Photo credit: Melba Huber ©
Pictures from the movie Cotton Club
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|Dr. Jimmy Slyde & Dr. Cholly AtkinsPhoto credit: Melba Huber ©
||Ofer Ben, Avi Miller, Dr. Jimmy Slyde
& Prof. Clare O'Donnell
An intensive weekend of exciting the Dr. Jimmy Slyde Tap Experience,
Special Tap Master Class:
Essential Elements of Tap:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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
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
Photo credit: Melba Huber ©
The Hoofers (L to R): 'Buster' Brown, Jimmy Slyde, Baby Laurence & Chuck Green