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June 26, 1995 | LEWIS SEGAL
Vintage Hollywood musicals made commonplace the spectacle of tap-hordes pounding out unison step-patterns, row upon row. On Saturday, however, the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood seemed too small to hold the thrilling mass assaults of the six virtuoso dancers in the Jazz Tap Ensemble: Lynn Dally, Sam Weber, Derick Grant, Lainie Manning, Dormeshia Sumbry and Mark Mendonca.
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February 11, 2008 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
A short-haired woman tapping lightly, deftly to a spare, uninsistent arrangement of a vintage pop ballad while dressed in a shapeless top (usually glittery) over pants and flat shoes. That image, that performance mode, that costume linked soloist after soloist on the "Women in Tap" program in Glorya Kaufman Hall at UCLA on Saturday, the climax to an ambitious three-day conference primarily focused on celebrating the minimalist jazz-tap of the 1970s.
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August 18, 1997 | VICTORIA LOOSELEAF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The foot is sometimes quicker than the eye. This is particularly true in the quicksilver tapping of dancers Sam Weber and Channing Cook Holmes, members of the celebrated Jazz Tap Ensemble, who served up a veritable feast of fancy footwork (old and new), Saturday at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. Under the artistic direction of the ever mellow Lynn Dally, Jazz Tap proved that the art of tap is alive and well, kicking, in Southern California.
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June 22, 2006 | Andrew Gilbert, Special to The Times
WITH his legs moving like a sprinter in slow motion and his hands thumping various parts of his body, Keith Terry starts the groove with a series of sharp heel clicks, chest thumps, foot stomps and thigh slaps. He's joined by Steve Hogan, the master human beat-boxer who ornaments the rhythm with a stuttering figure, then locks in on Terry's swinging syncopation.
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March 4, 1985 | LEWIS SEGAL
When she danced with the Jazz Tap Ensemble, Camden Richman proved so deeply musical and strikingly thoughtful, so technically polished yet unassuming that she both overpowered and undercut her flashier, shallower colleagues. Now Richman has left the popular, locally based ensemble--and, without her, it offers a far more consistent dance experience than before.
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March 3, 1986 | LEWIS SEGAL, Times Dance Writer
Tapdancing began as an act of personal display on inner-city street corners. Attempts to divest it of its sense of spatial containment can be risky. On Saturday, the three dancers in the Jazz Tap Ensemble claimed nearly every inch of stage at the Beverly Theatre, even dancing right up against and behind the three-member band. But their floor mikes (on a stage that is reportedly wood in front, concrete at the back) sent back curious noises.
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May 14, 1986 | LEWIS SEGAL, Dance Writer
The basement amphitheater at Los Angeles Theatre Center is so intimate and so acoustically alive that (despite a dizzying audience rake) it seems ideal for tap-dancing. Certainly, the Jazz Tap Ensemble has never danced in a more suitable local environment since it began life seven years ago in a homey, second-floor studio in Venice, where the dancing was always steeped in succulent barbecue vapors from a ribs restaurant below.
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July 11, 1994 | LEWIS SEGAL
Five distinctive dancers and four musicians who effortlessly blend make up the current Jazz Tap Ensemble, a local performing institution that took over the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood over the weekend for a series of events, including a polished "Summer Nights" program on Saturday.
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August 10, 1998 | VICTORIA LOOSELEAF
Laid-back vitality may sound oxymoronic, but it's a perfect description of Lynn Dally, artistic director of Jazz Tap Ensemble, who, with her company, is celebrating 20 years of nonpareil performances. From the rhythmic to the sublime, the ensemble held the crowd in thrall at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Friday night in this 14-part anniversary concert that successfully forged two great American art forms--tap dancing and jazz music.
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October 10, 2005 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
No matter how powerfully their shoes slam into the floor or how much they sweat through their casual clothes, the members of the Jazz Tap Ensemble like to pretend they're dancing inside their comfort zone. At the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Friday, you could see -- over and over -- that looking accomplished but genial has become the company's signature style, adopted by everyone from the teenage trainees of the Caravan Project all the way up to the resident seniors.
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July 5, 2004 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
Like a fine wine that improves with age, so too does Lynn Dally, artistic director of the esteemed Jazz Tap Ensemble. Still choreographing, hoofing and even crooning a bit as her locally based company celebrates its 25th anniversary, the eternally mellow-with-a-mission Dally wore her huge heart on her sleeve at John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Friday. And the audience loved it.
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July 2, 2004 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
Shortly after Los Angeles' Jazz Tap Ensemble finishes tonight's performance at the Ford Amphitheatre, co-founder and artistic director Lynn Dally will leave for New York to participate in a weeklong Tap City festival that begins Saturday. She also plans to be part of the faculty at two other such gatherings, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and L.A. Tapfest, both in August. And just two months ago, her busy 10-member company performed six concerts in Lyon, France.
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December 25, 2003
MOVIES Dance and its attendant drama Robert Altman, a longtime master of the cinematic ensemble form, pays tribute to another collaborative art in the drama "The Company." Set in the world of dance, the film stars Neve Campbell, James Franco, Malcolm McDowell and the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and explores the working lives of the artists: the sacrifices, the tempered aspirations -- not to mention the blistered and bloodied feet -- and all that goes into their creation of beauty.
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December 2, 2001
December 2-8, 2001 Movies As his follow-up to last year's "Erin Brockovich" and "Traffic," director Steven Soderbergh switched creative gears for a remake of the Rat Pack casino heist flick "Ocean's Eleven." The cast of contemporary Hollywood's biggest stars includes Andy Garcia, above left, George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Opens Friday.
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August 13, 2001 | VICTORIA LOOSELEAF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's no secret that we're a youth-obsessed society. By presenting an evening titled "The Next Generation" at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday, Lynn Dally, artistic director of Jazz Tap Ensemble, passed the mantle, so to speak, to a younger generation of dancers. By doing so, Dally assured that the art of tap would be in good hands--or feet, as the case may be.
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August 4, 2000 | ROSEMARY CLANDOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Reflecting the 1930s concept that tap-dancers are musicians, a group of teens--members of the Jazz Tap Ensemble Caravan Project--will be doing the shim-sham shimmy at the Falcon Theatre this weekend. They will perform contemporary tap-dance and duplicate some of the works of America's foremost tap-dancers, the Nicholas Brothers, known for flashy high jumps and for splits without using their hands. "The steps in tap-dancing are very basic," said Gail Hooks, managing director of the group.
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July 10, 2000 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
In his mid-80s, with arthritis and a hip replacement slowing him down, every dance step is hard won for Fayard Nicholas of the legendary flash-tap team the Nicholas Brothers.
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