Dear Festival Participants,

Thank you so much for making the effort to be part of Point Tap Festival 2015 – you made it happen and you made it wonderful!

I am still reeling from the three days of rhythm-packed joy. What a treat it was to be around the incredible talent and generous energy of Lynn Schwab, Mark Goodman, Max Pollak, and Olivia Rosenkrantz. We are all so lucky.

For those of you who weren’t able to stay for the performance on Saturday, here is the quick review I sent to my university colleagues: “With an impressive trio of musicians, Ryan Korb (drums) Matt Buchman (piano) and Mark Urness (bass), Saturday evening’s festival show featured performances by faculty. Lynn’s “ Blackbird” showcased not only her rhythmically precise dancing of Brenda Bufalino’s choreography but her own sweet vocal interpretation of the song; Mark delighted the crowd with his slick rendition of Caravan, amiably sliding precariously close to audience members. Olivia entranced the crowd with her presentation of Sensemayá to a dramatic score by Silvestre Revueltas and Max captivated the audience with his Afro-Cuban warrior/yodeling Austrian hunter and proceeded to conduct the audience in layered vocal counterpoint which resulted in audience members jumping to their feet…and a conga line. Using the Copasetics well-loved chair dance, Olivia, Max, Lynn, Jeannie and Mark closed the show with suitable antics. You may enjoy taking a look at the clip on our Facebook page.”

Many thanks to the Department of Theatre and Dance for supporting this enterprise (Gary Olsen, Ruth Daniels & Joan Karlen in particular) and to Kim O Flaherty, Mary Jo Oliver and the Continuing Education program for trusting the value and reach of this project. Thank you to Jennifer Hancock, my “right hand” intern, to my strong and mighty UWSP student assistants, Scott Wirtz-Olsen our T.D., to Angie Nyquist for the exquisite reception, and to my family for coping with my PTF preoccupation.

Post Show HappyMy husband captured some great moments on video and, once I figure out how to make still frames, I’ll post some more photos on Facebook for you to enjoy.

Meanwhile please accept my sincere gratitude for supporting Point Tap Festival (some of you since 2010!)



Jeannie Hill
Point Tap Festival, director http://www.pointtap.wordpress.com
Associate Professor of Dance
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
jhill@uwsp.edu 715.346.3980