Festival History

POINT TAP FESTIVAL 2015 – WONDERFUL!

Our stellar faculty lineup:

Get ready… LYNN SCHWAB, “the marathoner” is back to challenge you!

Judson Church BDCoIt’s true…the stylish OLIVIA ROSENKRANTZ will be teaching this summer!

Olivia Rosenkrantz

Back by popular demand….MARK GOODMAN!

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Once again those who gathered in the Noel Fine Arts Center studios August 6-8 for Point Tap Festival 2015 experienced three rhythm-packed days that were filled with sheer joy. The phenomenal teaching faculty including Lynn Schwab (New York), Mark Goodman (North Carolina), Max Pollak (New York) and Olivia Rosenkrantz (New York) wowed students with inspiring master classes and charmed us all with sophisticated rhythms in performance.

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Tappers from age 5 to ? include local dancers, prospective UWSP students, amateurs, current students, alums, and professional colleagues from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, Vermont, Tennessee, Georgia, Colorado, Florida, and Marseilles!

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Rosenkrantz challenges the dancers in one studio while Mark Goodman keeps them dancing next door.

The weather gods were on our side…the rain cleared and everyone was happy to be outside on the Public Square downtown for our Friday night jam session. UWSP grads Matt (keyboard) and Alex (drums) with Katie (sax) and Chet (bass) kept the square dancing with lively tunes.

Max Pollak stirs up the crowd…Lynn, Jeannie and Mark back him up and festival participants get up to show their moves.

Photos by Jennifer Hancock

The PTF Grand Finale Show- Saturday, August 8th 2015
featuring:
Max Pollak
Olivia Rosenkrantz
Lynn Schwab
Mark Goodman
Ryan Korb
Matt Buchman
Mark Urness

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.

To those of you who were there in person and to those of you who gave your support from afar, thank you for making Point Tap Festival 2015 – Wonderful!

Best,

Jeannie


POINT TAP FESTIVAL 2014 – SPECTACULAR!

In the local press… The Stevens Point Journal

and…  Journal article on PTF and SYTYCD

With an incredible teaching faculty Sarah Reich (Los Angeles), Mark Goodman (North Carolina), Ryan Casey (Boston) and  Jeannie Hill (yours truly), a terrific group of students, and an inclusive, positive atmosphere Point Tap Festival 2014 kept the studios of the Noel Fine Arts Center rhythm-filled during the three-day workshop August 7-9. Dancers from age 8 to 80 included: prospective students, current students, alums, professional Unknown-16colleagues, teachers, amateurs, and first-time tappers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, Vermont, Colorado, Florida, and Ontario!  A crew from So You Think You Can Dance arrived in Stevens Point on Friday to interview Mark (mentor to Zack Everhart), Sarah was managing tweets from her recent appearance on the show with the Syncopated Ladies and Ryan shared his career-launching memories of being a contestant on the show in 2006 with participants at Friday’s Tap Rap.Unknown-15 Unknown-14

Our Friday night jam session on the Public Square downtown gathered a great crowd and Alex Meronek (drums), Matt Osowski (bass) and Katie Del Giacco (saxophone) kept dancers of all ages and stages movin’ and a grooving’. Check out our Facebook page for a few video clips. Saturday evening’s festival show featured performances by faculty members Sarah Reich, Mark Goodman, Ryan Casey and myself joined by Ryan Korb (drums), Andy Sachen (bass), and Rob  McWilliams (piano). Each of the classes had a chance to perform repertory material on the show: Ryan’s class performed an excerpt of his swinging’ choreography to “Fly Me to the Moon” and I had an opportunity to share Buster Brown’s classic routine to “Laura” with the other class.Unknown-9 Unknown-8

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Unknown-1Of course we closed the show with the traditional tap finale, the Shim Sham Shimmy.UnknownTo find out more please visit our website  http://www.pointtap.wordpress.com or our Facebook page. Photos by John Morser

Thank you all making Point Tap Festival 2014 a spectacular event.
The dates are set for next year … August 6, 7 & 8, 2015.
Hope to see you there,  Jeannie

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What do So You Think You Can Dance and Point Tap Festival 2014 have in common? … a Talented, Connected, Stellar Guest Faculty!

Sarah Reich – with Syncopated Ladies: Top 20 Perform Again | SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE | FOX BROADCASTING Season 11-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39TFgZlpaf0#t=17

SARAH REICH – Los AngelesSarah Reich Dance Shot (Hi-Res)

Ryan Casey – Ryan P. Casey on So You Think You Can Dance SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE | FOX BROADCASTING Season 6 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDG7IQdrbSc

RYAN P. CASEY – Boston

Mark Goodman – is mentor to Zack Everhart, current Season 11 – Top 10: Zack Everhart | SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE | FOX BROADCASTING  (How cool is it that Mark was interviewed in Stevens Point on Friday by a crew from a Los Angeles crew from SYTYCD on Friday morning?? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0h0rS5mZKU

MARK GOODMAN – North Carolina

and….not associated with So You Think You Can Dance…yours truly,

JEANNIE HILL – Wisconsin

_10603697/24/2014 – Due to injury Olivia Rosenkrantz will not be able to join us.


POINT TAP FESTIVAL 2013 – A Hit!

Stevens Point, Wisconsin, August 8, 9,10

Small posterWith an incredible teaching faculty from New York, Chicago, Boston and North Carolina, a wonderful group of students, and an inclusive, positive atmosphere Point Tap Festival kept the studios of the Noel Fine Arts Center rhythm-filled during the three-day workshop August 8-10. Dancers from age 8 to ? included:  prospective students, current students, alums, professional colleagues, teachers, amateurs, and first-time tappers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, Georgia, Massachusetts, Vermont, Colorado, and Florida

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Photo by Mike Richards

This year we held the Friday night jam session on the Public Square downtown. A great turnout, perfect weather and a kickin’ band:  Alex Meronek (drums), Nic Gauer (guitar) and Joey Pettit (bass).  Dancers of all ages and stages jumped up to give it a try….
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Photo by Bob Rosen

Saturday evening’s festival show featured performances by faculty members Mark Goodman, Lynn Schwab, Mark Yonally, Thelma Goldberg, and myself joined by Ryan Korb (drums), Dave Poffinbarger (bass), and John Strassburg (piano, keyboard, vocals).

Each of the classes had a chance to perform repertory material on the show:  Lynn’s class performed An excerpt from Tap it Out! (Choreography by Lynn Schwab and Tony Waag) and my class danced and improvised to the James Cotton/Junior Wellsrockin’ blues, “Somebody Changed the Lock.”

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Photo by Bob Rosen

Guest artist Ryan Casey delighted the audience with his rendition of “Your Feet’s Too Big” and we wrapped up the show by bringing up festival participants of all ages to dance the traditional tap closer, the Shim Sham Shimmy.
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Photo by Bob Rosen

Thank you for your support of Point Tap Festival 2013.  Now that the word is out…maybe you’ll join us in August 2014!

Sincerely,
Jeannie

Photos by John Morser and Bob Rosen

Point Tap Festival 2012 – Terrific!
Stevens Point, Wisconsin, August 9-11

Click here to view a video slide show from Point Tap Festival 2012

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Photo by Kirsten Danielson Dancers: Ellen Wind (MN), Gwen Potter (NJ), Natasha Williams (FL, Morgan McMahon (WI) Lucas Rollo (SD)

The third time’s the charm…with an incredible teaching faculty, impressive facilities, and an inclusive, positive atmosphere Point Tap Festival 2012 was a huge success. With over 100 people participating in festival master classes and events, this has been our largest attendance to date.  Dancers from age 10 to ? Included:  prospective students, current students, alums, professional colleagues, amateurs, and first-time tappers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Florida, Marseilles (FRANCE) and Liege (BELGIUM)!

This year we added a Friday night jam session at The Coffee Studio downtown to our three-day event. With a traditional tap cutting session dancers had a chance to test their own improvisational skills by sparring in rhythmic play. Saturday evening’s festival show featured performances by faculty members Josh Hilberman, Lynn Schwab, Mark Yonally, Brandi Coleman and Jeannie Hill joined by Ryan Korb (drums), Dave Story (bass), Nic Gauer (guitar), David Hastings (saxophone) and guest artists Stéphanie Detry (piano), Rich Ashworth (beatbox, tap) and Melissa Meris (vocals). We ended the show by bringing up festival participants of all ages to dance the traditional tap closer, the Shim Sham Shimmy.

We look forward to another great festival … stay tuned!

Jeannie Hill, festival director

LynnLynn Schwab dances in New York City with Barbara Duffy’s Barbara Duffy and Company, Susan Hebach’s The Tap Collective, and Max Pollak’s Rumba Tap. With these groups, and others, Lynn has performed at such notable venues as The Duke on 42nd Street, The Joyce Theatre, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Town Hall, Off Broadway’s La MAMA, World Festival 2000, The International Street Performers Festival, Studio 54 Theatre and the Tanzhaus in Dusseldorf, Germany. A much sought-after teacher, Lynn teaches at tap festivals across the US and in Europe and regularly in  NYC at the American Tap Dance Foundation and Steps on Broadway.

UnknownTap dance artist Joshua Hilberman has been creating and performing original theatrical productions around the world for over 20 years. Recent highlights include collaboration with Calgary’s Decidedly Jazz Danceworks on “2010: A Tap Oddity,” as well as a German tour of his solo show, “Heeling Powers.” A unique solo performer groomed by tap and vaudeville stars of the 1930’s, his touring experience includes 7 seasons as the Jazz Nut in “Clara’s Dream: A Jazz Nutcracker”; Nuremburg’s World Championships of Paddle and Roll; three seasons as principal dancer with Manhattan Tap; American Tap Dance Foundation’s “Tap City on Tour”; and three seasons in Germany with Thomas Marek’s “About Tap.” He has been recognized with the National Endowment for the Arts/Dance USA National College Choreography Initiative Award, and with the 2009 Presidential Scholars Teachers Recognition Award.

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Mark Yonally is the Artistic Director of Chicago Tap Theatre, a tap dance company dedicated to innovation and excellence.  Mark has developed a national and international reputation as a performer, with solo performances in Chicago, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Amsterdam and Paris. He is blessed to have Sarah Petronio, Dianne Walker, Bill Evans and Billy Siegenfeld as mentors.  As a company member of the Bill Evans Dance Company and Especially Tap Chicago (ETC), Mark performed at such prestigious festivals as the St. Louis Tap Festival, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, the Gus Giordano Jazz Dance World Congress and at the Royal Opera House in Helsinki, Finland. Furthermore, Mark has gained the plaudits of major dance critics for his innovative approach to tap choreography. His works have been commissioned and performed by the Bill Evans Dance Company, ETC and Hope College, among others.  Mark also maintains a longstanding professional relationship with Valérie Lussac, Artistic Director of Tapage of Toulouse, France. Mark is a noted educator and has taught at festivals throughout the U.S. and has served on the faculty at Oklahoma City University and Hope College. He teaches annually in European cities including Paris, Toulouse, Basel (Switzerland), Heidelberg, Nuremburg, and Barcelona.  He is sought after for his multidisciplinary approach to tap teaching, which includes history, basic music theory and an emphasis on jazz music.  Through Chicago Tap Theatre he has created a new outreach program called “Feel The Rhythm” which is bringing tap dance to deaf children.  Mark is also a published author, with pieces appearing in Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher and Dance Magazine.  www.chicagotaptheatre.com

_1050296Thelma Larkin Goldberg, Director, started The Dance Inn in 1983 while on a leave of absence from teaching in the Boston Public Schools. Her early dance training was in Cambridge with Grace Bates and Joan O’Brien. She taught dance while earning her B.S. Ed. From Lesley College and then taught special needs students in Boston while earning her M.S. Sp.Ed. from Regis College.   In addition to being the Artistic Director of the performing companies of The Dance Inn, Thelma is very active in the classrooms teaching tap to all levels and supervising and mentoring her staff. She is also an active participant in the local and national dance community, serving as teacher, program coordinator, volunteer and student at tap and jazz festivals across the country, most recently the NYC Tap Festival and the Mass Dance Festival.   Thelma is also Executive Director of Dance Inn Productions, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to pass on the artistry and traditions of dance. Through Dance Inn Productions, she produces several community dance events, including the annual International Tap Dance Day celebration in May and weekend and week-long intensives with master teachers.  thedanceinn.com


August 2011 – Point Tap Festival 2011 – Outstanding!
Jeannie Hill, Festival director

Point Tap Festival 2011 brought together rhythm-loving dancers of all ages for three days of intensive study with internationally recognized master tap teachers in our beautiful dance program studios. With over 70 students we successfully doubled our attendance from the inaugural PTF in 2010. Dancers included prospective students, incoming freshmen, current students, UWSP alums, amateurs, and professional colleagues from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts!

Josh’s class kept them swinging!

The culminating performance on Saturday featured performances by Point Tap Festivalfaculty members Josh Hilberman, Lynn Schwab, Mark Yonally, Ryan Korb, and guest artists. Honoring master teacher and my mentor, Robert Audy, I performed his choreography, “It’s Alright With Me,” a tribute to Ann Miller, that I taught to two UWSP dance students, Olivia Hoffman and Olivia Crevier. Mr. Audy was moved to see his choreography in performance and impressed with the talent of our students. We closed the show by bringing up festival participants of all ages to dance the traditional tap closer, the Shim Sham Shimmy.

We’re not sure whether we had more fun in rehearsal or in the performance.

Point Tap Festival 2010

Thank you to all of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point administrators, Point Tap faculty and festival participants for your support of the inaugural Point Tap Festival in 2010.  The 3-day festival on August 12, 13, & 14 included prospective students (who also had sessions with Theatre & Dance faculty while on campus), incoming students, current students, UWSP alums in addition to students, colleagues and professionals from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Massachusetts and Nebraska!

Festival Participants 2010!

The gathered group of rhythm-makers shared four classes daily;  tap sessions with Josh HilbermanLynn Schwab, and Jeannie Hill followed by a drumming class focusing on polyrhythms led by Ryan Korb.  Thursday evening festival participants had a chance to socialize, rest and trade stories and rhythmic ideas at an outdoor cookout.  On Friday evening  guest  pianist Lee Tomboulian and bass player Cully Swansen joined the faculty to rehearse for the Saturday concert.
Saturday brought even more dancers into the Noel Fine Arts Center.  A beginning, no-tap-shoes-necessary class teaching tap anthem, The Shim Sham Shimmy, brought together students from age 8 to ?

Josh and Jeannie dance “Tea for Two”

Later that evening we filled our studio performance space
(using up our 50 dance area chairs and hastily borrowing some from music)
with an eager audience on Saturday evening.  In tap concert tradition
all those in the audience who knew the Shim Sham Shimmy were invited on the stage to close the show.
We’re putting Stevens Point on the tap map!

– Jeannie Hill, Festival Director

CLASSES

Josh’s class

Gwen, Jenai, Audrey, Oliva, Joseph

Gwen, Jenai, Audrey, Oliva, Joseph

Lynn’s Class

…tired feet…

FACULTY

Lynn Schwab dances in New York City with Barbara Duffy’s Barbara Duffy and Company,

Lynn in performance

Lynn in performance

Susan Hebach’s The Tap Collective, and Max Pollak’s Rumba Tap. With these groups, and others, Lynn has had the opportunity to perform at such notable venues as The Duke on 42nd Street, The Joyce Theatre, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Town Hall, Off Broadway’s La MAMA, World Festival 2000, The International Street Performers Festival, Studio 54 Theatre and the Tanzhaus in Dusseldorf, Germany.  A much sought-after teacher, Lynn teaches at tap festivals across the US and in Europe and regularly at NYC’s Steps on Broadway.

Tap dance artist Joshua Hilberman has been creating and performing original theatrical Unknownproductions around the world for over 20 years. Recent highlights include collaboration with Calgary’s Decidedly Jazz Danceworks on “2010: A Tap Oddity,” as well as a German tour of his solo show, “Heeling Powers.” A unique solo performer groomed by tap and vaudeville stars of the 1930’s, his touring experience includes 7 seasons as the Jazz Nut in “Clara’s Dream: A Jazz Nutcracker”; Nuremburg’s World Championships of Paddle and Roll; three seasons as principal dancer with Manhattan Tap; American Tap Dance Foundation’s “Tap City on Tour”; and three seasons in Germany with Thomas Marek’s “About Tap.” He has been recognized with the National Endowment for the Arts/Dance USA National College Choreography Initiative Award, and with the 2009 Presidential Scholars Teachers Recognition Award.

As a tap soloist and company member of Jump Rhythm Jazz Project and Manhattan Tap

Jeannie in red

Jeannie in red

Jeannie Hill has shared the stage and studied with numerous tap luminaries, superior jazz dancers and musicians nationally and internationally. A varied performance career in theatre, dance and comedy informs her teaching and choreographic creations at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, where she is an Assistant Professor of Dance. Celebrating JRJP’s unique rhythm-first approach to movement learning, Hill continues to perform with, teach and choreograph for the company when schedules permit.

Ryan Korb co-leads Afro-Cuban drum trio,   Africa->West. Playing original compositions based on traditional African and Cuban music,

Korb and drum

Korb and drum

the trio gigs regularly and was recently invited to play at the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention. As a sideman, Ryan has shared the stage with Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Valerie Naranjo, and Bill Mays, among others performed as percussionist on touring Broadway productions and recently had the opportunity to perform with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano and Tapage inDansaq. Ryan is Professor of Jazz Percussion and Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.

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