Our performances this weekend:

​THE ECHO: Friday Aug. 17, 6 pm & 7:40 pm (brief slots)

STORIES bookstore: Sat. Aug, 18, 4 pm up till 4:30 pm.

LIBERTY MAIN STAGE: Sat., Aug. 18, 5:10 pm & 6 pm. (2 numbers in each slot.​Also, new payment system is explained on "LESSON FAQS" page.  But please feel free to ask questions directly.

SPECIAL SCHEDULE: It looks like our group will be performing at an Echo Park street festival in mid-August. Sign up for or look up rehearsals below.

Take advantage of this week's times because I won't have as much extra time to offer when we are in the temporary location, which will be soon.

Also, please read the rules below.


The general rehearsal rules are below for reference as needed.

This page is for students and guests artists to request and keep track of rehearsals for the next show. Here's how it works:

I'll post possible rehearsal times. If you want to request that slot, email me at howard.tap@gmail.com.  Also tell me what routine you would like to practice, if that is an option during a particular rehearsal period. Just because you request a slot does not mean that you will automatically receive it. Don't assume you have a rehearsal just because you asked for one.

I'll update the schedule every 24 hours listing the confirmed rehearsals. So you must check back here to see if I was able to schedule your rehearsal.

Rehearsals for the August festival in Echo Park are free, but you can't take free rehearsals in place of classes. And if you schedule or sign up for a rehearsal, you must cancel within 12 hours to avoid paying a $15 penalty for not showing up.  It's not a bad idea to double-check in case someone else's rehearsal was canceled. 

(The August festival is different, but normally, unless otherwise specified, all rehearsals are free of charge ONLY after students have paid for $60 worth of lessons in a month or signed up for the unlimited plan. Otherwise, rehearsals are charged as regular lessons. Financial aid is potentially available upon request. Guest artists have various individual financial arrangements.)

Rehearsals are not private lessons. If you sign up to work on a particular routine, anyone else working on that routine can show up as well during the same time slot.

Anything listed as a private lesson below IS a private lesson and is for the listed person only. Some private lessons are not listed below. 

Here are the rehearsal times up for grabs:


Sunday, Aug. 12

12 noon Repertoire for upcoming show

4 pm Nancy Cohen et al

4:30 pm

​5 pm 

Monday, Aug. 13

8 pm Leah (Afinidad, Come Rain, Basie)

8:30 pm

9 pm

Tuesday,  Aug. 14

8:40 pm Come Rain & perhaps more

Wed., Aug. 15

7:30 am

8 am

9 pm Private Lesson

Thursday, Aug. 16

​9 pm Repertoire for show

Friday Aug. 17

Performance at The Echo

  It's not clear when we're dancing our pre-recorded piece. The band we're jamming with, Tropa Magica, is scheduled to begin its set at 9:50 pm. Make no other evening plans and get some rest beforehand. Could be a late night.

Saturday, Aug. 18

9:30 am Studio run through of dances for performances. No regular classes.

4:30 pm Performance at Stories

5:10 pm Performance at Main Stage

6 pm Performance at Main Stage

Sunday, Aug. 19

12:30 pm Performance at Children's Stage, El Centro del Pueblo (Note: This is on the festival schedule but not confirmed because I did not know about this until it appeared on the festival schedule.)

Rules to get ready for Big Shows

Please rehearse every time with props and costuming that is part of the dance, such as trench coats that are taken off in the dance or masks that are pulled from coats, etc.

No one is expected to make every full-show run-though, but it's good to make several, and the more you do the better you'll be. Please note the cutoff date below for learning dances.

Note to all: At least three weeks before a show, dancers are likely to be cut from any numbers that they don't know solidly from beginning to end, unless they have specific permission to continue.

Dancers in the first row must know all necessary turns and arms, and they also must know numbers well enough to demonstrate them from beginning to end by themselves and must be able to make all the necessary sounds at the right time.




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