Network Sessions

Network Sessions

Jess Murray and other members of the steering group will host these informal but structured sessions that are FREE and open to all. You can connect with other people that are interested, or involved in doing research around tap dance.

Hear from researchers and practitioners about what they are working on and have learned through their projects. Learn about different approaches to learning in the field and pick up valuable tips and insights to help you pursue your own tap dance learning. A great opportunity to ask questions, swap tips for researching and developing projects, share information about resources and opportunities.

The next few sessions will explore what happens when we consider tap dance from certain perspectives such as Folk tradition, vernacular and pop culture, visual music… What does each of these viewpoints offer and what is the relationship between them?

**Next Session**

What happens when we consider tap dance from the perspective of a Folk tradition?

How can we apply this perspective to what we do as performers, educators, academic researchers, scholars and enthusiasts?

Sally Crawford-Shepherd will introduce this topic drawing on her own research experience before opening it up to a group discussion focussed on finding practical ways to apply ideas.

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Buddy Bradley: Choreographing British Film & Theatre

Buddy Bradley: Choreographing British Film & Theatre

Wednesday 17 March 2021 19:00 GMT

By Annette Walker with special guests.

Ticket price per event £6 full price/ £4 students, unwaged, low income. Book here

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Buddy Bradley was coaching many stars of Broadway musicals, including Fred and Adele Astaire, Ruby Keeler, and Eleanor Powell. However despite being well known (and well paid) within show business he never received credit for choreographing a show with a white cast in America. In 1930 Buddy was invited to London to choreograph for Jessie Matthews’s show, Ever Green at the Aldephi Theatre for which he received his first choreographic credit. It was a great success for both Jessie and Buddy and in 1934 it was made into the first British musical film, Evergreen, launching him into the emerging English film industry. Buddy staged over thirty musical productions during the 1930s and choreographed a number of British musical films during his thirty-eight years in Britain.

There is little reference of Buddy’s creative work but researcher Annette Walker has sourced clips of his choreography from several British musical films, including an uncredited, rare glimpse of Buddy himself. There’ll be a presentation about Buddy’s life and work in America and Britain and a closer look at his style through film footage as well as a discussion about his wider influence on dance.

Buddy Bradley

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