In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, A4D has launched a new series: THE Q SESSIONS designed to help the dance community navigate this challenging time. We have already met with Mia Michaels and Vincent Paterson. Watch for updates to this page and the to The Q Sessions coming up!
CHLOE & MAUD ARNOLD joined us for THE Q SESSIONS on May 22 to share the amazing Memorial Day weekend they planned for their global tap event and fundraising efforts to assist tappers around the world. Here's their Instagram Live interview that's full of great advice, funny moments, and information on how you can be part of their global initiative in support of tap dancers.
ABOUT CHLOE & MAUD
Chloé and Maud Arnold are a sister dancing, choreographing, and producing duo. Both Internationally recognized tap dancers and graduates of Columbia University in Film, Emmy Award Nominated Chloe, and Maud Arnold are creating opportunities to elevate and celebrate the art of tap dancing through Film, TV, and live events. Their work has taken them worldwide, to over 30 countries. They are the creators of The Syncopated Ladies, a Female Tap Dance Band based in Los Angeles, CA. Their fierce footwork and feminine style have attracted audiences around the globe with their cutting edge viral videos, including a "Tap Formation" video that Beyonce herself endorsed on both beyonce.com and with a live performance in London. Whoopi Goldberg calls their Prince tribute "Brilliant...,” Shonda Rhimes calls them "Amazing...", and in 2016 alone, they amassed 50 million views online and on television.
ABOUT NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY
National Tap Dance Day falls on May 25th of every year and is a celebration of tap dance as an American art form. It also commemorates the birthday of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson - one of the most prolific contributors to the art of tap dance. National Tap Dance Day was signed into U.S. - American law in 1989. Due to the overwhelming love of tap dance globally it is now considered “International Tap Dance Day” by many tap aficionados.
YOU CAN STILL REGISTER TO ACCESS CONTENT UNTIL JUNE 25, 2020.
HERE ARE THE DETAILS LEADING UP TO THE 2020 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EVENT
Chloé and Maud Foundation to Host Global Online Tap-A-Thon Fundraiser to Support Tap Dancers During COVID-19
The Chloé and Maud Foundation will present a global Tap-A-Thon hosted by Emmy Award nominated choreographer Chloe Arnold and her sister, internationally renowned tap dancer Maud Arnold on Instagram Live (@syncladies) Sunday, May 24 from 9am-1pm PST. The fundraiser will feature leading tap dancers from around the world in performances, short classes, and conversations about the impact of COVID-19 on the tap community. 100-percent of the proceeds will support the Chloe & Maud Tap Dancer Relief Fund which will begin awarding one-time grants to tap dancers impacted by the pandemic later this month.
“Artists are being hit hardest during this global pandemic and so many of the relief programs do not consider the needs of artists, specifically tap dancers,” said Chloe Arnold. “Tap dancers are rarely mentioned in conversations surrounding ‘dancer relief’ or ‘artist relief’ so Maud and I wanted to create a fund that would give tap dancers access to money that was specifically raised with them in mind.” To learn how to apply please visit www.chloeandmaudfoundation.org/tapathon. The following day, Monday, May 25, in celebration of National Tap Dance Day, tap dancers around the world are invited to Chloe and Maud’s TAP INTO JOY! from 8am-3pm PST. All ages and levels are welcome to participate in online Master Classes with today's hottest tap stars including MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award recipient Michelle Dorrance, Jared Grimes (Broadway’s A Soldier’s Play, After Midnight), Anthony Morigerato (Emmy Award nominated choreographer So You Think You Can Dance), Jabu Graybeal (Postmodern Jukebox), Melinda Sullivan (La, La, Land, Syncopated Ladies), Producers Chloé and Maud Arnold, Viral Tap Stars - Syncopated Ladies, Dante Lara (World of Dance) and more.
Additional opportunities include an Afro Funk class, exclusive choreography, a talkback with special guest speaker Daria Hines (daughter of the late Gregory Hines) plus a Global Zoom Tap Party with guest performers, student spotlights, Q & A with Chloe and Maud Arnold, student showcase and adjudication. For more information and to register online please visit w ww.onlinetapfest.com. The Chloe and Maud Foundation created a “buy one - give one” model which allows them to provide scholarships to tap dancers of all ages and abilities around the globe who may not otherwise be able to participate.
A4D's Brandon Hudson will moderate the conversation with Chloe & Maud. Brandon plays Randy in a new Movie Musical coming to Netflix later this year. His credits include Broadway’Hamilton and Head Over Heels, Jennifer Hudson, Todrick Hall, Saturday Night Live, The Voice, toured internationally and nationally with West Side Story and Joseph. Most currently he works alongside upcoming pop artist, and friend, Lana Love as her creative director and choreographer. @brandonhudson90. More on Brandon here.
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