In this "Choreography in Focus," choreographer Ralph Lemon chats with Wendy Perron about the early downtown New York dance scene, his experience at the White House and how he approaches making a new work.
From Riverdance to HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," tap dancer DeWitt Fleming Jr. has proved to be a triple threat on the stage and screen. He's also an entrepreneur, selling his own line of wireless microphones, DeW It Right Tap Mics. Last year, he added "composer" to his resumé with the release of Sax and Taps INTERSPLOSION!, the first tap dance and jazz album recorded at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club. One of the songs, co-written with jazz saxophonist Erica von Kleist, was a finalist for last year's Unsigned Only music competition.
"When you're invited to dance with a jazz band, it's always assumed that, as a tap dancer, you're going to be a feature. If you go all the way back to New Orleans' Congo Square, and even before then, dance was a part of the music. I wanted to stick to those roots and create an album where everything was intertwined."
He recently spoke with Dance Magazine about his collaboration with von Kleist and the creation of their album.
Jazz saxophonist Erica von Kleist and tap dancer DeWitt Fleming Jr. perform together.
Photo by Vicky Good Photography, Courtesy Fleming