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Stair Dance photo

Stair Dance

Choreography: Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (1928)
The athletic Stair Dance showcases Robinson's inventive style and was featured on Broadway in "Blackbirds of 1928." Robinson performed a version of his signature piece as a duet with Shirley Temple in "The Little Colonel" in 1935.

Photo by Sheryl Coulon
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Begin the Beguine

Choreography: Fred Astaire, Bobby Connolly, Hermes Pan & Eleanor Powell (1940)
The lively classic duet was first performed by Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell in "Broadway Melody of 1940."

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Taking a Chance on Love: Coles and Atkins Softshoe

Choreography: Honi Coles & Cholly Atkins (late 1940s)
Affectionately known as the slowest softshoe, this duet is pure elegance. Our version is charmingly performed by the mother/daughter duo of Nancy Boskin-Mullen and Adi Mullen.

Photo by Sheryl Coulon
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Eddie Brown's B.S. Chorus

Choreography: Eddie Brown (1970s)
This intricate work is quintessential Eddie Brown, known for his "scientific rhythm." Pam Thompson-Spinner, protégé of the late, great, tap master, learned the steps first-hand and passed them on to the Company.

Photo by Kevin Charles Patterson
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Leon Collins' Routine #1

Choreography: Leon Collins (1970s)
Created as a teaching routine, this elegant tap composition embodies Collins’ signature melodic style.

Photo by Steven Wetherbee

Waiting Room (excerpt from Life Could Be a Dream)

Choreography: Pat Catterson (1980)
Originally choreographed as a tap solo in an evening length modern dance piece, dancers’ gestures convey a sense of merely going through the motions.

Photo by Bruce Folkmann
Clogging photo

Crucial Country Breakdown

Choreography: Group choreography by Rosina Didyk; solos based on choreography by Gary Larsen; restaged by Nancy Boskin-Mullen (1998)
This Appalachian clogging style dance premiered at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center in a performance by AMAN Folk Ensemble. Fast footwork and joyful partnering make it an audience favorite.

Photo by Kevin Charles Patterson
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D3

Choreography: Pam Thompson-Spinner (1998)
D3 is Thompson-Spinner's homage to her mentors and teachers. Woven throughout the choreography are rhythms and themes inspired by Eddie Brown, Fred Strickler and Stan Mazin.

Photo by Sheryl Coulon

Hum Drum

Choreography: Pam Thompson-Spinner (2003)
Inspired by Savion Glover and Keith Terry, this piece features quirky, off-beat rhythm changes and incorporates vocalizations. The piece was most recently accompanied by original poetry that was written and spoken by Ernie McCray at the 2014 San Diego International Fringe Festival.

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Stick to the Rhythm

Choreography: Nancy Boskin-Mullen
Tap dancers play with the rhythms of the Philippines in this tinikling-inspired piece. Bamboo poles set the beat while dancers leap in and out of the moving sticks.

Photo by Marilen Tran
Crosswalk photo

Crosswalk

Choreography: Keith Terry (2006)
Choreographed for California Rhythm Project, this body music piece in 12/8 time is an exploration of rhythm and "the body as a beat box."

Photo by Sheryl Coulon
Meeting Place photo

Meeting Place

Choreography: Donna Flournoy (2008)
This gospel music inspired piece features a vibrant cast of characters in Sunday hats and dresses. Friends greet one another, a little girl plays pranks and small groups of dancers blend into a larger whole as they all make their way to the meeting place to join in dance together.

Photo by Sue Brenner
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Achin' Feelin'

Choreography: Nancy Boskin-Mullen (2009)
True love is hard to find and even harder to keep, but that doesn't stop a young man from trying in this duet inspired by Berkley Hart lyrics.

Photo by Kevin Charles Patterson
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Chan Chan

Choreography: Nancy Boskin-Mullen (2011)
A wandering band of dancers circles the stage in a Cuban flavored tap number. In a dance shaped by the traditional music of the island nation, chugs and digs play the drum beat for this lyrical voyage through Latin rhythms.

Photo by Kevin Charles Patterson
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This Land Is

Choreography: Nancy Boskin-Mullen (2012)
Originally choreographed as a "rock the vote" number with a retro groove, each dancer in this quartet has the chance to make her voice heard. Later versions feature a larger cast and the piece rolls its way to a rousing tap jam finale.

Photo by Sheryl Coulon
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We Create the World We Live In

Choreography: Summer Briggs (2012)
A dynamic fusion of tap rhythms and street sounds. Dancers create a collage of beats as they start their early morning work day.

Photo by Bruce Folkmann
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On Green Dolphin Street

Choreography: Pam Thompson-Spinner (2013)
In this piece, a jazz beat is overlaid with complicated rhythms, from bolero to swing with steps inspired by Eddie Brown and Honi Coles, culminating in a sand dance in the style of Sandman Sims.

Photo by Sheryl Coulon
From the Sole photo

From the Sole

Choreography: Nancy Boskin-Mullen (2013)
A trio of dancers plays with rhythm, riffs and crawls accompanied by an a cappella version of Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed" mixed with a traditional Brazilian melody.

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The Best Is Yet to Come

Choreography: Nancy Boskin-Mullen & Pam Thompson-Spinner (2014)
Boy meets girl in this elegant duet inspired by the iconic stair dances of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Shirley Temple, the Nicholas Brothers, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers. A new romance blossoms as our dancers play with variations on a theme.

Photo by Bruce Folkmann
Busker photo

Busker

Choreography: Summer Briggs (2014)
A street performer wows the crowd with her clever rhythms and precision taps. “What’s the sound of one girl tapping? Pure joy.” – Janice Steinberg, San Diego Story

Photo by Kimber Ely
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Coffee, To Go!

Choreography: Nancy Boskin-Mullen (2014)
An ever-increasing tempo drives this Broadway style number. A coffee cart line transforms into a chorus of riffs and stomps as dancers chase a caffeine rush.

Photo by Bruce Folkmann
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Fork in the Road

Choreography: Sara Dickman & Cari Goodwin (2014)
A playful mix of taps, percussion and live vocals.

Photo by Bruce Folkmann
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Restore to Factory Settings

Choreography: Nancy Boskin-Mullen (2014)
A techno beat drives dancers in trench coats in this athletic tap piece. Imprisoned by the rhythm of work, they move with angular precision, one by one trying to break away from the tedium of the daily grind, but they are pulled back into their rut with no hope for freedom. Until…

Photo by Bruce Folkmann
Skip It photo

Skip It

Choreography: Pam Thompson-Spinner (2014)
This exuberant slice of life number is a playground romp as hop scotch, jump rope and basketball dances are interspersed with body music and variations on classic rhythms.

Photo by Bruce Folkmann
Bharata(p) Natyam photo

Bharata(p) Natyam

Choreography: Divya Devaguptapu, Nancy Boskin-Mullen, Summer Briggs (2015)
 

Photo by Steven Wetherbee
Holoholo Ka'a photo

Holoholo Ka'a

Choreography: Vincent Padilla (2015)
 

Photo by Steven Wetherbee
La Rumba y El Ritmo photo

La Rumba y El Ritmo

Choreography: Chloe Arnold (2015)
Created for California Rhythm Project by world-renowned tap star Chloe Arnold, this salsa-inspired piece thrills with fast footwork, hot music and latin style.

Photo by Steven Wetherbee
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Tangos

Choreography: Kristina Cobarrubia (2015)
Complicated rhythms drive the tempo of this emotionally intense flamenco piece choreographed for California Rhythm Project by Kristina Cobarrubia of Flamenco Arana.

Photo by Marilen Tran
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Tap Africa

Choregraphy: Summer Briggs (2015)
This high spirited piece combines West African rhythms with the toe-tapping sounds of rhythm tap.

Photo by Steven Wetherbee