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Dance The Tune Workshops with Nic Gareiss and Jordan Tice

Join Capitol Tap, Knock on Wood Tap Studio, and the Percussive Dance Preservation Project as we present two workshops with percussive dancer Nic Gareiss and musician Jordan Tice. 

Dance the Tune

Utilizing improvisation, organic movement, and drawing from a myriad of percussive dance styles including Irish step dance, Appalachian flat-footing, and Quebecois gigue, this class explores the sheer musical potential of your feet. Using imitation, idiomatic ornaments as well as alternate shoe-sounds and textures, we will learn to construct lines of rhythm imitating melody as well as create rhythmic counterpoint by setting up shoe-grooves employing contemporary musical sensibility.

Beginner/Intermediate: 6:30-7:45pm

Intermediate/Advanced: 8:00-9:15pm

Tickets: $25 each

Location: Knock on Wood Tap Studio, Takoma, DC.

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Nic Gareiss: 

Michigan-born dancer Nic Gareiss has been described by the Irish Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. His choreographic work re-imagines movement as a musical activity, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions, weaving together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional dance footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. He has concertized internationally for over ten years in twelve countries with many of the luminaries of traditional music and dance, including Bill Frisell, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Phil Wiggins, Liz Carroll, Martin Hayes, The Gloaming and The Chieftains. In 2011 Gareiss was commissioned by the Cork Opera House to create and perform two new solo percussive dance pieces to celebrate the 75th birthday of composer Steve Reich. In 2013, he served as community liaison for the Wheatland Music Organization's 40th Anniversary production 'Carry it on...', supervising a cast of 70 non-professional dancers from the state of Michigan. He received a Traditional Arts Commission from the Irish Arts Council to create a new duo fiddle and dance work with Caoimhín Ó Raghalliah. The resulting piece, MICE WILL PLAY had a sell-out run at Dublin's Project Arts Centre during the 2013 Dublin Fringe Festival.  Nic holds a degree in Anthropology from Central Michigan University and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick.

Jordan Tice: 

Jordan Tice is a guitarist and composer from Annapolis, MD who currently makes his home in Brooklyn, NY. The son of two bluegrass musicians, he grew up playing with various bluegrass bands around Maryland until 2005 when he enrolled at Towson University to study music on full scholarship. He released his first record of original music "No Place Better" at the age of 17 to rave reviews and followed that with the record "Corbett, Chrisman, and Tice" featuring Wes Corbett on banjo and Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer which was listed as one of the Chicago Tribune's top 5 "best compact discs of the year" in the bluegrass/newgrass category in 2008. Also in 2008, Jordan released his second record as a leader entitled "Long Story". The record, featuring all Tice originals as well as an all-star band of Casey Driessen, Noam Pikelny, Andy Hall, and Mark Schatz, brought about rave reviews from acoustic music publications for its "engaging and melodic tunes" and "inspired solos" (Bluegrass Unlimited) as well as being a "very musical album" (The Bluegrass Blog). Jordan's third record "The Secret History" featuring Paul Kowert on bass and Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer ventured a bit further from Jordan's Roots with longer more ethereal winding compositions and soundscapes that Bluegrass Unlimited praised as "impressive" and containing "exceptional craft".

In addition to his solo work, Jordan has worked with the likes of Mark Schatz and friends, Frank Wakefield, Darol Anger, and Tony Trischka. Other highlights include being featured on the cover of the January 2011 Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and performing the music of actor/comedian Steve Martin for Shakespeare's "As You Like It" at New York City's esteemed "Shakespeare in the Park" in summer 2012. 

Jordan currently plays in the trio Haas Kowert Tice with fiddler Brittany Haas and bassist Paul Kowert. Their new record, "You Got This" is currently garnering some positive press. He also performs with the fiddle/percussive dance group 4tet, in a duo with Hammered Dulcimer Player Simon Chrisman and as a sideman with many different artists around the US.


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