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If you’re in the Rochester, NY area this coming weekend, come by and visit us at our display table at Stompology XI. We will have a running slide show on display of some of the photos from the digital archive. We’d love to meet you and chat with you about the work that we’re doing to preserve, support, and promote the oral tradition of tap dance.
Online – On the celebration of what would have been Bunny Brigg’s 93rd birthday, the Tap Legacy Foundation, Inc., launches BunnyBriggs.org. With a new design and mobile-friendly layout, BunnyBriggs.org is the latest in the foundation’s series of Tribute Websites. A thorough biography including online and print sources, a concise listing of Brigg’s body of work, and a page about the Bunny Briggs Memorial Fund (a new assistance program), make up the information that is now easily accessible online through this new resource.
Bunny Briggs was one of few remaining hoofers to have made significant contributions to the art of tap dance throughout the growth of the art form – from the days of the big bands, through the lean years, and during the resurgence. Featured in the movies TAP and No Maps on My Taps, as well as the often cited film recording of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts, Bunny’s style, technique, and improvisational approach were all his own.
The Bunny Briggs Tribute Website is the first of the series to sport the new, more user and mobile-friendly design which will come to the rest of the series in the coming weeks. Other sites in series include dedications to Gregory Hines, the Copasetics, Henry LeTang, and Buddy Bradley, among others.
About the Tap Legacy Tribute Websites
Information about Tap Dance Legends is spread across a multitude of sources, including print, video and audio recording, and online resources. For some dancers, little is available online. The Tap Legacy Tribute Websites aim to correct that by providing a single source for the exploration of a particular dancer’s career and contribution to the art of tap dance. Thoroughly researched and continually updated Tribute Websites are launch with permission and include biographical information, concise listings of accomplishments, video recordings from YouTube, links to other online sources, and related Tap Legacy programming.
About the Tap Legacy Foundation, Inc.
The Tap Legacy Foundation, Inc., was established in 2002 by tap dancers Gregory Hines and Andrew Nemr with a charter to Preserve and Advance the Art of Tap Dance. With a vision to build a cultural center for tap dance in New York City, the foundation’s programming aims to reignite the oral history upon which tap dance relies upon. This is accomplished through the production of events and resources that facilitate discussion and promotion of the art of tap dance, while honoring its past and supporting its future through assistance and scholarship programs.
The Tap Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Tap Legacy™ is a trademark of the Tap Legacy Foundation, Inc.
The Tap Legacy Exhibit Opening Reception was a blast! We spent the evening sharing stories, cutting cake, and celebrating tap dance history. If you missed the reception, don’t worry, the exhibit will be available for viewing until February 25th at the International Arts Movement’s 38|39 Space, in midtown Manhattan.
Viewing is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment call the gallery at 212-944-0944.
Join us as we celebrate Gregory Hines’ (and Bunny Briggs’) Birthdays with the 2nd Annual installment of the Tap Legacy Exhibit. Additional photos have been added, special announcements of upcoming Tap Legacy programming will be made, and cake will be served.
International Arts Movement
38 West 39th Street (between 6th and 5th Avenues)
Bunny Briggs was often soft spoken, that is until you began to talk about tap dancing. How it should be done; who was better; talking about the music. All these topics would fuel the conversation with emotion from the experiences of almost 80 years of dancing alongside some of the most famous musicians of his time. Bunny started dancing as a child, and would go on to become known as “Duke’s Dancer”performing often with the Ellington Orchestra, among his many other musical collaborators.
In light of Bunny’s passing on November 15th, there has been an outpouring of love and support on social media as well as remembrances on various websites, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal For those in the Las Vegas area, you are invited to celebrate his life in person at a memorial service this Friday.
Bunny Briggs Memorial Service on Friday December 12th, 2014
Visitation from 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon.
Funeral Mass Service from 12:00 noon. -1:30 p.m. approximately
Service to be held at:
Saint Francis of Assisi
Roman Catholic Church
2300 Sunridge Heights Parkway
Henderson, NV 89052
Burial immediately following services:
Palm Eastern Mortuary (Dignity Memorial)
7600 S Eastern Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89123
Celebration/Reception following the burial.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Bunny Briggs Memorial Fund, c/o Tap Legacy Foundation, 138 W 25th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10001. (Make checks payable to Tap Legacy Foundation – be sure to write Bunny Briggs Memorial Fund in the memo).
It is our honor to establish and coordinate the Bunny Briggs Memorial Fund, on behalf of the family, to help ensure that Bunny is laid to rest and his life celebrated with dignity and in line with his last wishes.
Bunny Briggs has left us, but he has left much for us.
Photo Credit: Karen Zebulon