"Love Me Or Leave Me": Learn the entire piece of a classic Lisa La Touche's Tap Dance Repertoire geared towards the Intermediate and Advanced dancer
*Total course runs approximately 2 hrs and 15 min
CHECK THE HISTORY!
LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME was originally choreographed on M.A.D.D. Rhythms Canada in 2003 in Lisa’s hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This was a result of coming out of a summer filled with inspiration spending quality time with Dianne Walker, Jason Samuels Smith, Harold Cromer, Jimmy Slyde, etc at three legendary simultaneously positioned festivals; Robert L. Reed’s St. Louis Tap Festival, The Chicago Human Rhythm Project, and The L.A. Tap Festival. Nina Simone’s version of the tune “Love Me or Leave Me”, which was originally written in 1928 by Walter Donaldson with lyrics by Gus Kahn, was playing on repeat all summer long. It then became inevitable that Lisa wanted to explore choreography to such a masterpiece. After months in the shed with her company (original members including Danny Nielsen, Danielle La Touche, Amy Gardner, Courtney Woods, Ashley Steele, Eric Wagner, etc), they finally performed it for the 1st time in 2004. As the partnership with Bril Barrett, Martin “Tre” Dumas III and Jumaane continued ℅ the original M.A.D.D. Rhythms based in Chicago, they invited Lisa to set her choreography on their company which also included Starinah Dixon, Jabowen Dixon, Donnetta Jackson, Nico Rubio, Lee Howard and Cayla Trotter at that time (2005). From there, the rest is history. In 2012, Lisa had the honor of teaching this repertoire as part of the School of Jacob's Pillow tap program under the direction of Dianne Walker. The piece has been performed all over the world, from China, to Germany, to all across the US and Canada and continues to be a request for Lisa to teach and pass on to various ensembles and festivals world wide.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN! Take the time to enjoy this classic piece of Lisa La Touche’s choreographic repertoire alongside such a musical masterpiece and learn it at your own pace. Let’s get swingin’! I hope you ENJOY
Lisa La Touche goes between explaining everything step by step, count by count, sound by sound and offers helpful tips and historical references for each chorus of choreography. She takes plenty of time to make sure all students can follow along with her in time, and work on counting and holding time together along the way. By the end of each chorus, she will run it back from the top with music and offer encouragement to enhance your own self practice.
Please refrain from using this material as part of choreography or workshops. Any questions or special requests, please contact Lisa La Touche directly through her website www.lisalatouche.com.
Originally from Calgary and also a New Yorker, Lisa's career as a performer, solo-artist, choreographer and director has reached great heights. One of her greatest credits includes being an original cast member of SHUFFLE ALONG on Broadway choreographed by Savion Glover and directed by George C. Wolfe. With such an all-star cast, she performed at the 70th Annual TONY Awards, was a recipient of the Fred Astaire award for “Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway show” and the A.C.C.A. Actor’s Equity Award for “Outstanding Broadway Chorus”. She was also both Off-Broadway and on tour for multiple years with the production STOMP directed by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas and later then toured with Savion Glover and his production of STEPZ. In film/television, some of Lisa’s credits include Amazon's Original TV series Z- The Beginning of Everything starring Christina Ricci with choreography by John Carrafa, the Maya And Marty show c/o NBS and Secret Talents of the Stars with Maya Harrison c/o CBS.
Some of her previous overall performance highlights have also included being in the original ensemble of Dormeshia’s "Sophisticated Ladies" performing weekly at The Cotton Club in Harlem, being a member of Jason Samuel Smith's company A.C.G.I, Max Pollak's Rumba Tap, and Barbara Duffy and Co. Her foundation as a professional tap dancer truly began in Chicago as part of the legendary M.A.D.D. Rhythms (founded by Bril Barrett and Martin "Tre" Dumas III), which had her Direct M.A.D.D. Rhythms Canada in her hometown, Calgary, and then later continue great works working with The Chicago Human Rhythm Project with Lane Alexander's BAM! and Martin "Tre" Dumas' company JusLisTeN.
As a guest artist and choreographer, Lisa has appeared in venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Royal Albert Hall in London c/o Michele Drees' Jazz Tap Project, and with bands such as the Revive Da Live Big Band, and both Marcus Strickland and E.J. Strickland in NYC's jazz scene. She founded her own company TAP PHONICS in 2009 and has been commissioned to present for such organizations such as The Brooklyn Museum, 92Y, Gibney Dance and Fall For Dance North. Some of her most sought after choreographies include "Love Me Or Leave Me", "So" and "Fragile" to name a few which can all be found online.
As an ever evolving artist, Lisa continuously immerses herself in studies and has trained in Meisner and Method based acting via Matthew Corozine and Susan Batson Studios in New York. She works with vocal coaches Shelton Becton and Susan Eichborn Young to continue her singing training, and loves the journey of rising to new discoveries as a performing artist.
On the platform of Education, she currently is on faculty at PACE University in Manhattan and the University Of Calgary, and teaches for Rosie O'Donell's "Rosie's Kids”; a New York youth-outreach theater program. She has appeared on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, The American Tap Dance Foundation, taught residencies at institutions such as The School at Jacob's Pillow under the direction of Dianne Walker and at the Hinton Battle Dance Academy in Tokyo, Japan. She has been invited as guest faculty at NYU and Juilliard amongst other reputable colleges in North America and on top of these great institutions, she has been blessed to reach an abundance of dancers as well worldwide via the dance and tap festival circuit. This includes reputable festivals like Tap City, The Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Rhythm World, RIFF/Woodshed, Tap Kids, Third Coast Rhythm Project, North Carolina Tap Festival, and the likes across Canada and in Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, China, and the UK. She now currently hosts her own series of courses online
at tapclasswithlisa.teachable.com and offers an online after-school program called “Tap For the PPL”. She believes whole heartedly, to quote the great Maya Angelou, "when you learn, teach” and that the journey is infinite and full of fascination if we trust those nudges of inspiration. Please visit www.lisalatouche.com for further info.
StartFirst Chorus: Full Breakdown (29:35)
PreviewThrowback Inspiration! Watch Love Me Or Leave Me performed by Lisa La Touche, Nico Rubio, Jumaane Taylor, Martin "Tre" Dumas III, and Jessica Chapuis from 2007 in China
StartSecond Chorus: Full Breakdown (24:08)
StartThird Chorus: Full Breakdown (24:32)
StartFourth Chorus: Full Breakdown (31:33)
StartFifth and LAST Chorus: Full Breakdown (20:56)
PreviewLet's try the whole piece with the music! DOWNLOADABLE (4:39)
StartMore Throwback Inspiration! Watch Love Me Or Leave Me as a full ensemble at Tap City in NYC - 2019. Fifteen years into the legacy!
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