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Andrew Nemr

Tap dancer

Fellows Class:
Andrew Nemr

Professional Role

Current Titles:

Tap Dancer, Artistic Director, Choreographer, Educator

Current Organizations:

Cats Paying Dues/CPD PLUS, Tap Legacy Foundation


Uploaded Photos


Cats Paying Dues - Family Programming - REEL

Cats Paying Dues/CPD PLUS a tap dance company by Andrew J. Nemr present family friendly programming. Great for all ages, For more information visit http://www.catspayingdues.com

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Andrew J Nemr Quartet - Crystal Springs

Catch the Andrew J Nemr Quartet at the Crystal Tavern on some Friday Nights. For dates visit http://www.andrewnemr.com Old Time Jazz + Tap Dancing = A Good Time

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Andrew J. Nemr and Max ZT

Gregory Hines protege Andrew J. Nemr and hammered dulcimer virtuoso Max ZT perform a duet at Chez Bushwick.

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Come Together: Anti-Bullying School Program
01/09/2012 – present
Cats Paying Dues works towards using tap dance in unique ways, bringing stories of life to the stage through tap dance and engaging audiences through the craft in ways that are new and unexpected. Come Together, an Anti-Bullying School Program, blends the impact of tap dance, the lyric of song, and personal stories told by members of the company to explore challenges faced by students in middle and high school today. Such challenges range from the desire to fit in and negative self-image issues, to finding postiive ways to release emotion and what its like beyond school walls. Come Together uses the youth of the Cats Paying Dues/CPD PLUS company members and their poignant stories, told with humor and heart-felt discourse, to lay a foundation of understanding with the students. That foundation is the basis for an open discussion between the students and performers following each presentation. The combined dance component and open dialogue promote ideas of self-confidence and inter-dependance which help combat both the culture of bullying and the continual victimization of those bullied.
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Tap Legacy Digital Archive
01/01/2013 – present
In a concerted effort to continue the oral tradition of tap dance, the Tap Legacy Foundation is working to bridge the generation gap by leveraging technology to allow anyone to explore the history of tap dance in a personal and engaging way. By cross referencing photos, videos, audio recordings, and text we will have the most complete picture of the history of tap dance in an format encouraging of personal exploration.
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Lebanese-American tap dancer, artistic director of the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues/CPD PLUS and co-founder of The Tap Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the oral tradition and building a cultural center dedicated to tap dance. A protege of Gregory Hines, Andrew has performed with Les Paul, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Nat Adderley Jr., Harry Connick, Jr., Clark Terry, Dave Eggar, amongst many others. 2012 TEDGlobal Fellow, artist in residence for the Quarterly Arts Soiree (QAS) at Webster Hall, and recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts American Masterpieces: Dance Initiative Grant, Andrew has performed nationally and internationally at such venues as Webster Hall (NYC), the Apollo Theatre (NYC), Town Hall (NYC), Bloomsbury Theatre (London), and the Queen Elizabeth Stadium (Hong Kong). Andrew's tap dance company Cats Paying Dues/CPD PLUS has been a staple in the New York dance scene, toured the northeast, and been featured on local and national television. In his efforts to continue to champion the art form of tap dance, Andrew co-founded the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc., along with Gregory Hines, chartered to build a cultural center in New York City dedicated to tap dance. Through the Tap Legacy Foundation, Andrew directed the 2011 Tap Extravaganza – New York City’s Celebration of National Tap Dance Day and narrated DanceTime Publications first tap dance DVD, Tap Dance History: From Vaudeville to Film. Andrew has been blessed to receive the guidance of many of the great tap dancers including Eddie Brown, Harold Cromer, Dr. Bunny Briggs, Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Dr. James “Buster” Brown, LeRoy Myers, Ernest “Brownie” Brown, Henry “Phace” Roberts, Dr. Henry LeTang, Mable Lee, Tina Pratt, Dianne Walker, Savion Glover, Ted Levy, and Gregory Hines. Andrew is a card-carrying honorary member of the Original Copasetics, Inc.

Fun facts

Favorite meal:
Shared with family and friends...

A funny story about me:
I am a dancer. If you knew the odds of this actually happening that statement would be hilarious.

Vital Stats

Fellows Class
TEDGlobal 2012
Living in
Working in
New York, United States
Born in
Edmonton, Canada


www.andrewnemr.com www.catspayingdues.com www.taplegacy.org

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