“an all-out sensation…the entertainment is intoxicating…” – Chicago Tribune
“...rhythmic brilliance…” – Chicago Sun Times
In less than a decade, Jason Samuels Smith (performer, choreographer, director) has emerged as a multi-talented leader in the Art form of Tap. He received the 2009 Dance Magazine Award and won both an Emmy and American Choreography Award for “Outstanding Choreography” for the Opening number of the Jerry Lewis/MDA Telethon in a tribute to the late Gregory Hines. Mr. Samuels-Smith was also awarded the Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award; a Certificate of Appreciation by the City of Los Angeles for creating the First Annual Los Angeles Tap Festival in 2003; a Proclamation declaring April 23rd “Jason Samuels Day” from the City of Shreveport, Louisiana; the “Ivy of Education” from Brainerd Institute; and the “President Kenny Award” from Stony Brook. He was also the recipient of an Alpert/Macdowell Residency Award, an Arts International Grant and has received funding for the creation of new works by the National Performance Network and MAP fund among others.
Mr. Samuels Smith founded tap company A.C.G.I. (Anybody Can Get It) with performances that included an exclusive 2-week sold-out engagement at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the New York City Center Fall for Dance Festival and at Sadlers Wells Sampled in London. One of his latest projects under development is Charlie's Angels: A Tribute to Charlie Parker features intricate and entertaining choreography on a trio of some of the most talented women performers today, spoken word from Craig “muMs” Grant, and a combination of live and original recorded music. He also co-founded JaJa Productions featuring original jazz-influenced hip hop music with appearances throughout the United States. Mr. Samuels Smith continues to tour the US and India with India Jazz Suites, a dynamic collaboration with Kathak Master Pandit Chitresh Das. Mr. Samuels Smith continues a collaboration with YouthSpeaks for the Living Word Project set to tour again this year. He is also currently shooting a documentary called “Tap Dreams” which highlights the global tap community and rewards audition winners with the chance to attend popular tap festivals in the US. He aims to create opportunity for tap dancers and is known worldwide as an advocate and spokesperson for tap.
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Located At the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Culver City http://www.debbieallendanceacademy.com Co-Directors Jason Samuels Smith & Chloe Arnold ======================================================== BLOCH VIDEO LAUNCHED:
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