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Jason Samuels Smith

Jason Samuels Smith joined the Broadway cast of Bring in Da’Noise, Bring in Da’Funk at the age of 15, performing as a principal dancer and understudy to the leading role. Shortly after, his career quickly blossomed—he performed at the White House for the President of the United States, choreographed as well as acted in several of Debbie Allen’s theatrical and televised productions, and toured internationally with Savion Glover’s dance group N.Y.O.Ts (Not Your Ordinary Tappers).

For his contributions to tap dance, Jason was awarded a
2004 Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography and nominated for an American Choreography Award for Outstanding Chorography in the opening number of the Jerry Lewis/MDA Telethon 2003. Jason received a Proclamation declaring April 23rd “Jason Samuels Day” from the City of Shreveport, Louisiana in 2004 and was also awarded the Ivy of Education from Brainerd Institute for his continuous efforts to preserve and promote the art form of Tap Dance.

As a solo performer and host, Jason has headlined several productions including the 2004 Tap Extravaganza, the 2002 and 2003 Harlem Jazz Dance Festivals, TAAP: The Art & Appreciation of Percussion off-Broadway revue, and the NY Tap Committee/Town Hall’s 21Below! where he performed with Jennifer Holliday. He performed in the The Cotton Club Returns: A Tribute to Great Jazz Legends and the American Institute of Vernacular Jazz Dance Darktown Strutters Ball Gala Events. Jason co-starred with Tap Master Arthur Duncan in Tap Heat, a dynamic short film that has been featured in several International film festivals before its official premiere here in the United States. Jason recently completed the first volume in a Tap Workout series now available on DVD/VHS. 

Jason’s choreography has been commissioned by dance companies and soloists for a multitude of occasions on a global scale. The opening number for the 2003 Jerry Lewis Telethon featuring Dr. Fayard Nicholas of the famous Nicholas Brothers duo, Arthur Duncan, Arlene Kennedy and Skip Cunningham, was one of the first televised tributes to the late great Gregory Hines. Debbie Allen has utilized his talents in a variety of her productions including two episodes of the (WE Network) series Cool Women and the grand production of Soul Possessed co-starring greats including Patti LaBelle and Arturo Sandoval. His own Tap Dance Company known as A.C.G.I. (Anybody Can Get It) made their debut performance in 2004 at The Getty Museum Family Day Festival in Los Angeles, California. They have also appeared on venues such as National Tap Dance Day in Thousand Oaks, CA and The Temple Bar in Santa Monica.

Jason continues to participate in dance festivals throughout the world and has even created his own in Los Angeles, California in 2003. As the director of the Annual LA Tap Festival, the City of Los Angeles awarded him a Certificate of Appreciation for creating this historic venue. Because of his contributions to the dance community, he has been interviewed by several bilingual publications including those in Japanese and Portuguese. Jason was recently featured in several issues of Dance Magazine (including being listed as one of the Top 25 to look for in 2004), Dancer Magazine, and on the covers of both Dance Spirit Magazine and New York Dance Fax among others.

This native New Yorker is currently bi-coastal, heading the tap program at Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Culver City, CA. He has dedicated his life to educating and perpetuating the art form on all levels and has been teaching tap history and movement classes voluntarily as a part of the L.A. Unified School District’s L.A. ‘s Best and the Yo Watts Program. Jason‘s band known as JaJa Productions produces, performs and records all original music and has performed for the NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles 2004.

Because of his love for the art form of tap dance and music, Jason has been sought after for both his physical and intellectual talents. In less than a decade, Jason has emerged as an outstanding dancer, choreographer, actor, instructor and host. His work is highly respected and inspiring on many levels.

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