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Jersey Tap Fest To Return For 9th Year

originally published: 05/24/2018

Jersey Tap Fest To Return For 9th Year

(EAST HANOVER, NJ) -- Jersey Tap Fest, NJ's sole dance festival featuring world-class tap faculty and extravaganza, celebrates its ninth year, August 9-12, with classes at Nicole's Broadway Dance Company in East Hanover and a performance at The Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ. The expanding 4-day festival offers a full menu of over 50 beginner, intermediate and advanced classes in tap, improvisation, body percussion, hip-hop, music theory and more.

In offering optimal opportunities for students to interact with the faculty and their peers, registrants also participate in jam sessions with live accompaniment, share their own works in a student showcase, and engage in tap talks with the festival’s esteemed faculty. In tradition, the festival will conclude with TAP ‘N TIME , the main stage event featuring internationally acclaimed tap dance artists, regional tap companies, and other special performers.

“Spending intimate time with artists who are each individually dedicated to sharing their love and knowledge for this art form alongside eager students who are hungry to learn is inspiring,” says Hillary-Marie, director and founder of Jersey Tap Fest. “There is something special and powerful about housing multiple generations in the same room during the festival as tap dancers from all over the world of differing levels, ages and backgrounds, come together to celebrate passion for this beautiful American art form. Tap dance really is for everyone and I give thanks to be able to host this special event for the ninth consecutive season.”

Jersey Tap Fest To Return For 9th Year

Classes will be taught by a stellar all-star line-up of more than 17 internationally recognized artists, including: Anthony Morigerato, Jason Samuels Smith, Bril Barrett, Ray Hesselink, Hillary-Marie, Evan Ruggiero, Mark Orsborn, Kyle Wilder, Corey Hutchins, Justin Myles, Nicholas Young, Karen Callaway Williams, Lynn Schwab, Jeff Foote, Andrew Atkinson, Shani Alston and Esira Castillo.

Bridging together students and faculty, the yearly TAP ‘N TIME showcase will be held Saturday, August 11, 7:30pm at the Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road) in Morristown, NJ. Attracting tap enthusiasts throughout the northeast, the evening will feature live music, rhythmic dance and tap performances by Anthony Morigerato (SYTYCD), Jason Samuels Smith (Emmy Award, Bring in ‘Da Noise Bring in ‘Da Funk), Bril Barrett (Riverdance), Karen Callaway Williams (Riverdance), Jeff Foote (NJTAP), Hillary-Marie’s Sole Music Collective, FutureSTEP Tap Company and more inspirational artists to be announced.



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Speaking of inspiration, “Tap ‘N Time” will also feature Evan Ruggiero, the dancer, actor, musician and recent Drama Desk and Chita Rivera award nominee who rebounded courageously when bone cancer claimed his right leg at the age of nineteen. “Evan is the type of person who makes you see the beauty in life and the reason for art,” says Hillary-Marie. “We grew up dancing together as kids and it’s amazing to see him years later chasing his dreams and inspiring people around the world. To have him back at Jersey Tap Fest is like a tap family reunion.”

With a strong and clear commitment to tap education and artistry, Jersey Tap Fest founder Hillary-Marie, recently expanded her educational capacities with the launch of iTapOnline, an online membership portal to virtual tutorials, feedback opportunities, and classes in technique, choreography, improvisation, and musicality. She is also the co-founder of the recently expanded and renovated Grooves Unlimited Dance Studio , located in Livingston, NJ which is also host to FutureSTEP Tap Company, a New Jersey based pre-professional tap dance company for dancers ages 10-25 who work with live music accompaniment.

More information on the festival can be found at www.jerseytapfest.com. Audiences can interact with the festival on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube @jerseytapfest, and with hashtags #jerseytapfest and #JTF2018.





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Event calendar
Saturday, Nov 17, 2018


MUSIC

THE GAY BLADES @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

HERMAN'S HERMITS STARRING PETER NOONE & THE BUCKINGHAMS @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

Nelson Riveros Trio: “The Latin Side of Wes Montgomery” @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Hawaiian Music and Hula @ 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing, Ewing - 8:00pm

Pop 2000 Tour @ iPlay America, Freehold - 7:00pm

THE MACHINE PERFORMS PINK FLOYD @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 8:00pm

THE FAB FAUX A HARD DAY'S NIGHT AND REVOLVER IN THEIR ENTIRETIES @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

Todd Barry at SOPAC @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm

Swamp Boogie Trio @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

Annie @ Broad Street United Methodist Church, Burlington - 8:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm and 7:30pm

Annie @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Apples In Winter @ Centenary Stage Company - Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 8:00pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Billy Bishop Goes to War @ Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown - 2:00pm

Kiss Me Kate @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Phoenix Productions Presents: The Hunchback of Notre Dame @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Enchanted April @ The Summit Playhouse, Summit - 8:00pm

Heathers, The Musical High School Edition @ Pebble Players, Oakes Center, Summit - 7:30pm

Junie B. Jones The Musical at Black Box PAC @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 11:00am

Into the Woods @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 8:00pm

The Drowsy Chaperone @ Lauren K. Woods Theatre at Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 8:00pm


COMEDY

Todd Barry at SOPAC @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm


DANCE

BALLET FOLKLORICO DE MEXICO @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm


KIDS

ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JR. @ Ridgewood Ave School Theater, Glen Ridge - 1:00pm and 7:00pm


LECTURE

Mainebiz Health Care Forum @ Mainebiz Health Care Forum, Newyork - 8:00pm

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