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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.





State Theatre Presents Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games on Tuesday, October 9 at 8:00pm. Tickets range from $29-$69. Irish step dancing show Lord of the Dance has become an international sensation for more than 20 years. Now, choreographed by Michael Flatley with music composed by Gerard Fahy, Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games combines dance and music that fuses the traditional with the contemporary in a classic tale that showcases the exceptional talent of the cast. The show features cutting edge technology including a giant radiant flat screen that spans the width of the stage, special effects lighting, dancing robots, and world champion acrobats.
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(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents America’s premier Latino dance organization Ballet Hispánico on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 8:00pm. Through the work of its professional company, school of dance, and community arts education programs, Ballet Hispánico celebrates the dynamic aesthetics of the Hispanic diaspora. This program features three dance pieces all choreographed by women. The program includes Con Brazos Abiertos choreographed by Michelle Manzanales, Sombrerisimo by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and 3.Catorce Dieciseis by Tania Pérez-Salas. Tickets range from $19-$49.
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(EDISON, NJ) -- The Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre, New Jersey’s premier Spanish Dance Company for 23 years of delighting audiences from New Jersey and beyond,  will present its exciting new production: Nueva España, The Mexican Connection on October 13 at 3:00pm at the Middlesex County College’s Performing Arts Center. 
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(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Experience a boisterous, colorful and joyful affirmation of Indian culture when Enchanted India: Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan takes the stage at MPAC Thursday, September 27 at 7:00pm. Tickets range from $19-$49.
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(UNION, NJ) -- Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University has partnered again with Buggé Ballet for a one-of-a-kind event, the Liberty Hall Dance Festival! For the second year in a row, guests will spend an afternoon walking through the beautiful museum grounds, enjoying site-specific professional dance performances inspired by moments in history. Liberty Hall Dance Festival will be held on Saturday, September 29 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.


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It’s finally feeling like Spring outside Princeton, NJ’s McCarter Theatre Center this Friday, April 20, 2018 evening where dance lovers are excitedly making their way inside to experience the American Repertory Ballet’s performance of Generations: Influences from the Modern Age, a triple bill of critically acclaimed works by José Limón, Gerald Arpino, and Douglas Martin.










Event calendar
Thursday, Sep 20, 2018


MUSIC

ELI YOUNG BAND WITH CODY BRYAN @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

CELTIC THUNDER X @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm

Lost 80's Live @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

Citizen Cope @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm

ICON 2018: ELIMINATION ROUND 2 @ Hamilton Stage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm

Linda Eder @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

Souvenir @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

East Lynne Theater Company presents SILENT SKY @ First Presbyterian Church (Cape May), Cape May - 8:00pm

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 7:30pm

Auditions for Seussical at CDC Theatre @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 7:00pm

Playhouse 22's Third-Thursday Play Reading Series @ Playhouse 22, East Brunswick - 7:30pm

West End Festival of the Arts- Opening Reception @ West End Arts Center, Long Branch - 6:00pm

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Brick City @ Premiere Stages at Kean University, Union - 8:00pm


FILM

New Jersey Film Festival @ Ruth Adams Building #001, New Brunswick - 6:00pm


KIDS

Crybaby Matinee: The Triplets of Belleville @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 11:00am

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