[Bloomfield, NJ] – Jersey Tap Fest, NJ’s sole dance festival featuring world-class tap faculty and extravaganza, celebrates its sixth year, August 13-16, 2015 in Roselle Park and Bloomfield, NJ. This year, the 4-day festival will offer two main stage performances: an updated format of audience favorite TAP ‘N TIME, and a brand new production, Soul Walk, with all original choreography by festival founder Hillary-Marie. In addition to these performances, the festival will feature more than 30 tap dance classes with master instructors from across the tri-state area. Jersey Tap Fest also provides various opportunities for the public to participate and interact with tap dancing through history lessons, a jam session, student showcase and faculty panel discussion.
“As the festival steadily grows, we continue to increase our focus on arts education and providing top tap artists a platform to present their work,” says founder and director, Hillary-Marie. “Honoring Jersey’s local community of tap dancers is part of our legacy, and we’re expanding our talent to tap masters from the tri-state area to give participants and audiences the opportunity to experience a fresh take on today’s tap scene and trends.”
The sixth annual Jersey Tap Fest will feature two performances at Bloomfield College’s Westminster Arts Center. Hillary-Maries’ Soul Walk, Friday August 14, 7:30 p.m., will feature original music and lyrics by distinguished Jazz vocalist Emily Braden (produced/composed by Misha Piatigorsky) from her debut album Soul Walk under musical direction of Andrew Atkinson, accompanied by live trio, featuring dancers Corey Hutchins, Gabe Winns, Leonardo Sandoval, Tyler Knowlin and Hillary-Marie. Quickly becoming a sought after tap event in the Northeast, the yearly TAP ‘N TIME showcase, held Saturday August 15, 7:30 p.m., takes on a new format. Featuring 20-minute choreographed segments by Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Jason Samuels Smith, and Heather Cornell. The shared evening will also celebrate the next generation of pre-professional tappers, with interim performances by renowned youth ensembles from New Jersey, DC and Boston.
Classes will be taught by a stellar all-star line up of local tri-state teachers, including Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Jason Samuels Smith, Anthony Morigerato, Maurice Chestnut, Kyle Wilder, Corey Hutchins, Josie Say (Lindy Hop) and Janille Hill (Step), Hillary-Marie, and Andrew Atkinson (Music for Tap dancers). The stimulating, demanding and rigorous program serves diverse students from around the world.
Additionally, the festivals’ scholarship initiative awards deserving participants with full and partial scholarships. This year the scholarships total more than $10,000 providing dancers in need with the opportunity to participate in this special event
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 #JTF2015.
Performances and Venue Information
Tickets go on sale at www.jerseytapfest.com/concert or by calling 1- 973-932-0561. Prices for TAP ‘N TIME and Soul Walk range from $20 for students and seniors to $25 for general public. The venue is located at Bloomfield College, 449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, NJ, 07003.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Tap n’ Time
Saturday, August 15, 2015
2015 Jersey Tap Fest Schedule
Jersey Tap Fest | Thursday, August 13 – Sunday, August 16
Festival Location: Dancer’s Pointe, 122 East Westfield Avenue, Roselle Park, NJ
Registration and Schedule: www.jerseytapfest.com/registration.htm
History Lesson: August 13, 1:15 p.m.
Jam Session and Student Showcase: August 13, 7:30 p.m.
Shim Sham Class: August 13, 2:30 p.m.
Music for Dancers: August 14, 2:30 p.m.
Soul Walk: August 14, 7:30 p.m.
Tap ‘n Time Concert: August 15, 7:30 p.m.
Faculty Brunch and Panel Discussion: August 16, 12:30 p.m.
About Jersey Tap Fest
Founded in 2010, by Hillary-Marie, Jersey Tap Fest is New Jersey’s sole dance festival featuring world-class tap faculty. The festival is focused on serving tap dance by uniting the tap community, teaching its history, preserving its percussive and improvisational style, expanding the art and promoting tap as a cherished American art form. The demanding and rigorous annual program provides repertoire and master classes, which provide tappers opportunities to improve their technical abilities, hone their performance skills, network within the community and increase their overall knowledge of the art form. Jersey Tap Fest celebrates non-competitive opportunities of self-advancement for the basic tapper, tap teacher, tap enthusiast, pre-professional and professional artist and tap master.