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Jason Samuels Smith, performer, choreographer, director, has emerged as a multi-talented leader in the art form of tap. Over the course of his extensive travels, he has influenced, and at times, introduced the culture of tap dance to audiences of all ages and social economic backgrounds. Accolades include a Dance Magazine Award, an Emmy and an American Choreography Award for "Outstanding Choreography". Samuels Smith has also received the Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award, Hoofers Award, Certificate of Appreciation by the City of Los Angeles for creating the First Annual Los Angeles Tap Festival (2003), a Proclamation declaring April 23rd "Jason Samuels Day" from the City of Shreveport, Louisiana, the "Ivy of Education" from Brainerd Institute, the "President Kenny Award" from Stony Brook, an Andrew Mellon Grant/Joyce Foundation Residency, an Alpert/McDowell Residency Award, an Arts International Grant, and National Performance Network funding, among others in support of his work.

Choreography and special guest performances include the upcoming Black Nativity film, the TV series "Psych", for Mya on CBS's Secret Talents of the Stars, Fox's series "So You Think You Can Dance", and ABC's "Dancing with The Stars". Other television and film credits include co-starring in Dean Hargrove's award-winning short film Tap Heat; Outkast's feature film Idlewild; co-star of dance documentary UPAJ; Nostalgia: A Tap Film; AlleyOop Films' Kaleidoscope and Nautilus; and Debbie Allen's AMC series "Cool Women" to name a few. Performances include Sammy (tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.); Soul Possessed (leading role); Tony Award-winning Broadway show Bring in Da'Noise, Bring in Da'Funk (principal and lead roles); and Imagine Tap! (leading role). Samuels Smith continues to tour the world with his own tap company formerly known as A.C.G.I. (Anybody Can Get It), India Jazz Suites co-starring with Kathak Master Pandit Chitresh Das, JaJa Productions Band, and Chasing The Bird - a Charlie Parker inspired work.

As a humanitarian, his work has supported organizations such as Dancers Responding to AIDS, Tied to Greatness, Career Transitions for Dancers, Groove With Me, and Tap Into A Cure, to name a few. Recent projects include Tap World, a documentary spotlighting original stories of tap dancers around the globe and Tap Dreams, a worldwide documentary/global exchange awarding young aspiring dancers scholarships to attend the most popular tap festivals within the U.S. As the official tap representative for BLOCH, he has successfully developed his own professional tap shoe. Samuels Smith aims to promote respect for the art form and create opportunities for tap dancers, as he continues to provide leadership as a spokesman for tap around the world.
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