Tap Program | Artist Faculty
Jason Samuels Smith, (Tap Dancer, Choreographer, Performer) received an Emmy, Dance Magazine Award, American Choreography Award, and Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award. Television/film and choreography credits include Outkast’s Idlewild; Black Nativity; Psych; Secret Talents of the Stars (MYA); So You Think You Can Dance; Dean Hargrove’s Tap Heat. Stage Credits include Broadway’s Bring in Da’Noise, Bring in Da’Funk; Debbie Allen’s Soul Possessed, and Imagine Tap!. His touring works included India Jazz Suites as documented in “Upaj: Improvise”, A.C.G.I. Tap Company, Going The Miles, Chasin’ The Bird, and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’s And Still You Must Swing. Director of L.A. Tap Festival and Tap Family Reunion, Smith supports DRA/Broadway Cares, Tied to Greatness, CTFD/The Actors Fund, Groove with Me, TapTakeOverHarlem, amfAR, and AHF among others. Smith promotes respect for tap dance, developed a pro tap shoe by BLOCH, and creates opportunities for upcoming generations as he travels as an ambassador for tap around the world.