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26th Annual Jazz & Tap Dance Festival - March 3-4

posted Feb 12, 2012, 6:29 PM by League of Reston Artists Webmaster

Celebrate American Dance – at the 26th Annual Jazz & Tap DanceFestival 2012 

With 25 annual productions down, the Dancin’ UnlimitedJazz Dance Company (DUJDC) launches the next quarter century with the 26th Annual Jazz & Tap Dance Festival on Saturday, March 3rd at 8:00 P.M. and Sunday, March 4th at 4:00 P.M at the Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus theatre.  The Festival showcases jazz dance, a true American art form, in its variety of 20th century styles evolvingwith 21st century music.   

“A characteristic of jazz dance,” says Marilyn York, Artistic Director of DUJDC, “isthat it changes as jazz music changes and as popular entertainment preferenceschange.”  Yorkframes the Festival as a vaudevillian sequence of jazz, tap, hip hop, andmusical theatre dance numbers.  The “Chambermaid Swing”premiers in this years show.  It reaches back to ragtime and swing in a funpiece about maids on a holiday.  Another piece takes us forward to thelatest contemporary interpretation of concert jazz dance.  Still anotherhighlights the driving, ritualistic African drum heritage.  

Five more dance companies expand the Festival’ssyncopated patterns of movements and pauses:  Encore Performers, CenterStage Dance, Capitol Movement, Impulse, and MYTE.  Center Stage’sMichael Hibbs, recent winner of the Fairfax County Dance Coalition’sscholarship for a high school senior pursuing advanced dance education,demonstrates his Bill “Bojangles” Robinson tap danceexpertise.  The Encore Performers “rockette” us with largescale musical theatre pieces and Capital Movement hip hops us into street crowdfrenzy.   

At the Jazz & Tap Dance Festival, “It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing” (Duke Ellington). The power of live jazz dance is in its vitality and rhythmic creativity. It’s always fresh, free and fundamental to our American spirit.  As York says, “This isart that honors original street dance techniques with contemporary energy andinspiration.”  It’s “jazz dance with class!”  

Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door.  For tickets and information, visit www.dujdc.org,or contact any of the participating dance organizations.  The NVCC Annandale Campus theatre is located at 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale,VA; and is convenient to Rt 495 Beltway Exit 52-A.  The Festival is supported and funded in part by the Arts Council of Fairfax County.