The 24th annual “Jazz on Tap” (the metro Atlanta Jazz and Tap Dance Festival) will showcase 800 dancers in four performances, plus workshop classes taught by master teachers from across the U.S., this March 4 to 6 in Marietta, Georgia.
“It’s hard to believe the festival began 24 years ago with eight dance companies and through the support and enthusiasm of dancers and audiences alike have grown to one of the nation’s largest annual dance festivals,” says Marcus R. Alford, artistic director and founder of “Jazz On Tap.”
This year’s festival presents 23 companies from Georgia and the metro Atlanta area and 14 companies from Michigan, Arkansas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. The dance workshop on March 5 and 6 is open to the public and features classes in jazz, tap, lyrical, African, contemporary, and hip-hop. Master class faculty will include African dance teacher Mama Yeye, Katee Shean from So You Think You Can Dance, Las Vegas tap dance entertainer Jay Fagan, contemporary teacher/dancer/choreographer Johnette Rutledge, Jared Jenkins of the Step Up movies, and mother/daughter tap duo Pat and Sher Shepherd.
Classes cost $20 each.
Performances are set for March 4 at 7:30 p.m., March 5 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m., and March 6 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $16 adults and $11 students and children. All events will be held at the
Joe Mack Wilson Student Center Theatre and Ballrooms, Southern Polytechnic State University, 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, Georgia. Visit www.dancefestinc.com for details and to purchase performance and master class tickets.