February 24, 2012 Leave a comment
With 25 annual productions down, the Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz 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 evolving with 21st century music.
“A characteristic of jazz dance,” says Marilyn York, Artistic Director of DUJDC, “is that it changes as jazz music changes and as popular entertainment preferences change.” York frames the Festival as a vaudevillian sequence of jazz, tap, hip hop, and musical theatre dance numbers. The “Chambermaid Swing” premiers in this years show. It reaches back to ragtime and swing in a fun piece about maids on a holiday. Another piece takes us forward to the latest contemporary interpretation of concert jazz dance.
Five more dance companies expand the Festival’s syncopated patterns of movements and pauses: Encore Performers, Center Stage Dance, Capitol Movement, Impulse, and MYTE. Center Stage’s Michael Hibbs, recent winner of the Fairfax County Dance Coalition’s scholarship for a high school senior pursuing advanced dance education, demonstrates his Bill “Bojangles” Robinson tap dance expertise. The Encore Performers “rockette” us with large-scale musical theatre pieces and Capital Movement hip hops us into street crowd frenzy.
The above information is adapted from a press release received Friday, February 24th.