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UCM’s Performing Arts Series Presents Dance Artist Jason Samuels Smith

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 18, 2015) – The Performing Arts Series at the University of Central Missouri, in collaboration with the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Music, presents Jason Samuels Smith in an original collaborative performance of dance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in Hendricks Hall.

Jason Samuels Smith
Jason Samuels Smith

Smith will be joined on stage with student performers from the Department of Theatre and Dance and Center Stage Academy of the Performing Arts in Warrensburg, with accompaniment by the UCM Jazz Ensemble. Smith will conduct a four-day residency Sept. 21-24, including masterclasses and workshops with UCM and local dancers, a question and answer session on tap as a dance form, all culminating in the Sept. 24 performance.

In less than a decade, Jason Samuels Smith has emerged as a multi-talented leader in the art of tap dance.  At a young age appeared on Sesame Street, and at age 15 he was understudy to the leading role in the Tony Award-winning Broadway show “Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk.” 

Smith has performed in India Jazz Suites, collaboration with Kathak Master Pandit Chitresh Das, and starred in the debut of “Imagine Tap!” at the Harris Theater in Chicago.  He founded the tap company A.C.G.I. (Anybody Can Get It), as well as the JaJa Productions band featuring original jazz-influenced hip hop music.

Smith received the 2009 “Dance Magazine” Award and won both an Emmy and American Choreography Award for his work on a tribute to the late Gregory Hines. One of his latest projects under development is Charlie's Angels: A Tribute to Charlie Parker, featuring intricate and entertaining choreography with a trio of some of the most talented women performers today, spoken word from Craig “muMs” Grant, and a combination of live and original recorded music.

Tickets are $10, $15 and $20 per person, with discounts available, and are available from the Central Tickets box office in Administration 100, online at ucmpas.com, or by calling the box office at 660-543-8888.

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.