"...rhythmic brilliance..." - Chicago Sun Times
"...smashingly inventive..." - The NY Times
In less than a decade, Jason Samuels Smith (performer, choreographer, director) has emerged as a multi-talented leader in the Art form of Tap. He won both an Emmy and American Choreography Award for “Outstanding Choreography” for the Opening number of the 2003 Jerry Lewis/MDA Telethon in a tribute to the late Gregory Hines. Mr. Samuels-Smith was also awarded the Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award; a Certificate of Appreciation by the City of Los Angeles for creating the First Annual Los Angeles Tap Festival in 2003; a Proclamation declaring April 23rd “Jason Samuels Day” from the City of Shreveport, Louisiana; the “Ivy of Education” from Brainerd Institute; and the “President Kenny Award” from Stony Brook. He was also the recipient of an Alpert/Macdowell Residency Award, an Arts International Grant and has received funding for the creation of new works by the National Performance Network among others. On November 9th, 2009, Jason will receive a prestigious Dance Magazine Award.
Mr. Samuels Smith co-starred in Dean Hargrove’s “Tap Heat,” a dynamic award-winning short film touring film festivals worldwide and available on DVD. Mr. Samuels Smith is also a featured dancer in Outkast’s feature film “Idlewild.” Debbie Allen has featured his talents in several productions including the AMC television series “Cool Women,” Sammy (a tribute to the life of Sammy Davis jr.), and in a leading role of Soul Possessed with Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval and Carmen DeLavallade. Other performance credits include the Tony Award winning Broadway cast of Bring in Da’Noise, Bring in Da’Funk in principal and lead roles, starring in the critically acclaimed production of Imagine Tap!, Savion Glover’s NYOTs (Not Your Ordinary Tappers), Cross Currents: Turned on Tap at the Queen Elizabeth Hall - South Bank in London, the 2002-2003 Harlem Jazz Dance Festivals, TAAP: The Art and Appreciation of Percussion , the NY Tap Committee/Town Hall’s 21Below! with Jennifer Holliday, Thank You Gregory: A Tribute to the Legends of Tap, The Cotton Club Returns: A Tribute to Great Jazz Legends, the American Institute of Vernacular Jazz Dance Darktown Strutters Ball Gala, the Career Transition For Dancers 20th Anniversary Jubilee among others.
Mr. Samuels Smith has most recently appeared as a special guest on Fox's hit series "So You Think You Can Dance," as a chorographer for Grammy Artist Mya on "Secret Talents of The Stars," and as an associate choreographer for "Dancing With The Stars." Mr. Samuels Smith also continues to tour the US and India with India Jazz Suites, a dynamic collaboration with Kathak Master Pandit Chitresh Das.
Mr. Samuels Smith founded tap company A.C.G.I. (Anybody Can Get It) with performances that included an exclusive 2-week sold-out engagement at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the New York City Center Fall for Dance Festival and at Sadlers Wells Sampled in London. His latest project Charlie's Angels: A Tribute to Charlie Parker features intricate and entertaining choreography on some of the best women tap dancers and performers today. He also co-founded JaJa Productions featuring original jazz-influenced hip hop music with appearances throughout the United States.