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Maurice Chestnut presents
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Newark Symphony Hall's Arts on Stage presents
Maurice Chestnut presents 'DANCE THERAPY'
Newark Symphony Hall
Class/Workshops 12pm-4pm
Performance Doors Open at 7pm
$15 before April 1
$20 on April 1 and after
$15 before April 1
$20 on April and after
All three (3) classes and the performance: $50 (savings of $10 before April 1)

Featuring Maurice Chestnut, Jason Samuels Smith and Morris Parker
Inspired by the loss of his niece in 2014, Dance Therapy is a youth movement using dance as a therapeutic method of expression with tap dance in the forefront. At 7pm, Maurice presents a groundbreaking performance with New Jersey's up-and-coming young dancers that addresses gun violence and other social issues in a creative, artistic interpretation. Before the performance, ages 11 and up are welcomed to join the movement during the classes from 12pm-4pm, which includes tap, Hip-Hop and Modern dance. Each type of dance will be for an hour each.

Class/Workshops 12pm-4pm

Morris Parker - Hip Hop - 12pm-1pm

Instructor TBA - African - 1pm-2pm

Morris Parker - Modern - 2pm-3pm

Jason Samuels Smith - Tap - 3pm-4:15pm

About Maurice Chestnut

Renowned Tap Dance Maurice Chestnut Uses Dance as his Therapy

Jason Samuel Smith

Jason Samuel Smith

Jason Samuel Smith is an established leader for Tap with accolades as Choreographer, Performer and Humanitarian. He received an Emmy, Dance Magazine Award, and American Choreography Award as well as grants/residencies supporting the development of new work.

Choreography and film credits include Black Nativity (associate tap choreographer/security guard #1); Hit Series Psych; CBS's Secret Talents of the Stars (MYA); So You Think You Can Dance; Dancing with The Stars; UPAJ:Improvise; Dean Hargrove's Tap World and Tap Heat, Outkast's Idlewild; Debbie Allen's Cool Women.

Stage Credits include Soul Possessed (leading role); Broadway's Bring in Da'Noise, Bring in Da'Funk (principal/lead roles); Imagine Tap! (leading role). He continues to tour worldwide as a soloist and with his company and various projects at premier venues which included Award-winning collaboration co- starring Kathak Master Pandit Chitresh Das; JaJa Productions Band: and A.C.G.I. amongst others.

Most recently, Jason performed as a special guest with Lalah Hathaway, appeared in an internationally televised documentaries on Fred Astaire, and Award-winning Tap World (Executive Consultant); and was featured in RED magazine (UK).

As a humanitarian, he continues to support organizations including Dancers Responding to Aids, Tied to Greatness, Career Transitions for Dancers, Tap Into A Cure, Groove with Me, and Move The World among others. He also designed and developed a leading professional tap shoe sold exclusively by BLOCH. Jason aims to promote respect for tap dance and continue to create opportunities for upcoming generations as he continues to travel as an ambassador for tap around the world.

Morris Parker

Morris Parker

Morris Parker is a professional self-taught Hip-Hop artist, and a Dance Theater graduate from the American Musical and Dramatics Academy (AMDA) where he studied many practices, from ballet to acting, soon after becoming a client of the McDonald/Selznick Associates Agency (MSA) giving him the magnificent opportunity to travel the world from China, to Denmark, to the Middle East.

Maurice Chestnut's Dance Therapy

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