About The Director
ORGANIZATION'S MISSION STATEMENT
New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble's mission is to preserve and promote the American art form of rhythm tap dancing.
NJTAP is a nonprofit professional tap dance company founded by Deborah Mitchell in the state of New Jersey in 1994 and accomplishes its mission through public concert performances, artist development, new works, special programs, and arts education. The Company is based and rehearses in Bloomfield, NJ.
DEBORAH MITCHELL, Founder/Artistic Director
Deborah Mitchell is Founder and Artistic Director of New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble. This award winning choreographer, dancer and director has been the driving force behind one of the most celebrated dance companies in the state of NJ for more than 20 years. She is recipient of some of tap dancing’s most prestigious awards including the 2012 Living Legend Award, Flint, MI; Lifetime Achievement Flo-Bert Award 2007, NY; The Hoofer Award, 2007 NY; The Living Treasure Award 2007, Oklahoma City University; Savion Glover Award 2006 and she is one of the subjects in the 2010 new publication, Tap Dancing America by Constance Valis Hill.
Protégé of Leslie “Bubba” Gaines of the Copasetics and student of many tap masters including Broadway Choreographer Henry LeTang. Her many credits include The Cotton Club Motion Picture, Tony-Award Winning Broadway Production and Paris Production of Black and Blue, PBS Great Performances of Black and Blue, 5 tours with the legendary Cab Calloway, and a partnership with Philadelphia native Germaine Goodson as The Rhythm Queens. She was guest artist, master teacher and speaker at 2008 UCLA’s 1st Conference on Women in Tap and is a 2nd Generation Silver Belle, honoring the dancing divas of Harlem’s Golden Age, subject of Award Winning Documentary, Been Rich All My Life.
With a Masters Degree in Social Work from Indiana University, Ms. Mitchell is a strong advocate for arts education. She is author, director and choreographer of Arts Education musicals the Doll Shop, and Generation Tap. She serves as an advisory Board Member of Tap City in NY and Assistant Director/Choreographer for Theater Workshop/Peppermint Players, Marie Foster in Newark, NJ.