NJTAP Ensemble

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First Company

HASSIEM BEY

 

KAREN CALLAWAY WILLIAMS

Karen Callaway Williams is a charter member an first Dance Captain of the NJTAP Ensemble. She is...

MAURICE CHESTNUT

Newark, NJ native Mauice Chestnut began dancing at the age of five and became a charter...

Jeffry Foote is a principal dancer with NJTAP and has been a member since 2001. He has trained in the...

LIZ CARROLL

Liz Carroll could not be more excited to be a part of NJTAP. She has been studying rhythm tap...

KYLE WILDER

Kyle Wilder is a performer, choreographer and teacher from Dover,NJ. He began his formal dance...

The dancers of the First Company, primarily NJ artists, are extraordinary, dynamic adult tap dancers who love the art form, study its history and its pioneers. They have extensive training in the art form, continue their training and give recognition to the contributions of current, unknown and celebrated tap dancers. All of them teach tap classes throughout the state passing on the art form to the next generation.

 

The company has become known for artistic excellence in performance, development of tap artists, developing new tap projects and programs.  Partnerships with arts partners such as NJ Ballet and Alborada Spanish Dance Theater demonstrates the organizations wide appeal and commitment to broaden its audience.  The dancers are today’s ambassadors for the art form and leaders in the field nationally and internationally. Auditions by Appointment - must be 18 and older

JEFFRY FOOTE

Masters of Music

J. LEONARD OXLEY

NICOLE DENNER

New Jersey Tap Ensemble has had the world class accompanament of  J. Leonard Oxley for the past 20 years.  A musical theater Conductor and Pianist, Mr. Oxley is a Julliard Graduate and extraordinary artist.  He has accompanied and worked with some of theater’s most celebrated artists including Carol Channing and Robert Preston.  His numerous credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, National and International tours Aint Misbehavin, Sophisticated Ladies, Black and Blue, Jelly’s Last Jam, Play On!, Big Deal, and Hello Dolly! Andre Heller’s Wonderhouse.  

Nicki Denner of the Nicki Denner Trio, is Assistant to Mr. Oxley and has been a part of the New York Latin and jazz music scene since 1999. Her credits are numerous including Sheila E., Savion Glover, Candido, Doc Severensen, the Apollo Theater, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center's "Meet the Artist" program, Chicago City Limits and "Broadway Underground". She has also composed for award-winning film and was commissioned by the New Jersey Tap Ensemble in 2004 to compose music for a piece choreographed by Savion Glover. She is also the Musical Director of Cocomama, a nine piece all-female salsa band which has performed at the United Nations, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Central Park.

Featured Artists

NJTAP features artists are distinguished artists who were principal dancers for many years in the company. They are original members of the company and today are leaders in the field. They are national and international award-winning artists who are recognized for their outstand artistry and contribution to the art form.

The dancers of the First Company, primarily NJ artists, are extraordinary, dynamic adult tap dancers who love the art form, study its history and its pioneers. They have extensive training in the art form, continue their training and give recognition to the contributions of current, unknown and celebrated tap dancers. All of them teach tap classes throughout the state passing on the art form to the next generation.

 

The company has become known for artistic excellence in performance, development of tap artists, developing new tap projects and programs.  Partnerships with arts partners such as NJ Ballet and Alborada Spanish Dance Theater demonstrates the organizations wide appeal and commitment to broaden its audience.  The dancers are today’s ambassadors for the art form and leaders in the field nationally and internationally. Auditions by Appointment - must be 18 and older

Featured Artists

NJTAP features artists are distinguished artists who were principal dancers for many years in the company. They are original members of the company and today are leaders in the field. They are national and international award-winning artists who are recognized for their outstand artistry and contribution to the art form.

Soloists

NJTAP soloists are principal dancers who were trained and mentored in the company. They are devoted to performing, teaching, touring with the company and have become some of today's most recognized and celebrated tap dancers.

Featured Artists

NJTAP features artists are distinguished artists who were principal dancers for many years in the company. They are original members of the company and today are leaders in the field. They are national and international award-winning artists who are recognized for their outstand artistry and contribution to the art form.

Featured Artists

NJTAP featured artists are distinguished artists who were principal dancers for many years in the company. They are original members of the company and today are leaders in the field. They are national and international award-winning artists who are recognized for their outstand artistry and contribution to the art form.

The Ensemble

QUENTEN COUCH

Quenten was born in New Brunswick, NJ but currently lives in Trenton. He began...

SAMANTHA MARTINO

Samantha is thrilled to be making her professional debut with the NJTAP...

ROBERT PIPER

Robert is a sophomore at Ramapo College of New Jersey. He is als a professional tap dancer...

JOE VAN LOON

Joe is an essex county native. He has been dancing with the NJTAP Ensemble since...

Associate Artists

NJTAP associate artists are former NJTAP principal dancers who continue to provide support and advocacy on behalf of the organization.

 

Dana Fisch - Former NJTAP Dance Captain

 

DeWitt Fleming, Jr. - HBO's Boardwalk Empire Season 4, Pearl, Riverdance

 

Germaine Goodson - The Rhythm Queens, Black and Blue, Play On!

 

Jason Janas - First NJTAP Charter Member

 

Parris Mann - Charter Member and Guest Choreographer

 

Hillary-Marie Michael - Founder/Director Jersey Tap Fest

 

Stacy McFadin - NJTAP Consultant

 

Raphael Thomas - ABC's Good Morning America with Alicia Keys, The Wiz

Hasseim Bey started studying the art of tap dance at four years old. At the age of nine, he...