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On April 21, 2016

Sue Samuels

Sue Samuels

Sue Samuels (Teacher, Choreographer, Performer) has established herself as one of the staples of the performing arts community of today. With over 50 years of experience, her expertise is often sought after for mentoring and coaching purposes by professionals and aspiring artists alike from around the world. She received The 2018 Dance Teacher Award and the Flo-Bert Award from the NY Committee To Celebrate National Tap Dance Day for her many contributions to both the Jazz and Tap dance community and continues to serve on the Bessie Award Committee (New York Dance and Performance Awards). She has numerous performance and choreographic credits. Sue Samuels was the co-founder/owner of JoJo’s Dance Factory in New York City for ten years, which later became Broadway Dance Center. She travels for master classes and has influenced over 4 decades of dance worldwide. Groups come in to study her unique Jazz Style as part of the founding teaching faculty at Broadway Dance Center in NYC (since 1986). In 2009 she founded Jazz Roots Dance Company, in order to preserve and promote original repertoire from JoJo’s Dance Factory as well as continue to develop her own choreographic voice that is rooted in classic jazz. She also aims to preserve the work of other classic jazz styles and influences by including works in the styles of Jo Jo Smith, Luigi, Matt Maddox, Phil Black, Bob Fosse, Jack Cole, Ron Lewis as well as lesser known choreographers who have influenced the field. The blending of jazz dance with her classical ballet training makes her style unique. This classical jazz style emphasizes strong and proper body alignment and clean technique by teaching a jazz barre warm-up. She accompanies the floor exercises on Conga Drum. Her choreography features the dynamics of musicality and focuses on creating an overall visual picture.

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