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The American Jazz Company

The American Jazz Dance Company is a low brow, high art, sizzling hot, and totally fay dance company based in New York City (and ready to take on the world). Rooted in theatrical dance, modern jazz, and vernacular jazz traditions, our mission is to create, preserve, and cultivate dances and ideas that represent the heartbeat of jazz.

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Holla Jazz

Established in 2016 by Artistic Director Natasha Powell, Holla Jazz was founded as a forum for developing and presenting artists that work and improvise together, to create harmonious and transformative experiences. The company aims to reinvigorate jazz dance with its sister dances including hip hop and house, as innovative and important vehicles for expression, while showcasing freedom and one’s own identity through the spirit of jazz.

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Urban Jazz Dance Company

Founded in 2007 by pioneering Deaf dancer/choreographer Antoine Hunter, Urban Jazz Dance Company consists of a mix of professional Deaf and Hearing dancers. UJD's mission is to provide opportunities for Deaf and other-abled artists to contribute to the arts and larger society, increasing awareness around Deaf issues via the performing arts.

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Savage Jazz

Savage Jazz Dance Company (SJDC) was founded in 1992 by Artistic Director Reginald Ray-Savage. SJDC is distinguished by its disciplined dancers and instructors, and its dedication to the exploration of jazz music’s range of expression. The cohesive nature of the organization is reflected in the long-term commitment of its dancers: many began their involvement as students of Savage, later becoming apprentices, and finally earning a position as a company dancer.

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Odyssey Dance Theatre

Founded in 1994 and directed by Derryl Yeager, former Ballet West Principal, Broadway, Television, and Film veteran, Odyssey Dance Theatre explodes with world-class bravado, passionate charm, and choreographic invention, combining the classical virtues of ballet with the attack of jazz; the freedom of modern dance; the raw energy of hip-hop; the syncopated rhythms of tap; the fluid partnering of ballroom; and the spirit of Broadway and Vaudeville to create a fresh dance vocabulary and entertainment genre that engages audiences across the country and around the world.

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Jump Rhythm Jazz Project

JUMP RHYTHM® Jazz Project (JRJP) is a multiple-Emmy® Award winning performing and teaching company based in Chicago. JUMP RHYTHM celebrates the communal spirit of all jazz-rhythm-based performance – dancing, singing, and story-telling in rhythmically syncopated conversations to the beat-driven sounds of the blues, jazz, funk, hip hop, and world music.  

JUMP RHYTHM was founded by artistic director Billy Siegenfeld in New York City in 1990.

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Joel Hall Dancers

Founded in 1974, The Joel Hall Dancers (JHD) have a rich, 44 year history. Today, over 4 decades later, JHD continues to dazzle audiences in venues throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, across the country, and around the world.

Having dedicated his life to the development of what he calls Urban Jazz Dance, a method that translates life experience through dance, Joel has touched the lives of thousands of young artists.

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Jazz Inc Dance

Jazz Inc was founded in 2006 as a Boston-based, jazz dance company seeking to bridge the gap between concert and commercial dance.  Exploring musicality, jazz styles, contemporary dance, and musical theatre styles, we aim to redefine our audiences' expectations of concert jazz dance and commercial theatre.  Our dancers hail from diverse backgrounds and are highly technically trained, while infusing their own voice and personality into the choreography.  Jazz Inc actively seeks to produce work that integrates dance with other art forms, such as music, photography, film, theatre, and sculpture.  

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Jazz Antiqua Dance & Music Ensemble

Founded in 1993, JAZZANTIQUA DANCE & MUSIC ENSEMBLE celebrates the jazz tradition as a vital thread in the cultural fabric of African American history and heritage, and a defining element of the American experience. Dedicated to EDUCATION / PRESERVATION / CREATION, the Company’s mission is to increase awareness of and appreciation for jazz as an American legacy through collaborative dance and music projects (performances, classes, lecture-demonstartions, symposiums, community outreach efforts) that inspire, as well as entertain.

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Jazz Xchange

In 1992 after Sheron Wray’s first trip to New York JazzXchange music and dance company was born; the vision was simple, to bring jazz music back into alignment with dance. Live jazz music meant that the dancers had to improvise and this is exactly what they pursued. In 1999 after an introduction to Wynton Marsalis and a subsequent Lucky for Some collaboration with his septet at London’s Barbican Center it became abundantly clear that to truly realize the vision of JazzXchange it was necessary to bring this vision to the US.

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Jazz Roots Dance Company

Jazz Roots Dance Company was first formed in 2009 under the direction of Artistic Director Sue Samuels. The company is dedicated to the preservation of the classic jazz dance form, and aims to entertain and educate all generations about the roots of jazz dance.

The company repertoire emphasizes strong clean lines that are driven by the musicality of the very orchestrations within the music. The body of work is varied from lyrical, Latin, to theatre, the way classical jazz dance was influenced by musical variations and infused with stylistic relevance. Works can be presented as a full evening of dance as well as numbers which can be molded to suit the needs of special events and themes.

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Inaside Chicago Dance

Inaside Chicago Dance advances innovative artistry through choreography, performances, and educational programs to heighten the state of the art in the Midwest. The vision of Inaside Chicago Dance is to enrich the art form of dance by nurturing the dancer as a performer, choreographer and teacher and by making dance accessible to all ages through performances, workshops and outreach.

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Hysterika Jazz Dance

Hysterika Jazz Dance (HJD) is a jazz dance company dedicated to expanding the legacy of jazz dance as an American art form with a rich and powerful history. The company's first performance took place in Fall 2014, when the company premiered Mi Maschera (Mask Me), an original jazz dance work that illuminated the use of Venetian Masks in the Baroque Period as it related to issues of gender bias and explorations of female identity.

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