Thursday, August 2, 2018




WHEN: Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 7:30 p.m
Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown
TICKETS: $20 for students and seniors to $25 for the general public.

Jersey Tap Fest, NJ's sole dance festival featuring world-class tap faculty and extravaganza, celebrates its ninth year, August 9-12, in East Hanover and Morristown, NJ. (Top: Hillary-Marie Atkinson, center, the founder of Jersey Tap Fest, with, from left, Samara Seligsohn, Corey Hutchins, Leonardo Sandoval and Gabe Winns performing in “Soul Walk.” Credit Robert Nauta)

JerseyTapFest_PCRobertNautuThe expanding 4-day festival offers a full menu of over 50 beginner, intermediate and advanced classes in tap, improvisation, body percussion, hip-hop, music theory and more. In offering optimal opportunities for students to interact with the faculty and their peers, registrants also participate in jam sessions with live accompaniment, share their own works in a student showcase, and engage in tap talks with the festival’s esteemed faculty.

In tradition, the festival will conclude with TAP ‘N TIME, the main stage event featuring internationally acclaimed tap dance artists, regional tap companies, and other special performers.


Bridging together students and faculty, the yearly TAP ‘N TIME showcase will be held Saturday, August 11, 7:30 p.m. Attracting tap enthusiasts throughout the northeast, the evening will feature live music, rhythmic dance and tap performances by Anthony Morigerato (SYTYCD), Jason Samuels Smith (Emmy Award, Bring in ‘Da Noise Bring in ‘Da Funk), Bril Barrett (Riverdance), Karen Callaway Williams (Riverdance), Jeff Foote (NJTAP), Hillary-Marie’s Sole Music Collective, FutureSTEP Tap Company, the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, Metro Youth Tap Ensemble and more inspirational artists to be announced.

JerseyTapFestSpeaking of inspiration, “TAP ‘N TIME” will also feature Evan Ruggiero (Left), the dancer, actor, musician and recent Drama Desk and Chita Rivera award nominee who rebounded courageously when bone cancer claimed his right leg at the age of nineteen. “Evan is the type of person who makes you see the beauty in life and the reason for art,” says Hillary-Marie. “We grew up dancing together as kids and it’s amazing to see him years later chasing his dreams and inspiring people around the world. To have him back at Jersey Tap Fest is like a tap family reunion.”

“Tap ‘n Time is guaranteed to be the best tap dance show that New Jersey will see this summer,” says founder and director, Hillary-Marie Atkinson. “Jersey Tap Fest is the family dance festival. We celebrate local master tap dance artists and offer an unprecedented opportunity for tap enthusiasts to come and learn - not only technique but also history. We offer an opportunity to find a home for exploration and to leave with a renewed relationship to the tap community.”

More information on the festival can be found at Audiences can interact with the festival on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube @jerseytapfest, and with hashtags #jerseytapfest and #JTF2018.