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- “Outstanding Contributions to the Art of Jazz Dance”
- EmmyÂ® Awards for PBS documentary
- â€śTwentieth Century Timeline of Jazz Choreographers and Innovatorsâ€ť
- â€śThe first genuine jazz dance technique in 40 yearsâ€ť
- â€śJump Rhythm,” â€śStanding Down Straightâ€ť and “American Rhythm Dancing” approved as registered trademarks
- 2011 Choreographer of the Year Award
- Choreographic commissions: European Union, LimĂłn Dance Foundation, National Performance Network
- Jazz Dance World Congress Award for Outstanding Choreography
- Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Choreography
AWAKEN YOURSELF TO…
JUMP RHYTHM LIFE!
(It’s not just about the dancing!)
A MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER
People who have seen a Jump Rhythm show or taken a Jump Rhythm class often comment on how â€śhumanâ€ť the experience feels â€” how Jump Rhythmâ€™s fusion of dancing and singing and emotion touches people in a deep part of themselves.
It’s not an accident they say this.Â Dancing and singing in this human way defines the performance tradition that Jump Rhythm grew out of. Â Itâ€™s a tradition that celebrates the ages-old impulse in humans to use the body and voice to express what they feel inside themselves.
There’s another name for this inside-felt impulse.Â Itâ€™s called energy.Â Energy is that warm, stirring thing in us that makes our cells work, our hands do small miraculous things like untie a knot, and our minds dream of better worlds.
As the visionary poet William Blake wrote, “Energy is the only life, and is from the Body.â€ť Â Yes, energy is the river of life within us that, mysteriously, we can’t see but that, magically, we can all feel. Â Itâ€™s also the gold heating up the core of every Jump Rhythm experience. Â We love working at mining it in rehearsals and classes. Â Then, when itâ€™s ready to be â€śextracted,â€ť we shape it into the rhythms we use to tell our stories with.
Given the above, there are a couple of reasons why you might also be a person Jump Rhythm touches deeply. Â First, you, like us, are a container and conveyor of that mysterious, magical thing called energy. Â Second, you, like us, might also be someone who enjoys taking the energy inside your body and finding ways to express it. Â If you are, you find that when you let your energy fly you too love the sensation it brings of feeling more alive. Â Itâ€™s as if you had just taken a drink of what Henry David Thoreau called “a draft of undiluted morning air.” Â Thoreau coined another wonderful phrase for this sensation of feeling more alive: a â€śsubscription ticket to morning time in this world.”
Jump Rhythm is looking to pass out more of these subscriptions tickets. Â Please consider taking one and making us a part of your life. Â Come to our shows; write us a blog; take class with us. Â Indeed, a class in Jump RhythmÂ® Technique might just be what youâ€™ve been looking for. Â Its focus on dancing and singing from the heart and its uniquely injury-preventive, energy-awakening life-principle of â€śStanding Down StraightÂ® might just be the way you can bring more morning-time into your world.
So, please, pay us more visits. Â Come awaken yourself to what composer-percussionist-educator David Yoken calls â€śJump Rhythm LIFE.â€ť Â Let your mind let go of its worries and let your rhythmic body-and-soul come out to play. Â Come to Jump Rhythm and let its infectious beat-driven music tease out that pure gold in you â€“ your own energy. Â If you do, we predict that you too might awaken to the gift in yourself that you already possess. Yourself.