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"ONE HOUR WITH BILLY SIEGENFELD AND JUMP RHYTHM WILL NOT ONLY CHANGE THE WAY YOU VIEW THE WORLD, IT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE YOURSELF. BILLY CAN GET A STONE TO DANCE WITH A FULL SPIRIT."

JEANNE HERRICK, SENIOR LECTURER, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

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JRJP Company Bio

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.   He relocated the company to Chicago in 1993 when he was asked to teach at Northwestern University. In performances, lecture-demonstrations and classes at Northwestern, throughout Chicagoland, nationally, and abroad, JUMP RHYTHM shares with people of wide-ranging ages and diverse cultures its uniquely “rhythm-first,” relaxed-body point of view called Jump Rhythm® Technique (JRT).  Rooted in the gravity-directed, injury-preventive, mind-body-integrating alignment concept called Standing Down Straight®, JRT’s system of performing arts training helps aspiring and professional actors, dancers, singers – and, equally, all people who feel the urge to dance or sing when infectiously beat-driven music is played – to transform the moving body, accompanied by the scat-singing voice, into both a community-building and individuality-affirming instrument of rhythm-making.  Beside being offered as workshops both world-wide and in nationally renowned performing arts centers like STEPS on Broadway in New York City and the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, JRT’s principles are taught in the curriculums of Northwestern University, Stephens College, Carthage College, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Dance Center Evanston, Randolph College, and Dance Inn in Lexington, Massachusetts. JUMP RHYTHM is also proud to announce that, since 2014, Jump! Collective, a new dance company based in Helsinki, Finland, is dedicated to using both Jump Rhythm® Technique and Standing Down Straight® as foundations of its own choreographic and pedagogical work, and to partnering with JRJP in performances and workshops both in the States and in Finland.  Wherever it lands, JUMP RHYTHM’s goal is eco-psychological as well as physically exhilarating.  Its innovative point of view encourages people to use a body-sustainable, community-sensitive approach to living and making art as a means of connecting in life-affirmative ways to the earth, to oneself, and to each other.

 

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