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"THIS SPIRITED, STYLISH, MULTI-TALENTED ENSEMBLE (USES) THEIR VOICES, THEIR PERCUSSIVE FEET AND THEIR FLAIR FOR CHARACTERIZATION TO LAYER, DISTORT AND PROCLAIM THE JOYS OF RHYTHM…RHYTHM CAN FUNCTION AS A COMPLETE LANGUAGE."

HEDY WEISS, CHICAGO SUN TIMES

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JRJP RECOGNITIONS

Registered trademark status:
-“Jump Rhythm” and “Standing Down Straight” approved as registered trademarks by the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Television award:
-Emmy® Award in the category of “performer” to all members of the company for the PBS-aired documentary Jump Rhythm Jazz Project: Getting There, produced by HMS Media

Citations for innovations in choreography and technique:
-“Twentieth Century Timeline of Jazz Choreographers and Innovators,” cited by Dance Teacher magazine
-“Vibrant dance artistry; development of a unique dance vocabulary,” cited in the Ruth Page Award
-“The first genuine jazz dance technique in 40 years,” cited by Dancer magazine
-“Outstanding Contributions to the Art of Jazz Dance,” conferred by Jazz Dance World Congress

Choreographic awards and commissions:
-Choreographer of the Year Award for “There Never Was A War That Was Not Inward,” “You Do Not Have To Be Good,” and “The Sumptuous Screech of Simplicity,” conferred by the Dance Chicago Festival
-European Union choreographic commission for site-specific version of “Sorrows of Unison Dancing,” in celebration of Turku, Finland as Cultural Capital of Europe
-Limón Dance Foundation choreographic commission for “If Winter,” created on José Limón Dance Company
-National Performance Network Creation Award for “The News From Poems” and “Sorrows of Unison Dancing”
-Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Choreography for “Romance in Swingtime” and “No Way Out But Through”
-Gold Leo Award for Outstanding Choreography for “Getting There,” conferred by Jazz Dance World Congress

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NEW CITY