Jason Samuels Smith (performer, choreographer, director) has emerged as a multi-talented leader in the Art form of Tap. Over the course of his extensive travels, he has influenced, and at times, introduced the culture of tap dance to audiences of all ages and social economic backgrounds. Accolades include a Dance Magazine Award, an Emmy and an American Choreography Award for “Outstanding Choreography”. Mr. Samuels-Smith has also received the Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award; Hoofers Award; Certificate of Appreciation by the City of Los Angeles for creating the First Annual Los Angeles Tap Festival (2003); a Proclamation declaring April 23rd “Jason Samuels Day” from the City of Shreveport, Louisiana; the “Ivy of Education” from Brainerd Institute; the “President Kenny Award” from Stony Brook; an Andrew Mellon Grant/Joyce Foundation Residency, an Alpert/McDowell Residency Award; an Arts International Grant; National Performance Network and Map funding among others in support of his work.
Choreography and performances include special guest starring on TV hit series Psych with Dule Hill as well as for Comicon; Mya on CBS’s Secret Talents of the Stars; Fox’s hit series “So You Think You Can Dance”; Dancing with The Stars. Other television and film credits include co-starring in Dean Hargrove’s award-winning short film “Tap Heat”; Outkast’s feature film “Idlewild”; co-star of dance documentary UPAJ; Nostalgia:A Tap Film; two AlleyOop Films; and Debbie Allen’s AMC series “Cool Women” to name a few. Performances include Sammy (tribute to Sammy Davis jr.); Soul Possessed (leading role); Tony Award winning Broadway show Bring in Da’Noise, Bring in Da’Funk (principal and lead roles); and Imagine Tap! (leading role). Mr. Samuels Smith continues to tour the world with his own tap company A.C.G.I (Anybody Can Get It), India Jazz Suites co-starring with Kathak Master Pandit Chitresh Das, JaJa Productions Band, and Chasing The Bird – A Charlie Parker inspired work.
As a humanitarian, his work has supported organizations such as Dancers Responding to Aids, Tied to Greatness, Career Transitions for Dancers and Tap Into A Cure to name a few. He has also worked on Tap Dreams, a worldwide documentary/global exchange which auditions young tap dancers in other countries and offers scholarships to attend the most popular tap festivals within the US. Mr. Samuels Smith aims to promote respect for the art form and create opportunities for tap dancers, as he continues to provide leadership as a spokesman for tap around the world.