Based out of Los Angeles, this ensemble is dedicated to the two great American traditions—tap dancing and jazz music.
Jazz Tap Ensemble is dedicated to two great American traditions—tap dancing and jazz music. Hailed as leaders in the renaissance of tap, the Ensemble brings together its extraordinary dancers and musicians in a spirited repertory of virtuosity, wit, and great musicality inspired by a vision of excellence, innovation, collaboration, and a deep respect for the masters.
Under the Artistic Direction of Lynn Dally, JTE is honored to have worked with tap masters and legends including the Nicholas Brothers, Jimmy Slyde, Coles & Atkins, Dianne Walker, Brenda Bufalino, Savion Glover, and its beloved mentor, Gregory Hines. Based in Los Angeles, Jazz Tap Ensemble has appeared in major concert halls nationally and internationally over the past 30 years including the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, London's Riverside Theatre, Paris' Theatre de la Ville, Salzburg International Jazz Festival, Lyon's Maison de la Danse, as well as at Jacob's Pillow, Spoleto USA, and in numerous seasons at New York’s Joyce Theater. Highlights include extensive touring in Southeast Asia and Latin America under the aegis of USIA "Arts America" program, Gregory Hines' Evening of Tap at Carnegie Hall, Dancing in the Streets at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, Madrid's Festival en Danza, and Lyon's 4th Biennale, An American Story. Television and film credits include JTE Live in Concert, JTE with Honi Coles, and Christian Blackwood's award winning film, Tapdancin'.
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Lynn Dally (Artistic Director, dancer/choreographer) is a co-founder of the Jazz Tap Ensemble (1979) and Artistic Director for the past decade. Combining her extensive experience in modern dance with her first love, tap, she created new possibilities for the field through her choreography and performance in Jazz Tap Ensemble. She has appeared often with tap legends Honi Coles, Eddie Brown, the Nicholas Brothers, Steve Condos, Jimmy Slyde, and Gregory Hines. She has received multiple choreographic grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and most recently was awarded the prestigious Irvine Fellowship in Dance 2000 and the Guggenheim Fellowship 2001. Dally is on the faculty of UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures and teaches and performs internationally. She appeared in the original production of Tap Divas at New York Tap City Festival 2001 and was honored in Tap City’s 2002 Masters & Mentors.