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Friday, August 19, 2022

OMAR Edwards | Tap Master / LaTasha Barnes: Excerpts from the Jazz Continuum with Jazzmobile

On the left: Omar Edwards tap dancing. On the right: LaTasha Barnes dancing.

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More information at: https://cityparksfoundation.org/events/omar-edwards/

Born in Brooklyn and inspired as a boy by the Broadway and Hollywood exploits of his cousin Savion Glover, tap master Omar Edwards studied with masters like Henry Letang, Jimmy Slyde, and Marie Brooks and appeared in both Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk and “Showtime At The Apollo.” He coined the unique tap dancing style he developed “Afro Feet.” LaTasha Barnes is known for her joyful presence, musicality and athleticism, with which she carries the cultural dance traditions in which she practices: House, Hip-Hop, Waacking, Vernacular Jazz, and Lindy Hop. As a dancer, choreographer, educator, performer, and cultural ambassador, Barnes bridges the gaps between these distinct movement styles, making visible the connections between them and generations of dancers and artists.

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