The Fastest Feet in Dance: East-West Duo Hits the Hop


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A “showstopper” (Ballet-Dance Magazine) cross-cultural, cross-generational duo of great percussive dancers comes to The Moore Theater of the Hop in India Jazz Suites on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, at 8 p.m.

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India Jazz Suites will perform in the Moore Theater of the Hop on March 30 and 31. The duo will teach a master class on March 28 and give a public lecture on mentorship on March 29. (photo courtesy of India Jazz Suites)

The show, which has toured internationally to great acclaim, brings together Jason Samuels Smith, the Emmy Award–winning tap dancer renowned for his amazing footwork (perhaps the world’s fastest tapping) in Broadway’s Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk; and Pandit Chitresh Das, one of the world’s foremost masters of the ancient North Indian storytelling dance called kathak, performed barefoot with ankle bells on each leg. An Indian classical music quartet and a stellar jazz trio perform live to complete this powerful artistic exchange.

Upper Valley dancers 16 years and older can experience the men’s styles firsthand in a master class with the two dancers on Wednesday, March 28, 6:30-8 p.m. at Dancers’ Corner dance studio in White River Junction, Vt. There is a fee to participate, and space is limited. To register, call the Hop Box Office at 603-646-2422.

In addition, the two will discuss the power of great mentors to encourage achievement in coming generations of artists, in a discussion entitled “Masters and Gurus: Experiential Learning through Mentorship,” on Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m., in Haldeman room 41. Admission is free. For more information, call Hop Outreach at 603-646-2010.

For a full listing of upcoming performances at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, please visit Live at the Hop.

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