A summer jazz/tap workshop at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., brought together some choreographers from around the world.
Matt Mattox was an American jazz and ballet dancer. He performed on Broadway as well as in many Hollywood musicals. His best-known film role was as one of the brothers in the 1954 film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. After his Broadway and film career, Mattox moved to Europe, where he became a well-respected dance teacher. Since this segment was filmed, Mattox has passed away. He died in 2013.
Since this segment was filmed, Billy Siegenfeld has founded Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, a national and international touring company whose theatre-dance productions use vocally accompanied, jazz-rhythm-based body percussion to celebrate the energy-rich roots of human behavior. For more information about the company, visit the website http://jrjp.org.
Siegenfeld is the creator of several unique teaching approaches and teaches at Northwestern University. He received a 2006-2007 Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence On Camera/Performer for his work in the multiple-Emmy-Award-winning documentary Jump Rhythm Jazz Project: Getting There.
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