BEANTOWN TAPFEST

FACULTY

Tap Dancer Brian Jones has been performing since 1975. Known for his Rhode Island dance company (The All-Tap Revue), and his song-and-dance team with Susan Boyce (Jones & Boyce), and his street performances with Donald Suthard (Street Tap), Brian has toured as a modern-day vaudevillian from Hawaii to Europe. 

 

He has shared the bill with The Persuasions, Wally Rose, Robert Goulet, Ethel Merman, Savion Glover and The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. In Boston and Providence, Brian collaborated with Julia Boynton on a series of fondly-remembered duets.

 

A musical populist, Jones improvises with live musicians, or performs rehearsed dances to classic recordings of ragtime, jazz, swing, Latin, country, classical, Broadway, even minimalist electronica.

 

“Rhode Island's premiere tap dancer is a rhythmic force of nature.”

— Festival of the Arts, Mohonk Mountain House

 

As a performer, Jones enjoys both character story-telling in costume as well as pure rhythmic visualization.

 

As a choreographer, Brian has devised a banded notation system that captures musical beat, tap step, and bearing foot for each tap sound.

 

As a teacher, he mixes classic tap steps and combinations with music of different heritages and eras to build audition-worthy dances for his students.

 

As a lecturer, Brian prompts non-dance audiences to synchronize with danced explanations of familiar rhythms like the Charleston, the conga, even the classic tap dancer’s finish: shave-and-a-haircut.

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