January 7-8, 2017 SnowTAPped Workshop

January 7th-8th, 2017

Rhythm N Jump Dance Academy
31503 Harper Ave
St Clair Shores, MI 48082 (map)

ONE Day: $110 ($120 after 12/16)
BOTH Days: $200 ($210 after 12/16)

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Refund Policy: Full refund minus a $25 admin fee until December 8th.


Time Advanced Beginner / Intermediate Intermediate / Advanced
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Joseph Wiggan Ryan Johnson
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Jessie Sawyers Joseph Wiggan
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM LUNCH
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Ryan Johnson Jessie Sawyers

Time Advanced Beginner / Intermediate Intermediate / Advanced
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Ryan Johnson Jessie Sawyers
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Jessie Sawyers Joseph Wiggan
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM LUNCH
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Joseph Wiggan Ryan Johnson


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Joseph C. Wiggan

Joseph C. Wiggan

Joseph C. Wiggan, native of Los Angeles, began tap dance with Paul and Arlene Kennedy. Joseph is a 2003 Music Center Spotlight Award winner, 2004 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and winner of the 2005 Princess Grace Award for outstanding artistic achievement. Joseph performed in the american tour of Riverdance, tap dance musical Imagine Tap! choreographed by Derick K. Grant, and toured France and abroad in Jerome Savary's musical comedy À la Recherche de Joséphine. Joseph made his broadway debut in George C. Wolfe's Shuffle Along at the Music Box Theater. As a teacher he has shared his artistry with people in Sweden, Japan, France, Guatemala, and Taiwan to name a few. Joseph has been a cultural exchange performer in Cuba, Peru, and Russia. Also, a featured guest in concert with Orlando Poleo, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Strickland, and Wynton Marsalis. Joseph works as a member of The Double J's, a tap duo act with his older sister Josette. With her, he toured in two Cirque du Soleil shows spanning four years, and recently performed at the landmark Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. Joseph attends the New School for Jazz and Contemporary music as a tap dancer, and hopes that other tap dancers will apply to university jazz programs worldwide!

Ryan K. Johnson

Ryan K. Johnson

Ryan Kenneth Johnson is a virtuosic performer, choreographer and artistic director of SOLE Defined. He is a well-known national and international performer who has been called “purely amazing” by Septime Weber, Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet. At the tender age of fourteen, Johnson started his professional journey in the arts by performing with greats such as Gregory Hines and Marvin Hamlisch. Johnson’s achievements include being cited for his choreography and solo dance performances. In 2008, was awarded a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council for choreography. Johnson made history in 2010 by becoming the first tap dancer to win the DC Metro Dance Awards: Outstanding Solo Performance. That same year, Johnson was a finalist for the DC Metro Emerging Artist Award. Johnson believes that he was created to perform, entertain, and use the arts to enhance the lives of people globally.

Ryan Johnson has performed in The Beatles LOVE by Cirque Du Soleil as Sugar Plum, and One Drop by Cirque Du Soleil under the direction of Mukhtar Omar Sharif Muktar. He was a part of the NYC and touring cast of the hit show STOMP where he played Particle Man and Ringo. For six years of his career, Johnson was the soloist and production manager for the world renown step dance company Step Afrika!, and the resident tap dancer for The Washington Ballet’s “The Great Gatsby.” He was the lead choreographer for the 2010 Season Premier of Extreme Makeover Home Edition in Baltimore, MD starring Raven-Symone. He has premiered new works at the International Body Music Festival in Brazil, New York City Tap Festival: Tap International, and Cirque Du Soleil with The Nevada Ballet’s “A Choreographers’ Showcase” in Las Vegas.
Of this performance, the Las Vegas Review Journal wrote, “Urban Jungle: The Village, by Ryan Johnson of The Beatles LOVE, is a burst of pure feeling, the most infectious entry of the program.” Johnson is currently performing in the Tony Award winning show After Midnight created by Jack Viertel and choreographed by Warren Carlyle with NCL Productions.

Over the last decade, Johnson has taught workshops, master classes, and lecture demonstrations at universities, dance festival and conventions worldwide. He has been contracted by US Embassies to participate in cultural exchange performances and workshops throughout Africa, North America, South America, and South East Asia.

In 2011, Johnson co-founded SOLE Defined, an award-winning dance company that takes an exciting twist on theater and percussive dance. The Washington Post has noted SOLE Defined as performing “the coolest number of the night with its high-stepping and toe tapping blend of styles.” Under the Artistic Direction of Johnson, SOLE Defined has performed on stages both nationally and internationally including DancEncore, Jacobs Pillow, The Kennedy Center, and The World Children’s Festival in Turin, Italy. SOLE Defined brings musical theater, stepping, singing, tap dance, sand dance, and vocal percussion to the stage for a power-packed hour and fifteen-minute performance. Over the past five years, SOLE Defined has premiered four new shows, Black Amer-I-Can (2013), The Experiment (2014), Phenix (2015) and Frequency (2016), all written and directed by Ryan K Johnson. Johnson credits his passion for the arts to his mother, Vanessa Jackson, and tap teacher Mary Slater.

Jessie Sawyers

Jessie Sawyers

Jessie is a visual musician, a multidisciplinary tap dance artist, a creator, and a force of positivity whose vibrant expression flows across visual and performing arts, writing, education, and social entrepreneurship. The foundation of Jessie's tap dance technique is rooted in the lineage of Leon Collins' repertoire, first studying his routines as a young dancer through her mentors Cheryl Johnson and Anthony Peters, and later developing a deep connection with Dianne Walker through which she occasionally assists Dianne's master classes.

Jessie's artistic sophistication and technical ability, coupled with a love of human diversity and conscious connection, has propelled her around the globe. Thus far, Jessie has traveled across 6 continents to over 12 countries in conjunction with her humanitarian project, Music of Humankind, as well as on faculty at numerous tap dance and music festivals. Jessie recently completed a Canadian tour as the featured tap soloist with a new international music group called the Gumbo Square Band.


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