The Jazz Unlimited Dance Ensemble is an award-winning, nationally recognized troupe of approximately 65 young performers who dedicate their time and energy to the art of dance. Chosen for the group because of their talent, passion and potential, Ensemble members log thousands of hours in classes and have earned innumerable accolades from audiences inspired by their work.
The Ensemble dancers remain committed to furthering their dance education and giving back to their community. They honed their craft at the Jump workshops in New York City and took classes given by master teachers such as Wade Robson, Nick Lazzarini and Al Blackstone at the Jump Dance Convention. This year, Jazz Unlimited introduced our in-studio master class series. Using digital video software, the Ensemble dancers had access to the industry’s top teachers and choreographers including Misha Gabriel, Jaimie Goodwin and more. Jazz Unlimited also hosted a Guest Instructor Summer Intensive where the Ensemble dancers took master classes with Teddy Forance (Shaping Sound), Terk Waters (Complexions), RK Davis (Ariana Grande) and more right here in our own studio. The dancers were also lucky enough to have Teddy Forance return to the studio to choreograph a routine, “Moving Mountains.” This year, the Ensemble dancers have performed in some incredible venues including a halftime performance at the 76ers game. This summer, the Ensemble traveled to Disney World for a National dance competition and performance in the Magic Kingdom parade. The Ensemble was also proud to perform at the tenth annual DANCE 4 A CAUSE event benefiting Make-A-Wish of New Jersey.
The Ensemble received multiple honors for their performances this year. “Wiki Wiki Ami” (Sammy Zweben) and “My Love” (Michael Susten) were awarded the prestigious Best of JUMP award at JUMP dance competition in New York City. “Take Flight” (Vanessa Baker, Nikki Dean-Hocker, Keith Ocampo, Sammy Zweben), a high-energy jazz productions number that highlighted the entire JU Ensemble, received the Best In-Studio award and reperformed at the closing show. Jazz Unlimited was so proud to win the ADCC award at Legacy dance competition in Trenton. We received this honor for furthering their mission: “The ADSS is united to promote quality, integrity, and opportunity within the dance competition and convention industry.” At Beyond the Stars competition in Voorhees, NJ, “Another Love Song” (Sky Hoffmann) won the Choreography award, and “Bon Soir” (Sun-Mi Cho) won the Precision award.
JU Ensemble members won over 50 individual dance scholarships at the various dance conventions they attended. Many dancers also took home overall awards for their solos, duets & trios, and we currently have more than 5 reigning title winners from various competitions.
Auditions for the JU Ensemble are in the Spring. Did you miss the audition? Please contact Nikki at firstname.lastname@example.org.