Maurice Chestnut

Maurice-ChestnutAt 18, Maurice danced in the Tony-Award winning Bring in da' Noise, Bring in da' Funk, and five years earlier won 3 times on the Showtime at the Apollo competition.

He's danced at: the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan festival; in Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy, presented by Carnegie Hall and curated by the opera singer Jessye Norman; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem with the Montclair based singer and pianist Geri Allen. Mr. Chestnut joined a jazz trio, contributing to the ensemble, and Ms. Allen's vocals, with the percussive sound of his feet. It is an uncommon role for a tap dancer; the form is usually delivered as a main attraction, not an element in a musical buffet.

Maurice believes that "As tap dancers, we have to start doing our own thing instead of waiting for someone to come and make a Broadway show for us." 

Chestnut thrilled audiences at the Zurich "Theater Spektakel" in 2010 when he performed with Savion Glover and Marshall Davis Jr, and Bare Soundz". He is often invited to perform or tour as a special guest with such prominent jazz musicians as Christian McBride, Cyrus Chestnut and Thelonius Monk III. A New Jersey native, Chestnut began dancing at age 5. As one of tap's brightest young stars, he was featured in "My Kid's a Star!" and was a gold medalist in the NAACP Act-So competition.