Aaron Parkhurst

Aaron Parkhurst

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Aaron has over two decades of Tap dance experience, he received his early dance training in his hometown of Albany, NY, and has worked professionally for the past 10 years in NYC, which he now calls his home.


Aaron currently tours teaching Tap for Revel Dance Convention, has toured with Break The Floors 24 Seven Dance Convention, Shuffles NYC, Dance Masters of America and Sheer Talent Competition and Convention. Currently you can catch him teaching at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, he also teaches weekly classes throughout NYC, and travels the country to choreograph and instruct master-classes. Aaron enjoys teaching and passing on his love for dance to younger generations, his passion for dance education has lead him to the title of Area Director for the Inspirare Dance Workshop, a personalized dance intensive that encourages personal and professional growth for dancers of all levels and ages!

Aaron has also enjoyed a career in concert dance, working as a soloist and collaborator. Solo performances include “The Best of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts” conducted by Roland Carter. He has traveled through Europe Dancing with The Tap Factor, danced on season 1 of NBC’s hit show World of Dance. He was a company member and soloist for AM Dance Project, in New York City under artistic director Anthony Morigerato, and performed at the NY City Center in the 125th anniversary show for Capezio. Aaron was also a performer, in TAP: The Show!, choreographed by Mike Minery, as well as the associate choreographer and dance captain for the National Tour. Aaron has danced, choreographed, and entertained for corporations such as FedEx, Hershey Entertainment, and Gaylord Opry Entertainment among others. Favorite theatre credits: 42nd Street, White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and My One and Only.

What do you love?

I love to tap dance. I’ve been dancing since I was 3 years old. I love to teach and educate! I have found a deep appreciation for educating young dancers from around the country. Choreographing for students or just brush up lessons, there is always something to learn for me when working with the up and coming tap dancers of today!

Why do you dance?

Tap dance for me is a release. Either when I am by myself in a studio or with students there is a connection there between us. A form of communication with our feet that we do not have to use our mouths for. All emotions can be covered with tap dance. There is a freedom to make rhythms and express ones self that is very liberating.

Why do you choose to dance on O’Mara Sprung Floors?

O’Mara Sprung Floors are simply amazing! The design is simple yet highly effective! Dancing on the O’Mara boards you can clearly be heard without a microphone on the board or your feet! The board is raised and Sprung so it cushions your joints while dancing. I’ve used O’Mara Sprung Floors on tour for many years and nothing comes close for me when choosing a floor to dance on.

How would you like the world to know you?

I would like the world to know me as a passionate educator of dance. Tap dance is not dead! It is thriving and well! There are many outlets for tap dance and with modern technology and social media there is a huge push with tap again. I have many projects in the works for tap and this is only the beginning! The future is bright and can’t wait to keep creating and sharing.

Career highlights thus far:

Revel Dance Convention
Tap: the Show tour
World of Dance Season 1
Soloist for Duke Ellington Sacred Concert
Tap Choreographer Pace University

Hometown:

Albany, NY

Current Home Base:

New York City

Where have you come from?

I originally did not set out for a career in dance. I graduated high school thinking it would only be a hobby. But I was Lucky enough to have mentors and close friends guide me to being able to believe in myself for a positive and fruitful career as a dancer and educator. I have not looked back. I can only hope I can pass on the same knowledge and confidence I received when I questioned what I was going to do as a career.

Where are you headed?

Keeping the voice of tap dance current. Keeping it in the eyes of the public. Creating content, teaching the history of the dance, inspiring my students that I meet with my travels. Keeping it fun! Life is too short to not have fun! And you can certainly do that with Tap!