Marshall L. Davis Jr.
Guest Artist, World-Renowned Tap Dancer
Photo by Peter Mueller. Courtesy of Cincinnati Ballet.
Marshall L. Davis Jr. began tap dancing at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in Miami, Florida. He was the Florida winner for Tri-Star Pictures’ Tap Day challenge, a promotion for the movie "Tap" starring Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. At age 13, he accepted a check from Ed McMahon for winning the coveted title of 1991 Star Search Teen Dance Champion. He performed in the Tony award-winning Broadway production of Bring in Da' Noise Bring in Da' Funk choreographed by Savion Glover and directed by George C. Wolfe. Prior to Noise/Funk, Mr. Davis had the pleasure of performing with Harold “Stumpy” Cromer and Kristin Chenoweth at the Guthrie Theater in the musical Babes in Arms directed by Garland Wright. Named "Most Unusual Dance Soloist" by The Miami Herald for his rendition of The Morton Gould Tap Concerto, Mr. Davis is also the recipient of Isaac Hayes’ “Breaking the Barrier” Award for his achievements at such an early age. The adjunct professor at Queens College can be seen through motion capture performance in the animated movie "Happy Feet Two," directed by George Miller. Mr. Davis' dancing is most heavily influenced by his mentor, the late Steve Condos of the "Condos Brothers."