Mark Orsborn is a tap dancer, choreographer, and master teacher born and raised in Washington, DC. He is a former soloist with the Tap America Project (TAP) and was featured at the Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary and Smithsonian 150th Anniversary. Mark was a member of the pre-professional tap company “Tappers With Attitude” (TWA) and later cast in the Debbie Allen production of “Brothers of the Knight”. He co-founded his company, The JaM Project, in 2007 and has been recognized by The Washington Post, Dance Spirit, and numerous film festivals for his projects. The JaM Project was a finalist at the 2016 Capezio Ace Awards, which recognizes the top emerging choreographers in the commercial dance industry. In 2017, the company’s show, “Good Times, Bad Times” premiered a 30-minute set at Dancerpalooza’s “25 Live” in Long Beach, CA and a 60-minute set at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The JaM Project was featured on Season 2 of NBC’s “World of Dance” and continues to perform around the country.
Recently, Mark began directing The JaM Youth Project, a youth tap company focused on choreography and dance film production. The company has already attracted young tap dancers from all over the country and received support from news outlets and national recording artist, The Doobie Brothers. Tap dance films created by the company have screened at the L.A. Dance Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, Philadelphia Screendance Festival, American Dance Festival’s “Movies by Movers” and Cascadia Dance & Cinema Festival (Vancouver, BC). They have also been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine.
Mark’s choreography was recognized in 2015 by the Young Choreographer’s Festival in NYC and he co-choreographed the closing number at both the 2015 and 2016 Fred & Adele Astaire Awards in New York. In 2018, Mark choreographed for the Signature Theatre’s production of “Billy Elliot”. Mark is currently on faculty for numerous tap dance festivals including DC Tap Fest, Jersey Tap Fest, OC Tap Fest, RIFF: Rhythm in Fusion Festival, Taps Alive and Resonance Tap Experience.