HILLARY-MARIE is one of the most accomplished tap dance artists and producers in America. She is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed soloist and ensemble member and at age 17 founded the Jersey Tap Fest, named the Best Place to See Live Dance Performances in New Jersey by New Jersey Stage. In addition to Jersey Tap Fest, she is also the artistic director of FutureSTEP Tap Company, Sole Music Collective and Grooves Unlimited Dance Studio and has served as Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University ang guest faculty at Alvin Ailey and STEPS. Hillary-Marie's dancing has been described as 'like feathers with steel bones' due to her combination of strength and grace. She has also been called ‘a brilliant artist’ and received a 2017 Individual Artist Fellowship in Choreography from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, one of their most competitive awards.
A native of New Jersey currently based in NYC, Hillary-Marie has been recognized by and featured in the New York Times, Star Ledger, Dance Studio Life Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine. She has performed on The Colbert Report and has appeared at the Smithsonian, Apollo Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Highline Ballroom, The Copacabana, NJ State Theater, NJPAC, SOPAC, and Symphony Space among many other prestigious theatrical and live music venues along the American east coast.
Hillary-Marie has given a TedXTalk about how she became a successful entrepreneur and artist and did the tap sounds for an episode of 30 Rock that featured character Jenna Maroney played by actress Jane Krakowski. She has traveled the world as a featured soloist at the Tap Ahead Festival (Germany), The Krazy Tap (Taiwan), BOGOTap (Colombia), Cien Pasos un Ritmo (Guatemala), Anguilla Jazz Boat (Anguilla), Jimmy Slyde Institute and MadTap (Spain), House of Hoofing (Sweden), Paris Tap Crew (France), CCDanza (Honduras) and the Big Apple Tap Festival (NYC) among many others, and for many years performed weekly at Harlem's Cotton Club which - a key venue during the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s and 30s - as a part of Bessie-award winner Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards' group "Sophisticated Ladies".