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Founded in 1992 by Artistic Director, Reginald Ray-Savage, Savage Jazz Dance Company is a convergence of artistic forces, where the energy, improvisation, and syncopation of jazz is expressed through athletic, lyrical, and explosive dance. The only all-jazz concert dance company in Northern California (and one of the few in the US!), Savage Jazz’s repertory includes works to the music of such jazz legends as Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, and Charles Mingus, as well as some of the country’s best contemporary jazz composers, including long time collaborator and award-winning jazz bassist, Marcus Shelby. Savage Jazz Dance Company combines the fundamental movement vocabulary of contemporary dance, jazz dance, Dunham technique, and ballet to draw out the complexity of jazz music. This mixing of styles perfectly echoes the fusion of cultural influences, individual improvised expression, and classical technique that make up jazz music.