After earning a B.A. in dance and business at the University of Alabama, Marcus Alford choreographed, taught, danced and toured with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago for a decade. Mr. Alford has been on the faculty of every major dance organization including D.M.A., D.E.A., Internationale Tanz Werkstatt, Southeastern Regional Ballet Association, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, and many others. Marcus’ high energy jazz classes have also inspired students at the Festival of the World in Hungary, The American College Dance Festival, The International Ballet Competition, Jackson, MS, Hubbard Street Dance Studio, Chicago and the North Carolina School of the Arts. In 1986, Marcus founded “JAZZ ON TAP” (the Metro Atlanta Jazz and Tap Dance Festival) which has grown to be one of the largest dance events of its kind in the U.S. featuring master classes and performances involving 2,500 dancers annually. Marcus has performed in and/or choreographed many award winning industrials and TV/video projects. With Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Marcus danced “The Rehearsal”, an Emmy Award winner. His concert choreography can be seen on companies throughout the dance world. Marcus continues to teach and choreograph for Sarasota Ballet and in Germany at First Floor Tanz Studio and Company. Marcus looks forward to returning every summer to his roots to teach at the Jazz Intensive at Gus Giordano Dance School, it is always the highlight of his year!