Omar Edwards is a celebrated Tap-dancer/musician whose foot music has taken him to over 20 countries and onto countless American stages including on Broadway in Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk, the National Touring Company of Black and Blue, a seven year stint as the “Sandman”, in NBC’S Showtime at the Apollo, Live at the Hollywood Bowl with Alicia Keys , a command performance at the White House with before President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton.
Omar received an NAACP Image Award and nominations for both a Bessie Award and a Broadway World.com and/ LA for his performance in FLY. He and cast members received an NAACP Image Award for Best Ensemble in FLY. His television/film credits include “A Song for Our People” and “4 Little Girls: A Dance Film”. His stage/touring credits include the FLY by writers, Trey Ellis, and Ricardo Khan. (For which Omar originated and choreographed the roll of the Tap Griot:) REFORM: Disparities in the American Criminal Justice; and “4 Little Girls”.
Omar is the Creative Artistic Director for youth ensembles at Harlem’s Street Corner Resources and the Edge School of the Arts located in his hometown of Jamaica Queens.
His unique approach to Tap-dancing as music can be witnessed at the legendary Cotton Club & Minton’s Playhouse /Harlem where he and his band render performances to sold -out audiences.
To date Omar has recorded three CD’s Tap Dancin’ is Music, Groovy Gravy, and All Unique-currently available @omaredwrads.hearnow.com
Read more about Omar Edwards in Tap Dance America: A Short History by Constance Valis Hill: Library of Congress