Omar Edwards is a celebrated Tap-dancer/musician whose food music has taken him to over 20 countries and onto countless American stages including on Broadway in Bring in ‘da Noise, Bringin 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 Alica Keys , a command performance at the White House with cousin Savion Glover 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 /LA for his performance 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 aforementioned 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 home town of Jamaica Queens.
His unique approach to Tap-dancing as music can be witnessed at the legendary Cotton Club & Gin Fizz/Harlem where he and his band render performances to sold -out audiences.
To date Omar has recorded two CD’s Tap Dancin’ is Music and Groovy Gravy.
Read more about Omar Edwards in Tap Dance America: A Short History by Constance Valis Hill: Library of Congress