Jason Nious is a graduate of University of New Mexico with a BA in Theatre. His passion for stepping has allowed him to help introduce stepping to hundreds of thousands around the world as a dancer, choreographer and teaching artist with companies including STOMP, Step Afrika!, Stomp The Yard 2 (film) and Cirque du Soleil - KA and Zarkana. He has worked as a cultural ambassador on U.S. Embassy sponsored events in Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, South Africa and Brazil, and was cited as a “Young Emerging Artist” from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Now, as founder and director of MOLODI: An experiment in body percussion, he is excited to continue expanding the boundaries of stepping. Frequent collaborations with trained actors, acoustic bands, singers, slam poets, cellists, dancers and artists of all different backgrounds to keep his work fresh. Stepping is hailed as one of the most exciting dance forms created by Americans in the 20th century. Incorporating elements such as clapping, tapping, marching, military drills, school yard games, song, dance and acrobatics, this polyrhythmic, percussive art form was first developed by African-American fraternities and sororities to promote unity among the members of their organizations. Stepping has been used in educational settings to develop and promote teamwork, discipline, confidence, music appreciation, and physical well-being.
As a performing and teaching artist, Jason’s intention is to help usher stepping and body percussion into the theatrical realm as a storytelling vehicle, to show and share the awesomeness of our human bodies as instruments, and to inspire a sense of unity among all people through rhythm, collaboration, and personal expression.