NJTAP Ensemble



About The Director

Our Mission


New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble's mission is to preserve and promote the American art form of rhythm tap dancing. NJTAP is a nonprofit professional tap dance company founded by Deborah Mitchell in the state of New Jersey in 1994 and accomplishes its mission through public concert performances, artist development, new works, special programs, and arts education. The Company is based and rehearses in Bloomfield, NJ.  

DEBORAH MITCHELL, Founder/Artistic Director

Deborah Mitchell is Founder and Artistic Director of New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble.  This award winning choreographer, dancer and director has been the driving force behind one of the most celebrated dance companies in the state of NJ for more than 20 years.  She is recipient of some of tap dancing’s most prestigious awards including the 2012 Living Legend Award, Flint, MI;  Lifetime Achievement Flo-Bert Award 2007, NY; The Hoofer Award, 2007 NY; The Living Treasure Award 2007, Oklahoma City University; Savion Glover Award 2006  and she is one of the subjects in the 2010 new publication, Tap Dancing America by Constance Valis Hill.


Protégé of Leslie “Bubba” Gaines of the Copasetics and student of many tap masters including Broadway Choreographer Henry LeTang.   Her many credits include The Cotton Club Motion Picture, Tony-Award Winning Broadway Production and Paris Production of Black and Blue, PBS Great Performances of Black and Blue, 5 tours with the legendary Cab Calloway, and a partnership with Philadelphia native Germaine Goodson as The Rhythm Queens.  She was guest artist, master teacher and speaker at 2008 UCLA’s 1st Conference on Women in Tap and is a 2nd Generation Silver Belle, honoring the dancing divas of Harlem’s Golden Age,  subject of Award Winning Documentary, Been Rich All My Life.


With a Masters Degree in Social Work from Indiana University, Ms. Mitchell is a strong advocate for arts education. She is author, director and choreographer of Arts Education musicals the Doll Shop, and Generation Tap.  She serves as an advisory Board Member of Tap City in NY and Assistant Director/Choreographer for Theater Workshop/Peppermint Players, Marie Foster in Newark, NJ.  


The Cotton Club Motion Picture

Black and Blue


Germain Goodson & Deborah Mitchell


Legendary Cab Calloway


New Jersey Tap Ensemble does not discriminate on the basis of disability access to or participation in any of its programs, activities, services or employment opportunities.  NJTAP regularly reviews its policies and procedures to adapt, accommodate and address any issues or problems that might arise in regard to ADA compliance and will regularly assess its progress in achieving full compliance.

NJTAP strives to perform in venues that are wheelchair accessible with companion seating.  Any patron ordering tickets online should be able to see these seats usually marked with the wheelchair symbol.  Contact NJTAP to speak with our ADA Cordinator deborah@njtap.org or an ADA Committee member njtapinfo@njtap.org if you have any questions about seating accessibility in a venue where we are performaning or providing activities. 


NJTAP will provide large print programs for all performances and activities that require a printed program.  These programs will be available at the NJTAP Welcome and Information Table manned by a NJTAP staff or volunteer person.  They can also be reserved for a patron who reuests one in advance of the performance.





Requests for any of the above assistance needs to be made at least 2 weeks prior to the date of performance.  NJTAP will make every effort to comply with any of these requests.  This requrest can be made by contacting  NJTAP ADA Coordinator, Deborah Mitchel deborah@njtap.org or by contacting ADA Committee member njtapinfo@njtap.org.