After earning a Bachelor of Arts in dance and business at the University of Alabama, Marcus Alford choreographed, taught, danced and toured with the legendary Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago for a decade.
Mr. Alford has been on the faculty of every major dance organization including DMA., DEA, Internationale Tanz Werkstatt, Southeastern Regional Ballet Association, Boston Dance Teachers Club, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, and many others. His high-energy jazz classes have also inspired students at the Festival of the World in Hungary, the American College Dance Festival, the USA International Ballet Competition, Hubbard Street Dance Studio, Chicago, and the North Carolina School of the Arts.
The founder and artistic director of JAZZ ON TAP (the Metro Atlanta Jazz and Tap Dance Festival) and BalletFest Atlanta, Mr. Alford in 1991 authored Jazz Danceology, now a standard in the libraries of jazz dancers, teachers and universities.
He has performed in and/or choreographed many award-winning video projects for clients including Kohler Corporation, Sprint, IBM, Milliken Carpets and NFL. Commissioners. His concert choreography can be seen on companies throughout the dance world.
Mr. Alford currently serves on the faculty of the Kennesaw State University Department of Dance. Along with his wife, Annie Day, he serves as Owner/Artistic Director of Dancentre South, Inc. in metro Atlanta. Mr. Alford and Ms. Day were the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Chicago National Association of Dance Masters.