On Saturday, Oct. 2, Bay Chamber Concerts will present the Emmy Award-winning Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, a stunning mix of dancing and singing that explodes with Rhythmic vitality that ranges from the beat-driven sounds of swinging jazz to the cutting-edge of contemporary funk. Jump Rhythm Jazz Project will perform at 7 p.m. in the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School, Route 90.

Billy Siegenfeld, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project’s critically acclaimed artistic director, merges Gene Kelly’s silken moves with high-energy tap through his groundbreaking approach to body alignment called “standing down straight” credited by Dancer magazine as being the first genuine jazz technique in 40 years. Jump Rhythm Jazz Project’s innovative system of vocal-rhythmic dance transforms the moving body, accompanied by scat-singing, into a Rhythm-accurate, emotion-charged percussion instrument.

Most tickets for the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project performance are $25, $8 for those younger than 19; prime seating is $45. For tickets and information, call Bay Chamber Concerts at 236-2823 or visit baychamberconcerts.org.

Earlier in the day, at 10:30 a.m., Jump Rhythm Jazz Project will hold a free dance seminar for experienced dancers age 14 and older. In using “standing down straight” as the foundation of all class work, Jump Rhythm Technique offers a fresh alternative to conventional systems of dance study. By focusing on movement efficiency and rhythm-driven performance, Jump Rhythm Technique guides students toward the goal of full-bodied rhythm-making.

In Jump Rhythm, the dancer is taught to become a physically and emotionally expressive musician. Dancers “play” the rhythms of their bodies and voices both with and against the rhythms of jazz and blues standards; built into the core of the technique is jazz’s necessity for improvising with clear time. By being a musician as well as a dancer, each student gets the chance to participate fully in what Jump Rhythm refers to as a “community of rhythm-makers.” The free dance seminar will be held in the dance room of Camden Hills; advance registration encouraged by calling Allison Lakin at 236-2823.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.