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A renowned Los Angeles dance troupe known internationally for its blend of two uniquely American art forms, jazz music and tap-dancing, is scheduled to jump, jive and wail at the Kremlin Palace Friday night.

This week, the Jazz Tap Ensemble stomps across a Moscow stage for the first time in its more than two decades of life with its critically acclaimed show consisting of seven tap-dancers performing to live music by a jazz trio -- with the audible percussion of the dancers' nimble feet acting as a fourth instrument.

Jazz Tap Ensemble co-founder, dancer and director Lynn Dally has been quoted as calling the show "dance you can listen to and music you can see." Fusing jazz and tap into one seamless performance, the show's score includes music by jazz masters Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and others.

Since its creation in 1979, the troupe has been shaking up stages all over the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Riverside Theater in London and the Theater de la Ville in Paris. Its creative brand of choreography and spontaneous improvisation, both in solo dances and in full ensemble pieces, are widely credited with spurning a renaissance in tap-dancing worldwide.

The Jazz Tap Ensemble performs at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Kremlin Palace. Enter the Kremlin through the Borovitsky Gate entrance. Metro Alexandrovsky Sad. Tel. 917-2336, 928-5232.