Tap City 2013 - Tap Internationals

Performers (list in formation)

Brenda Bufalino is a mixed genre artist; choreographer and tap dancer, a dancer who sings, tells stories, writes books, works clay into shapes that dance, and paints pictures. She has performed her one person shows Internationally and has appeared as a guest soloist at Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center among other major venues. In February 2009, she premiered her latest show “Primordial Memories” at the Judson Church in NYC as part of Tony Waag’s “Sound Check Series.” She mentors, lectures and teaches master classes internationally and teaches many workshop series for the American Tap Dance Foundation in New York City throughout the year. As artistic director/ choreographer of The American Tap Dance Orchestra she toured America and Europe with her company, and appeared at The Joyce Theatre, and on PBS “Great Performances…..Tap Dance in America with Gregory Hines.” For many years Ms. Bufalino collaborated and toured extensively with her mentor Charles “Honi” Coles. She has received consecutive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and is a NYFA fellow. Her critically acclaimed book “Tapping the Source…. tap dance stories, theory and practice” is published by Cod Hill Press. She has created numerous DVD’s and CD’s…. tapping, singing, teaching and telling stories, which are available from her web-site. She is the recipient of the Flobert Award, The Tapestry Award, and The Tap City Hoofers Award, all for outstanding achievement and contributions to the field of tap dance.
Photo by Lois Greenfield

Flavia Costa is a Brazilian tap dancer and choreographer. For the last ten years, she worked as an aerial acrobat at Intrepida Trupe, a company in Brazil. By the time she lived in NY, she worked with De la Guarda and was also part of Fresh Tracks, by Dance Theater Workshop with Cintia Chamecki in a duo tap called “No More Blues”. Back in Brazil, working as a choreographer and producer, she developed “Volume”, a tap dance show that was performed in different cities around Brazil. Also as a choreographer, Flavia developed a solo piece called “If You Look, the Bitch Bites”; which had its preview at Tap City. Then, she performed it at other festivals in Brazil, such as Rio Cena Contemporânea, Mostra Corpo Coletivo and Tápias Festival, when she won the prize for best independent


Michelle Dorrance is a New York City based performer, choreographer, teacher and director. A 2012 Princess Grace Award Winner, 2012 Rockefeller Foundation & Mertz Gilmore sponsored Field Dance Fund Recipient, and 2011 Bessie Award Winner, Michelle is the founder and artistic director of Dorrance Dance. She is one of the most sought after tap dancers of her generation and “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker). Mentored by Gene Medler, Michelle grew up performing with the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble and has since performed with: STOMP, Manhattan Tap, Savion Glover's 'Ti Dii', Barbara Duffy & Co, JazzTap Ensemble, CPD, Tap City on Tour, Ritmico, Rumba Tap, Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer, Mable Lee’s Dancing Ladies, Harold Cromer’s original Opus One, Derick Grant’s Imagine Tap and Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasing the Bird to rave reviews. A highly sought-after instructor at festivals, universities, conventions and studios throughout the world, Michelle embodies a true passion for teaching and strives to share this passion wherever she goes. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University, plays bass for indie-pop star, Darwin Deez, and is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center. For more information please visit: www.michelledorrance.com & www.dorrancedance.com

Photo by: Matthew Murphy and Kenn Tamm

Felipe Galganni was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. He has worked choreographing and performing in several Musicals, TV shows, and Movies. Mentored by Heather Cornell (Manhattan Tap) Felipe moved to New York City in the summer of 2010 to further his education in Tap. Since then he has had the honor of working with Tony Waag, Lynn Schwab, Chikako Iwahori, Max Pollak (Rumba Tap), Ray Hesselink, Michelle Dorrance, Alicia Monaco and Claudia Rahardjanoto. He has performed at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Joseph Papp's Public Theater (Joe's Pub), The NY Summer Stage and The Cotton Club. Felipe currently performs regularly on Sundays at LAVO NYC and is on faculty at Steps on Broadway.

Corey Hutchins, from Manchester CT, has been tap dancing since he was 4 years old and Acting since age 9. Mr. Hutchins has work shopped and taken intensives from The Late Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Jason Samuels Smith, Barbra Duffy, The Late Dr. Buster Brown, Dr. Prince Spencer and Lady Diane Walker. Corey has studied under Derrick K. Grant, Clare O'Donnell and The late Dr. Jimmy Slyde. He has been seen on stages around the world such as Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center outdoors, The Duke Theatre on 42nd St. NY,  The Pantages theatre in LA, multiple Fox Theatres around the US, Munich Olympic Arena in Germany, other countries as Japan, Taiwan, France, Mexico, Finland, Austria and many more. Corey was a 6 year member of Riverdance, the Show where he was a featured tap soloist. In 2010 Hutchins had the honor of dancing at the White House for the First Lady and guests. 

Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Chikako Iwahori began dancing at the age of ten, studying classical ballet, tap, jazz, baton twirling and Karate, in which she holds a black belt.In 1995, Chikako moved to New York City, immersing herself in rhythm tap, voice and West African dance and drumming. A much sought after, versatile performer, Chikako was a founding member of Irena Koloseus's,  "Feraba-African Rhythm Tap Company", performing with them from 1996-2001 at the Center Culturel France in Guinea and at Tap City 2001, Duke Theatre, NYC. She appeared in Roxanne Butterfly's "Beauteez'n The Beat" at the Supper Club and St. Clement's Church, both in NYC. Chikako has also been a principle dancer with Heather Cornell's, "Manhattan Tap", touring in France, Finland, Austria and Germany. Since 2003, Chikako has been a featured dancer in Max Pollak's, "Rumba Tap", a unique mix of Afro Cuban music and dance, tap & body percussion. They have toured internationally and performed at the prestigious Joyce Theater and Jacob's Pillow. In 2006, Chikako became a member of "Barbara Duffy & Company", performing in Tap City 2006, 07, 08, 09 at the Duke Theater and Symphony space, NYC.

Chikako's other performance highlights include, assistant director, choreographer and featured performer in "Dha Fuzion", an urban world music and dance theatrical band. Chikako is currently a percussionist, tap dancer and vocalist in the band, "Beat the Donkey" led by percussionist Cyro Baptista. Chikako has taught workshops in Finland, Japan, Germany and Zimbabwe and currently teaches at Marymount Manhattan College and several public schools in New York City.

Ryan Johnson, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, is in the New York City cast of STOMP. He began dancing under the direction of his mother Vanessa Jackson Johnson at Turn Out Performing Arts Center. He continued to develop his passion for dance at Slater’s Dance Studio in Annapolis, Maryland, where he became a well-named tap dancers in Baltimore. Ryan has performed with well know artists such as Marvin Hamlish, Donnie McClurkin, Jason Samuels Smith, and the late Gregory Hines. At the age of twenty-two he created Raw Sound Tap Company with the soul purpose to teach, restore and preserve the history of Tap Dance in the Maryland area. Like many, Ryan has participated in numerous tap programs and festivals across the United States. He has also been commissioned by studios across the county to create choreography through workshops and residency programs. He is currently working to develop Daring Artist Making Noise, a non-profit dance company committed to restoring the performing arts in Baltimore. Ryan’s most recent achievement was being cited for his choreography and solo dance performance, receiving a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2008. Currently Ryan is the soloist in the world renowned Step Afrika, the first professional dance company dedicated to preserving the art form of Stepping, Gumboot, and Tap. As a soloist, he creates innovative choreography nightly, which has been seen all across the USA, Canada, and Asia.


Kazu Kumagai was born in Sendai City, Japan. He started tap dancing at the age of 15 and came to NY at the age of 19. As he was attending the New York University at the age of 20, he also trained in the New York Institute of Tap`s "FUNK UNIVERSITY," which was the training workshop for the big hit Broadway Musical "Bring in Da` Noise Bring in Da` Funk. He studied with Ted Levy, Buster Brown, Gregory Hines, Barbara Duffy, and Derick K. Grant. Since then, he has been performed in many NYC downtown clubs such as the Knitting Factory, Tonic, and the Puppet Jazz Club. From 2002 to 2010, he performed for in Tony Waag’s Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival nine times, and was dubbed by the Village Voice as the "Japanese Gregory Hines." In 2006, He was selected as "25 to Watch" in Dance Magazine. After Kaz went back to Japan in 2002, he made numerous solo appearances all over the country and collaborated with many artists and musicians, and appeared in several television commercials, such as SONY CYBERSHOT. He also performed in a MIHARAYASUHIRO fashion show in Milan, Italy, where he succeeded in opening up a new field of the Arts. In 2008, he opened his first tap dance studio "KAZ TAP STUDIO" in Japan, and has subsequently taught throughout Japan including in his home town of Sendai City, where there was severe damage due to the 2011 earthquake and Tsunami. Kaz dedicates his passion and love for the art of Tap Dance to the great masters such as his mentor Buster Brown, Jimmy Slyde, Gregory Hines and others, as well as to his hometown Tohoku where his family and friends live.

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Lisa La Touche Proudly Canadian originally from Calgary, Alberta, Lisa is an internationally sought after tap dancer, teacher, choreographer and director and cast member in both the New York City and North American tour of STOMP.  Career highlights also include 3 years of performing at legendary Cotton Club, faculty member of School of Jacob's Pillow, performing in the International Body Music Festival in Istanbul, working at Beijing International Dance Festival via Chicago Human Rhythm Project as a dancer, choreographer and American media spokesperson, and also Co-Director and host of C.H.R.P.'s “Spotlight on Canada” where she proudly stood as a leader in representing Canadian’s talent and legacy in concert as part of the Rhythm World dance festival. After earlier years of teaching, performing, producing and directing in her hometown in Canada, she established root in the American community by way of Chicago, where she worked extensively with renowned organizations M.A.D.D. Rhythms and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project.  Her career then transitioned to New York in 2008 and continued to grow with such opportunities as "A.C.G.I." and "Charlie's Angels" with Emmy Award winning dancer/choreographer Jason Samuels Smith, working with Bessie Award winner Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards at the Cotton Club and in her Michael Jackson tribute production “Blood on the dance floor" and working consistently with Max Pollak and his company Rumba Tap.  She's also danced in touring production of “Sophisticated Ladies” honoring the music of Duke Ellington, worked extensively with “Barbara Duffy and Co.”, Ayodele Casel and Sarah Savelli’s “Tap n2 Peace” and also The Cab Calloway Foundation Inc.  Lisa has been featured in numerous international dance festivals in Brazil, China, Germany, Turkey, UK, Switzerland, Canada and across the US.  She has appeared on faculty at Steps on Broadway and the American Tap Dance Foundation and still works with her own group "Tap Phonics”.  She currently is based in New York City and proudly works worldwide!

Known as a leader for tap dance in Australia, Winston Morrison is the founder of Melbourne Tap Dance (performing group, tap classes and tap history education) and the Australian Tap Dance Festival - setting the benchmark for tap dance in Australia. Winston is tap columnist for DanceTrain magazine, writes and presents instructionals for Dance Infoma magazine, and is the Australian representative of the International Tap Association.  Sponsored by Capezio, his tap style is rhythmically rich, visually dynamic and soulful. Winston has appeared on television and radio specifically to represent tap on shows like ABC’s Studio 3, ABC Sunday Arts Program, The Today Show, Australia’s Got Talent, 1700 show, Eastside FM, performed at festivals including the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, St Kilda Festival, Spiegeltent, "Australia's Got Tap!" - Australian Tap Dance Festival, "United We're Strong" "Precious Is Life", "Tap Down Under" - Melbourne International Tap Festival, Clayton Street Festival, Sydney Road Music Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Los Angeles Tap Festival, New York City Tap Festival, shows including Sammi D - a Jazz Tap musical by Shonah Honeyhill Sonko, Parisian Rendezvous, Immersed Dance Industry Night, Underground Summer, Titanic Theatre Restaurant, A Chorus Line, My One & Only, and corporate events at St Regis Hotel Singapore, FINA World Swimming Championships, BMW Edge, Crown Casino and Fashion shows.

Claudia Rahardjanoto Born and raised in Berlin/Germany, Claudia was trained in ballet, jazz and later in tap. She fell in love with tap dancing immediately and has extensively studied tap with Sam Weber, Andreas Dänel, Sven Göttlicher and Pascal Hulin. She has danced in numerous tap dance-shows in Europe (Germany, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, Holland) and has been on tour with several touring productions around Europe as well as the United States ("Magic Of The Dance", "Dancing Feet", "Dancing On Common Ground"). After moving to NYC in 2003 to continue her education and pursue a career in dance in the US, Claudia has since appeared on the 'Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon' with Andrew Nemr's CPD Plus, appeared on MTV's 'TRL' as part of a 'Happy Feet'-segment with Robin Williams and Elijah Wood and has been a featured dancer in an evening called ‘Dianne Walker and Friends’. Claudia has been extremely blessed and fortunate to have met and spend valuable time (on or off stage) with masters like Dr.Jimmy Slyde, Dr.Bunny Briggs, Dr.Henry LeTang, Dr.Buster Brown, Harold Cromer, Mable Lee, Dianne Walker, Ted Levy, and Savion Glover and others. She is very grateful to have been able to dance with Dianne 'Lady Di' Walker, Michelle Dorrance, Roxanne Butterfly’s WORLDBEATS, Andrew J. Nemr's CPD Plus, Susan Hebach’s TAP COLLECTIVE, Barbara Duffy and Company, Jared Grimes' T.A.D.A.H., Max Pollak’s RUMBATAP, Michael Minery's Tapaholics and alongside the fabulous Miss Mable Lee as one of her Dancing Ladies. Claudia is currently on faculty at Steps On Broadway and Broadway Dance Center.

RumbaTap - an original concept created by Max Pollak, is a melding of Afro-Cuban music and dance, American jazz, body percussion, and tap dance. The music/dance ensemble created and named after his unique body percussion/tap concept, premiered in 1999 featuring Bobby Sanabria, Cuban Rumba legend Barbaro Ramos, and Paul Carlon's Latin jazz quartet Grupo Los Santos. Consisting of marimba, saxophone trio, vocalists and an explosive percussion section led by six body-drumming tap dancers, the multi-talented international cast of musicians and dancers evokes a powerful "Orquesta" capturing the deep grooves and charged electricity of Afro-Latin Soul. RumbaTap has toured throughout Europe, Japan, Cuba, and the United States, recently performing to a capacity crowd at New York City's Central Park Summer Stage. Max Pollak and RumbaTap let the music play them -- hips, shoulders, arms etching pictures in sound and space -- the ancient thrill of releasing the beat of your soul by playing "the groove" on the oldest instrument known to man - the body.

Lynn Schwab a member of Barbara Duffy and Company, RumbaTap, and The Tap Collective, has performed at such notable New York venues as The Duke on 42nd Street, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Town Hall, Off Broadway’s La MAMA, World Festival 2000, The International Street Performers Festival, The River to River Festival, Central Park’s SummerStage, Joe’s Pub, Studio 54, The Joyce and The Joyce SoHo Theatres. She has performed at Jacob’s Pillow and as a guest artist with Billy Siegenfeld and Jeannie Hill’s Jump Rhythm Jazz Project. With members of The Tap Collective, she choreographed and performed the Morton Gould Tap Dance Concerto with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with The Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, and at festivals in the U.S., Germany, Spain, France, Holland, and Estonia. She continues to tour the U.S. with Tap City on Tour and in addition to her regular classes at Steps on Broadway in New York City, teaches and performs at festivals and workshops in the U.S., Europe and Japan.

The Tap City Youth Ensemble features the best and brightest young tappers from the New York City area. The ensemble was founded in 2006 by the American Tap Dance Foundation to give young tap dancers from the ages of 13 – 19 an opportunity to work with professional choreographers. The ensemble preserves the rich heritage of tap dance through learning classic/historical tap repertory and new contemporary works. The Tap City Youth Ensemble performs in a range of New York area venues including formal concerts, school shows, hospital shows, and free public events.

Nicholas Young began his professional dance carrier with Tapestry Dance Company, under the direction of Acia Gray, and Deirdre Strand. Moving to principle dancer, resident choreographer he spent more than 10 years with the company. Moving to New York, he began working with local Tap dancers and musicians, on various projects. Including Manhattan Tap, Hoofin to Hittin, Beat the Donkey, and Rumba Tap. Nicholas joined the Off Off Broadway production of STOMP in 2002 and is currently a performer and the rehearsal director for the American tour. Nicholas has taught master classes for the Soul to Sole, Third Coast Rhythm, and the Saint Louis Tap Festivals, among others. He would like to thank His mother for constant support and inspiration through art.