Dancer/Teacher/Staff Biographies

Chloe Arnold (Guest Teacher) is an International Tap Star. Her latest hit, BEYONCE TAP SALUTE by her company Chloé's Syncopated Ladies, has gone viral, reaching over 400,000 hits in under 36 hours from the endorsed by Beyonce herself, "They Killed It". (syncopatedladies.com). As a leading lady in the Art Form of Tap, Chloé has wooed audiences in over 21 countries and 35 states. Her work can be seen on film, television, and stages worldwide. Co-Founder of DC Tap Festival and Co-Director of LA Tap Festival, Chloé's most recent highlights include a recurring role as an Onyx Girl on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Choreographing a commercial for Canon, performing at Madison Square Garden for the opening of the NY Knicks 2013-2014 season, working with Beyonce on the 2013 Pepsi and H&M campaigns, guest performing on NBC's America's Got Talent, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars and FOX's So You Think You Can Dance, a sold-out NY run of her One Woman show My Life. My Diary. My Dance. at La MaMa in New York City, Global Fusion Concert in Dubai with 10 of the world's most accomplished musicians, and performing with Chloé's Syncopated Ladies at the star-studded “One Night Only” Homecoming Gala Concert Cabaret at the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC. Chloé is also a female entrepreneur that holds an Ivy League degree from Columbia University. She and her sister co-founded Chloé and Maud Productions and DC Tap Festival, and currently produce a travel web series, Chloé's World and co-producing a documentary TAP WORLD with Hollywood Executive Producer Dean Hargrove. For more information: www.chloearnold.com

Megan Bartula (Teacher) Born and raised in Rochester Hills, Michigan, Megan Bartula stepped into her first dance class at the age of 4.  A tap enthusiast from the start, her early beginnings soon spread to include intensive training in ballet and jazz at Deborah's Stage Door Center for the Performing Arts, where she spent 10 years as a member of their national award-winning competition team.  While completing a liberal arts degree at the University of Michigan, Megan was an executive member, dancer, and choreographer for the Michigan Rhythm Tap Ensemble. 

 

Megan moved to New York in 2008 and has since worked with such legendary tap choreographers as Derick K. Grant, Lynn Schwab, Ray Hesselink and Lisa LaTouche, and is currently a member of Bessie Award winner Michelle Dorrance’s company Dorrance Dance.  Recent performance credits include Inside/Out at Jacob’s Pillow, Chicago’s Harris Theater, Motor City Movement and NYC’s SummerStage.  Megan has also served as dance captain on numerous projects, can often be found assisting Derick Grant at tap festivals around the country, and continues to train, perform and teach in New York City and in the Midwest.

Brandy Blaha (Guest Teacher) is currently dancing weekly at the Cotton Club with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, "Sophisticated Lady's". Before moving to New York she received her Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts in Dance from Wayne State University in Detroit. She is a member of C3 Tap Cooperative as well as Undertoe Dance Project based in New York City. Recent performance credits include the American Tap Dance Foundations "Tap and Song", "On Tap" at Joe's Pub, "Broadway Underground" at BB Kings in Time Square and The 28th Annual Downtown Dance Festival. She has worked with many choreographers such as Jason Samuels Smith, Brenda Bufalino, Michelle Dorrance, Joshua Hilberman and Jared Grimes. Brandy is currently teaching at Creative Arts Studio in Brooklyn, NY and continues to guest teach at studios in the Midwest and tri-state area.

Bruce Bradley (Guest Teacher) is a Flint, MI native, a graduate of Alabama State University and an artist educator who began as a self-styled dancer inspired by the cultural and social influences of rhythm, blues and jazz.  Bradley excelled to the professional ranks in the hit Off Broadway musicals "One Mo Time" and "Stagger Lee".  After studying under the tutelage of the late tap great LLoyd Storey, he joined him in the world tour of the hit Broadway musical "Black and Blue".  Bruce believes tap dancing crosses all racial, economic, social and cultural divides, allowing us as human beings to celebrate the infectious rhythms of life.
Frances Bradley (Guest Teacher) began her training under the guidance of her father, Bruce Bradley, at Creative Expressions Dance Studio. At 12, she won Amateur Night at Showtime at the Apollo with a female tap group, The Stepettes. In 2004 she was an ensemble member in the off-Broadway musical, Bubblin’ Brown Sugar directed and choreographed by George Faison, starring Diahann Caroll in Atlanta, GA. In 2009, Frances was selected to train with world-renowned performer, Savion Glover for a year at his newest dance studio, The Hooferz Club. Frances was recently casted in the dance musical, Noah Racey’s Pulse: The Beat of Song and Dance, directed by Jeff Calhoun which premiered at Asolo Theater in Sarasota, Florida. She also was a performer for the Samsung Galaxy S4, Unpacked presentation at Radio City Music Hall. She has been a featured tap soloist for international touring company, Illstyle and Peace Productions and performed for notable venues such as: Black Girls Rock! and Soul Tour at SOB’s in NYC and Cartier Williams’ Rhythm Refix at Joe’s Pub in NYC.
Brenda Bufalino (ATDF Artistic Mentor/Teacher) 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.
www.brendabufalino.com
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Elizabeth Burke (Teacher) is a Chapel Hill, North Carolina native and proud alumna of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, with whom she spent eleven seasons. As an ensemble member, Burke served as a choreographer and performed extensively throughout the United States at venues such as the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Tap City: The New York City Tap Festival, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the Southeastern Tap Explosion in Atlanta, GA, as well as in Finland, Canada, Mexico, and Germany, where she made her international debut as a soloist. She also had the opportunity to collaborate and choreograph with Jim Ketch and the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and her work was presented at the University of North Carolina’s Memorial Hall and at the Durham Performing Arts Council. She also performed in conjunction with Merge Records and their 20th anniversary “Merge with Motion” performance at the Carolina Theater in Durham, NC, where her choreography and solo work was presented, and she has collaborated with the Mallarme Chamber Players and their Orchestra. Shortly following her relocation to New York City to pursue her education at Marymount Manhattan College and professional tap career, Burke was featured on the December, 2010 cover of DanceSpirit Magazine as “Tap’s Fresh New Face,” and in the Spring, 2011 publication of Marymount Manhattan College’s ArtFusion News. As a founding member of Dorrance Dance, Burke has performed with Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards in “A Shared Evening” as part of PLATFORM 2011: Body Madness, Part 2 – Rhythm & Humor curated by David Parker at the Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, at Radio City Music Hall, at the Inside/Outside Stage at Jacob’s Pillow, and the Beantown Tap Festival. Other performance credits include Elon University with Michelle Dorrance and Luke Hickey, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, at which her choreography has been presented, Symphony Space in New York City, the Third Coast Rhythm Project in San Antonio, TX, the Los Angeles Tap Festival, Hoofin’ Ground in Charlotte, NC with Matthew Shields, the Tap Extravaganza, Summerstage 2011, and the Pulse Convention in New York City, as well as the North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival with Michelle Dorrance and Martin “Tre” Dumas, among other dancers. Burke has also taught tap at various studios and locales in the Carolinas, including Elon University, Guilford College, and the South Carolina Tap Intensive, aside from assisting Gene Medler, Dianne Walker, Brenda Bufalino, and other master teachers at various festivals nationally.
Warren Craft (Guest Teacher) is a New York City tap dancer who has trained in ballet with both the American Ballet Theatre and the School of American Ballet.  As a tap dancer he has been a member of Brenda Bufalino's New American Tap Dance Orchestra, Max Pollak's RumbaTap, and the Tap City Youth Ensemble, and has worked with Ayodele Casel, Derick K. Grant, Michelle Dorrance, Jason Samuels Smith, Barbara Duffy, Michela Marino-Lerman, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards and Jared Grimes.  He has performed at City Center, Lincoln Center, Dance Theater Workshop, and Central Park's Summer Stage and toured with Tony Waag's Tap City on Tour.  Warren has been featured on the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine and in the Dance Magazine article, "Child Prodigies in Dance."  The definitive history of tap, Tap Dancing America, claims that Warren “has reincarnated the elegant tap dancing style of Fred Astaire," while The New York Times calls him “a New Wave hoofer...with killer feet." Warren is a past recipient of ATDF's Gregory Hines scholarship award.  He is also the drummer for singer/songwriter Michael Ferraiuolo and is working on his own solo music.
Michelle Dorrance (Guest Teacher) 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

Barbara Duffys (Teacher) performance highlights include “THE GREGORY HINES SHOW”, where she was a featured dancer, actress and choreographer, “GALA FOR THE PRESIDENT”, performing with Gregory Hines before President and Mrs. Bill Clinton and as dance captain and featured dancer in Brenda Bufalino’s AMERICAN TAP DANCE ORCHESTRA. Barbara performs as a featured soloist across the United States and overseas, including London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, where she was hailed as “a riveting performer” by the Independent. Her all women ensemble, Barbara Duffy & Company has performed at the Duke Theatre, NYC, the Joyce Theater, NYC, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, NYC, the University of Richmond, the Tanz Haus Theatre in Dusseldorf, Germany, Jacob’s Pillow and with Tap City On Tour. In August, 2008, Barbara received the “Rhythm World Award” for preserving and passing on the legacy of Leon Collins. She was also the recipient of the American Tap Dance Foundations’ prestigious “Hoofer Award “ in July 2013. A highly sought after teacher, Barbara has taught at numerous workshops and festivals in 20 countries. When not on the road, Barbara teaches classes in New York City at Steps On Broadway and The American Tap Dance Center. Her greatest inspirations are Brenda Bufalino, the late Leon Collins and the late Gregory Hines.

Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards (Guest Teacher) has been apart of almost every major Tap movie or show that has appeared in the history of tap dance since the 80's. She was nominated for best actress for her starring role in the award-winning Independent film "The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang". In addition to opening the Harlem Tap Studio in NYC, Mrs. Sumbry-Edwards continues to appear as a special guest for shows and festivals around the world. She was also elected to the Advisory Board as the Tap Advisor for Dance Magazine and the official Tap Spokesperson for Capezio along with her family, as well as being featured in their international advertising campaign. Mrs. Sumbry-Edwards was also the private tap instructor to the iconic Michael Jackson over the course of 11 years. Mrs. Sumbry-Edwards career includes acclaimed runs on Broadway and off-Broadway in shows such as Black and Blue, the Tony Award Winning Bring In Da’Noise, Bring In Da’Funk, International Tour of Bring in Da’Noise, Bring in Da’Funk (dance captain/principal dancer/understudy to the lead role), and Imagine Tap! (featured soloist). Other performances include the national tour of Wild Woman Blues and Debbie Allen’s SAMMY (the life and times of Sammy Davis Jr.). Film credits include “TAP” with Gregory Hines, Spike Lee's “Bamboozled” (Assistant Choreographer), and “The Rodgers and Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty”. Mrs. Sumbry-Edwards’ choreography has been featured in TAAP: The Art & Appreciation of Percussion and was also utilized in Michael Jackson's music video “Rock My World”. She was also spotlighted in a commercial for Tops and was most recently featured on MTV’s hit television series MADE.
Photo by Eduardo Patino

Craig Fuchs (Teacher) Growing up in southeastern Michigan, Craig Fuchs trained in various styles at studios around the area before graduating magna cum laude with a B.S. in Dance from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, in May of 2011. Additionally, Craig danced with Denise Caston's Detroit Tap Repertory from 2009 to 2011, performing in the Detroit International Jazz Festival, the concert for the 2010 Chicago Tap Summit, and at Orchestra Hall in Detroit for the 2010 Motor City Tap Festival Faculty Concert.

Since moving to New York City in 2011, Craig has worked with rhythm tap choreographers such as Derick K. Grant, Max Pollak, and Aaron Tolson. As well as participating in the American Tap Dance Foundation’s tap teacher training program with the great Brenda Bufalino. In addition to tap, Craig is an accomplished swing and vernacular jazz dancer, having performed at the annual 2014 Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala with choreographer Ryan Francois. Additionally, since 2013 Craig has danced with Syncopated City Dance Company, a swing and vernacular jazz company in NYC. Craig has taught since 2009 and enjoys passing on his knowledge of both music and the history of tap and jazz to his students.

Felipe Galganni (Teacher) 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.
Thelma Goldberg (Education Advisor/Guest Teacher) is founder and director of The Dance Inn in Lexington, MA, one of New England's largest and most innovative schools, serving 600 students weekly. Combining her love of dance with her experience as a special education teacher in Boston, Thelma created a dance education curriculum that emphasizes musicality, fun, and excellence. She directs the Legacy Dance Company, featuring performers aged 13 – 18 and an adult company, the About Time Tappers. Both ensembles perform an extensive tap and jazz repertoire at regional festivals and charitable events. Thelma is also Executive Director of Dance Inn Productions, a non-profit organization that produces both an annual youth ballroom program as well as New England's National Tap Dance Day celebration. She continues to actively study and pursue new opportunities for herself and her students by participating in festivals and sponsoring workshops with master teachers.
Susan Hebach (ATDF Youth Program/ TCYE Director/Teacher) considers herself a graduate of “Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center” where she was fortunate to study with a diverse group of master tap artists such as her mentor, Brenda Bufalino, and other inspirational teachers such as Barbara Duffy, Robin Tribble, Margaret Morrison, Josh Hilberman, Lynn Dally, and Diane Walker to name a few. As a choreographer, she enjoys developing new works and collaborating with fellow dancers of “The Tap Collective”, a tap company she founded in 1996. Her choreography has been featured in events such as “VII Nit de Claque” in Barcelona, Spain, to the offbeat “Vaudeville 2000” at LaMama ETC Theater and “The Elegance of Comedy of Tap”, hosted by Bill Irwin at NYC Town Hall, Tap City, The New York City Tap Festival, and more recently the Rhythm In Motion series at the 14th St. Y in Manhattan.  Susan is currently the director of the ATDF Youth Program, as well as the Tap City Youth Ensemble, and the Pre-Professional Program at Tap City. She was featured on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine in May 2009, and has served on the dance faculty for Oklahoma City University and Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri as visiting guest artist. She has also taught the residency of Pete Nugent's "Breezin" at Tap City in 2008,  & co-curated the Teachers Intensive for the NYC Tap Festival in 2011 & 12, and is part of the teaching team for the new “Tap Teacher Training Program” at ATDF with Margaret Morrison. Susan also wrote a book for an after school young reader series, called “Tap Dance”, by Rosen Publishing. She also recently had the unique opportunity to coach Christine Baranski in "soft shoe", for New York City Center's Encore Series production of "On Your Toes". 
Constance Valis Hill (ATDF Director of Preservation) is a jazz tap dancer, choreographer, and scholar of performance studies whose writings have appeared in Dance Magazine, Village Voice, Dance Research Journal, Studies in Dance History, and Discourses in Dance; and in Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African-American Dance (2001), Taken By Surprise: Dance Improvisation Reader (2003), Kaiso! Writings by and about Katherine Dunham (2005), and Ballroom, Boogie, Shimmy, Sham, Shake: A Social and Popular Dance Reader (2008). She studied tap dance with Charles “Cookie” Cook and various members of the Copasetics; performed as one member of the tap-dancing Doilie Sisters; and directed Sole Sisters for the Changing Times Tap Company. Her book, Brotherhood in Rhythm: the Jazz Tap Dancing of the Nicholas Brothers (2000), received the Deems Taylor ASCAP Award. Her forthcoming book, Tap Dancing America, A Cultural History (Oxford University Press) has been supported by grants from the Rockefeller and John Simon Guggenheim Foundations. She holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University and is a Five College Professor of Dance at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Ryan Johnson (Guest Teacher), a native of Baltimore, Maryland, 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.

Mark Kellogg (Graphic Design/Bookkeeping) is a native of Florida but grew up in Pittsburgh. Studying at Carnegie Mellon University and The Art Institute of Chicago through The Young Artists Studio program he ultimately received his MFA from Pratt Institute.

Through his 30 year career in publishing he worked on staff as a Designer/Art Director/Creative Director in as varied places as Seventeen Magazine, Mademoiselle, The Guttmacher Institute, Oxford University Press & Adventure House Design. In recent years he has worked with the American Tap Dance Foundation. Work includes bookkeeping, designing all visual materials and conceptualizing marketing plans with the Executive Director.

Yoko Kono (Teacher) is a New Jersey native and found her love of dancing at the age of 4. She has had an extensive training in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop. She has had the opportunity to be part of performing companies including Maywood Dance Center’s Dance Fusion, directed by Deborah Cofrancesco, and the hip-hop company at Progressive Dance Studio, Q Company directed by Q Pittman. At the age of 16, Yoko auditioned for the American Tap Dance Foundation’s Tap City Youth Ensemble directed by Susan Hebach, and was a proud committed member for 3 years. Yoko has had the opportunity to perform at Tap Extravaganza, Tap City, New York School Shows, The Pulse, and most importantly the Macy’s Day Parade.  She recently graduated from William Paterson University of New Jersey, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology. Yoko is currently teaching at The American Tap Dance Foundation as well as Maywood Dance Center.

Lisa La Touche (Guest Teacher) Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, some of Lisa's performance highlights have included touring with Savion Glover's production, STEPZ, and also performing in both New York's Off-Broadway and the North American touring casts of STOMP.   She has previously worked with and performed in  Jason Samuels Smith's company A.C.G.I and in excerpts from "Chasin' the Bird", and has also performed alongside Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards as part of the original  The Cotton Club ensemble in Harlem.   Other companies she has worked with have included Max Pollak’s Rumba Tap, Barbara Duffy and Company, Tre Dumas' JusLisTeN, M.A.D.D. Rhythms, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and also The Cab Calloway Foundation Inc.   Lisa has produced and directed her own concerts within North America and is continuously working as performer, choreographer and teacher internationally in countries such as Brazil, China, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and across Canada to name a few.   She is also a previous faculty member of the School of Jacob's pillow under the Direction of Dianne Walker and has appeared as an artist in residence at The American Tap Dance Foundation and the Vancouver Tap Dance Society and as guest faculty at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in NYC.  

Michela Marino-Lerman (Teacher) first appeared on Sesame Street at the age of 5. In February 2002 she was showcased on the cover of Dance Teacher magazine with Gregory Hines. In 2005, she was named by Dance Spirit magazine as one of the 20 hottest tap dancers under 20 and in 2008, Dancemagazine named her as the only female tap dancer in its “25 to Watch in 2008.” Michela has appeared in both the Tap Extravaganza and Tap City numerous times over the past ten years. She won first prize in the Harlem Jazz Dance Festival’s, “Hoofer’s Challenge” in both 2002 and 2003. In 2002, Michela performed with Jennifer Holliday on Broadway in Nothing Like A Dame and also in 21 Belowat Town Hall. In 2003, she was inducted into the famed Copasetics as their first and only female lifetime honorary member. In 2004-2006, Michela toured Spain and Japan with Rafael Amargo’s Enramblao. In the fall of 2005, her choreography was featured in the tap section of the opening number for the Bermuda Music Festival with UDP, starring Al Green, Angie Stone, and Patti LaBelle. At the age of 19, she was commissioned by Dixon Place to create and direct her own show, entitled AM+bu$h+ED. 2007 saw Michela tour Europe for 3 months as a lead dancer in the hit show Magic of the Dance and also appear in Sarah Savelli and Ayodele Casel’s Tappy Holidays. In 2008-2009, she was featured in the show hit “Wonderland,” an all tap show set to Stevie Wonder’s music and also in Chris Scott’s show W-L-U-V. In 2008 she appeared on CBS’s Secret Talents of the Stars with Grammy award singer Mya, performing the choreography of Emmy award winner Jason Samuels Smith. Since 2007, Michela has been a featured performer at NYC’s hottest nightclub, The Box. She recently danced with the Roy Hargrove at the Jazz Gallery and the Village Vanguard. She has also been commissioned by the American Tap Dance Foundation and HarlemStage to show her new work entitled Tapsploitation. Recently she has been co-creator in forming the tap dance company The Tap Messengers who have performed at the CareFusion Jazz Festival with Talib Kweli and Nicholas Payton in the Revive Da Live Big Band, Joe’s Pub, and HarlemStage opening for Marcus Strickland. Michela is grateful for the mentoring and guidance given to her by Buster Brown, Gregory Hines, and Leroy Myers. She has also studied with Jason Samuels Smith, Henry LeTang, Baakari Wilder, Ayodele Casel, Derek Grant, Dianne Walker, and many other gifted teachers. She has taught in numerous schools, studios, programs, and festivals throughout the world. As a performer, teacher, director, and choreographer Michela is dedicated to spreading the art of tap around the world.

Christiane Matallo (Guest Teacher) began her dance studies at two years of age, with a strong background in classical ballet. In 1993, she graduated from the College of Dance at the Unicamp in Campinas, Brazil and was invited to teach American Tap Dance in Queens, New York. Christiane began her career as an instructor when she was 13 and was awarded for Best Choreography by the National Meeting of Dance – ENDA in Brazil. She most recently became the first tap dancer to be featured in Brazilian Carnival with the group Mocidade Alegra in Sao Paulo which won the annual competition. IIn 1995, Christiane established her School of Dance known as the Christiane Matallo Studio de DanÇa, offering American tap dance, Irish step dancing, jazz, hip hop, classical ballet, contemporary and modern dance. In 1997, she was invited to participate in a Virtual Reality Project for the NICS – Unicamp (Interdisciplinary and Sound Space of Communication) called AtoContAto, based on a new gestual interface. As the researcher, Christiane continues to study new possibilities to express the dance using technological elements. In 1998, Christiane gave her first International Workshop in Bristol – England at the ACM (Association of Computer Machinery). In 1999, she taught Tap dance with an emphasis on Brazilian Rhythms in Vienna, Austria and also presented the work of Virtual Tap, now known as Tap Contact. In 2000, she initiated an artistic social work of American Tap Dance, in partnership with the RAC (Net Anhanguera of Communication) for the “School Project”, a program that cares for about forty underprivileged children in the City of Campinas. The program allows them to study lessons and attend presentations of Tap. In 2001, Christiane taught and performed as a featured artist in the Annual St. Louis Tap Festival under the direction of Robert Reed. As a result of her continued accomplishments in the Art Form of Tap, Christiane appeared on Global TV several times in addition to several other programs. She also participated as a special guest artist in The New York City Tap Festival and Los Angeles Tap Festival in the US. Christiane’s original style and performance has been highly respected and attended, as her Original show “Da Corda Pro Pe” with Gilberto de Syllos has already been attended by over 100,000 people. The show also showcases her ability to play tenor sax and piano while dancing. Christiane recently founded the first Annual Tap Festival in Sao Paulo, in addition to running the Annual Tap Festival in Campinas, now in its sixth year. She continues to participate in workshops throughout Brazil and festivals worldwide.

Gene Medler (Guest Teacher) is founder and director of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble NCYTE) and director of the North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival. He teaches in the Department of Performing Arts at Elon University. Mr. Medler's previous teaching credits include Duke University and Meredith College. He is on the faculty at The Ballet School of Chapel Hill and has taught master classes at the tap festivals in the U.S. and worldwide. Gene was an athlete for most of his life, playing baseball, basketball, and track in middle and high school and then fencing at the University of North Carolina. Between undergraduate and graduate school he got interested in acting which led to dance classes and ultimately tap dance class. Loving movement for its own sake and having always wanted to learn to play an instrument, tap dancing was the perfect art form for him. He was fortunate to be learning when many of the old masters were starting to teach again. Gene worked with masters like Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates, Charles "Honi" Coles, Cholly Atkins, Bunny Briggs, and contemporaries like Brenda Bufalino, Sam Weber and Savion Glover. His passion for tap dancing coupled with his desire to teach led to the creation of NCYTE.
Deborah Mitchell (Guest Teacher) is the Founder and Artistic Director of New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble. This St. Louis, MO native is known throughout the New York area as a distinguished tap professional. She is the 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, Broadway and Paris Productions of Black and Blue, PBS Great Performances, 5 international tours with the legendary Cab Calloway, and a partnership with Philadelphia native Germaine Goodson as The Rhythm Queens. Under the direction of Ms. Mitchell, New Jersey Tap Ensemble is one of the most prominent touring tap dance companies in the state of New Jersey. Ensemble tours have included in New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, and The Duke on 42nd Street, Tilles Center and the Joyce. She is producer of the NJTAP Touring Tap Boot Camp and participates annually in festivals such as the New York City Tap Festival, St. Louis Tap Festival and Traditions In Tap. She was a guest panelist on the subject of tap as an American art form at the Dance in the Millennium Conference, Washington, D.C. and participates in national and international programs such as the International Tap Association that focus on the promotion and perpetuation of tap dancing. Having attained a Masters Degree in Social Work from Indiana University, Ms. Mitchell is a strong advocate for arts education. As a Principal Affiliate of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center for 6 years, she participated in the Center’s Dance Academy both as a tap an instructor and as a workshop facilitator. Ms. Mitchell was instrumental in establishing tap dance as a technique to be offered to children participating in the Dance Academy. A master teacher and motivational speaker about the art form in many educational venues especially in New Jersey and throughout the tri-state, she also provides In-Service Training to teachers and dance educators throughout the tri-state area. Ms. Mitchell is author, director and choreographer of the Doll Shop Arts in Education presentation musical specifically developed for school age children grades K-5th. An extension of her work with the NJ Tap Touring Ensemble is the Youth Company, the pre-professional division of the company serving young artists ages 12-17. Ms. Mitchell is Chairman of the Tap Department of Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts, Montclair, NJ on the advisory Board of Tony Waag’s Tap City in NY and Assistant Director/Choreographer for Theater Workshop/Peppermint Players, Marie Foster, Director and a Board Member for Alliance for Arts Education/New Jersey. In recognition of National Tap Dance Day 2006, Savion Glover presented Ms. Mitchell with an award for giving tirelessly to the spirit and legacy of tap dancing. In March 2007, Dean John Bedford and Jo Rowan, Dance Department Chairman of Oklahoma City University, Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts management presented her with the Living Treasure Award “for preserving our American culture in her feet, in her mind and in her spirit.” In May 2007, Ms. Mitchell was chosen by The New York Committee to Celebrate National Tap Dance Day as one of the Flo-Bert Honorees.
Margaret Morrison (ATDF Education Advisor/Teacher) is a rhythm tap soloist, choreographer, and researcher who performs and teaches across the US , Europe and Brazil . In 2010 she completed her MFA in Dance through the American Dance Festival/Hollins University. Margaret's current tap performance and writing projects explore gender, race, social meaning, and history in tap dance. In 2011 she is developing a tap/theater work on Alice and Bert Whitman, she will present new research on women tap dancers at the Congress on Research in Dance, and will publish her research paper "Juanita Pitts: Gender, Race, and the Female Hoofer." Margaret began her performing career in 1986 as a founding member of the American Tap Dance Orchestra, directed by Brenda Bufalino. As a soloist she has been hailed by critics as "feather-footed and musically astute," and a "consummate artist who breaks the mold.” Margaret’s tap workshops emphasize musicality and creativity, with a particular emphasis on improvisation, composition, and performance skills. As Education Advisor of the ATDF, she over-sees the Foundation’s training programs, including Tap City , the New York City Tap Festival. She is a graduate of Barnard College , where she is currently on the faculty of the Dance Department, directing the Tap Ensemble, teaching tap technique and a history course "Tap as an American Art Form." Visit www.MargaretMorrison.com.
Toni Noblett (Teacher) Toni’s background includes being the owner and Artistic Director of a private studio for thirty years. Currently she is a full-time teaching artist for Rosie’s Theater Kids, a nonprofit organization bringing musical theatre training to New York City public school children. In addition to being a part-time faculty member for the Youth and Adult Programs sponsored by the American Tap Dance Foundation and the Professional Performing Arts High School, she also is the tap instructor RTK’s “Spotlight on Fitness “ program which serves an e elementary school, PS 51, in Hell’s Kitchen. In the Spring of 2008, Toni served as Rosie O’Donnell’s tap coach for NYC Encore’s Production of “No No Nannette,” for a comic segment on “Rosie Live!” and in 2009 for a pre-production showing of “Babes in Arms”. She is presently working on developing a tap syllabus for primary students, which emphasizes the importance of musicality and musicianship in the first years of tap training. To that end she is also a yearly guest teacher for Broadway Dance Center’s Teacher Workshop.
Nicole Ohr (Teacher) is a 2008 Honors Graduate from Hofstra University with a BA in Dance and Psychology. Currently she is a professional tap dancer based in NYC. She was the Tap Dance Captain of Undertoe Dance Project and Mazel Toes Dance Company, is a current member of Germaine Salsberg's company Les Femmes and has also performed with Boston Tap Company. She's had the opportunity of working with choreographers such as Felipe Galganni, Jared Grimes and Max Pollak, along with performing in shows such as Broadway Underground at B.B. King’s, the Main Event, Tap and Song and Rhythm in Motion at Symphony Space, Jacob’s Pillow, and The PULSE on Tour . You can find Nicole tapping in the Step Up 3D Broadway Dance Center’s promotional video, Jason Janas' instructional DVD, Aaron Tolson's Solepower promo, and in an interview on the So Danca website. As a choreographer, Nicole has had her work presented at the Undertoe Dance New York Season, The Astoria Dance Festival, Jared Grimes' Run The Night and Justin Boccitto's Choreographer's Canvas, Dance Astoria, Choreographers' Collective and Queensboro Dance Festival. She is also the co-producer of Dance Astoria. Nicole is currently teaching throughout the tri state area, she is also a teaching artist with the Joffrey Ballet Summer Program along with a sub at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance and Steps on Broadway.

Max Pollak (Guest Teacher), named one of the "25 to Watch in 2007" by Dance Magazine, was inspired by the virtuosic footwork displayed by many of the greats in American film, and most importantly, jazz music. A native of Austria, he has been tapping since the age of 11, and playing drums and percussion since the age of 14. At age 17 Max was first exposed to the African American style of rhythm tap when seventy-one-year-old Carnell Lyons became his first mentor. Lyons, a Kansas City-born childhood friend of Charlie Parker, had toured the world successfully as a member of the vaudeville acrobatic tap act "Jesse, James and Carnell". Settling in West Berlin in the 1960s, Lyons became the pioneer of rhythm tap pedagogy in Europe. While completing his theater degree at the Theater-an-der-Wien Musical Theater School in Vienna, from 1988-1990, Pollak became an accomplished professional drummer and tap improviser. After working in several large musical theater productions in Germany and Austria, including one under the direction of Broadway choreographer Michael Shawn, he moved to New York City at the invitation of Heather Cornell, artistic director of the Bebop tap quartet Manhattan Tap. His tenure with the company lasted until 1997. During the early 1990s, the most important breeding ground for emerging tap talent was the weekly tap jam session hosted by tap legends Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Dr. Buster Brown, Chuck Green, and Lon Chaney at the New York City jazz club La Cave. Pollak was a regular, taken under the wing of the masters. For three years, he also co-hosted a weekly tap jam session at the East Village club Deanna's. Pollak also furthered his musical studies in jazz at New York's prestigious New School, graduating in May 1995. It was Latin percussion master Bobby Sanabria, though, who introduced Pollak to the earth shattering power and spiritual depth of Afro-Cuban music. Pollak soon began incorporating elements of Afro-Cuban jazz and folkloric music in his performances, developing the concept he calls "RumbaTap", a melding of Afro-Cuban music and dance, American jazz, body percussion, and tap dance. One of Pollak's crowning achievements was to receive a grant from Arts International in 2001 to help establish Cuba's first tap festival in Havana. Today Pollak is recognized worldwide as the creator of "RumbaTap." So respected is Pollak for this concept that his performances, teaching schedule, university lectures, and residencies take him throughout the US, Europe, Asia, Central and South America. Pollak has published articles on tap dance in several international publications and is the 2008 recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Choreography.

Claudia Rahardjanoto (Teacher) 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.

Sarah Reich (Guest Teacher) has emerged as one of the new leaders in the Art Form of Tap Dance. At the young age of 15, this Los Angeles native was featured in Dance Spirit Magazine’s article, “20 Hot Tappers Under 20” and has since been sought after to perform, choreograph, and teach in over nine countries outside the United States including France, Spain, China, Brazil, Costa Rica, Argentina, Honduras, Canada, and Sweden. Sarah most recently choreographed and performed on the LA County Holiday Celebration with her company, Tap Music project and was a guest performer at Madison Square Garden for the opening game of the NY Knicks 2013-2014 season. She has also performed on FOX’s Hit Television Series, So You Think You Can Dance with Emmy-Award Winner Jason Samuels Smith’s tap company, Anybody Can Get It (ACGI). Sarah is a member of Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies (A Female Tap Band) and is the Artistic Director of her own company, Tap Con Sabor with the goal to expose tap to the Latino community throughout Los Angeles and abroad. For eight years, Sarah has worked alongside her mentor and tap legend, Harold Cromer teaching at numerous tap festivals and events. Previously she extensively trained with Cyd Glover, Paul & Arlene Kennedy, and Becky Twitchell studying technique, performance, musicality and improvisation, making Sarah one of the most well-rounded tap dancers in the business. In addition to her vast international travels and countless television appearances, Sarah has had the honor to perform at some of the most prestigious venues back home in Los Angeles such as The Hollywood Bowl, The Ford Amphitheatre, the Greek Theater with Mexican Pop-Star, Cristian Castro and the Kodak Theater with the great Herbie Hancock. Currently Sarah is developing new exciting works with her company, Tap Music Project and Sole Sisters – a collaboration with Melinda Sullivan. Sarah produces a weekly class/tap jam for the Los Angeles tap community, Monday Night Tap Experience. She also frequently performs around the city with popular local bands, Magnolia Memoir, Oskar Cartaya's Latin Jazz Band and Dessy DiLauro.​

Michele Ribble (Education Advisor/Guest Teacher) Born and raised by showbiz parents, Michele is an award winning choreographer, Master instructor, producer, dancer, and coach who has spent a lifetime working in classical ballet, tap dance, musical theater, and jazz. She has choreographed for both stage and screen including: assistant choreographer for the film "Beetlejuice", several Off Broadway shows and has choreographed numerous “gag” acts for the Garden Brothers, Right Bros., Bentley Bros and Ringling Bros. Circuses. Other credits include workshops and performances for Jacob's Pillow, HBO, Miramax, Circuit Productions, Hanna-Barbera and MTV. As lead dancer and choreographer for the Tommy Sands Revue she has played every town from NY to WA and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with: Count  Basie, James Brown, Charo, Sammy Davis, Jr., Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Jack Jones, Shirley Maclaine, Fabian, Juliet Prowse, Red Skelton, Ben Vereen, Dianne Walker; just to mention a few. She recently performed in the star-studded performance of "From the Horse's Mouth" with Martine Van Hamel, Brenda Bufalino, Tina Croll, Edwin Fion and Jamie Cunningham. Michele has danced as a member of the NYC Company, Ronn Forella and the Second Century Dancers, as guest artist with the Kirov Ballet, is a featured soloist at Tap City, the NYC Tap Festival and is known as dance partner to Charles Goddertz and Harold Cromer. In demand worldwide for her choreography and unique teaching skills Michele is constantly on the move sharing her talents anywhere dancers are eager to learn. Students at CSA (Community School of the Arts) in Marion Indiana were delighted to host her Tap Workshop, where she taught the original Bill Bojangles Robinson Stair Dance. Her choreography has been enjoyed by audiences at the Rainbow Room in NYC, the Marco Polo in Miami, Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City, Reno/Tahoe, as well as London, Scotland, Prague and on such prestigious stages as the Joyce Theater, Symphony Space, and the Duke on 42nd Street Theater on Broadway, NYC. Michele was on the summer staff at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center as an instructor and choreographer for the Extreme Ballet Pre-professional Intensive Summer Ballet Program, the Director of The New York Dance Center, a Master Instructor for Omega Institute’s summer intensives, an adjudicator and adjunct professor of dance at S.U.N.Y. New Paltz College, a Master Instructor for NADAA (National Association of Dancers and Affiliated Arts), writer/director/choreographer and MC for Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival, and a judge for Starbound and Olympic Miss Dance Competitions and a columnist for the International Tap Association Newsletter. Former Director of The New York Dance Center in Manhattan she is currently a faculty member and education advisor to the American Tap Dance Foundation, a guest instructor for Steps on Broadway in NYC, Director of the Rhinebeck Dance Centre in Rhinebeck and Red Hook and Showbiz Dance Studio in Kingston, NY.
Arleigh Rothenberg (Teacher) began dancing at the age of 7 and has experience in a multitude of dance genres. Currently, Arleigh tap dances at The Cotton Club weekly, as a member of Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’ “Sophisticated Ladies”.   She has performed at the world famous Apollo Theatre in Taste of Broadway (2009 and 2010) as a member of the “Young Hoofers”, and performed in an excerpt of Derick K. Grant’s Imagine Tap! at Rodeph Sholom in NYC (February 2010).  In March and July 2011 she performed in Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’ Michael Jackson Tribute at The Dancespace Project and the NYC Summer Stage Series.  In May 2011 she performed in Derick K. Grant’s Once Upon A Tap, at the Harris Theatre, Chicago, Illinois.  Arleigh is also a cast member of Rhythm Is Our Business (2013), Produced by Tony Waag and American Tap Dance Foundation, directed by Derick K. Grant, and with choreography by Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards.  Recent Salsa performance credits inlcude Salsmania Saturdays and Dancesanity Stars’ World in Motion – Part 2, with choreography by Karla Choko (June 2013). Television and Video credits include the Malibu Rum “Funky Dip” Flashmob Commercial; choreographed by Tweetie, tap dancing on Sesame Street’s 2009/2010 40th Season, dancing in the Step Up 3D Official Dance Dub Broadway Dance Center Video; section choreographed by Michelle Dorrance, and appearing in the films Step Up 3D (2010), Eat, Pray, Love (2010), and Friends with Benefits (2011).  Arleigh has also danced in several Flashmob America events, including the Cha Cha Cha for Charity produced by Charmin and the 2011 Estee Lauder Campaign. Arleigh was selected to perform in new choreographic works by Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, and Derick K. Grant for the American Tap Dance Foundation’s 2009 Sound Check performance series, and Michelle Dorrance’s piece in the 2009 Symphony Space Showcase. She is also proud to have been selected by the legendary Dr. Harold Cromer for his piece in the 20th Annual Tap Extravaganza.  Other performance credits include Tap City’s 2009 Main Event with “Mazel Toes”, various shows with “C3, a NY Tap Cooperative” including  On Tap at Joe’s Pub, They Don’t Sing About Love No More at New World Stages, and The 28th Annual Downtown Dance Festival, and several performances with Sean Fielder’s “Boston Tap Company”.  She also performed at Tap City’s 2008 Tap and Song with “C3, a NY Tap Cooperative”, and in Old Man Time by Ernest "Brownie" Brown and Reggio McLaughlin. Arleigh holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Television-Radio with a concentration in Video Production from Ithaca College. While attending Ithaca College, she founded the Ithaca College Tap Dance Club, and conceived and co-directed the Finger Lakes Tap Dance Festival.
Courtney Runft, (ATDF Education Associate/Registrar and Teacher) began her early dance training with Sharon Rogers at Rogers Ballet Inc. in Wichita, Kansas where she continues to go back to guest teach. She continued her training as a ballet dancer at Friends University with Sharon and Stan Rogers as well as an array of guest choreographers. Courtney currently studies tap dance with Michelle Dorrance and Derick Grant among others, and she has worked had the pleasure of performing choreography by Michelle Dorrance, Lisa La Touche, Derick Grant, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Max Pollak. Courtney has also been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine and Dance Spirit Magazine. She currently teaches at The American Tap Dance Foundation and is the dance specialist at St. Luke's School.
Tamii Sakurai (Teacher) is originally from Tokyo, Japan, where she was trained as a tap dancer by her grandfather, Satoshi “Bin” Hino. She moved to New York by herself at the age of 16 to pursue her education and explore opportunities. Since living in New York, she became a founding member/ dance captain, and now is a rehearsal director of Tap City Youth Ensemble, a project of American Tap Dance Foundation. Tamii has had the privilege of working with numerous leading tap dancers including Barbara Duffy and Derick K. Grant, and companies such as Brenda Bufalino’s “New” American Tap Dance Orchestra and Michelle Dorrance’s Dorrance Dance. In 2006, she founded her own company Team Walt with her close friends in Tokyo.  Since she has recently graduated from CUNY Hunter College with BA in Mathematics and Dance, she has been focusing more on teaching tap dance and looking for challenging projects to gain perspective. Tamii is extremely thankful for her grandfather for introducing her to tap dancing, and she continues dancing as a tribute to him.
Germaine Salsberg (Guest Teacher) began her career as a child actress, appearing on radio and television in her native Canada. After 10 years as a modern dancer with the Toronto Dance Theatre touring throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe, she discovered tap dancing. She has been on the faculty of Broadway Dance Center for over 20 years, as well as Steps on Broadway, Germaine teaches anyone from Broadway professionals to people who "just love to tap." She teaches at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Ed And Marymount Manhatten College. She has taught at Cap 21 and Pace University as well as throughout the US and internationally. She has gained a reputation for teaching a strong foundation of technique through rhythm elements that will carry into any area of tap dance. She assisted Tony Award Winner Danny Daniels for Broadway and National tours of "Tap Dance Kid" and has privately coached many actors including Liza Minnelli for the movie "Steppin Out." Germaine has choreographed such regional musical theater productions as 42nd Street, Anything Goes, George M!, Crazy For You, and Dames at Sea. She has performed tap in Edmonton's Fringe Festival, with the Jazz Tap Center on tour, as well as at Tap City in New York, and the Boston Tap Festival.  After years of helping others to find technique and self expression through tap dance, she has entered her own journey of self discovery through choreography with her company, Les Femmes. Les Femmes have performed in colleges, street fairs, at Tap City and at the 92nd St Y. They "delight" audiences with dances that tell stories and converse with wit and irony.
Josie Say (Guest Teacher) has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 20 years. Although her first love is acting, most of her career has been focused specifically on street/urban dance, including lindy hop, charleston, jazz, hip hop, breakin', lockin', poppin', waackin', house, shag, tap, capoeira, boogie woogie, and other African-based styles. She is the founder of Harlem Soul, a collective of dancers specializing in the swing era and beyond, co-artistic director of In Rhythm with Him hip hop ministry, and swing dance consultant for KB's Definition of Creativity. Josie has served as administrative director for Future Shock LA, a youth hip hop dance company, and is an alumnus of Culture Shock LA breakin' crew. Based in CA and NY, she is also in demand internationally as a teacher, choreographer, and performer, often working in Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Italy, Canada, Japan, and Hong Kong. Being one of the first revivalists in the early 90s and known for her blending of traditional and modern styles, Josie has influenced multiple generations of the swing dance community. Her dedication to preserving not only the dances, but the history and culture surrounding them, led her to study and work with Tony Award winner Frankie Manning. Josie is honored to carry on the tradition of lindy hop and excited to be a leader in its progression. Past gigs include Vanguard University (professor of dance/ fitness and hip hop club advisor), LA Tap Festival, Carnival: The Choreographers' Ball, videos for The Jonas Brothers and Illa J, Academy of International Dance, Helsinki Tap Festival, Homeland Cultural Center, The Museum of Latin American Art, The Walt Disney Company, World Lindy Hop Championships, Herrang Dance Camp, Capitol Records, KTLA news, The Rose Parade, and numerous films and stage shows. Furthermore, always seeking versatility and balance in her work, Josie also holds a degree in Movement and Exercise Science and certification (RYT) in hatha vinyasa yoga and Thai Yoga Bodywork.

Lynn Schwab (Teacher) 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.

Samara Seligsohn (Teacher), originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is a NYC-based tap dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in dance from Barnard College (2012), where she used her studies as a platform to explore tap dance history and choreography. Upon graduation, she studied heavily under leading dancers such as Derick Grant, Lynn Schwab, and Nicholas Young. Currently, she is a member of Nicholas Young’s SoundMovement Dance Company and Chloe Arnold’s Apt#33, and has performed with these companies at major venues such as B.B. King Blues Club, Symphony Space, and the 14th Street Y. Samara has also performed works by Derick Grant, Max Pollak, Felipe Galganni, and Leonardo Sandoval. Samara is a core member of the up-and-coming dance/music collective TREES, The Rhythm Encompassing Every Sound, which showcases collaborative choreographic and musical work. She is a recent alumna of the Jacob’s Pillow Tap Program, and a faculty member at Steps on Broadway. Samara is honored and exciting to be premiering her work at Rhythm in Motion. 

Randy Skinner (Guest Teacher) is an award winning American director, choreographer and performer. He has been nominated three times for Tony Awards and twice for Drama Desk Awards for choreography. Skinner graduated from Ohio State University and is a guest teacher at various colleges. He moved to New York in 1976 seeking dancing jobs, and Gower Champion asked him to be a dance assistant on 42nd Street in 1980. In 1985, Ginger Rogers cast him as Val opposite Karen Ziemba and asked him to choreograph a production of Babes in Arms that she directed in upstate New York and in Connecticut. His Broadway work as a choreographer includes the musicals White Christmas and State Fair. He choreographed the Broadway revival of 42nd Street in 2001 and also choreographed and staged the London, Australia and two U.S. national companies and the Amsterdam production of the musical. He has choreographed several staged productions for the City Center Encores! series, including No, No Nanette (May 2008). His Off-Broadway and regional theatre choreography work includes productions of White Christmas around the U.S., An American in Paris (2008 in Houston, Texas), Happy Days (2006 in Los Angeles), Lone Star Love (2004 Off-Broadway; 2007 Seattle), Babes in Arms (2002 at the Goodspeed Opera House), Abby's Song (1999 Off-Broadway, also directing) and Lucky in the Rain (1997 at Goodspeed).

Jason Samuels Smith (Guest Teacher) has emerged as a multi-talented leader in the Art form of Tap. He won both an Emmy and American Choreography Award for "Outstanding Choreography" for the Opening number of the 2003 Jerry Lewis/MDA Telethon in a tribute to the late Gregory Hines. Mr. Samuels-Smith most recently received the Gregory Hines Humanitarian in addition to past honors including a Certificate of Appreciation by the City of Los Angeles for creating the First Annual Los Angeles Tap Festival in 2003; a Proclamation declaring April 23rd "Jason Samuels Day" from the City of Shreveport, Louisiana; the "Ivy of Education" from Brainerd Institute; the "President Kenny Award" from Stony Brook; an Alpert/McDowell Residency Award; and an Arts International Grant among others.  Mr. Samuels Smith most recently appeared as a special guest on Fox's hit series "So You Think You Can Dance" and is currently working as a choreographer for a new reality show scheduled to debut this coming season. Films include co-starring in Dean Hargrove's "Tap Heat", a dynamic award-winning short film touring film festivals worldwide (available on DVD); Outkast's feature film "Idlewild"; and Debbie Allen's AMC television series "Cool Women" to name a few. Performances include Sammy (a tribute to the life of Sammy Davis jr.), and in a leading role of the star-studded production of Soul Possessed; the Tony Award winning Broadway cast of Bring in Da'Noise, Bring in Da'Funk in principal and lead roles; starring in the critically acclaimed production of Imagine Tap!. Mr. Samuels Smith continues to tour the US and beyond with India Jazz Suites, a dynamic collaboration with Kathak Master Pandit Chitresh Das, his own tap company A.C.G.I (Anybody Can Get It), JaJa Productions Band featuring jazz-influenced hip hop music, and Charlie's Angels: A Tribute to Charlie Parker which features some of the best women performers today. 

Lia Spirka (Guest Teacher), a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, performed with the company Tap Overload for over seven years in Southern California. She has also performed with Taps, Ltd. and DanzAlegria, and her choreography has been featured by the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance and the Orange Coast College Dance Department. She is working in collaboration with Dianne Walker on a project to teach and share the choreography of Leon Collins. Lia has learned this choreography under the watchful eye of Dianne and has been encouraged by her to continue this important work. In addition, Lia has performed under the direction of Brenda Bufalino in tributes to the American Tap Dance Orchestra, Honi Coles, Bill Robinson, and Ernest “Brownie” Brown at the Duke On 42nd Street Theater. Lia has also studied extensively with many other tap masters, including Linda Sohl-Ellison. Lia received the Rhapsody In Taps 2002, 2003, & 2004 Tap Legacy Awards. She has taught at several studios in Southern California – most recently at Momentum Dance Center prior to relocating to New York City in 2009, where she currently works at New York University (NYU).

Tony Waag (Producer/Artistic/Executive Director/Teacher) founded the American Tap Dance Foundation (formerly known as the American Tap Dance Orchestra) in 1986, along with Brenda Bufalino and the late Charles "Honi" Coles. From 1989-1995, he co-created and operated, with Ms. Bufalino, Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center which became a model for numerous tap organizations and tap studios worldwide creating, producing, and presenting various educational programs for adults and children year-round, as well as annual winter tap intensives with master classes, courses and workshops taught by leading International artists and master tap dancers. I n 2001, he renamed the organization the American Tap Dance Foundation and created Tap City, the annual New York City Tap Festival with premiere performances of all styles of tap by artists from around the world, as well as an extensive training program for adults, teens and children, city wide events, tap jams, student showcases, panel discussions, lectures and film screenings. As a performer and choreographer, he has been featured in hundreds of concert, film and television productions including appearances at the legendary Apollo Theater, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the United Nations, the Atlanta Arts Festival, the Utah Arts Festival, the Colorado Dance Festival, the Lincoln Center "Out-of-Doors" Festival, the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, PBS’s "Great Performances, a national Seagram's commercial, and in a French car commercial for Renault in Paris. I nternational appearances include USIA tours of Turkey, Poland, Cyprus, Latvia and Estonia, and recent American ambassador tours of Armenia and Romania with his production of Tap City on Tour. He has also taught and performed in Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, and Spain. Mr. Waag has received numerous grants towards the presentation and preservation of tap dance as a unique American art form. In 2002, he created the first International Tap Dance Hall of Fame honoring the contributions of legendary tap dancers by preserving their legacies for future generations to enjoy. He also created the annual Tap Preservation and Hoofer Awards, the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund, and the Gregory Hines Collection of American Tap Dance Archives which are now housed at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. I n 2009, he created and staged the touring production of “Thank You Gregory”, a tribute to the Legends of Tap Dance which can now be seen in theaters across the country. I n January of 2010, he opened the American Tap Dance Center in New York City where he currently directs on-going education and training programs for tappers of all ages and levels.
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Dianne Walker (Guest Teacher) her career has taken her to Broadway, television, theater, and numerous universities and jazz performance venues throughout the world. Ms. Walker has been awarded grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and The National Endowment for the Arts. In 1996, she represented the United States as an adjudicator for the World Tap Dance Championships, held in Dresden, Germany. In Boston, 1997, she received the "Tapestry Award" for excellence in teaching, and in 1998, she received the "Living Treasure In American Dance Award" from Oklahoma City University. Ms. Walker was a featured dancer in the movie TAP. Additionally, she was in the original Paris production of Black and Blue, and in the Broadway production, she was Assistant Choreographer/Dance Captain. At that time, she had the prestigious honor of being the only female dancer in the famed Hoofers Line with Lon Chaney, Jimmy Slyde, Chuck Green, and Bunny Briggs. She has been featured in documentaries such as Songs Unwritten... Leon Collins, Honi Coles... the Class Act of Tap, Black and Blue, and Great performances... Tap Dance in America. Ms. Walker appeared most recently in the US and international tour of Footnotes, with Savion Glover, Jimmy Slyde, and Buster Brown.

Karen Callaway Williams (Guest Teacher) the Producer of Rhythms for Ruby and the author of Gabriella’s Tap Shoes and Rhythms for Ruby (in print and audio book) is known for being both the first African-American female tap dancer and dance captain in RIVERDANCE - THE SHOW and the only African-American female tap dancer and dance captain in RIVERDANCE - ON BROADWAY. Other Broadway credits include the Tony Award nominated Duke Ellington musical PLAY ON.  She is currently featured on the cover of Flow Magazine and in the wonderful current documentary BEEN RICH ALL MY LIFE the story of the Silver Belles, having now received the honor of being a Second Generation Silver Belle. Karen has toured extensively having recently returned from Zurich Switzerland for the Zurich Tap Festival, The United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain) with the Duke Ellington Big Band, Armenia and Romania with TAP CITY ON TOUR through the Unites States Embassy, the ALL THAT TAP TAIPEI festival in Taiwan, on Canadian soil with TAP GIANTS and Tap TEL AVIV and in Beijing, China, Canada and North America with the RIVERDANCE Flying Squad and RIVERDANCE, Boyne Company. DANCE MAGAZINE heralded her as "a graceful dream with taps as happy as a song" and the New York Times called her “a gifted traditionalist with laughing eyes”. She was a featured tap solo artist with the Detroit, Toronto and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras and in ALL THAT JAZZ and the BSO HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In addition she was a soloist and special guest choreographer for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Two memorable performances were held at THE HOLE IN THE WALL GANG CAMP for Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and at the APOLLO THEATRE with the Silver Belles for President Bill Clinton. In addition to performing, Ms. Williams has established herself as a prominent tap instructor teaching statewide on a weekly basis. Her teaching history includes Spelman College, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Poly-Prep Country Day School, PPAS in Manhattan, NJPAC Dance Academy, NYC Dance Alliance, national and international tap festivals, dance camps, master classes and enrichment programs. Look for the upcoming release of her third children's book “Gabriella and the Tap Dance Floor. All books are available on Amazon.com.

Gabe Winns (Teacher) is from San Diego, CA, where he began dancing at the age of 11. Since then, his love for dance hasn’t stopped growing. He first began his professional career as a tap dancer at the age of 13 as a featured soloist on the television show “America’s Most Talented Kids.” For the past five years he has toured with the critically acclaimed stage show Tap Kids, and continues to perform and teach with them, both nationally and internationally. Since moving to New York City, he has worked with many dance companies, including Dorrance Dance, Rumba Tap, and SwingFX, and will continue to share his love for the art form as often as he can.

Cartier Williams (Guest Teacher) Hoofer, Choreographer, Filmmaker and Performer who hails from Washington, D.C., began his tap dancing career at the age of four. Cartier learned his first tap steps from his grandmother Audrey Williams. At the age of six Cartier performed a piece choreographed by Mýa Cartier won Apollo Kids at The prestigious Apollo Theater Distinguished as one of The Apollo Theater's youngest "Apollo Legends". Later that year Cartier was invited to the Kennedy Center Honors along side Robert Downey Jr.  Mr. Williams  studied at The Washington School of Ballet under the tutelage of Mary Day. When he was 10 years old, Cartier Co-Starred with Tap Legends Buster Brown, Jimmy Slyde and Dianne Walker in the International tour of FOOTNOTES. Cartier consider it a blessing to have danced and shared the stage with tap pioneers and masters Peg Leg Bates, The Nicholas Brothers, and Gregory Hines. He has appeared on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW, THE TONIGHT SHOW, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, and CNN. He has performed for 2 U.S. Presidents, and in 1998 Co-Starred in the PBS Special: In Performance at The White House with President Clinton. He toured the U.S. and Japan in the Tony Award Winning BRING IN 'da NOISE, BRING IN 'da FUNK, Co-starring with Savion Glover.He has performed at The Joyce Theatre, New York City Center as well as the L.A Kodak Theatre where he performed The AFI Awards: A Tribute to Tom Hanks. Other appearances include a performance at Usher's birthday bash in New York City performances for the FCC, The CIA, The State Department and Department of Justice. Now 20, Cartier is currently performing his latest production A BEAUTIFUL CHAOS  which is slated to tour in 2011 created by Cartier and two New York Film Academy friends Matt Denoma and Max Schiano. He is collaborating with Harold Cromer on a new work which will premiere in Spring 2011.  He is a student of The New York Film Academy. As a Filmmaker Cartier has written, directed and produced: Phone Bait, The Violinist, and My Love Awaits. He's appeared in Spike Lee's Film Bamboozled. Cartier also performed at The Opening of the Cannes Film Festival for Moulin Rouge. He released his first Instructional DVD:  CARTIER WILLIAMS' HOOFING WITH THE BASICS in March 2010.  

Nicholas Young (Guest Teacher) 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.