Artists in Residence

Our Artist in Residency Program supports professional tap dancers recognized for their unique vision and personal style. Artists receive weekly studio space to support their creative process, create new work and mobilize their on-going activities and career.


The ATDF is dedicated to nurturing a creative environment for artists to connect, explore and share their talent with other artists, students, ATDF faculty and the community. The ATDF encourages artists to pass on a tradition. A tradition of teaching, learning, exploring and then passing it on to the next generation.  ATDF programming is designed to connect the tap professional to our student body. Each artist contributes to the Tap Conservatory by teaching special master classes, making guest appearances in ATDF events and performances and by creating and placing new contemporary choreography on the Tap City Youth Ensemble. The ATDF steward's innovation, fosters exploration, provides support and resources and provides a forum for each artist to reach his or her full potential as a working professional in the field. To learn more about this program contact Tony Waag at:

Chloé Arnold 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". ( 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:

Vikas Arun is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher from Seattle where he trained at Premiere Dance Center and the Alchemy Tap Project under Josh Scribner, Melissa Farrar, and Carolyn Farrar. At age 16 he was featured in Dance Magazine after winning Jared Grimes’ Run The Night alongside Josh Scribner. He then moved to New York to pursue a degree in Engineering at Columbia University while cultivating his dance career.

In New York, Vikas has established himself as a sought-after dancer in tap, contemporary, and Bollywood while graduating summa cum laude and being named a Robert Gartland Fellow at Columbia University. He has had the pleasure of working with numerous prestigious choreographers including Emmy nominees Chloe Arnold and Anthony Morigerato, Jeff Award winner Jared Grimes, MacArthur Genius grant winner Michelle Dorrance, and many others. His performance credits include TV shows such as Good Morning America and So You Think You Can Dance, commercials for J. Crew and Vogue, movies such as Breaking Brooklyn, musicals such as 42nd Street, public performances to sold out crowds at Lincoln Center, and private performances for esteemed corporations such as Univision. You can watch him on stage with Mystic India: The World Tour, and in print as the first South Asian ambassador for Capezio.

In addition to performing, Vikas travels across the world as a teacher and choreographer. You can catch him teaching consistently in New York City at Broadway Dance Center and across the world with over nine different festivals, conventions, and intensives. He has choreographed for Buzzfeed and Spotify and his choreography has been written about in major newspapers such as Columbia Magazine and The Hindu. He is honored to have a small role in training the next generation of dancers and constantly strives to bring his energy and passion into the classroom.

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Jason E. Bernard is a native New Yorker from The Bronx, New York. He began experiencing theater at the age of four and began his Tap training at the age of six at The Ruth Williams Dance School and The Dance Theatre of Harlem.

At the age of 17 Jason made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-Winning musical Bring In Da' Noise, Bring In Da' Funk. In 2000, Jason made his feature film debut in The Spike Lee Film Bamboozled as J. Bunny.  

Jason has had the honor of dancing alongside Gregory Hines in The Showtime Original Movie Bojangles. He also toured the world for ten years with the international dance show Riverdance in addition to briefly joining its Broadway cast.

Jason was featured in two productions for Cois Ceim Dance Theatre, Dodgem, and Boxes, both in Ireland. Most recently, he was featured in the Broadway production After Midnight (Cotton Club Parade).

Utilizing his extensive knowledge of the theater, Jason directed and was the wardrobe supervisor for Kris Johnson's Jim Crow's Tears. He has had the honor to learn from the masters of the art of Tap dance, and is truly privileged to teach the art all over the world!

Alexandria “Brinae Ali” Bradley has an interdisciplinary approach in using the power of the arts to uplift and inspire the human spirit. Through heredity and the mentorship of her father Alfred Bruce Bradley, Mable Lee, Dianne Walker, and others, Bradley has been studying performing arts since the age of 3 years. After all the early exposure of professional shows and opportunities to share the stage with pioneers and legendary artists, Bradley decided to moved to New York and pursue her career. While attending Marymount Manhattan College as a theater major in acting, she was blessed to work and train professionally in Savion Glover’s tap company Tii Dii. In 2004, Ali began working on her solo performance showcasing her vocals, compositions, dance, and poetry. She has performed at Ashford and Simpson’s Sugar Bar, Bowery Poetry Club and Joes Pub with Reg E Gaines, and at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA in George Faison’s adaptation of Bubblin’ Brown Sugar starring Diahnn Carroll. She also performed at Witzigman Palazzo in Hamburg, Germany for 4 months as a solo vocalist and dancer. Ali has recorded vocals singing on Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets childrens album, songs called “Butterfly am I” and “We are One”. Once returned back to the U.S., Ali moved to Philadelphia in 2005 to further enhance her solo career while teaching and organizing arts programs. She began managing artist and producing shows through Tapology Tap Festival for Youth which is a family based non-profit organization in Flint, Michgan, and created her own Philadelphia based program called Sound and Movement, LLC, funded by the Art and Change Leeway Foundation Grant.


In 2008, Ali debuted one of her original compositions Stono Rebellion, a tribute to the Africans who fought for freedom and rebelled against slavery in South Carolina in 1739. She was selected as an evolving choreographer in the Harlem Stage’s E-Moves 9 showcase of professional dancers and choreographers. She also toured Canada and the United States in Roxanne Butterfly’s World Beats: Journey of the Migrating Sole as a dancer and vocalist. She is also an award winning playwright, garnering Best Short Play at the 2011 Downtown Urban Theater Festival for her one woman show called Steps. As a teacher she has been an adjunct professor teaching tap at Queens College and Long Island University and was honored to be a panelist along with Germaine Ingram and Dianne Walker at Columbia University as apart of the jazz studies lecture series moderated by Jacqui Malone. Ali has been a teaching artist in residence at the Carol Morgan School in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Young Audiences of New Jersey, and the Carr Center in Detroit.

While doing philanthropic work in the community of Philadelphia, Ali landed a principle role in a show called Cotton Club Parade produced by City Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York directed by Warren Carlyle and Wynton Marsalis. Additionally she was casted as a member of the off-broadway show STOMP. A feature tap dancer in Gerri Allen's Great Women of Jazz at the Apollo sharing the stage with Dianne Reaves, Lizz Wright, Terri Lynne Carrington, and Tia Fuller. She was the 1st tap dancer to be invited to the University of Pittsburgh 43rd Annual Jazz Concerts and Seminar featuring Ravi Coltrane, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and great line up of jazz all stars. Currently she serves as a board member for Flint Red Ink Local 432 ,program director of Beyond Words, and artistic director of Destination Forever,LLC. Her debut album called Destination Forever: Vol.1 which encompasses original compositions created through sounds of tap, song, and poetry was awarded the “Vox Populi” meaning Voice of the People Award by the Independent Music Awards in the Urban EP Category. As a choreographer she was recently commissioned by Harlem Stage for their E-Moves Dance Series to create a piece called Black Matter. She uses the essence and influence of James Baldwin and his ability to articulate the struggles of Black Americans. Through Afro futuristic, spirituality, and traditions, this journey of music and expression explores stigmatism and social injustice issues that still exist today. Brinae Ali and a company of dancers and musicians celebrate the innovators and freedom fighters by tapping into the higher consciousness of ourselves that vibrates with the universe while healing from the traumatic experiences of our past. Her latest accomplishment was joining the cast and becoming the assistant dance captain of the Broadway show Shuffle Along: the 1921 Sensation and All That Followed directed by George C.Wolfe and choreographed by Savion Glover.

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.
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Christina Carminucci, born and raised in New Jersey, is a NYC based tap dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She began her training in NYC with the American Tap Dance Foundation's Tap City Youth Ensemble while also studying heavily under the mentorship of Derick Grant, Barbara Duffy, and Michelle Dorrance. Since then she has performed in works by Brenda Bufalino, Jason Janas, Derick Grant, Felipe Galganni, Leonardo Sandoval, Samara Seligsohn, and Tony Waag, and has danced with companies including Michelle Dorrance’s Dorrance Dance and Chloe Arnold’s Apartment 33. Over the past few years, Christina has performed throughout the NYC area in acclaimed venues including the Duke on 42nd, New Victory Theater, and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). She has most recently appeared at both the New York City Capezio A.C.E Awards and the 2016 Bessie Awards, and can now be seen performing as one of the newest members of the historic Cotton Club’s Sophisticated Ladies. Christina, a proud alumna of the Jacob’s Pillow Tap Program, currently teaches at the American Tap Dance Foundation where she is also in her first season as an Artist in Residence. She graduated Cum Laude from Pace University (2016) with a BBA in Arts and Entertainment Management, and, along with teaching, is focused on developing her own works and creating her own artistic voice in the dance community. 

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: & Visit: Michelle Photo by Matthew Murphy

Felipe Galganni, tap dancer, teacher, and choreographer, is known for his unique style and versatility in blending tap dance as an American art form with his Brazilian roots. Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Felipe Galganni started his training in dance and theater at the age of 9. 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 such great names on the tap scene as Tony Waag, Max Pollak (Rumba Tap), Chikako Iwahori, Lynn Schwab, Ray Hesselink, Michelle Dorrance, and Derick K. Grant. He has also studied under the master Brenda Bufalino and recently performed in one of her newest works.

In the nearly 15 years of his career, Felipe has taught at the best dance schools in Brazil, New York and worldwide. He is currently a faculty member at several well-known studios in New York City including Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and the American Tap Dance Foundation. He is also honored to have helped Joffrey’s artistic director, Jo Matos, create the Joffrey Ballet School’s Tap Spectacular in Miami, FL, for which he was instrumental in everything from creating the program’s curriculum to auditioning all applicants, as well as teaching at this now annual program. Felipe is currently focused on his teaching and choreography as a means of revealing the unique Brazilian influence in his expression of tap dance. He also develops his own work with his Company in New York City. Regarding his 2014 piece “Fuga”, The New York Times writes, "...Felipe Galganni juxtaposed the precision of tap with the curvaceousness of capoeira, the Brazilian martial art. As two crouching, cartwheeling capoeiristas and six tappers wove through one another to Baden Powell's 'Berimbau,' their musicality was contagious." Felipe has performed at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Joseph Papp's Public Theater (Joe's Pub), The NY Summer Stage, The Citigroup Alvin Ailey Theater, The Cotton Club, The Metropolitan Room, The Bronx Museum, The New York City Center, Lavo NYC, Arlington Club, The Duke on 42nd Street, New Victory Theater, and others.

In the fall of 2016, Felipe was accepted to the fourth consecutive Emerging Choreographer Series 2017 (ECS#4) presented by Queens-based performance company Mare Nostrum Elements (MNE) and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC). As a participant in this prestigious series, Felipe choreographed a new work, which he will perform in February 2017 in the ECS Showcase as its premiere.  Felipe is also currently preparing for his production of another new work, a tap dance concert: “TAP&TOM,” which premieres in April 2017. For more information


Susan Hebach 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". 

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.

As a performer, teacher, choreographer, and Tap Dance Ambassador, Kazu Kumagai is dedicated to spreading the art of tap around the world. As an Artist in Residence of the American Tap Dance Foundation he promotes the mission of the art of tap dance through community outreach nationally and internationally.

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Lisa La Touche 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.  


Margaret Morrison 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

Max Pollak, 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.

Visit: Rhumba Tap   Photo by Lois Greenfield

Charles Renato was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He began tap dancing at the age of 6 years old at CBS (Brazilian Tap company) located in Sao Jose dos Campos. At 14 he began teaching tap dance that lead to him win awards all over Brazil. He has won awards for Best Dancer at the Joinville Dance Festival and the TV Globo challenge show (2009 & 2010). In 2008 Charles joined the cast of "Sinatra Blue Eyes" the musical in Lisbon, Portugal. Renato was also a member of the "KS Tap Company" which is responsible for bringing together highly sought after teachers from all over Brazil to perform. Charles spends his free time giving workshops and choreographing for many tap companies through out Brazil and America. He was invited to teach at the LA Tap Fest, DC Tap Fest, Tap City in NY, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, North Carolina Tap Festival, Portland Tap Festival and many others. Charles Renato was invited to produce and create a section in one of the most prestigious event in Brazil called Carnaval. Since then he has been nominated for best choreographer of Desterro festival and Festidança in Brazil that has lead up to him teaching in America. Most recently he moved to NYC and has been working with Apt 33 directed by Chloe Arnold and performed with Michelle Dorrance and Dorrance Dance.              

Renato has also recently been directing the Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble (MYTE), and teaching at Metropolitan School of Arts in Virginia. He also directed Apt 33’s new video “I’m not afraid” choreographed by Chloe Arnold. Since he moved to NYC he has been teaching at Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway.                    

At the moment Charles is Artists Resident at American Tap Dance Foundation and he is also going for a international tour passing through Bermuda, Mexico, United Kingdom and more.

NYC born and bred Ana Rokafella Garcia has represented Hip-hop dance over the past two decades and co founded Full Circle Prod Inc- NYC's only non-profit Break Dance Theater company with her husband veteran Bboy Kwikstep, generating evening length theater pieces, a monthly dance party known as "Behind The Groove", and a documentary highlighting the Bgirl lifestyle entitled All The Ladies Say which premiered at Lincoln Center's Dance on Camera Film Festival. As her alter ego "La Roka" she performs her original music based on her experiences growing up in Hip-hop's Mecca  She is hired internationally to judge Break dance competitions based on her mastery of the classic Hip-hop dance style and teaches unique workshops aimed at evolving and preserving its technical and cultural aspects. The NYC public and private schools, as well as local community centers present her workshops to aspiring dancers as part of mentorship programs. Presently she is an adjunct professor at The New School University, a year round dance instructor with Brooklyn Academy of Music and was a member of the NYC Bessie's Dance and Performance Awards selection committee. She has been featured in pivotal Rap music videos, tours, film and commercials as well as choreographed for diverse festival concerts such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Rokafella is a multi faceted Hip-hop artist who references street and Latino culture as her foundation.

Dolores Sanchez, affectionately Known As "Dolo", is a professional Tap dancer well versed in Street Jazz, Contact Improv and Capoeira. She has served as faculty and guest faculty at Peridance Capezio Center, Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. She has also had the pleasure of being a part of the adjunct faculty at Pace University for the Commercial Arts Dance Program and as a guest teaching artist for the Hope College Dance Department. Dolores has had the pleasure of performing for artists such as Chloe Arnold’s company Apt.33, in Rhythm in Motion, for Joseph Webb's NYC Company debut, Dancing Buddhas, and in Ali Bradley’s work titled “Black Matter.” She is a current member of Chloe Arnold's Company Apt. 33. She has performed at the Duke on 42nd Street, Harlem Stages, Thalia Theater, Symphony Space, the Producers Club, Playhouse Square, the Bitter End, and for Queretaro, Mexico's Cultural Exchange Program.









Photographer: Raydene Salinas 

Tamii Sakurai 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, Derick K. Grant and Caleb Teicher, 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. Every two or three years, she visits her homeland to teach workshops and produces shows with her company. In 2014, she graduated in from CUNY Hunter College with BA in Mathematics and Dance. Two years later, she has had the honor of joining the cast for the long-running Off-Broadway show STOMP. As she has finished her contract with STOMP, she is currently focused on creating new works and teaching rhythms more in depth. Tamii is extremely thankful for her grandfather for introducing her to tap dancing, and she continues dancing as a tribute to him.

Leonardo Sandoval hails from Piracicaba, Brazil, and studied tap, ballet, jazz and hip-hop with Heloaldo Castelo Silva, Steven Harper, and Christiane Matallo among others. He also studied at Debbie Allen’s Summer Intensive, the LA Tap Fest, and at the School at Jacob’s Pillow. In Rio de Janeiro, Leo co-founded the tap company Cia Carioca de Sapateado, as well as working with other companies there. He also appeared on many TV and stage shows. In 2012 he was a finalist on Q’Viva! The Chosen, a talent show hosted by Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, broadcast worldwide.

Since moving to New York, Leo has performed with Dorrance Dance, Chloe Arnold’s Apartment 33, and recently appeared in New York (Danspace Project, Tap City, Rhythm in Motion), the Jacob’s Pillow Festival, Chicago (Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World), Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Brazil, Belgium and Germany. He has also been a guest faculty at the Broadway Dance Center. Leo is particularly interested in bringing Brazilian rhythms and music to tap dance, and is collaborating with other dancers, musicians and visual artists, with a desire to push the boundaries of Tap.

Lynn Schwab is 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, 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. 

Bessie Award-winner Caleb Teicher is an acclaimed tap dancer, musical theater performer, and choreographer based in New York City. He has been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine, Dance Studio Life, and was included in Dance Magazine's 2012 "25 to Watch" list. He is currently represented by McDonald Selznick Associates (MSA). Caleb is currently a member of Michelle Dorrance's Dorrance Dance, Syncopated City Dance Company, and The Chase Brock Experience. He has also danced for choreographers Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Cartier Williams, Geoffrey Doig-Marx, Igal Perry, Richard J. Hinds, and others. In October 2011, Caleb received a Bessie Award for Outstanding Individual Performance for his work in A Shared Evening at Danspace Project (choreography by Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards). Other work in dance includes the touring production, Tap Kids, as well as One Second Past The Future, a program at Joe's Pub by Camille A. Brown and Dancers. Caleb made his debut as a performer and choreographer for musical theater in the NYC Fringe Festival production of The Seed of Abraham (director Sally Burtenshaw). Other performance credits include The Music Man at Riverside Theatre (director/choreographer Vince Pesce), the International Tour of West Side Story (director/choreographer Joey Mckneely), and Singin' In The Rain at Gateway Playhouse (director Rick Conant, choreographer Kelli Barclay), and Irving Berlin's White Christmas at Westchester Broadway Theatre (director/choreographer Randy Skinner). Caleb's choreography has been showcased at The Duke on 42nd Street, Symphony Space, Joe's Pub @ The Public, Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center in Miami, the Wheatland Music Festival, Choreographer's Canvas (2012), BC Beat (2013), and many other venues. He most recently finished, "The Most Wonderful Time", a choreographic commission for Chicago Tap Theatre. Caleb has also worked on the creative team of several projects. In addition to his work with the NYC Fringe Festival, he served as Choreographer Assistant to Sarah Reich for the short film, Nostalgia, and most recently was a Creative Team Alumni Fellow for the inaugural YoungArts Los Angeles event. He also created choreography for Julia Ogilvie's solo show, Freckle and Burn, as well as for Elizabeth Tryon's cabaret, There's A Phantom In My Opera. Caleb is also a Creative Director of YoungArts TakeOne. Caleb Teicher began his dance training at the age of 10 with Jennifer Dell, and was strongly influenced by his mentor David Rider. He is an alum of the School at Jacob’s Pillow and of the NFAA’s YoungArts program, for which he was a Silver Award winner in dance. Caleb has been an instructor at numerous dance and music festivals (2011 Beat Retreat, 2011/2013 Gypsy Jam, 2012 Wheatland Music Festival, 2013 Earful of Fiddle Camp, 2013 Big Apple Tap Festival), and he has taught private lessons and group lessons at various studios in New York City.

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.