Artists in Residence

 

ATDF's Artist in Residency Program is one of the Foundation's newest initiatives, and one that steers the organization towards its goal to build an international home for tap artists in New York City.

Introduced in 2011, the program coincided with the opening of ATDF's current home the American Tap Dance Center. Now that the Center has become a vibrant hub of activity, the residency program serves as the anchor where a new generation of tap dancers have the resources they need to create, meet other dancers, enjoy studio space and ultimately present and showcase their work. In a field long defined by a nomadic existence, the American Tap Dance Dance Center and residency program provides the diaspora of artists a legitimacy and stability not traditionally available. For ATDF, the artist residency program operates as a service to the field.

Dancers/Choreographers of note (past & present) have included Chloe Arnold, Brenda Bufalino, Michelle Dorrance, Derick K. Grant, Max Pollak, Jason Samuels Smith, Caleb Teicher & Nicholas Young.

ATDF's Artist in Residence Program supports emerging, mid-career and master professional tap dancers recognized for their unique vision and personal style. Artists receive weekly studio space (an average of (4) hours from mid-September to the end of June to support their creative process, create new work and mobilize their on-going activities and career.

The ATDF is also dedicated to nurturing a creative environment for artists to connect, explore and share their talent with other artists, students, ATDF faculty, the local community and the general public. 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 resident artist contributes to educational activities at the American Tap Dance Center by teaching special master classes in our Year-Round Adult, Teen & Youth Programs, 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 apply to this program visit: AIR Application Form

 

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". (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

 

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.


For more info visit: www.vikasarun.com

  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!

 

Brenda Bufalino A mixed-genre artist: Dancer, Choreographer, Author, and Ceramicist: Ms. Bufalino performs, lectures, and teaches master classes throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She has appeared as a guest soloist in such prestigious arenas as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Kennedy Center, the Doris Duke and Joyce Theater, in NYC. As a performance artist, monologist, singer and tap dancer, her one-person shows, “Cantata & The Blues”, “Journal of a Woodpecker,” “Unaccompanied,” and “Tapping Against the Wind,” have been performed in prestigious venues, Nationally & Internationally from l983 to the present. In l975 she produced and directed the award-winning documentary, “Great Feats of Feet…portrait of the jazz tap dancer,” featuring Charles “Honi” Coles and the Copasetics. The duet concert of, “Coles and Bufalino” toured Internationally for 8 years. In l986 Ms. Bufalino created The American Tap Dance Orchestra. The ATDO’s concert, stage and film highlights include among others: The PBS special “Great Performances/ Tap Dance in America with Gregory Hines,” “NYC Town Hall,” “The Joyce Theater,” and “Dance Theater Workshop.” International appearances include performances in Germany, Rome, and a State Department tour of Eastern Europe. The National Endowment deemed two of her choreographies, “Buff Loves Basie Blues,” and “The Haitian Fight Song” American Masterpieces. She re-created her composition “Jump Monk,” for “Dorrance Dance,” performed by the company at City Center. She continues setting her choreography on National and International companies and is a mentor to many outstanding tap dance choreographers and performers. A writer of essays and numerous articles, Ms. Bufalino wrote the forward and afterward for the reissue of “Jazz Dance.”

She has been awarded numerous National Endowment Fellowships and is a NYFA Fellow. Ms. Bufalino has been honored with the “Flobert Award” the Tap City “Hoofer and Hall of Fame Award” The Dance Magazine Award.” And the prestigious Bessie Award, all for Life Time Achievement.   Visit: brendabufalino.com  Visit: Brenda's Blog  Photo by Lois Greenfield

 

Christina Carminucci, born and raised in New Jersey, is a New York City based tap dancer. She began her training with the American Tap Dance Foundation's Tap City Youth Ensemble and has studied extensively under the mentorship of Derick K Grant.  Christina is a Cum Laude graduate from Pace University (2016) with a BBA in Arts and Entertainment Management and can be seen performing, choreographing, and teaching throughout NYC. She has appeared in works by legends Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Brenda Bufalino, and Jason Samuels Smith, to name a few. Additionally, this proud Jacob’s Pillow Tap Program alumna has danced with a number of notable companies including Michelle Dorrance’s Dorrance Dance and Sarah Reich's Tap Music Project. Over the past few years Christina has performed throughout the NYC area both in acclaimed venues, including the Duke on 42nd, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New Victory Theater, and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and on reputable award show stages, including the New York City Capezio A.C.E Awards and the 2016 Bessie Awards.

“Nucci” has worked internationally as an ensemble member of Christopher Erk’s Tap Factor performing on board the #1 rated cruise ship in the world, the MS Europa 2. As an emerging, young choreographer, Christina co-produced the contemporary sister act, On That Note, and, most recently, she debuted her first original one-woman show When the Smoke Clears at the Triad Theater in NYC. Passionate about sharing her love and knowledge of the art form, she currently teaches at the American Tap Dance Foundation, where she is in her fourth season as an Artist in Residence, and is on faculty at Steps on Broadway. 

christinacarminucci.com

 

 

Felipe Galganni, is a tap dancer, teacher, and choreographer known for his unique ability to blend tap dance as an American art form with his Brazilian roots. For the past 15 years, Felipe has taught at the best dance schools in Brazil, New York and worldwide. He is currently a faculty member at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and the American Tap Dance Foundation.

 

 In addition to being a member of the New American Tap Dance Orchestra, directed by Brenda Bufalino, Felipe often develops new choreographic work with his own company. In 2017, Felipe created and premiered the concert TAP&TOM, under the musical direction of Brazilian Maestro, Carlos Bauzys. TAP&TOM IS a tribute to the music of famous Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos (TOM) Jobim. In 2018 Felipe received the distinguished Machado de Assis Medal for his efforts in disseminating the Brazilian culture in the USA.

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, Birdland, The Duke on 42nd Street, New Victory Theater, and others.

For more information visit: felipegalganni.com 
Photo by Caio Gallucci

 

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". 

 

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 www.MargaretMorrison.com

 

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.  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 is the 2008 recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Choreography.  Visit: Rhumba Tap   Photo by Lois Greenfield

 

Ramita Ravi is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer based in NYC. Raised in Pittsburgh, she grew up training and competing in styles ranging from contemporary and tap to Classical Indian Dance. She recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Health & Societies and Education Policy. Upon graduation, she pivoted from her academic path to pursue dance full-time.

Currently signed with Clear Talent Group, highlights of her career include SYTYCD, Viceland, NOWThis, Lincoln Center, ClassPass Live and more. Most recently, she toured with Mystic India: The World Tour. As a choreographer and producer, she has set work for Buzzfeed, Spotify, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She has also taught guest classes at Broadway Dance Center, Columbia University, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and more.

For more info visit:
www.ramitaravi.com

 

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.                     

 

Dolores Sanchez is a sought after performer, choreographer and teacher. Well versed in tap dance, capoeira, contact improv, and street jazz. She has served as faculty at the American Tap Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center, Steps On Broadway, and Broadway Dance Center.

She has been an Adjunct Professor At Pace University in The Commercial Arts Dance Program and a Guest Teaching Artist at Hope College. Dolores Has Performed with Chloe Arnold, Michelle Dorrance, Ali Bradley, Joseph Webb, Jason Samuels Smith, Sam Webber, Dianne Walker and Derick K. Grant. She has been a member of Chloe Arnold’s company, Apt. 33, was a 2018-2019 recipient of a New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Residency, and is the founder and director for her NYC based company, The Dolo Project.

She is currently an Artist in Resident with the American Tap Dance Foundation.

For more info follow @lolataps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tamii Sakurai is a tap dancer based in New York City. She is an Artist in Residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF). Her close affiliation with ATDF started as a founding member, then the dance captain, and now one of the rehearsal director of Tap City Youth Ensemble, a performing youth tap ensemble of ATDF.

Tamii has also had the privilege of working with numerous leading tap companies such as Brenda Bufalino’s “New”American Tap Dance Orchestra, Michelle Dorrance’s Dorrance Dance and Caleb Teicher’s Caleb Teicher and Company. She studied Mathematics and Dance at Hunter College, where she has developed her style of teaching tap dance incorporating numbers and visuals. In 2016, she has made her Off Broadway debut in STOMP. She has concluded her run in STOMP the following year, though she may be seen periodically performing as an alumni.

For Tamii’s new works and teaching/ performing schedule, please visit: tamiisakurai.com

 

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.

 

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 the American Tap Dance Center and Steps on Broadway.

 

Caleb Teicher is a NYC-based dancer and choreographer specializing in American dance traditions and musical collaboration.

Teicher began his career as a founding member of Michelle Dorrance’s critically acclaimed tap dance company, Dorrance Dance, while also freelancing in contemporary dance (The Chase Brock Experience, The Bang Group), swing dance (Syncopated City Dance Company), and musical theater (West Side Story International Tour and London).

Since founding Caleb Teicher & Company (CT&Co) in 2015, Teicher’s creative work has expanded to engagements and commissions across the US and abroad including The Joyce Theater, New York City Center, the Guggenheim Museum (NYC and Bilbao), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Over the next year, Caleb’s work will be presented in over a dozen cities across the United States.

Teicher is known for his choreographic collaborations with diverse musical talents: he’s created full collaborations for CT&Co with world-champion beatboxer Chris Celiz and composer/pianist Conrad Tao; performed as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center; recorded percussion and sang duets for television with Ben Folds; and most recently choreographed Regina Spektor’s residency on Broadway.

Caleb is the recipient of a 2019 New York City Center Choreographic Fellowship, two Bessie Awards,a 2019 Harkness Promise Award, and a 2019 NEFA National Dance Project Production Grant. His work has been featured by The New York Times, NPR, Forbes, Vogue, Interview Magazine, and most recently, as the cover of Dance Magazine’s September 2019 issue.

Caleb continues to engage with dance communities as a teacher for international tap and swing dance festivals.

 

 

Award winning actor, dancer, and poet Joseph Monroe Webb has showcased his talent in a number of performances throughout the years including the Tony Award winning Broadway production, Bring in 'Da Noise Bring in 'Da Funk with notable tap dancer, Savion Glover.  Following his Broadway success, Webb ventured into acting an appearance in the Martin Scorsese film Bringing Out The Dead, and appeared in numerous print and television ads. He has also performed on talk shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Live with Regis and Kathy Lee.  Webb decided to pursue another artistic interest and formed his own band, The Joseph Webb Quartet. Their music is a blend of hip-hop, jazz, soul, tap dance and spoken word. He is a Maryland Distinguished Scholar, one of the National Foundation For Advancement in the Arts Level I awardees, and a Presidential Scholar. Joseph is a 2001 graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater Arts. Joseph Webb is a Full Time Lecturer at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY, and has been on the staff of Harlem School of the Arts for the past six years. He also was a special guest artist at the 25th Anniversary of Gala Des Etoiles Dance Gala in Montreal Canada in September 2008. Most recently Mr. Webb and his band was apart of the Red Hook Festival in Brooklyn, NY.  So far in 2009 he has been a guest teacher and performer at the 2009 D.C. and L.A. Tap Festivals and a special guest artist at the 2009 Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington, Delaware and executed a stellar performance at the Tap City Concert in NYC which was reviewed by the New York Times. He is currently in the cast of Thank You Gregory which is touring the United States. Understanding that his talent and achievements are attributed to more than his commitment and contribution to the journey, Webb gives thanks for that which has no name but can only be felt, that which has neither beginning nor end.

 

Nicholas Van Young is a dancer, musician, choreographer, and a 2014 Bessie Award recipient. He began his professional career at age 16 under Acia Gray and Deirdre Strand with Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, Texas, eventually rising to principal dancer and resident choreographer.

 

Since moving to New York he has performed with Manhattan Tap, RumbaTap, Dorrance Dance, and Beat the Donkey; he has toured as a drummer for Darwin Deez; and he spent almost a decade performing with STOMP, where he performed the lead role and acted as rehearsal director. Young tours both nationally and internationally teaching and performing at various tap festivals, and founded Sound Movement dance company and IFTRA, the Institute for the Rhythmic Arts.

He is thrilled to have found a home with Dorrance Dance, co-creating and developing ETM: Double Down, and the Guggenheim Rotunda Project, both collaborative efforts with Michelle Dorrance.