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Guillem Alonso (Teacher & Dancer in the Tap Awards) was born in Barcelona in 1973. At the tender age of nine he owned his first pair of tap shoes. Receiving various grants from the Catalan government (Spain) he studied tap dance in New York, where he was taught by famous dancers such as Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Savion Glover and others.

In 1993 he won 1st prize at the World Tap Championship in Switzerland organized by the International Dance Organization. Later on he toured across the USA and Europe with several of the best American tap companies, the American Tap Dance Orchestra, Manhattan Tap, Tap Collective from New York and Steps Ahead from Los Angeles.

Guillem lives in Barcelona where he has worked in various shows such as Keatoniana, New Orleans Jazz & Tap, and Sax Tap. In 1999 he was invited to perform at the Goya Spanish film awards. He also performed and created numerous works for El Nas Vermell show and the Scandal tap dance company. Further credits include choreography for the show That’s Jazz, created for the opening of the new theatre Scenic Barcelona. Whilst at home, Guillem organizes and leads weekly tap improvisation sessions, Tap Jam at the Cova del Drac. He is also the founder and director of Barcelona Rhythm Tap Company.

During the seasons 2000-02 he was tap soloist in the successful production of Fire Of Dance, touring Poland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands, Hungary, Slovakia and Belgium. He choreographed tap solos and duets, one of those being the captivating Sand dance. This is a style of dance that he has performed with many companies and is becoming one of his trademarks.

Guillem is a member of Camut Band tap and percussion company, where he was one of the creators of their most recent show La Vida Es RitmeLife Is Rhythm, in which he continues to perform. It has enjoyed success in dance festivals in Edinburgh (Scotland), Toronto (Canada), New Haven (USA), Greenwich (Great Britain) and Tàrrega (Spain). For the month of September 2001 the show was on Broadway (NY) and performed at the New Victory Theatre.

As a leading member of the tap community Guillem has introduced and motivated a new generation of tap dancers in Barcelona.

Brenda Bufalino (ATDF Artistic Mentor & Teacher) is a mixed genre performer.  As a Tap Dance soloist, and choreographer/director of The American Tap Dance Orchestra, she has performed and taught Internationally for over 25 years.   Her collaborations with her partner and mentor the great Charles ‘Honi’ Coles, has infused her with the essence of the form that she now shares, with her stories, teaching, and dances.  

Her International guest appearances, master classes and One Person Shows have influenced the next two generations of tap artists, and she is still creating new experimental and traditional tap works and performances.  She has performed solo and with her company “The American Tap Dance Orchestra” at all the major venues; Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Joyce Theater, The Kennedy center and major theaters across America and Europe and appeared with her company on PBS "Tap Dance in America with Gregory Hines." 

As an international Master Tap Teacher, Mentor and Lecturer she was instrumental in the creation of Tap Festivals, which are still thriving throughout the world. Ms. Bufalino has been awarded several National Endowment for The Arts Awards.  She has been awarded: The Flobert Award, The Tapestry Award, The Tap City Hall of Fame Award, and The Dance Magazine award, all for outstanding achievement and contributions to the field of tap dance. 

She has created many DVD’s, and CD’s, which along with her memoir "Tapping The Source," and her poetry book “Circular Migrations,’ published by Codhill Press, are all available on her website: BrendaBufalino.com

Photo by Lois Greenfield

Roxane Butterfly (Teacher & 2016 Hoofer Award Recipient) Sought after for her exceptional improvisational skills, tap dance artist Roxane Butterfly has been a leading figure on the world tap stage for the last two decades (both in America and Europe). Very first woman to win a Bessie Award (1998) in the history of tap, she represents a direct link to the generation of her mentors, the Original Hoofers. She is known to constantly push the art-form further while passing on the knowledge of her masters. Baptized “Butterfly” by legendary Jimmy Slyde in the early nineties, she is the only European woman who has had a recognized tap career in America and to have received high marks of artistic distinction such as a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2006).  In the New York of her youth, she was  fortunate to dance with some of the most famous musicians in the world such as George Benson, James Carter, Stanley Jordan, Roy Haynes, Phil Woods, Benny Powell, Les Paul... to name just a few of them.... She was a featured soloist with the New York Virtuosi Orchestra, Stamford Philharmonic, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra... and was invited to numerous festivals like Jazz à Toulon, The Nice Jazz Festival, Festival d' Un Monde á L' Autre (Lyon, France ), Clifford Brown Jazz Festival (USA), Nuits D ́Afrique at Kola Jazz (Montreal), and world-music stage : (ex) her Djellaba Groove Project opened the renowned GlobalFest at the Public Theater (NY 2006), Summerstage (Central Park 2006), Lincoln Center Outdoors (NY 2007) etc ... Such experiences have attracted to her the interest of music critics who have compared her to musicians as exemplary and diverse as jazz legendary John Coltrane and king of minimalism Steve Reich. She was also fortunate to collaborate throughout two decades with the pioneering and critically acclaimed production of Tamango ́s Urban Tap. A ground-breaking choreographer whose works have been as diverse, applauded or controversed, Roxane has brought tap to many international dance festivals and venues such as the American Dance Festival in Durham (2004), Harkness Dance Festival (NY, 2005), ImpulsTanz in Vienna (Austria, 2002), DanceSalad (Houston 2002), Institute del Teatre (Barcelona 2010) etc ....She is the only woman of her generation who has led a worlwide solo-career under her own name, presenting original work in Africa, the Middle-East, Europe, South and North America, Asia and the Caribeans. Her multiple achievements include teaching at universities, lecturing at world-dance conferences and music-ethnology panels, publishing in dance and music magazines in french and english, coaching actors and dancers such as Pablo Veron (Tango Lesson 1997), appearing in films and multi-media projects (notably the world-touring video-dance-installation SLOW DANCE by David Michalek), radio, television, directing and choreographing for commercials (: HSBC commercial, Istanbul 2007) etc... In 2005, she attracted to Barcelona American funding to work on her celebrated flamenco-tap fusion project Djellaba Groove and to form her first European tap-company. Since then, her influence has left a deep mark in the Barcelona tap-landscape where she runs the Jimmy Slyde Institute tap program in her own studio, (founded in 2010).  She is collaborating with various world-known artists such as Japanese Taiko drummer Leonard Eto and recently performed their new work at the Acropolium of Cartagena in Tunisia.

Photo: Jo Kemp

Christina Carminucci (Dancer in Tap Treasures), born and raised in New Jersey, is an up and coming NYC based tap dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She began her professional training in NYC studying with Derick K. Grant, Barbara Duffy, and Michelle Dorrance. She trained and performed with the American Tap Dance Foundation's Tap City Youth Ensemble in 2012, and is also an alumna of the Jacob’s Pillow Tap Program 2014. She has performed in works by Derick K. Grant, Michelle Dorrance, Chloe Arnold, Brenda Bufalino, and many others. Christina has performed as a part of Dorrance Dance in showcases including the Downtown Dance Festival, NYC and Rhythm in Motion. Last summer, she performed in Samara Seligsohn's and Felipe Galganni's self-produced "My Better Half."  Christina assisted Chloe Arnold for a semester in Pace University’s Commercial Dance Program, and currently is a guest teacher at the American Tap Dance Foundation. She is a recent 2016 graduate from Pace University with a BBA in Arts and Entertainment Management. Christina is currently focused on developing her own work and creating her own artistic voice in the dance community. 

Ayodele Casel (Teacher) is a native New Yorker and began her professional training at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is also a graduate of The William Esper Studio in NYC. Hailed by Gregory Hines as “one of the top young tap dancers in the world today,” Casel has made quite a mark on the tap dance world. Her work as a choreographer has earned her commissions from Aaron Davis Hall/Harlem Stage and the Apollo’s Salon Series, where she presented “Diary of a Tap Dancer.” She has performed at The White House, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and Off-Broadway in Savion Glover’s Downtown: Live Communication. Ms. Casel also co-choreographed and was featured on PBS’ “Rodgers and Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty.” She has been creating and presenting her own works since 1999 in venues that include The Apollo, New York City Center’s Fall For Dance, Aaron Davis Hall/The Gatehouse, The Lisner Auditorium, Lincoln Center “Out of Doors,” Symphony Space, Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop, The Triad Theater and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. Ms. Casel has appeared on the cover of Dance Spirit, American Theater Magazine, and The Village Voice. She has worked and performed with the greatest tap dancers and companies including the late great Gregory Hines, Jazz Tap Ensemble, American Tap Dance Orchestra and Savion Glover as the only female in his company N.Y.O.T.s. (Not Your Ordinary Tappers). Her work has been presented nationally and internationally and she continues striving to make Tap Dancing a relevant presence in the arts. Ayodele was most recently seen performing in Savion Glover’s STePz at The Joyce Theater and tours the country regularly on faculty with LA Dance Magic. www.ayodelecasel.com

Michelle Dorrance (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 Duffy (Teacher) Barbara' s 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 OutofDoors, NYC, the University of Richmond , the Tanz Haus Theatre in Dusseldorf, Germany, Jacob’s Pillow and with Tony Waag’s 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 Foundation’s prestigious “ Hoofer Award “ in July, 2013 and National Tap Day Committee’s “ FloBert Award” in May, 2015.


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.

Photo: Julie Lemberger

Felipe Galganni (Teacher & Dancer in Tap Treasures) Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Felipe Galganni started his training in dance and theater at the age of 10. 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 given tap dance lessons at the best schools in Brazil, as well as worldwide for such well-known studios as Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and the American Tap Dance Foundation in New York City. He is also honored to be auditioning and teaching the summer program of the Joffrey Ballet School in Miami-FL. He has worked as a choreographer in shows and movies. 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 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, and others. As a Team Leader of New York’s Tap City festival, Felipe was interviewed by NBC Channel 4 in 2014.

Follow:  Instagram: @galganni - FB : fb.com/galgannitap - Twitter: @FelipeGalganni

Ana "Rokafella" Garcia (Dancer in Tap Treasures) is a NYC native who has represented Hip-hop dance professionally over the past two decades. She cofounded Full Circle Prod Inc- NYC's only nonprofit Break Dance Theater Company with her husband veteran Bboy Kwikstep. Together they have generated theater pieces, poetry, a documentary highlighting the Bgirl lifestyle entitled "All The Ladies Say" and original music based on her experiences growing up in Hip-hop's Mecca. 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 multifaceted Hip-hop artist who references street and Latino culture as her foundation.

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". 

Ray Hessilink (Teacher) is a Director/Choreographer living and working in New York City. Ray has presented choreography at various festivals and venues around NYC.

Ray specializes in creating character driven choreography and excels at comedic storytelling through dance. Ray loves to make people laugh! As a dance instructor, Ray has had the privilege to help train the children who performed in Broadway's Billy Elliot: The Musical.

Ray is on Faculty at Juilliard, Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway in NYC. He also coaches actors privately. Ray holds a B.A. from the School of Theater at UCLA.

Richard James (Dancer in Tap Treasures) is a Panama native that grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn where his dance style had been deeply influenced by his culture and the people that surrounded him. He studied at Alvin Ailey, Broadway Dance Center, and also was a part of a few Hip Hop dance troupes where he was able to expand his technical and Hip Hop training. Currently, James can be spotted touring with international house/dance music artist Crystal Waters (Gypsy Woman) and Venezuelan Artist Mpeach, and in various music videos for artist such as Madonna and Rye Rye. You can also spot him in the new Tallia Orange 2015 Fall Men's Suit Print Campaign. 

Kwikstep, (Dancer in Tap Treasures) known as DJ-KS 360 on the turntable, is an internationally known Hip hop dancer/ choreographer/ poet/ actor and hand percussionist. Kwikstep (DJ-KS 360) began dancing at the age of 8. He started working his way up from the local parties then the clubs and later started touring the world as a Hip hop dancer. He later ventured into theater and production where for more than 15 years has contributed to pushing the standards of a new genre called Hip-Hop theater. Kwikstep (DJ-KS 360) founded a crew he called Full Circle in 1992. In 1996 Kwikstep and his wife B-girl Rokafella established Full Circle as an internationally acclaimed non- profit Hip hop collective known as Full Circle Productions INC, its members are known as Full Circle Souljahs.

Michela Marino-Lerman (Teacher & Copasetic Boat Ride Jam Host) 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.

Ted Levy (Teacher & 2016 Hoofer Award Recipient), tap dancer and Broadway performer and choreographer, was born Ted Lewis Levy in Chicago, Illinois. His mother was a chorus dancer at the famed black-owned Club DeLisa, and he was trained at an early age in the rhythm-tap tradition of the renowned Sammy Dyer (who choreographed the 1939 Broadway musical The Swing Mikado). Levy was "discovered" by Dianne Walker and members of the Copasetics when they performed in the 1985 Chicago production Shoot Me While I'm Happy. He made his Broadway debut in the musical Black and Blue (1989), in which he was a featured dancer in "Butter and Egg Man," choreographed by Fayard Nicholas. The musical megahit won a number of Tony Awards, including one for its four choreographers-- Cholly Atkins, Henry LeTang, Frankie Manning, and Nicholas. On television, Levy was awarded an Emmy for his television debut performance in the PBS Special Precious Memories, and he made his film debut in Spike Malcolm X (1992). That same year saw the production of Ted Levy and Friends; directed by Gregory Hines, it was a celebration of Levy's tap artistry. Influenced by Hines, Levy made his directorial debut in 1994 as director of Savion Glover's Dancing Under the Stars at the New York Shakespeare Festival's Delacorte Theater. In 1993, Levy collaborated with George C. Wolfe and Gregory Hines on the choreography for the Broadway production of Jelly's Last Jam, for which he received a Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award nomination, and Outer Critics Circle Award.

A versatile theater artist skilled in acting, sing, and tap dancing, Levy directed the workshop production of Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk. When that show, directed by George C. Wolfe, became a smash hit, with a planned move to Broadway in 1996, Levy was charged with recruiting and training young dancers in Savion Glover's hard-hitting rhythm-tap style. In February 1997, eight male students were enrolled in the first three-month course in which Levy taught them the rhythm-tapping styles of such masters as Lon Chaney, Chuck Green, and Jimmy Slyde, who had described the tradition as "the art of sound."

In 2001, Levy appeared with Gregory Hines in the television movie Bojangles. That same year, he returned to Broadway as Papa Jack in Susan Stroman and Harry Conick Jr.'s Thou Shalt Not. In 2010, Levy performed in A Night at the Cotton Club with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra.

Source: Constance Valis Hill, Tap Dancing America, A Cultural History (2010)

Reggio McLaughlin (Teacher), better known as Reggio, "The Hoofer" has traveled all around the world, contributing to the preservation of authentic and traditional tap dance. As a dancer starting in the subway of Chicago, he brought smiles to the faces of many commuters and developed his unique and extraordinary style of footloose and fancy free hoofing. Now he is a Chicago tap icon. IIn the early 90's through "Urban Gateways", an award-winning educational institution for the performing arts, Reggio's talent and educational program was introduced to schools, museums and libraries. Recognized by Chicago's "Gallery 37" he was the first tap instructor to be included in its after-school program that provides job training in the arts to youth. After 20 years of dancing, Reggio has amassed a remarkable catalogue of achievements. His energetic style of hoofing has been profiled on educational television programs such as Channel 11's Center Stage sponsored by Illinois Arts Council, Art Beat Chicago, Inside Kentucky Schools, numerous news highlights, magazines, and books. Reggio has danced on Broadway and is now appearing in four documentaries, Juba "Masters of Tap", partnering with the legendary Ernest "Brownie" Brown. His feet are featured dancing to the documentary narration about the famous singer, Nat King Cole, Gallery 37 a Portrait of Chicago Youth and Vanishing Act. He played principal roles in the theater version of the Sammy Davis Jr. Story and two Duke Ellington Musicals, Jump for Joy and Beggar's Holiday. Reggio has taken audiences on an exciting journey through the sounds of his feet in other countries such as Japan, Canada, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Venezuela and Finland. In 2004 he was a recipient Of the Illinois Art Council Master/Apprentice Award. Today Reggio continues to travel nationally and internationally as a tap dancer, choreographer, instructor and educator. He creates special art programs for Chicago's Department on Aging, Global Roots OutReach for children in low income schools and performs at the children hospital. He is the producer and writer of his annual Christmas Show called The Nut Tapper - a unique, spirited, exhilarating and multicultural percussive variation of the classic ballet from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. The Nut Tapper is a swinging recreation of this popular holiday classic with fascinating rhythms of Tap, Spanish Gypsy Flamenco, Mexican Zapateado, Appalachian Clog etc. Reggio is currently filming a instructional video and a new documentary highlighting his friendship and dance relationship with the legendary 91 year old Ernest "Brownie" Brown. Reggio continues to contribute to the rise of tap dancing to a status of recognition and admiration.
Jason Mills (Teacher) is a Drummer, Producer, Composer, Engineer, Studio Owner, and Teacher who has been living and working in New York City for the last 21 years. Originally from Loudoun County, VA, he was hired in 1995 to be part of the NYC cast of the Off-Broadway show STOMP, and has worked on and off with the show ever since in its lead role. In addition to thousands of shows at the Orpheum Theater in NYC, he has visited 12 countries on 5 continents with STOMP, and stars in the DVD version of the stage show: "STOMP Live". Other highlights included a 1996 performance on the 68th Academy Awards, and the privilege of musically directing & choreographing STOMP's 2013 performance of "Cecelia" alongside Paul Simon on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon", which made Fallon's "Best Of Musical Performances".

 

Jason Mills has also Performed and/or Recorded with: Beetroot, Mobb Deep, The Dan Band, Sasha Dobson (Norah Jones, Puss n Boots), Aloe Blacc, Liminha (Os Mutantes, Gilberto Gil), Ivete Sangalo, Marivaldo Dos Santos, Daevid Allen (Gong, Soft Machine), Brinae Ali, Two Dark Birds, Candice Anitra, The Love Machine Project, America, Katy Steele, and more... 

He recently launched the beat-making video series YUMMY SOUNDS with his eight-year old son, Aubrey, and fellow longtime STOMP cast member John Sawicki, and is currently scoring the short film "Origami", written and directed by Paul Burger.

Deborah Mitchell (Teacher) proudly celebrates 19 years as 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 New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, The Duke on 42nd Street, Tilles Center, Princeton and NJ Symphonies and the Joyce. She is producer of the NJTAP Touring Tap Boot Camp and participates annually in festivals such as New York City Tap Festival, St. Louis Tap Festival, Bay Area 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-Purdue University, Ms. Mitchell is a strong advocate for arts education. As a Principal Affiliate of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center 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. Ms. Mitchell is author, director and choreographer of the Doll Shop, an Arts in Education musical specifically developed for school age children grades K-5th. An extension of her work with the NJ Tap Touring Ensemble is NJTAP2 the pre-professional division of the company serving young artists ages 12-17. These young artists tour the state presenting the popular Generation Tap, an arts education musical appropriate for grades K-8th.    Ms. Mitchell served as Chairman of the Tap Department of Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts, Montclair, NJ for 8 years, is on the advisory Board of Tony Waag’s Tap City in NY, is Assistant Director/Choreographer for Theater Workshop/Peppermint Players, Marie Foster and a proud second generation Silver Bell, Geraldine Kennedy, Founder.  Ms. Mitchell’s dedication, commitment and contribution to the art form has resulted in numerous awards, honors and citations.  On 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 and in July 2007, she received The Hoofer Award from the American Tap Dance Foundation.  She is one of the many subjects included in Tap Dancing America, A Cultural History by Constance Valis Hill.  Most recently, she received the 2012 Living Legend Award in Flint, Michigan for her extraordinary contribution to the art form of tap dancing.

Margaret Morrison (ATDF Education Advisor/Teacher) is a rhythm tap soloist, playwright, and researcher who performs and teaches across the US , Europe and Brazil . This year, she wrote, starred and tap danced in her first play “Home In Her Heart,” which ran for eight months in New York City.

Margaret completed her MFA in Dance through the American Dance Festival/Hollins University and is committed to creative performance projects, scholarly research, and writing that explores gender, race, social meaning, and history in tap dance. She is developing several new theater works, including one on Bert Whitman of the Whitman Sister’s Troupe; she contributed several essays on tap for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism and the Dance Heritage Coalition; her research paper "Juanita Pitts: Gender, Race, and the Female Hoofer" is forthcoming. 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.

Tap Man Myers (Dancer in Tap Treasures) feels that dance is his life. He started his career at his mother’s dance school in 1988 and has trained in Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern, Fitness, Latin, Ballroom and African for the last 28 years. Tap Man has had the opportunity to perform for various professional artists such as Mya, Imajin, Missy Elliot, Jason Samuels-Smith and Maurice Hines. He has under-studied at "Stomp" and performs across the world inspiring many.

Max Pollak (Teacher & Dancer in Tap Treasures),a prestigious name on the international tap and world music scene, is the only non-Cuban member of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Cuba’s famous Rumba ambassadors. A Hoofer Award winner, Bessie Award nominee, NYFA Choreography Fellow, critics and peers worldwide acknowledge his superior musicianship and his highly individual style called “RumbaTap” - a pioneering blend of Afro-Cuban song and dance with American tap and body music.

 

His innovative a cappella vocal arrangements received critical praise in The New York Times. Originator of Cuba’s first tap festival, he has been teaching and performing there since 1998. Among others, he worked with Gregory Hines, Buster Brown, Jimmy Slyde, Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera, Chucho Valdés, Lila Downs, Ray Brown, Phil Woods, Paquito D’Rivera, Heather Cornell, Manhattan Tap, Tamango, Roxane Butterfly, Rod Ferrone.

He has performed as soloist with members of the Vienna, Berlin and New York Philharmonic, London and Montreal Symphony, St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, Les Violons Du Roy and more. Many internationally acclaimed composers have written orchestral works expressly for him. He is a recording artist, published writer, Sarah Lawrence College faculty, and artist-in-residence at American Tap Dance Foundation. He also makes a great Apfelstrudel... www.mxpllk.com

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 (Teacher) is a performer, choreographer and instructor who 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 was named one of the “25 To Watch” in the 2009 Dance Magazine article.

Ever since, Sarah has been sought after to perform, choreograph, and teach in over thirteen countries outside of the United States including France, Spain, China, Brazil, Costa Rica, Argentina, Honduras, Belgium, Canada, Sweden, Croatia, Taiwan, and Australia. Sarah was most recently seen on Season 11 of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance with Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies and returned as the Winner of the Dance Crew Battle from Episode #1 to perform live on the show. With her own company, Tap Music Project, she choreographed and performed at the Ford Amphitheatre, UCLA’s JazzReggae Festival and the LA County Holiday Celebration. Sarah was also a performer at Madison Square Garden for the opening of the NY Knicks 2013-2014 season.

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.

 

For more information: www.sarahreich.com

Charles Renato (Teacher) was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. He began tap-dancing at the age of 6 at the Brazilian tap company CBS and hasn’t stopped since.

Charles has won several renowned awards throughout his career including Best Dancer of the Festidança Festival (2004) and the Joinville Dance Festival (2002), the latter considered to be the largest dance festival in the world by the Guinness World Records (2008). He was also the winner of the "Tap in Rio Challenge” in 2007 and of a Brazilian network TV Globo Challenge Show in 2009.

Charles was the co-creator of “Brazilian Roots,” which performed at the Rhythm World 2008 – Chicago Human Rhythm Project and he has performed in various cities around the world such as Lisbon, where he joined the cast of the musical “Sinatra – Blue Eyes.” Back in Brazil, Renato was a member of the "KS Tap Company," directed by Kika Sampaio, which is responsible for bringing together the most sought after teachers of the nation.

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 Melonie Buchanan, Fransisco Martinez, and Dominic Walsh.

Since moving to New York City in 2005, Courtney has had the opportunity to study with and/or perform choreography by Michelle Dorrance, Derick K. Grant, Barbara Duffy, Brenda Bufalino, Jared Grimes, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Melinda Sullivan.

She is one of Mable Lee’s Dancing Ladies, has performed in a number of Tap City and Tap Extravaganza performances, Jared Grimes’ Broadway Underground and is a member of the C3 Tap Cooperative. She can be seen in the April 2010 issue of Dance Spirit magazine.

Courtney is the American Tap Dance Foundation’s Education Assistant/Registrar and a faculty member in the Year Round Youth Program, and she is currently the Assistant to the Choreographer on Cirque du Soleil’s newest show “Banana Shpeel” at the Beacon Theater in New York City.

Leonardo Sandoval (Teacher and Dancer in Tap Treasures) 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.

Germaine Salsburg (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.

Lynn Schwab (Teacher/Co-Director, Choreographer of Tap it Out & Dancer in Tap Treasures) 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 (Dancer in Tap Treasures), 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.

Randy Skinner (Teacher & Dancer in Tap Treasures) 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).

Melinda Sullivan (Teacher & Dancer in Tap Treasures) In 2009, she played Zoe Finn in the American soap opera As The World Turns. The following year, she finished 9th place in the seventh season of the U.S. version of So You Think You Can Dance. Melinda has also toured with Emmy-Award winner Jason Samuels Smith's A.C.G.I. tap company, which blends an improvisational style with tap dance choreography.

Recently, Melinda's dancing and choreography on her work "Gone" won Dance Teacher magazine's Capezio A.C.E. Award and its $15,000 production budget to create a show in New York. "In weathered boots and dresses that could have crossed the plains in a covered wagon, six tap dancers not only drill it down with their feet, they use their full bodies to convey loss and grief", wrote Dance Magazine. "'Gone' is a moody work that blends the drama of modern dance with the heart-pumping thrill of rhythm tap." The magazine named her among the "25 to Watch" for 2013. An expanded version, Gone: A Sound and Theater Project, debuted at New York's Ailey Citigroup Theater on August 5, 2013, with a new score by Nikos Syropoulos. The Melinda Sullivan Dance Project has also been featured at the Pasadena Dance Festival, Dance For LIfe Palm Springs, and most recently at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT).

Ms. Sullivan is on facultly at Trudi Zipper Dance Institute at The Colburn School, and travels the US with New York City Dance Alliance (NYCDA).

Caleb Teicher (Teacher & Dancer in Tap Treasures) is a NYC-based dancer/choreographer. A 2011 Bessie Award Winner for Outstanding Individual Performance and one of Dance Magazine’s 2012 “25 to Watch”, his favorite performance credits include Dorrance Dance (founding company member!), The Chase Brock Experience, Syncopated City Dance Company West Side Story Int’l Tour, Irma La Douce at City Center Encores, A Shared Evening (Michelle Dorrance & Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards), and many others. Currently an artist-in-residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation and CUNY Queens College, he creates and presents work under the banner of Caleb Teicher & Company. Caleb also works as the Associate Choreographer to Chase Brock on theatrical productions (Gigantic Off-B’way, Be More Chill at Two River Theater, and the upcoming Golden Lotus for Broadway Asia), and he has been a guest instructor at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, The Juilliard School, and many other festivals and institutions. www.CalebTeicher.net 

Tony Waag (Producer/Artistic/Executive Director) 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. In 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. www.tonywaag.org - Photo by Lois Greenfield

Karen Callaway Williams (Dancer in Tap Treasures) 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. 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. In addition to performing, Ms. Williams has established herself as a prominent tap instructor teaching statewide on a weekly basis.