Staff/Faculty Biographies

Tamisha Anthony (Guest Teacher) is the illustrator and designer of Puffed Sleeves, a custom paper-goods company She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Visual Arts from Rice University and her Master’s Degree in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Tamisha currently works as a freelancer in NYC for various clients. She sells her paper goods and products at Renegade Craft Fair, Brooklyn Flea, and Artists, Fleas, and on Etsy. She is also a teaching artist at the Harlem School of the Arts, teaching visual arts classes to children.

When not doodling, you can find Tamisha enthusiastically swing dancing around NYC. She was part of the championship-winning "Yeah Man" dance team at the 2015 International Lindy Hop Championships, attended the Herrang Swing Dance Camp in Sweden in 2015, and  has taught swing dancing around NYC with partner Craig Fuchs.

Chloe Arnold (2019 Hoofer Award Recipient/Guest Teacher/Artist in Residence) Emmy Nominated Choreographer, was discovered at a young age in Washington, DC by Debbie Allen. Chloe's choreography has been featured on hit television shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, Good Morning America, The Ellen Show, The Talk, and over 30 episodes of The Late Late Show With James Corden. Chloe landed her recent Emmy nomination for one of Jame's Corden's most popular segments known as Crosswalk The Musical. This one in particular, was the show's first ever Crosswalk The Musical On Broadway with Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and Zendaya featuring The Greatest Showman. With Chloe paving the way and carving out Syncopated Ladies' own place in the industry, they have garnished over 50 million views online, receiving praise from Beyonce, Whoopi Goldberg on The View, as well as many other celebrities and news outlets around the world. Some of their credits include The Ellen Show, Good Morning America, So You Think You Can Dance, Global Citizen Week, New York Fashion Week, Essence Fest, Imagine Justice (featuring Common, J Cole, and Andra Day), Glamour Women of the Year Awards, Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative at the US Open, CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, The Women in the World Summit, Democratic National Convention, Beyonce's Ivy Park Launch at Top Shop London, and many more. In 2018 Chloe was named one of LeBron James’ “The Strongest”, a campaign featured in Essence to celebrate his 16th Nike Sneaker Release, was on The Root 100 list, and featured in Shonda Rhimes and Microsoft’s “Language of Leadership” panel discussion.

Maud Arnold (Guest Teacher) Known as one of “Tap’s Leading Ladies” and cover girl for Dance Spirit magazine’s Tap issue, Maud Arnold is a member of the female tap band, Syncopated Ladies, widely known for viral videos that have accumulated over 50 million views. The most successful being their tribute to Prince and their cover of Beyoncé’s Formation, which Beyoncé shared on all of her social media and then hired Syncopated Ladies to perform at her Ivy Park active wear clothing line launch at TopShop, London. Maud also performed live with Syncopated Ladies on ABC's Good Morning America, The Ellen Show with Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D and sold-out concerts in Los Angeles, Dubai, New York City and Washington, DC, receiving rave reviews in The New York Times and more. Maud has quickly become a sought after teacher, judge and performer worldwide. Mentored and trained by Debbie Allen, Maud has taught at Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles and Allen’s Dance Institute in Texas. Further to teaching in the USA, Maud has taught tap dancing and Afro-Funk in Dubai, Brazil, Japan, Spain, Haiti, United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Croatia, Ukraine and Russia. Maud’s other Television Credits Include: BET Experience: 106 and Park, The Late Late Show With James Corden, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Switched at Birth, Secret Talents of the Stars as a featured dancer with Mya, The Today Show and Syncopated Ladies winning Season 11 of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance: Dance Crew Battle. Maud can be seen in national commercials and print ads for Toyota, GAP and CANTU and has worked with Beyoncé on several commercials and music videos. Maud is the co-director and producer of the critically acclaimed DC Tap Festival, pioneering new experiences for dancers and artists worldwide and with her sister Chloé Arnold they were recognized by the US House of Representatives as arts preservers and ambassadors. Maud is also a female entrepreneur that holds a degree from Columbia University and oversees Chloe and Maud Productions and their many entities including their clothing lines: I LOVE TAP and UniLove as well as their tap dance workshops, after school programs, and youth tap company, #NoFilter: Sole Talk. Maud exudes her passion for tap dancing with her high energy, fun and action-packed dancing.
Megan Bartula (Teacher) Born and raised in Rochester Hills, Michigan, Megan Bartula stepped into her first dance class at the age of 4.  A tap enthusiast from the start, her early beginnings soon spread to include intensive training in ballet and jazz at Deborah's Stage Door Center for the Performing Arts, where she spent 10 years as a member of their national award-winning competition team.  While completing a liberal arts degree at the University of Michigan, Megan was an executive member, dancer, and choreographer for the Michigan Rhythm Tap Ensemble. 


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

Jason Bernard (Teacher/Artist in Residence) 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, Dodgems, 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!
Racheal Binney (Teacher) is tap dancer based in New York City with experience at the regional, national, and global level. Rachel began dancing at the age of six in Brewster, NY where she trained extensively with Nicole Aravena until age fifteen. Since, she has been mentored by Sarah Reich and assists her at workshops and festivals across the US. She has had the great pleasure of studying under the art form’s leading professionals in master classes and tap festivals around the world. In 2008, Rachel was invited to join the US Tap Team to compete as a member in the World Tap Championships in Riesa, Germany. She has attended for eight consecutive years during which she has obtained three gold medals. Rachel has made performance appearances at SLIDE with Mike Minery and Anthony Morigerato, the New York City Tap Festival,  the Lovett Foundation Film "Tap" with Jason Samuels Smith, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, and the NYC debut of Sarah Reich's Tap Music Project. Currently, she is a teacher at Thrive: The Essence of Dance in Monroe, CT and the American Tap Dance Foundation.
Alexandria “Brinae Ali” Bradley (Guest Teacher/Artist in Residence) 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.

Bruce Bradley (Guest Teacher) is a Flint, MI native, a graduate of Alabama State University and an artist educator who began as a self-styled dancer inspired by the cultural and social influences of rhythm, blues and jazz.  Bradley excelled to the professional ranks in the hit Off Broadway musicals "One Mo Time" and "Stagger Lee".  After studying under the tutelage of the late tap great LLoyd Storey, he joined him in the world tour of the hit Broadway musical "Black and Blue".  Bruce believes tap dancing crosses all racial, economic, social and cultural divides, allowing us as human beings to celebrate the infectious rhythms of life.
Frances Bradley (Guest Teacher) began her training under the guidance of her father, Bruce Bradley, at Creative Expressions Dance Studio. At 12, she won Amateur Night at Showtime at the Apollo with a female tap group, The Stepettes. In 2004 she was an ensemble member in the off-Broadway musical, Bubblin’ Brown Sugar directed and choreographed by George Faison, starring Diahann Caroll in Atlanta, GA. In 2009, Frances was selected to train with world-renowned performer, Savion Glover for a year at his newest dance studio, The Hooferz Club. Frances was recently casted in the dance musical, Noah Racey’s Pulse: The Beat of Song and Dance, directed by Jeff Calhoun which premiered at Asolo Theater in Sarasota, Florida. She also was a performer for the Samsung Galaxy S4, Unpacked presentation at Radio City Music Hall. She has been a featured tap soloist for international touring company, Illstyle and Peace Productions and performed for notable venues such as: Black Girls Rock! and Soul Tour at SOB’s in NYC and Cartier Williams’ Rhythm Refix at Joe’s Pub in NYC.
Brenda Bufalino (ATDF Artistic Mentor/Teacher) As a soloist, and choreographer/director of The American Tap Dance Orchestra, Ms Bufalino has performed and taught Internationally for over 30 years.   Her collaborations with her partner and mentor the great Charles ‘Honi’ Coles, and her many performances with Gregory Hines, The Nicholas Brothers, and the many giants of tap dance has infused her with the essence of the form that she now shares with her stories, teaching, and dances.   Her own experimental work, with taps, electronics and poetry has 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.  For the State Department the ATDO toured Eastern Europe introducing the newly democratic theaters to the world of Tap Dance.  With her company she appeared in the PBS special Tap Dance in America...with Gregory Hines. Ms. Bufalino has been awarded several awards from the National Endowment for The Arts.  The NEA deemed two of her choreographies for the ATDO, American Masterpieces.   Her choreography has been performed by several noted companies, most recently her piece "Jump Monk," was performed by Dorrance Dance at City Center,NYC. Her two books: the memoir "Tapping the Source...Tap dance, stories, theory and practice" and a book of poems "Circular Migrations" have both been published by Codhill Press, and her recent novella "Song of the Split Elm,' is published by Outskirts Press. She has been awarded: The Flobert Award, The Tapestry Award, The Tap City Hall of Fame Award, The Dance Magazine, and the prestigious Bessie Award, all for outstanding achievement and contributions to the field of tap dance. Photo by Lois Greenfield
Elizabeth Burke (Guest Teacher) is a Chapel Hill, North Carolina native and proud alumna of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, with whom she spent eleven seasons. As an ensemble member, Burke served as a choreographer and performed extensively throughout the United States at venues such as the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Tap City: The New York City Tap Festival, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the Southeastern Tap Explosion in Atlanta, GA, as well as in Finland, Canada, Mexico, and Germany, where she made her international debut as a soloist. She also had the opportunity to collaborate and choreograph with Jim Ketch and the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and her work was presented at the University of North Carolina’s Memorial Hall and at the Durham Performing Arts Council. She also performed in conjunction with Merge Records and their 20th anniversary “Merge with Motion” performance at the Carolina Theater in Durham, NC, where her choreography and solo work was presented, and she has collaborated with the Mallarme Chamber Players and their Orchestra. Shortly following her relocation to New York City to pursue her education at Marymount Manhattan College and professional tap career, Burke was featured on the December, 2010 cover of DanceSpirit Magazine as “Tap’s Fresh New Face,” and in the Spring, 2011 publication of Marymount Manhattan College’s ArtFusion News. As a founding member of Dorrance Dance, Burke has performed with Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards in “A Shared Evening” as part of PLATFORM 2011: Body Madness, Part 2 – Rhythm & Humor curated by David Parker at the Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, at Radio City Music Hall, at the Inside/Outside Stage at Jacob’s Pillow, and the Beantown Tap Festival. Other performance credits include Elon University with Michelle Dorrance and Luke Hickey, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, at which her choreography has been presented, Symphony Space in New York City, the Third Coast Rhythm Project in San Antonio, TX, the Los Angeles Tap Festival, Hoofin’ Ground in Charlotte, NC with Matthew Shields, the Tap Extravaganza, Summerstage 2011, and the Pulse Convention in New York City, as well as the North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival with Michelle Dorrance and Martin “Tre” Dumas, among other dancers. Burke has also taught tap at various studios and locales in the Carolinas, including Elon University, Guilford College, and the South Carolina Tap Intensive, aside from assisting Gene Medler, Dianne Walker, Brenda Bufalino, and other master teachers at various festivals nationally.
Emma Butensky (Teacher) A native New Yorker, Emma Butensky began studying tap with Susan Hebach at age 7. An original member of the Tap City Youth Ensemble, she had the opportunity to perform in a variety of different venues including Symphony Space, the Duke on 42nd Street, the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, MeTV (Nickelodeon), and City Center. She was also a featured dancer on Angelina Ballerina. In the summer of 2012, Emma was the youngest member to be selected for the second ever Jacob's Pillow Tap Program. She performed in December 2012 with this group in “Juba! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In May 2018, Emma graduated from Vassar College. While there, she was President of Vassar's largest dance group, Vassar On Tap, and produced eight tap shows. Emma has attended numerous tap festivals around the country and studied under masters such as Michelle Dorrance, Nicholas Young, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Sarah Reich, Lisa La Touche, Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Derick Grant, Jason Samuels Smith, Max Pollak, and Cartier Williams. Emma is currently a head teacher at Building Bridges Preschool, a drummer for the band The Bad Hombres, and is pursuing an M.S.Ed in Early Childhood Education at Bank Street College. She is a 2014 Young Arts Winner in tap.
Christina Carminucci (Teacher/Artist in Residence), 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. 
Liz Carroll (ATDF Studio Operations Manager) is a tap dancer working in the New York/New Jersey area. She discovered rhythm tap at fifteen years old, when she began working with Ms. Deborah Mitchell as a member of NJTAP's pre-professional youth ensemble. After three years with the youth company, she was invited to join the professional company as an ensemble member and dance captain, with which she's performed at the Duke on 42nd St, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Rutgers University, Ocean County College, and SOPAC, among other prestigious venues. She is a principal member of Maurice Chestnut's 'Dance Therapy' and an apprentice to Emmy-Nominated Chloe Arnold's Apartment 33. She has travelled to learn from today's top performers at dance festivals across the country, studied under Cartier Williams in Cartier Williams Dance Theatre, with which she's performed in venues such as Macy's Herald Square. Liz has taught and performed internationally at Hot Taps, SCVTHS Tap Intensive, and the Tap Dance Festival UK. She is a member of the Chloe and Maud Productions team and aids with the production of the DC Tap Festival. 
Ayodele Casel (Guest Teacher), a 2017 Hoofer Award Reciepient, tap dancer, choreographer, and teacher noted for representing the new generation of high-heeled and low-heeled women in tap, was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1975, and of Puerto Rican heritage. Raised by her mother, Aida Tirado, her father, Tayari Casel, was a renowned martial artist from Chicago. She spent her formative years in Rincon, Puerto Rico, where she listened to the Puerto Rican Salsa orchestra El Gran Combo and singers Hector LaVoe and Celia Cruz. Her rhythmic sensibilities were etched by the music of Salsa--a mixture of Spanish and African music based on the son--and Afro-Cuban Latin jazz, which includes meringue, songo, son, mambo, Timba, bolero, charanga, and cha cha cha. She returned to New York City in 1990 and in the Fall of 1995, in her sophomore year in the Undergraduate Acting Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, she began the study of tap dance with Charles Goddertz. One year later, she met and befriended Baakari Wilder, who began showing Casel tap steps, took her to tap jams at Fazil’s and Deanna's, and introduced her to Savion Glover who, impressed with her tap dancing, invited Casel to be the only female dancer in his fledgling company Not Your Ordinary Tappers (NYOT). In a performance with the company in Savion Glover/Downtown, Casel was the first woman to be partnered by Glover in the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers' styled "Cheek to Cheek." But it was her own solo, set to a tango with original music arranged by the band, that showed her off as a rhythm-savvy soloist.


Hailed by the legendary Gregory Hines as “one of the top young tap dancers in the world,” Casel has been creating and presenting her own work with the production of Ayo! (1999, Triad Theatre on 72nd Street), tap dancing with a Latin band that included Joe Medina (violin), Sammy Galvez (flute and vocals), Gil Suarez (piano), James Guevarez (timbales), Danny Del Valle (congas, vocals), Edward Iglesias (trombone), and Wilson Aponte (vocals and small percussions). She continued a career as a soloist, in 2007 she starred in Rob Kapilow's work for tap and classical music entitled Paddywack: A Tap Dance Concerto" performed at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. In 1999, she appeared in The Rodgers & Hart documentary film Thou Swell, Thou Witty, as well as performing in Roxane Butterfly's Beauteez ‘N the Beat at The Supper Club in New York. She also performed in T.A.P.P. - The Art and Appreciation of Percussion (2000), with the Jazz Tap Ensemble at the Joyce Theatre (2005), in Hank Smith's The Story of Tap: Sequel (2005), and in the premiere of Jason Samuels Smith's Charlie's Angels (2006) at Chicago's Harris Theatre. In 2006, Casel produced Tappy Holidays, the first of many Christmas tap shows at New York's Symphony Space.

Ayodele’s television and film credits include “Third Watch,” “Law and Order”, “The Jamie Foxx Show”, “Bojangles”, “Savion Glover’s Nu York”. Ayodele originated the role of Yvonne in Nelsan Ellis’ heart-wrenching play “UGLy” to great reviews at NYC’s Fringe Festival and Santa Monica Playhouse. She also originated the role of “The Doll” in Derick Grant’s “Imagine Tap!” which premiered at The Harris Theater in Chicago. Ayodele currently serves on the Artist Board for New York City Center’s Encores! Under the artistic direction of Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori. She has appeared on the cover of Dance Spirit, American Theater Magazine, The Village Voice and has been featured in many other magazine articles. Ayodele, also a Capezio Athlete, was featured alongside Sutton Foster and Jonathan Groff in Off-Center Encores! Jamboree! at New York City Center and performed her work “While I Have The Floor” at City Center’s Fall for Dance this Fall. She was most recently seen performing at the St. James Theater in NYC for a “Broadway For Hillary” Fundraiser with Michael Mayer as director. She is on faculty at A Broader Way, LA Dance Magic, and Marymount Manhattan College. She is the co-director of Original Tap House and Operation: Tap.

Liz Cousins (ATDF Student, Volunteer & Receptionist) began her love affair with tap back in March 2011 at ATDF in a class with Lynn Schwab, and hasn't looked back. She dove in with head and heart and has volunteered her time for ATDF almost from the start. Originally from Southern California, she moved to NYC in 1997 to pursue the music industry, and has since run her own promotions company since 2002. In 2015 she also began to work in her other passion, professional cat sitting. She loves performing and has choreographed several pieces under the moniker Vaya Con Ritmo, her newest work will be performed at the Adult Showcase on June 24. Obsessed with Star Wars, horror, Woodstock and all things geeky, you can usually find Liz with a huge smile on her face at our events where she always says she is "happy to help".
Warren Craft (Guest Teacher) is a New York City tap dancer who has trained in ballet with both the American Ballet Theatre and the School of American Ballet.  As a tap dancer he has been a member of Brenda Bufalino's New American Tap Dance Orchestra, Max Pollak's RumbaTap, and the Tap City Youth Ensemble, and has worked with Ayodele Casel, Derick K. Grant, Michelle Dorrance, Jason Samuels Smith, Barbara Duffy, Michela Marino-Lerman, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards and Jared Grimes.  He has performed at City Center, Lincoln Center, Dance Theater Workshop, and Central Park's Summer Stage and toured with Tony Waag's Tap City on Tour.  Warren has been featured on the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine and in the Dance Magazine article, "Child Prodigies in Dance."  The definitive history of tap, Tap Dancing America, claims that Warren “has reincarnated the elegant tap dancing style of Fred Astaire," while The New York Times calls him “a New Wave hoofer...with killer feet." Warren is a past recipient of ATDF's Gregory Hines scholarship award.  He is also the drummer for singer/songwriter Michael Ferraiuolo and is working on his own solo music.
Michelle Dorrance (Guest Teacher/Artist in Residence) 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: &


Photo by: Matthew Murphy and Kenn Tamm

Ann Dragich (Teacher) has choreographed and performed around New York City, including Symphony Space, FIT, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts and Duplex Cabaret Theater, and is on faculty at NJPAC and The DreamYard Project.  She is a founding member of Guilty Pleasures Cabaret, and has performed in Paris Fashion Week as part of the Rick Owens Spring 2014 Women’s show.  Originally from California, Ann studied at the Eddie Brown Studio for the Arts (THE BEAT) with Gregg Geoffroy, Babs Yohai and Mark Mendonca.
Barbara Duffys (Teacher) performance highlights include “The Gregory Hines Show”, where she was a featured dancer, actress and choreographer, “Gala for The President”, performing with Gregory Hines before President and Mrs. Bill Clinton and as dance captain and featured dancer in Brenda Bufalino’s American Tap Dance Orchestra. Barbara performs as a featured soloist across the United States and overseas, including London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, where she was hailed as “a riveting performer” by the Independent. Her all women ensemble, Barbara Duffy & Company has performed at the Duke Theatre, NYC, the Joyce Theater, NYC, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, NYC, the University of Richmond, the Tanz Haus Theatre in Dusseldorf, Germany, Jacob’s Pillow and with 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.  She holds a BA in Performing Arts. A highly sought after teacher, Barbara has taught at numerous workshops and festivals in 20 countries. When not on the road, she teaches classes in New York City at The American Tap Dance Center. Barbara’s book, “Tap into Improv, A Guide to Tap Dance Improvisation”, is available on Her greatest inspirations are Brenda Bufalino, the late Leon Collins and the late Gregory Hines.

Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards (Guest Teacher) has been apart of almost every major Tap movie or show that has appeared in the history of tap dance since the 80's. She was nominated for best actress for her starring role in the award-winning Independent film "The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang". In addition to opening the Harlem Tap Studio in NYC, Mrs. Sumbry-Edwards continues to appear as a special guest for shows and festivals around the world. She was also elected to the Advisory Board as the Tap Advisor for Dance Magazine and the official Tap Spokesperson for Capezio along with her family, as well as being featured in their international advertising campaign. Mrs. Sumbry-Edwards was also the private tap instructor to the iconic Michael Jackson over the course of 11 years. Mrs. Sumbry-Edwards career includes acclaimed runs on Broadway and off-Broadway in shows such as Black and Blue, the Tony Award Winning Bring In Da’Noise, Bring In Da’Funk, International Tour of Bring in Da’Noise, Bring in Da’Funk (dance captain/principal dancer/understudy to the lead role), and Imagine Tap! (featured soloist). Other performances include the national tour of Wild Woman Blues and Debbie Allen’s SAMMY (the life and times of Sammy Davis Jr.). Film credits include “TAP” with Gregory Hines, Spike Lee's “Bamboozled” (Assistant Choreographer), and “The Rodgers and Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty”. Mrs. Sumbry-Edwards’ choreography has been featured in TAAP: The Art & Appreciation of Percussion and was also utilized in Michael Jackson's music video “Rock My World”. She was also spotlighted in a commercial for Tops and was most recently featured on MTV’s hit television series MADE.
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Craig Fuchs (Education Assistant/Teacher) Growing up in southeastern Michigan, Craig Fuchs trained in various styles at studios around the area before graduating magna cum laude with a B.S. in Dance from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, in May of 2011. Additionally, Craig danced with Denise Caston's Detroit Tap Repertory from 2009 to 2011, performing in the Detroit International Jazz Festival, the concert for the 2010 Chicago Tap Summit, and at Orchestra Hall in Detroit for the 2010 Motor City Tap Festival Faculty Concert.

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

Felipe Galganni (Teacher/Artist in Residence), 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. Felipe is currently a faculty member at several well-known studios in New York City including Steps on Broadway and the American Tap Dance Foundation, often teaching classes as guest faculty at Broadway Dance Center and The Juilliard School. Felipe is a member of the New American Tap Dance Orchestra directed by his mentor Brenda Bufalino and often develops new choreographic work with his own company, as well as his solo work. In 2017, Felipe created and premiered the concert TAP&TOM, with music direction of Carlos Bauzys, the show makes a tribute to the music of the Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. TAP&TOM was presented in New York at The Players Theater, The 14th Street Y, the Emelin Theater, and recently at Jacobs Pillow Inside/Out, in Becket MA. Felipe has performed at several venues in NY like Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Joseph Papp's Public Theater (Joe's Pub), The Citigroup Alvin Ailey Theater, The Cotton Club, The Metropolitan Room, The Bronx Museum, The New York City Center, The Duke on 42nd Street, New Victory Theater, and others.

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Charles Goddertz (Guest Teacher) has been on staff at Steps On Broadway teaching tap dancing since 1986.In the interim, he has also taught at Broadway Dance Center, Cap21, NYU, Alvin Ailey, Tap City and internationally in Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Panama and Mexico. Before returning to his first love, TAP DANCING, Charles danced on Broadway in "Hello Dolly,'' "On The Town" and "Ambassador." He has directed and choreographed shows for universities, dinner theatre, summer stock, regional theatre and off-Broadway. Most recent efforts being "Cinderella" and the tap dancing musical of "Dames At Sea" at the Alverson Center Theatre in South Carolina. In his spare time Charles attends tap happenings, Broadway shows, some in which students and/or friends are performing, and serves on and supports committees, students and artists in the ongoing advancement and presentation of the "indigenous American art form," TAP! Michele has danced as a member of the NYC Company, Ronn Forella and the Second Century Dancers, is a featured soloist at Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival, and is known as dance partner to Charles Goddertz and Harold Cromer.

Thelma Goldberg (Education Advisor/Guest Teacher) is founder and director of The Dance Inn in Lexington, MA, one of New England's largest and most innovative schools, serving 600 students weekly. Combining her love of dance with her experience as a special education teacher in Boston, Thelma created a dance education curriculum that emphasizes musicality, fun, and excellence. She directs the Legacy Dance Company, featuring performers aged 13 – 18 and an adult company, the About Time Tappers. Both ensembles perform an extensive tap and jazz repertoire at regional festivals and charitable events. Thelma is also Executive Director of Dance Inn Productions, a non-profit organization that produces both an annual youth ballroom program as well as New England's National Tap Dance Day celebration. She continues to actively study and pursue new opportunities for herself and her students by participating in festivals and sponsoring workshops with master teachers.
Jeannie Hill (Guest Teacher) Arriving in New York in the late 80s Jeannie discovered Bob Audy at Broadway Dance Center and met Billy Siegenfeld and Isabel Glasser. Attendance at her first tap festival in 1990 provided inspiration for her to audition for Manhattan Tap. During the seven years of rehearsals and touring that followed, guided by artistic director Heather Cornell, she was introduced to the ever-expanding international community of rhythm tap dancers and jazz musicians. As a tap soloist, Jeannie recently danced the Morton Gould Tap Dance Concerto with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra in April 2018. Her performances at the Hoofer’s Weekend in New Orleans with Brenda Bufalino and late tap masters James Buster Brown, Jimmy Slyde and Jeni LeGon bring fond memories. Incredible opportunities to share the stage with numerous tap and jazz greats at venues like Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, New York’s Joyce and Duke Theatres, Sculler's Jazz Club, and Theatre Comédie in Montpellier, France highlight her career. For over twenty years she has enjoyed studying, touring, and teaching with Billy Siegenfeld, artistic director of Jump Rhythm Jazz Project. Her varied performance career includes Noh dancing in Robert Wilson and David Byrne’s the knee plays; originating the role of Clara in Drika Overton’s jazz-tap Nutcracker Clara's Dream; touring with Mike Gordon (Phish) as a tap-dancing rock jam-band member; performing at The Supper Club in New York in A 40s’ Review with the Tony Corbiscello Big Band, and ten years with comic country band, The Chalks. While in NYC Jeannie taught tap and Jump Rhythm ® Technique at Steps on Broadway and Manhattanville College. In 2004 she joined the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point Theatre & Dance faculty where she teaches full-time and choreographs for musicals and dance concerts. She is thrilled to be back in New York for Tap City 2019!
Susan Hebach (ATDF Youth Program/ TCYE Director/Teacher) considers herself a graduate of “Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center” where she was fortunate to study with a diverse group of master tap artists such as her mentor, Brenda Bufalino, and other inspirational teachers such as Barbara Duffy, Robin Tribble, Margaret Morrison, Josh Hilberman, Lynn Dally, and Diane Walker to name a few. As a choreographer, she enjoys developing new works and collaborating with fellow dancers of “The Tap Collective”, a tap company she founded in 1996. Her choreography has been featured in events such as “VII Nit de Claque” in Barcelona, Spain, to the offbeat “Vaudeville 2000” at LaMama ETC Theater and “The Elegance of Comedy of Tap”, hosted by Bill Irwin at NYC Town Hall, Tap City, The New York City Tap Festival, and more recently the Rhythm In Motion series at the 14th St. Y in Manhattan.  Susan is currently the director of the ATDF Youth Program, as well as the Tap City Youth Ensemble, and the Pre-Professional Program at Tap City. She was featured on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine in May 2009, and has served on the dance faculty for Oklahoma City University and Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri as visiting guest artist. She has also taught the residency of Pete Nugent's "Breezin" at Tap City in 2008,  & co-curated the Teachers Intensive for the NYC Tap Festival in 2011 & 12, and is part of the teaching team for the new “Tap Teacher Training Program” at ATDF with Margaret Morrison. Susan also wrote a book for an after school young reader series, called “Tap Dance”, by Rosen Publishing. She also recently had the unique opportunity to coach Christine Baranski in "soft shoe", for New York City Center's Encore Series production of "On Your Toes". 
Constance Valis Hill (ATDF Director of Preservation) is a jazz tap dancer, choreographer, and scholar of performance studies whose writings have appeared in Dance Magazine, Village Voice, Dance Research Journal, Studies in Dance History, and Discourses in Dance; and in Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African-American Dance (2001), Taken By Surprise: Dance Improvisation Reader (2003), Kaiso! Writings by and about Katherine Dunham (2005), and Ballroom, Boogie, Shimmy, Sham, Shake: A Social and Popular Dance Reader (2008). She studied tap dance with Charles “Cookie” Cook and various members of the Copasetics; performed as one member of the tap-dancing Doilie Sisters; and directed Sole Sisters for the Changing Times Tap Company. Her book, Brotherhood in Rhythm: the Jazz Tap Dancing of the Nicholas Brothers (2000), received the Deems Taylor ASCAP Award. Her forthcoming book, Tap Dancing America, A Cultural History (Oxford University Press) has been supported by grants from the Rockefeller and John Simon Guggenheim Foundations. She holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University and is a Five College Professor of Dance at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Ryan Johnson (Guest Teacher), a native of Baltimore, Maryland, began dancing under the direction of his mother Vanessa Jackson Johnson at Turn Out Performing Arts Center. He continued to develop his passion for dance at Slater’s Dance Studio in Annapolis, Maryland, where he became a well-named tap dancers in Baltimore. Ryan has performed with well know artists such as Marvin Hamlish, Donnie McClurkin, Jason Samuels Smith, and the late Gregory Hines. At the age of twenty-two he created Raw Sound Tap Company with the soul purpose to teach, restore and preserve the history of Tap Dance in the Maryland area. Like many, Ryan has participated in numerous tap programs and festivals across the United States. He has also been commissioned by studios across the county to create choreography through workshops and residency programs. He is currently working to develop Daring Artist Making Noise, a non-profit dance company committed to restoring the performing arts in Baltimore. Ryan’s most recent achievement was being cited for his choreography and solo dance performance, receiving a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2008. Currently Ryan is the soloist in the world renowned Step Afrika, the first professional dance company dedicated to preserving the art form of Stepping, Gumboot, and Tap. As a soloist, he creates innovative choreography nightly, which has been seen all across the USA, Canada, and Asia.

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

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

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

Katherine Kramer (Guest Teacher). A gypsy at heart, Katherine’s multitudes of home cities haven’t prevented her from being consistently considered a root in the tree of tap dance. She’s been a consistent presence in its resurgence and evolution since the 1970s, when she tapped on Manhattan sidewalks and danced in an early Brenda Bufalino company. She drew great inspiration from the greats and is committed to sharing this legacy. In the 1980s, living in Puerto Rico, Katherine introduced tap to San Juan dance schools and jazz clubs. Moving to Lexington, KY, she co-directed Syncopated, Inc. and began her now-legendary artistic gatherings by inviting guest artists such as Brenda Bufalino and Honi Coles. She was honored by an invitation to Honi Cole’s first choreographic residency at the Colorado Dance Festival. In the 1990’s, residing in Woodstock, NY, Katherine developed and toured solo shows internationally. She also instigated the Highwood Tap Salon, hosting tap pals Josh Hilberman, Drika Overton, Julia Boynton, and many others. She continued to perform, and in 1995 she was a featured performer at the NY Tap Extravaganza.Another move. In Bozeman, MT Katherine produced 10 dance and music festivals featuring artists such as Dianne Walker, Sarah and Leela Petronio, Jeannie Hill, and the late Daniel Nagrin and Jimmy Slyde. In the 2000’s in Miami (yes, the gypsy moved again, at home anywhere), Katherine taught at several universities and produced collaborative shows, including Not at Home, with Brenda Bufalino and Ara Fitzgerald. Traveling in Cuba and Brazil, Katherine taught tap at Conjuncto Folklorico, and Danza Contemporanea. Then, with Valeria Pinheiro, she collaborated, taught and performed in Brazil, Montana and Alaska. With a Creation Fund Grant from the National Performance Network, she developed Stop Look Listen, which was then produced for SoundCheck, in NY.  It was adapted it to the screen as A Shout at the Dawn with screendance director, Susannah Newman. All the while, Katherine’s been performing here and abroad. She has won grants and fellowships for choreography, including a Fulbright, an Artist’s Innovation Award from the Montana Arts Council, and now, the 2018 Hoofer Award. While tap dance has been central to her career, she has created works for ballet and jazz companies­ – even museums. She choreographs for theatre companies, television, and film, including for Robert Redford on his film, The Horse Whisperer. Katherine is a master teacher and has recently been working with the prestigious national organization, YoungArts. She has developed Whole Body Music, a teaching method for movers and musicians. Currently based in Madison, WI, Katherine is developing a writing/video/performance project, Taproot. It traces the footsteps, shares the lessons, and tells the stories of an itinerant dancer and the “wagon train” of friends supporting her journey. The welcome mat is out, wherever you find her.

Kazu Kumagai (Guest Teacher/Artist in Residence) 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. Photo by Leslie Kee

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

Michela Marino-Lerman (Guest Teacher) is a globally sought after tap dance artist, performer, choreographer, educator and all-around creative spirit. The Huffington Post has called her a “hurricane of rhythm” and the NY Times has called her both a “prodigy” and has described her dancing as “flashes of brilliance”. She is very proudly a student of Buster Brown, Gregory Hines, Leroy Myers and Marion Coles. Lerman has performed, choreographed, produced, and directed many projects throughout her career but she holds closest to her heart the shows she has led as a bandleader. She can regularly be seen performing around her hometown New York City and often at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Her most current music project is called "Love Movement". In 2017 Michela conceived, co-created, choreographed, and starred in “This Joint is Jumpin” which debuted in Andrew Lloyd Weber's new London West End Theater, The Other Palace. Michela is a proud member of the band Michael Mwenso and the Shakes and can be seen performing and touring with them regularly. She also has had the esteemed honor of performing at many of the worlds best jazz festivals including Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Marciac Jazz Festival and with many masters such as Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste and Stay HumanRoy HargroveCecile McLorin SalvantBenny GolsonBarry HarrisMarcus Roberts, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Savion Glover, and many, many more.

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

Reggio “The Hoofer” McLaughlin (Guest Teacher) has earned numerous awards, including, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation’s MAP Fund, and The Joyce Foundation, for his collaboration with the celebrated MacArthur winner, ragtime pianist Reginald Robinson and the Grammy Award winning string band, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, for their musical production of “African-American Roots in Vaudeville”. He is a 2011 recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Professional Development Award. In 2014 Reggio received the prestigious Flo-Bert Award. In 2015 Reggio was awarded Old Town School of Folk Music 2015 “Distinguished Teaching Artist Award”. He has completed two instructional videos and is now working on a documentary that highlights his friendship and dance relationship with co-founding member of the Copasetics Ernest “Brownie” Brown. Reggio is the producer of a annual National Tap Dance Day extravaganza in Chicago, that celebrates tap as a true American folk dance. He has celebrated a milestone in his career by completing an autobiographical book, Reggio McLaughlin >Tap Dance of Life, which he is currently promoting.

As an ambassador for the arts, Reggio continues to use his unique style of hoofing, to promote and preserve, traditional tap dancing, as a true American art form. His achievements have been profiled in books, television, radio interviews, magazines, newspapers and documentaries, making him a Chicago tap icon.

Morgan McMohan (Social Marketing) Born and raised in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, Morgan McMahon started dancing at the age of 7. Morgan studied Ballet, Tap, and Jazz for 11 years before moving onto a collegiate level BA Dance Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. While in school, she worked with amazing dance instructors including Joan Karlen, Michael Estanich, Jeannie Hill, and Pamela Ludtke. Her tap mentor while in college was Jeannie Hill. Morgan graduated with a double major in Dance and Arts Management in 2014.

Morgan moved to New York in May 2014, a few days after graduation to pursue the last leg of her Arts Management Degree. She worked as an Intern at the American Tap Dance Foundation working under Tony Waag, and focused in Marketing, Archival preservation, and Social Media.  She was employed with ATDF as of September 2014. Morgan also works as ATDF's Front of House and Ticketing for their annual performances of Rhythm In Motion, Tap City, etc. Along with ATDF, Morgan is a professional dancer and private Pilates instructor in the city. She dances with a small modern dance company called Vencl Dance, directed by Susan Vencl, since September 2016. It is based in New York City. Since May 2015, Morgan has also danced with Sarah Berges Dance, based out of San Francisco. Recent performance credits include the American Tap Dance Foundations “Rhythm in Motion 2015”, choreographed by Susan Hebach, Sarah Berges Dance’s “Chrysallis” choreographed by Sarah Berges at Martha Graham Theater, and Triskelion Arts “Collaboration in Dance 2016”, choreographed by Susan Vencl. Morgan got certified in Mat and Apparatus Pilates at The Lab- Brooklyn, starting in January 2015. Morgan now teaches private and Mat Pilates at many locations around NYC.
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Gene Medler (Guest Teacher) is founder and director of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble NCYTE) and director of the North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival. He teaches in the Department of Performing Arts at Elon University. Mr. Medler's previous teaching credits include Duke University and Meredith College. He is on the faculty at The Ballet School of Chapel Hill and has taught master classes at the tap festivals in the U.S. and worldwide. Gene was an athlete for most of his life, playing baseball, basketball, and track in middle and high school and then fencing at the University of North Carolina. Between undergraduate and graduate school he got interested in acting which led to dance classes and ultimately tap dance class. Loving movement for its own sake and having always wanted to learn to play an instrument, tap dancing was the perfect art form for him. He was fortunate to be learning when many of the old masters were starting to teach again. Gene worked with masters like Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates, Charles "Honi" Coles, Cholly Atkins, Bunny Briggs, and contemporaries like Brenda Bufalino, Sam Weber and Savion Glover. His passion for tap dancing coupled with his desire to teach led to the creation of NCYTE.
Deborah Mitchell (Guest Teacher) is the Founder and Artistic Director of New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble. This St. Louis, MO native is known throughout the New York area as a distinguished tap professional. She is the protégé of Leslie “Bubba” Gaines of the Copasetics and student of many tap masters including Broadway Choreographer Henry LeTang. Her many credits include The Cotton Club Motion Picture, Broadway and Paris Productions of Black and Blue, PBS Great Performances, 5 international tours with the legendary Cab Calloway, and a partnership with Philadelphia native Germaine Goodson as The Rhythm Queens. Under the direction of Ms. Mitchell, New Jersey Tap Ensemble is one of the most prominent touring tap dance companies in the state of New Jersey. Ensemble tours have included in New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, and The Duke on 42nd Street, Tilles Center and the Joyce. She is producer of the NJTAP Touring Tap Boot Camp and participates annually in festivals such as the New York City Tap Festival, St. Louis Tap Festival and Traditions In Tap. She was a guest panelist on the subject of tap as an American art form at the Dance in the Millennium Conference, Washington, D.C. and participates in national and international programs such as the International Tap Association that focus on the promotion and perpetuation of tap dancing. Having attained a Masters Degree in Social Work from Indiana University, Ms. Mitchell is a strong advocate for arts education. As a Principal Affiliate of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center for 6 years, she participated in the Center’s Dance Academy both as a tap an instructor and as a workshop facilitator. Ms. Mitchell was instrumental in establishing tap dance as a technique to be offered to children participating in the Dance Academy. A master teacher and motivational speaker about the art form in many educational venues especially in New Jersey and throughout the tri-state, she also provides In-Service Training to teachers and dance educators throughout the tri-state area. Ms. Mitchell is author, director and choreographer of the Doll Shop Arts in Education presentation musical specifically developed for school age children grades K-5th. An extension of her work with the NJ Tap Touring Ensemble is the Youth Company, the pre-professional division of the company serving young artists ages 12-17. Ms. Mitchell is Chairman of the Tap Department of Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts, Montclair, NJ on the advisory Board of Tony Waag’s Tap City in NY and Assistant Director/Choreographer for Theater Workshop/Peppermint Players, Marie Foster, Director and a Board Member for Alliance for Arts Education/New Jersey. In recognition of National Tap Dance Day 2006, Savion Glover presented Ms. Mitchell with an award for giving tirelessly to the spirit and legacy of tap dancing. In March 2007, Dean John Bedford and Jo Rowan, Dance Department Chairman of Oklahoma City University, Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts management presented her with the Living Treasure Award “for preserving our American culture in her feet, in her mind and in her spirit.” In May 2007, Ms. Mitchell was chosen by The New York Committee to Celebrate National Tap Dance Day as one of the Flo-Bert Honorees.
Margaret Morrison (ATDF Education Advisor/Teacher) is a rhythm tap soloist, choreographer, and researcher who performs and teaches across the US , Europe and Brazil . In 2010 she completed her MFA in Dance through the American Dance Festival/Hollins University. Margaret's current tap performance and writing projects explore gender, race, social meaning, and history in tap dance. In 2011 she is developing a tap/theater work on Alice and Bert Whitman, she will present new research on women tap dancers at the Congress on Research in Dance, and will publish her research paper "Juanita Pitts: Gender, Race, and the Female Hoofer." Margaret began her performing career in 1986 as a founding member of the American Tap Dance Orchestra, directed by Brenda Bufalino. As a soloist she has been hailed by critics as "feather-footed and musically astute," and a "consummate artist who breaks the mold.” Margaret’s tap workshops emphasize musicality and creativity, with a particular emphasis on improvisation, composition, and performance skills. As Education Advisor of the ATDF, she over-sees the Foundation’s training programs, including Tap City , the New York City Tap Festival. She is a graduate of Barnard College , where she is currently on the faculty of the Dance Department, directing the Tap Ensemble, teaching tap technique and a history course "Tap as an American Art Form." Visit
Toni Noblett (Guest Teacher) Toni’s background includes being the owner and Artistic Director of a private studio for thirty years. Currently she is a full-time teaching artist for Rosie’s Theater Kids, a nonprofit organization bringing musical theatre training to New York City public school children. In addition to being a part-time faculty member for the Youth and Adult Programs sponsored by the American Tap Dance Foundation and the Professional Performing Arts High School, she also is the tap instructor RTK’s “Spotlight on Fitness “ program which serves an e elementary school, PS 51, in Hell’s Kitchen. In the Spring of 2008, Toni served as Rosie O’Donnell’s tap coach for NYC Encore’s Production of “No No Nannette,” for a comic segment on “Rosie Live!” and in 2009 for a pre-production showing of “Babes in Arms”. She is presently working on developing a tap syllabus for primary students, which emphasizes the importance of musicality and musicianship in the first years of tap training. To that end she is also a yearly guest teacher for Broadway Dance Center’s Teacher Workshop.
Nicole Ohr (Teacher) is a professional tap dancer based in NYC. She has had the opportunity of performing for choreographers Felipe GalganniJared GrimesMax Pollak, Tamii Sakurai, as well as being a guest performing with Sean Fielder’sBoston Tap Company. She has performed in shows such as Broadway Underground at B.B. King’s, Tony Waag’s The Main EventTap and Song and Rhythm in Motion at Symphony Space, The PULSE on Tour, My Better Half at Steps on Broadway, North Shore at Moiety and Stampede at Symphony Space. She was also the Tap Dance Captain of Undertoe Dance Project and Mazel Toes Dance Company. As a choreographer, Nicole has presented her work at the Undertoe Dance Project’s New York Season, Astoria Dance Festival, Jared Grimes' Run The Night, Justin Boccitto's Choreographer's Canvas,Dance AstoriaChoreographersCollective and the Queensboro Dance Festival.

Nicole completed the Level 1 Tap Teacher Training program in 2015 and is now certified by theAmerican Tap Dance Foundation. She teaches children and adults throughout the country. Currently, Nicole is a member of Germaine Salsberg's Les Femmes, is the producer of Dance Astoria, a dance festival held annually at Bohemian Hall and teaches for the American Tap Dance Foundation, Steps on Broadways and Broadway Dance Center.

Max Pollak (Guest Teacher/Artist in Residence), is a Hoofer and Flo-Bert Award Winner, Bessie Award nominee, NYFA Choreography Fellow, and music supervisor and choreographer of the new hit show Carmen: To Havana & Back at Public Arts in New York. He 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 also recognized for bringing tap and body percussion to global audiences of classical music by performing with symphony and chamber orchestras all over the world. Many internationally acclaimed composers have written original scores for him.

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.

Charles Renato (Guest Teacher/Artist in Residence) 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.    

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

Michele Ribble (Education Advisor/Guest Teacher) Born and raised by showbiz parents, Michele is an award winning choreographer, Master instructor, producer, dancer, and coach who has spent a lifetime working in classical ballet, tap dance, musical theater, and jazz. She has choreographed for both stage and screen including: assistant choreographer for the film "Beetlejuice", several Off Broadway shows and has choreographed numerous “gag” acts for the Garden Brothers, Right Bros., Bentley Bros and Ringling Bros. Circuses. Other credits include workshops and performances for Jacob's Pillow, HBO, Miramax, Circuit Productions, Hanna-Barbera and MTV. As lead dancer and choreographer for the Tommy Sands Revue she has played every town from NY to WA and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with: Count  Basie, James Brown, Charo, Sammy Davis, Jr., Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Jack Jones, Shirley Maclaine, Fabian, Juliet Prowse, Red Skelton, Ben Vereen, Dianne Walker; just to mention a few. She recently performed in the star-studded performance of "From the Horse's Mouth" with Martine Van Hamel, Brenda Bufalino, Tina Croll, Edwin Fion and Jamie Cunningham. Michele has danced as a member of the NYC Company, Ronn Forella and the Second Century Dancers, as guest artist with the Kirov Ballet, is a featured soloist at Tap City, the NYC Tap Festival and is known as dance partner to Charles Goddertz and Harold Cromer. In demand worldwide for her choreography and unique teaching skills Michele is constantly on the move sharing her talents anywhere dancers are eager to learn. Students at CSA (Community School of the Arts) in Marion Indiana were delighted to host her Tap Workshop, where she taught the original Bill Bojangles Robinson Stair Dance. Her choreography has been enjoyed by audiences at the Rainbow Room in NYC, the Marco Polo in Miami, Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City, Reno/Tahoe, as well as London, Scotland, Prague and on such prestigious stages as the Joyce Theater, Symphony Space, and the Duke on 42nd Street Theater on Broadway, NYC. Michele was on the summer staff at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center as an instructor and choreographer for the Extreme Ballet Pre-professional Intensive Summer Ballet Program, the Director of The New York Dance Center, a Master Instructor for Omega Institute’s summer intensives, an adjudicator and adjunct professor of dance at S.U.N.Y. New Paltz College, a Master Instructor for NADAA (National Association of Dancers and Affiliated Arts), writer/director/choreographer and MC for Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival, and a judge for Starbound and Olympic Miss Dance Competitions and a columnist for the International Tap Association Newsletter. Former Director of The New York Dance Center in Manhattan she is currently a faculty member and education advisor to the American Tap Dance Foundation, a guest instructor for Steps on Broadway in NYC, Director of the Rhinebeck Dance Centre in Rhinebeck and Red Hook and Showbiz Dance Studio in Kingston, NY.

Olivia Rosenkrantz (Guest Teacher) A native of France and a child performer, Olivia moved to New York City to study modern dance with Murray Louis and Alvin Nikolais. She was very fortunate to be part of the early 90’s tap scene where emerging dancers trained and created with the great American masters, searching for their own voice. Olivia was a member of Brenda Bufalino’s American Tap Dance Orchestra (91 to 96) then of Heather Cornell’s Manhattan Tap for two seasons (performing with Keith Terry and Ray Brown's jazz trio). She was in Savion Glover’s “OM” at the Joyce theater (NYC).  Other projects include Ka-tap (North Indian Kathak meets tap), Tap Express, Mad Theatricals, cabaret acts “Y not Tap” and “Tapage à trois”…Olivia is, with dancer Mari Fujibayashi, artistic director/choreographer of  Tapage, a tap duet noticed for “its inventive world of sound and movement, breaking cultural barriers and transcending the norm”… Tapage has performed internationally for over 20 years with jazz and world music ensembles, classical orchestras and string quartets, including Grammy Award winner Cuarteto Latinoamericano.

She has been assistant to choreographer Brenda Bufalino in the re-creation of some of her master pieces, and dance captain/dancer of the New Tap Dance Orchestra. In New York City she has taught at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, Woodpeckers Inter Arts space and Ballet Arts and was a guest teacher/performer in Japan, Europe, South and North America. Performance Highlights include the New York City Center Fall for Dance Festival, the 92nd Street Y, four seasons at the Joyce theater,  Alyce Tully Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, Tap City at the Duke Theater, The Colorado Music Festival, Carnegie Mellon University, Tokyo’s Alti Hall, Tanzhaus in Dusseldorf and Teatro de la Danza in Mexico City… 

Olivia is a published author, a Tai chi practitioner and a visual artist. Her latest photographs will be on exhibition this spring at the Biennale internationale de l’image de Nancy (France). Photo Lois Greenfield

Arleigh Rothenberg (Teacher) began dancing at the age of 7 and has experience in a multitude of dance genres. Currently, Arleigh tap dances at The Cotton Club weekly, as a member of Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’ “Sophisticated Ladies”.   She has performed at the world famous Apollo Theatre in Taste of Broadway (2009 and 2010) as a member of the “Young Hoofers”, and performed in an excerpt of Derick K. Grant’s Imagine Tap! at Rodeph Sholom in NYC (February 2010).  In March and July 2011 she performed in Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’ Michael Jackson Tribute at The Dancespace Project and the NYC Summer Stage Series.  In May 2011 she performed in Derick K. Grant’s Once Upon A Tap, at the Harris Theatre, Chicago, Illinois.  Arleigh is also a cast member of Rhythm Is Our Business (2013), Produced by Tony Waag and American Tap Dance Foundation, directed by Derick K. Grant, and with choreography by Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards.  Recent Salsa performance credits inlcude Salsmania Saturdays and Dancesanity Stars’ World in Motion – Part 2, with choreography by Karla Choko (June 2013). Television and Video credits include the Malibu Rum “Funky Dip” Flashmob Commercial; choreographed by Tweetie, tap dancing on Sesame Street’s 2009/2010 40th Season, dancing in the Step Up 3D Official Dance Dub Broadway Dance Center Video; section choreographed by Michelle Dorrance, and appearing in the films Step Up 3D (2010), Eat, Pray, Love (2010), and Friends with Benefits (2011).  Arleigh has also danced in several Flashmob America events, including the Cha Cha Cha for Charity produced by Charmin and the 2011 Estee Lauder Campaign. Arleigh was selected to perform in new choreographic works by Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, and Derick K. Grant for the American Tap Dance Foundation’s 2009 Sound Check performance series, and Michelle Dorrance’s piece in the 2009 Symphony Space Showcase. She is also proud to have been selected by the legendary Dr. Harold Cromer for his piece in the 20th Annual Tap Extravaganza.  Other performance credits include Tap City’s 2009 Main Event with “Mazel Toes”, various shows with “C3, a NY Tap Cooperative” including  On Tap at Joe’s Pub, They Don’t Sing About Love No More at New World Stages, and The 28th Annual Downtown Dance Festival, and several performances with Sean Fielder’s “Boston Tap Company”.  She also performed at Tap City’s 2008 Tap and Song with “C3, a NY Tap Cooperative”, and in Old Man Time by Ernest "Brownie" Brown and Reggio McLaughlin. Arleigh holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Television-Radio with a concentration in Video Production from Ithaca College. While attending Ithaca College, she founded the Ithaca College Tap Dance Club, and conceived and co-directed the Finger Lakes Tap Dance Festival.
Courtney Runft (Guest Teacher) began her early dance training with Sharon Rogers at Rogers Ballet Inc. in Wichita, Kansas where she continues to go back to guest teach. She continued her training as a ballet dancer at Friends University with Sharon and Stan Rogers as well as an array of guest choreographers. Courtney currently studies tap dance with Michelle Dorrance and Derick Grant among others, and she has worked had the pleasure of performing choreography by Michelle Dorrance, Lisa La Touche, Derick Grant, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Max Pollak. Courtney has also been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine and Dance Spirit Magazine. She is currently a dance specialist at St. Luke's School.
Tamii Sakurai (Teacher/Artist in Residence) 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 had 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.
Germaine Salsberg (Guest Teacher) began her career as a child actress, appearing on radio and television in her native Canada. After 10 years as a modern dancer with the Toronto Dance Theatre touring throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe, she discovered tap dancing. She has been on the faculty of Broadway Dance Center for over 20 years, as well as Steps on Broadway, Germaine teaches anyone from Broadway professionals to people who "just love to tap." She teaches at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Ed And Marymount Manhatten College. She has taught at Cap 21 and Pace University as well as throughout the US and internationally. She has gained a reputation for teaching a strong foundation of technique through rhythm elements that will carry into any area of tap dance. She assisted Tony Award Winner Danny Daniels for Broadway and National tours of "Tap Dance Kid" and has privately coached many actors including Liza Minnelli for the movie "Steppin Out." Germaine has choreographed such regional musical theater productions as 42nd Street, Anything Goes, George M!, Crazy For You, and Dames at Sea. She has performed tap in Edmonton's Fringe Festival, with the Jazz Tap Center on tour, as well as at Tap City in New York, and the Boston Tap Festival.  After years of helping others to find technique and self expression through tap dance, she has entered her own journey of self discovery through choreography with her company, Les Femmes. Les Femmes have performed in colleges, street fairs, at Tap City and at the 92nd St Y. They "delight" audiences with dances that tell stories and converse with wit and irony.
Leonardo Sandoval (Guest Teacher/Artist in Residence) 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.

Josie Say (Guest Teacher) has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 20 years. Although her first love is acting, most of her career has been focused specifically on street/urban dance, including lindy hop, charleston, jazz, hip hop, breakin', lockin', poppin', waackin', house, shag, tap, capoeira, boogie woogie, and other African-based styles. She is the founder of Harlem Soul, a collective of dancers specializing in the swing era and beyond, co-artistic director of In Rhythm with Him hip hop ministry, and swing dance consultant for KB's Definition of Creativity. Josie has served as administrative director for Future Shock LA, a youth hip hop dance company, and is an alumnus of Culture Shock LA breakin' crew. Based in CA and NY, she is also in demand internationally as a teacher, choreographer, and performer, often working in Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Italy, Canada, Japan, and Hong Kong. Being one of the first revivalists in the early 90s and known for her blending of traditional and modern styles, Josie has influenced multiple generations of the swing dance community. Her dedication to preserving not only the dances, but the history and culture surrounding them, led her to study and work with Tony Award winner Frankie Manning. Josie is honored to carry on the tradition of lindy hop and excited to be a leader in its progression. Past gigs include Vanguard University (professor of dance/ fitness and hip hop club advisor), LA Tap Festival, Carnival: The Choreographers' Ball, videos for The Jonas Brothers and Illa J, Academy of International Dance, Helsinki Tap Festival, Homeland Cultural Center, The Museum of Latin American Art, The Walt Disney Company, World Lindy Hop Championships, Herrang Dance Camp, Capitol Records, KTLA news, The Rose Parade, and numerous films and stage shows. Furthermore, always seeking versatility and balance in her work, Josie also holds a degree in Movement and Exercise Science and certification (RYT) in hatha vinyasa yoga and Thai Yoga Bodywork.

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

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

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

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

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

Caleb Teicher (Guest Teacher/Artist in Residence) first received critical and audience acclaim when, at 17, he won a Bessie Award for Outstanding Individual Performance for his work in Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards' Shared Evening. From there, he continued as a member of Dorrance Dance while dancing in The Chase Brock Experience, The Bang Group, West Side Story (Int'l Tour), and other dance/theater projects. Caleb Teicher & Company (CT&Co), founded in 2015, seeks to expand the capacity of America’s rich music and dance traditions through innovative choreography, performance, and contextualization. Utilizing Tap Dance, Vernacular Jazz, Lindy Hop, and a mix of other dance styles born and bred in America, the company’s work represents a unique style of theatricality, humor, emotional expression, and aesthetic exploration.

With CT&Co, Teicher’s artistic reach has expanded to commissions from Works & Process at the Guggenheim, New York City Center, The Joyce Theater, several engagements with symphony orchestras (including the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center), and many national and international touring engagements with the company’s repertoire. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation and has been awarded a 2019 New York City Center Choreography Fellowship. CT&Co’s work has been featured by The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR Music, Vogue, Interview Magazine, Cultured Magazine, Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, and other publications. His collaboration with Conrad Tao, More Forever, recently made the "Best of Dance 2018" list for The New York Times. Caleb continues to engage with dance communities as an instructor at international Tap and Jazz Dance festivals and also spends his time as a director/choreographer for interdisciplinary work. / Instagram: @CalebTeicher

Raquel Valiente (Teacher) was born and raised in El Salvador.  She moved to New York to study under the direction of ballet master Frank Augustyn at Adelphi University, where she obtained a BFA in Dance, while also being mentored in tap by Charles Goddertz at Steps on Broadway.  Additionally, she was fortunate to further her studies in ballet, modern and tap with master teachers Brenda Bufalino, Lynn Schwab, Leda Meredith and Jennifer Muller.


Raquel created the Tap program at Ballet Hispánico in 2014, where she also led the Early Childhood Program from 2013-2017. She served as Ballet Mistress for Dances Patrelle’s Nutcracker 2014-2016 seasons, Coordinator for this year’s Tap City Youth Program and has worked alongside Charles Goddertz at Steps on Broadway since 2014. She appeared as a judge on Salvadorian dance reality TV show Bailando por un Sueño’s 2010 season, while regularly performing in morning show Viva la Mañana.  She has performed in venues such as New York City Center and La Mamma, as well as, presented choreography at special events like the 2015 Ballet Hispánico Gala. Raquel is an ABT ® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT ® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT ® National Training Curriculum and holds a Level 1 Certificate from the American Tap Dance Foundation’s Tap Teacher Training.  She is pursuing a Level 2 Certificate, anticipated completion 2018. In addition, she has completed DEL’s Foundations of Dance Education and Dance for Students with Special Needs. 


Raquel has shared her expertise in dance education by leading presentations at the Arts in Education Roundtable’ Face 2 Face conference, City College of New York, Adelphi University and the Department of Education’s Dance Department. Currently, Raquel serves as consultant for Ballet Hispánico’s Tap Program and faculty for their School of Dance and Community Programs.  In addition, she is completing her final year of acting in Meisner technique at the Esper Studio and is happy to join the faculty at ATDF.

Tony Waag (Producer/Artistic/Executive Director/Teacher) founded the American Tap Dance Foundation (formerly known as the American Tap Dance Orchestra) in 1986, along with Brenda Bufalino and the late Charles "Honi" Coles. From 1989-1995, he co-created and operated, with Ms. Bufalino, Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center which became a model for numerous tap organizations and tap studios worldwide creating, producing, and presenting various educational programs for adults and children year-round, as well as annual winter tap intensives with master classes, courses and workshops taught by leading International artists and master tap dancers. I n 2001, he renamed the organization the American Tap Dance Foundation and created Tap City, the annual New York City Tap Festival with premiere performances of all styles of tap by artists from around the world, as well as an extensive training program for adults, teens and children, city wide events, tap jams, student showcases, panel discussions, lectures and film screenings. As a performer and choreographer, he has been featured in hundreds of concert, film and television productions including appearances at the legendary Apollo Theater, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the United Nations, the Atlanta Arts Festival, the Utah Arts Festival, the Colorado Dance Festival, the Lincoln Center "Out-of-Doors" Festival, the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, PBS’s "Great Performances, a national Seagram's commercial, and in a French car commercial for Renault in Paris. I nternational appearances include USIA tours of Turkey, Poland, Cyprus, Latvia and Estonia, and recent American ambassador tours of Armenia and Romania with his production of Tap City on Tour. He has also taught and performed in Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, and Spain. Mr. Waag has received numerous grants towards the presentation and preservation of tap dance as a unique American art form. In 2002, he created the first International Tap Dance Hall of Fame honoring the contributions of legendary tap dancers by preserving their legacies for future generations to enjoy. He also created the annual Tap Preservation and Hoofer Awards, the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund, and the Gregory Hines Collection of American Tap Dance Archives which are now housed at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. I n 2009, he created and staged the touring production of “Thank You Gregory”, a tribute to the Legends of Tap Dance which can now be seen in theaters across the country. I n January of 2010, he opened the American Tap Dance Center in New York City where he currently directs on-going education and training programs for tappers of all ages and levels. Photo by Lois Greenfield For more information visit:

Dianne Walker (Guest Teacher) her career has taken her to Broadway, television, theater, and numerous universities and jazz performance venues throughout the world. Ms. Walker has been awarded grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and The National Endowment for the Arts. In 1996, she represented the United States as an adjudicator for the World Tap Dance Championships, held in Dresden, Germany. In Boston, 1997, she received the "Tapestry Award" for excellence in teaching, and in 1998, she received the "Living Treasure In American Dance Award" from Oklahoma City University. Ms. Walker was a featured dancer in the movie TAP. Additionally, she was in the original Paris production of Black and Blue, and in the Broadway production, she was Assistant Choreographer/Dance Captain. At that time, she had the prestigious honor of being the only female dancer in the famed Hoofers Line with Lon Chaney, Jimmy Slyde, Chuck Green, and Bunny Briggs. She has been featured in documentaries such as Songs Unwritten... Leon Collins, Honi Coles... the Class Act of Tap, Black and Blue, and Great performances... Tap Dance in America. Ms. Walker appeared most recently in the US and international tour of Footnotes, with Savion Glover, Jimmy Slyde, and Buster Brown.

Sam Weber (Guest Teacher) is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed performing artist, master teacher and choreographer who regularly appears throughout the world. A protege of Stan Kahn in San Francisco, Sam Weber has appeared with such tap legends as Charles "Honi" Coles, Steve Condos, Jimmy Slyde, Gregory Hines and the Nicholas Brothers. Sam's versatility has led him to performances in musical theater and television, where he has worked with such stars as Burt Lancaster, Bob Hope, Andy Williams, Pat Boone and Sara Vaughn. Sam co-starred in the award-winning German short film "Zwei Im Frack," directed by Christian Stahl in September, 2000. Sam has also performed with the San Francisco Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Peninsula Ballet Theatre and Smuin Ballets/SF. Sam Weber was frequently seen on PBS's "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" television show and is featured in the documentary "Juba! Masters of Percussive Dance" on Public Television. Sam is one of the few tap dancers in the world currently performing Morton Gould's "Tap Dance Concerto" and was the first tap dancer to receive a "Bessie" award, presented in New York City in 1993 in recognition of outstanding creative achievement. In addition to his solo tap dancing career, Sam has toured internationally since 1986 as a principal dancer and choreographer with the Jazz Tap Ensemble. Sam Weber has performed and taught at tap dance workshops and festivals worldwide. These have included the Chicago Human Rhythm Project as well as tap festivals in Boulder, CO, Portland, OR, St. Louis, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Vancouver, B.C., Atlanta, Houston, Austin, Boston, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Prague, Kiev, Heidelberg, Freiburg, Wuerzburg, Cologne, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin, Duesseldorf, Zurich, Helsinki, Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Rio De Janeiro, San Antonio, TX, Gainesville, FL and the San Francisco Tap Festival. Sam has taught in the dance departments of UCLA, Cal State University, L.A., Long Beach City College, Cal State Fullerton and San Francisco State University. Sam appears as guest artist in residence with Sierra Nevada Ballet Sam Weber frequently performs the work of German composer/violinist/tap dancer Andreas Daenel. The two dancers have performed Daenel's compositions for tap dancers and orchestra "Kontralog" and "SignADiapunktur," which premiered in the U.S. with the San Francisco Bay Area's Peninsula Symphony Orchestra in 2005. Sam is the recipient of several awards, including the "Legacy Award," from San Antonio's "Third Coast Rhythm Project," for his work as a teacher and performer. He has received the San Francisco Bay Area Tap Festival's "Giant Steps" award for his lifelong contribution to the development of tap dance in the Bay Area, and he has also received the prestigious "Juba" award from the Chicago Human Rhythm Project in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the art of tap dance.

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

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

Mark Yonally (Guest Teacher) is currently the Artistic Director of Chicago Tap Theatre, one of the most critically well-regarded companies in Chicago. Mark has developed a national and international reputation as a performer, with solo performances in Chicago, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Amsterdam and Paris. He has been blessed to have Sarah Petronio, Dianne Walker, Bill Evans and Billy Siegenfeld as mentors.

As a company member of the Bill Evans Dance Company and Especially Tap Chicago (ETC), Mark performed at such prestigious festivals as the St. Louis Tap Festival, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, the Gus Giordano Jazz Dance World Congress and at the Royal Opera House in Helsinki, Finland. Furthermore, Mark has gained the plaudits of major dance critics for his innovative approach to tap choreography. His works have been commissioned and performed by the Bill Evans Dance Company, ETC and Hope College, among others. Mark also maintains a longstanding professional relationship with Valérie Lussac, Artistic Director of Tapage of Toulouse, France. Mark is a noted educator and has taught at festivals throughout the U.S. and has served on the faculty at Oklahoma City University and Hope College. He is sought after for his multidisciplinary approach to tap teaching, which includes history, basic music theory and an emphasis on jazz music, and has taught in France, Germany, Switzerland and the United States. Mark is also a published author, with pieces appearing in Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher and Dance Magazine.

Nicholas Young (Guest Teacher/Artist in Residence) 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.