Rhythm World 28 Artists
Rhythm World 28 Artists
Learn more about each of the amazing teachers at Rhythm World 28. Click on a name below, or scroll down through the entire list.
Dianne Walker is considered a pioneer in the resurgence of tap dancing. Her 28 Year career spans Broadway, television, film and international dance concerts. Throughout the world of tap, she has been dubbed the “Ella Fitzgerald” of Tap Dance. The Boston Herald called her “America’s First Lady of Tap” and in Dallas, “The Ballerina of Tap”. Savion Glover and his contemporaries affectionately call her “Aunt Dianne” in acknowledgment of her unique place as mentor, teacher and confidante. In appreciation of her personal style and elegance as a performer, as well as her eloquent and passionate commitment to the art of tap dance, her mentors and peers always refer to her as “Lady Di”.
In 2006, Dianne’s lifetime achievements were honored in Flint, Michigan. In 2005, she also received lifetime achievement recognition from the Vancouver Tap Dance Society. 2004, Walker received the Hoofers Award from Tap City NYC and was also presented with an award at the L.A Tap Dance Festival in memory of Gregory Hines. Dianne Walker is the first woman to receive the “Living Treasure in American Dance Award” from Oklahoma City University. She has also received numerous awards over the years for excellence in teaching.
Sam Weber 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 www.sierranevadaballet.com.
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. On July 11th, 2017, Sam Weber received the “Hoofer Award,” presented by the American Tap Dance Foundation.
Linda Sohl Ellison
Linda Sohl Ellison, Artistic Director and Choreographer, co-founded Rhapsody In Taps with Toni Tack in 1981. Linda has a BFA from Ohio University in Dance and Graphic Design and an MA from UCLA. Her training includes studies under the great tap masters Foster Johnson, Eddie Brown, Honi Coles and Buster Brown. She collaborated with Gregory Hines, staging and performing in his first choreographic work, Toeing the 3rd and Fifth made for Rhapsody In Taps in 1990. Recognized for her choreographic innovation in tap, she has been awarded five Choreographers’ Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, two Irvine Fellowships in Dance (1999, 2001) and a 2006 Dance: Creation to Performance grant from the James Irvine Foundation. In 1999 Linda was nominated for the prestigious Alpert Award in Dance. She has received Artist’s Fellowships from the California Arts Council, Arts Council for Long Beach, Public Corporation for the Arts, National Association for Regional Ballet, and California Community Foundation. Ms. Sohl-Ellison received a 1st place choreography award from the Palm Desert Choreography Festival (2003), a Lester Horton Dance Award for Outstanding Choreography from the Dance Resource Center and a Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio University (2006), a Milestone Award from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for more than 25 years of performances, programs and arts leadership in Los Angeles (2007) and a Tapestry Award from the Soul to Sole tap festival in Austin Texas for 30 years of contributions to the field of tap dance (2010). A full-time Professor of Dance at Orange Coast College since 1978, Linda teaches many dance forms, directs the annual student dance concert and mentors dancers with professional career goals. Her film credits include the movie TAP, and three documentaries: Thinking on their Feet: Women of the Tap Renaissance, You Gotta Move and JUBA. Linda has toured the United States, Asia, France and Germany teaching and performing as a soloist, with Rhapsody In Taps, and with her husband, percussionist Monti Ellison.
Monti Ellison teaches African dance and drumming at Orange Coast College, Loyola Marymount University and Santa Monica College, and he has taught at Chapman University and other schools, programs and festivals in the US and abroad. An accomplished percussionist/drummer, composer and vocalist, he has performed worldwide with Harry Belafonte, Stephanie Mills, Lonnie Liston Smith, Little Steven, Rhapsody In Taps, The Music Connection and other artists.
Early in his career he danced in the Congolese dance company, Tanawa, directed by Congolese master dancer/drummer, Titos Sompa. Monti performed traditional dances with Tanawa such as: Yembela, Boucher, Masque Dance, N’ Goma ba Congo and Ganza. Monti also studied acting and went on to combine his talents in a successful performing career that included three Broadway shows: Guys and Dolls, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope and the Broadway equity national tour of The Buddy Holly Story. From 1992 – 1995, while living in Hamburg Germany, he toured Europe with The Caribbean Unlimited Orchestra, Frank Valdor Orchestra, Go-Go Free, Tatara, and he performed in Hamburg with the jazz trio, Soul Eyes. A skilled improviser on djembe, congas, berimbau and other world percussion, Monti is frequently invited to perform as a soloist, and he performs percussion and tap duets with his wife, Linda Sohl-Ellison.
Monti Ellison was head staff musician for 15 years at the Alvin Ailey School in New York. He has worked as a dance accompanist at UCLA, Santa Monica College, Cerritos College, and he is currently a dance musician at Loyola Marymount University, California State University, Long Beach and The Wooden Floor. Monti has composed numerous dance scores: Judith Jamison’s Divining for the Alvin Ailey company, a percussion score for the New York based Urban Arts Corps’ production of Alice in Wonderland directed by Vinette Carroll and choreographed by Talley Beatty, J5A6Z7Z8 for jazz choreographer Jose Meier, percussion works for California based choreographers: John Pennington, Lorin Johnson, Erin Landry, as well as a diverse range of scores for Rhapsody In Taps, and compositions for the Monti Ellison Percussion Ensemble. www.rhapsodyintaps.com
Lane Alexander, Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s co-founder and director for 25 years, has performed, choreographed, taught and advocated for American tap and percussive dance for more than 40 years. He has performed Morton Gould’s Tap Dance Concerto with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, The London Philharmonic at the Royal Festival Hall, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra at the Pritzer Pavilion and the Little Orchestra Society at Lincoln Center among many others. Lane co-directed the Emmy nominated PBS documentary JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance, curated the first full-length tap concert on a main stage at the Kennedy Center and led more than 80 American tap dancers to China to represent the United States at the 5th Annual Beijing International Dance Festival. Lane has been a driving force behind the development of a new, collaborative dance/arts space in Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building – the American Rhythm Center.
Lane received a National Endowment for the Arts’ American Masterpieces grant through the Illinois Arts Council, two Ruth Page Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Field and Solo Performance, two Illinois Arts Council Choreography Fellowships and has been recognized by the Chicago Tribune as “Chicagoan of the Year” and three times in Chicago’s New City as one of the city’s 50 Players. Lane was honored to serve on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s transition team for arts and cultural policy. Lane continues to teach, choreograph and perform around the world and has served on many dance faculties including the Lou Conte Dance Studio, Gus Giordano Dance Studio, Northwestern University, Columbia College and at Jacob’s Pillow. Lane currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Beijing Contemporary Music Academy and Chairman of the Board of the International Tap Association.
Bril Barrett is a creative tap dancer, whose mission is to preserve and promote tap dance as a percussive art form, foster respect and admiration for the history and creators of tap, and continuously create opportunities for the art form and its practitioners.Bril is the founder of M.A.D.D. (Making A Difference Dancing) Rhythms, director of The Chicago Tap Summit and founder of The M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy. Performance opportunities include Riverdance, Tap Dance Kid, The St. Louis Tap Festival, The Calgary Tap Summit and many others. Bril has taught and/or performed in Canada, Germany, Finland, Turkey, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Albania, Amsterdam, and across the U.S. He has started many outreach programs in Chicago’s public schools, Park districts, a performing arts high school in Gary, Indiana and several After School Matters programs on the city’s Westside and Southside.
Daniel “Dani” Borak, world-renowned, international tap and multi-genre performer, choreographer and teacher, joins the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) as its first three-year Artist In Residence, using his many skills throughout CHRP’s variety of programs. Passionate about experimenting and collaborating with a broad spectrum of performing and visual artists, this extraordinarily talented artist has already expanded the concept of traditional tap dancing, creating his own unique blended vocabulary pointing toward the future of percussive dance and rhythmic expression.
A native of Switzerland (Winterthur), Dani has performed as a soloist around the world and has won 11 gold medals in many different categories (six in solo male) at the IDO tap dance world championships in Riesa, Germany. In 2013, he served as co-choreographer and dance captain for productions of Spamalot and Flashdance. In 2014, he collaborated on the creation of Funny Feet (by Lukas Weiss Productions) a show that fused tap dance, juggling, virtuosic foot percussion and humor. Other shows featuring his performances in 2014–15 included WINGS by Rigolo and, thanks to Regine Ochsner, Rhythm Refix by Cartier Williams. In 2015, he faced the greatest challenge of his career, performing in Kilian Deissler’s Kick The Square: tapping by using notes in an extremely complex way, with six other musicians, using a notation system specifically created for the project and a special stage consisting of different sound elements.
Companies and projects that he has performed and toured around the world with include Stylize, directed by Sandro Minasi, which combines different dance styles including break dance and tap; DaNaTI, a collaboration with Swiss dancer and choreographer Natalie Wagner that combines tap, jazz, contemporary dance and acting; Carpe Rhythmum, a Swiss tap ensemble, directed by Daniel Leveillé; his longtime partnership with tap dancer Ursina Meyer; Tap Dan’s Company; projects with his mother Liba Borak and their dancers from Dance Studio Borak; and “Dog, Sheep & Shepherd” with the jazz duo Gabriela and Jan Pisklák. He also has taught workshops and been invited to tap festivals all over the globe.
His most ambitious project to date has been Tap Dan’s Festival in October 2016 in his hometown of Winterthur, Switzerland. Seven different performances showcased his work and new collaborations, including several of his full-evening works as well as material from his six years as a freelance artist. Almost all of his tap and musician colleagues from Switzerland, as well as guests from the U.S., England, France and Germany, including Barbara Duffy, Cartier Williams, Max Pollak, Victor Cuno, and Andreas Dänel, participated and collaborated with him, selling out six of the seven shows.
The 2017 recipient of the “Hoofer Award”, Ayodele is a native New Yorker and began her professional training at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is also a graduate of The William Esper Studio in NYC, having studied directly with the masterful William Esper.
Ayodele Casel recently premiered her one-woman show “While I Have The Floor” at the Spoleto Arts Festival to rave reviews. She also served as choreographer for Carole King and Maurice Sendak’s musical “Really Rosie” for NEw York City Center’s Encores! Off Center this summer under the direction of Leigh Silverman.
Hailed by the legendary Gregory Hines as “one of the top young tap dancers in the world,” Casel has been creating and presenting her work since 1999 and added Spoleto Festival USA to her list of eager recipients this season in her World Premiere.
Ms. Casel’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 earned her commissions from Aaron Davis Hall/Harlem Stage and the Apollo’s Salon Series, where she presented “Diary of a Tap Dancer”. She was also selected by acclaimed composer Rob Kapilow to collaborate on a Tap dance concerto which premiered at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Ayodele co-choreographed “Tap Into Peace”; a show with the incredible music of Stevie Wonder as its inspiration and soundtrack. The show has been presented at NY City Center’s Fall for Dance and PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland.
She has performed at New York City Center, The White House, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and Off-Broadway in Savion Glover’s Downtown: Live Communication. Ms. Casel also co-choreographed and was featured on PBS’ “Rodgers and Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty”. She has been creating and presenting her own works since 1999 in venues that include The Apollo, New York’s City Center, Aaron Davis Hall/The Gatehouse, The Lisner Auditorium, Lincoln Center “Out of Doors”, Symphony Space, Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop, The Triad Theater and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater.
Ms. Casel has appeared on the cover of Dance Spirit, American Theater Magazine, The village voice and has been featured in many other magazine articles. She has worked and performed with the greatest tap dancers and companies including the late great Gregory Hines, Jazz Tap Ensemble, American Tap Dance Orchestra and Savion Glover as the only female in his company N.Y.O.T.s (Not Your Ordinary Tappers). Her work has been presented nationally and internationally, and she continues striving to make Tap Dancing a relevant presence in the arts.
Ayodele, 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 2016 season. Recent performances include “Broadway For Hillary” Fundraiser at the St. James Theater in NYC with Michael Mayer as director. She is on faculty at A BroaderWay, LA Dance Magic, and Marymount Manhattan College. She is the co-director of Original Tap House and Operation: Tap.
Ja’Bowen Dixon is a prominent dancer, choreographer, actor, instructor, visual and performance artist that has entertained audiences since the age of six. He first began his performing arts training at Burnham Park Prep, a private elementary school in downtown Chicago. Inspired and passionate, he then began to pursue his career at the tender age of ten, landing work in film, commercials and concert performances. Some of his film and television credits include Save The Last Dance, What About Joan, and Roll Bounce. In addition to his film work, he has also been featured multiple times in the top dance publication in the country (Dance Spirit magazine) and has modeled for Leo’s Dance Wear. Even with his success, he also continued his training and learned from internationally known tap dancers such as Savion Glover, Diane Walker and the late Jimmy Slyde. By the age of sixteen Jabowen became a founding member of the internationally known, critically acclaimed tap dance company M.A.D.D Rhythms. He has recently performed during halftime for the Chicago Bulls organization, been featured in a pilot for Fox Television directed by award winning director Lee Daniels and scored a national daytime spot on the Steve Harvey Show. When he is not performing he teaches classes and workshops in Chicago’s most prominent dance studios, including but not limited to Lou Conte and Joffery Ballet. Jabowen is a natural born performer, whether its TV, Film or dance, he always captivates and inspires audiences.
Star Dixon is an assistant director, choreographer, and original principal dancer of world renowned tap company, MADD Rhythms. She has taught and performed at the most distinguished tap festivals in the country including The L.A. Tap Fest, DC Tap Fest, Motorcity Tap Fest, Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World, Jazz City in New Orleans, and MADD Rhythms own Chicago Tap Summit. Internationally, she’s taught and performed in Poland and Brazil several times. She’s been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine twice (Artist on the rise and Speed Demon), The Chicago Reader, and independent film “The Rise & Fall of Miss Thang” starring Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards. Outside of MADD Rhythms, she’s performed as a guest with such companies as Michelle Dorrance’s Dorrance Dance, Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies, Lane Alexander’s Bam, and Jason Samuel Smith’s ACGI. Star is currently on staff at numerous dance studios, schools, and a teen program to keep youth off the streets called After School Matters. You can find her videos on YouTube under dance13star.
Tre Dumas is a Chicago native and currently works as co-Artistic Director of M.A.D.D. Rhythms. Tap dancing since the age of 8, Tre first began attracting the tap community’s attention by representing Tommy Sutton’s Mayfair Academy of Fine Arts as an instructor at the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. Soon after, Tre was cast in the national touring revival of Broadway’s “The Tap Dance Kid” where he first worked with Bril Barrett. Shortly thereafter, Tre joined Bril’s existing group “Steppin’ Out” and they started performing together in numerous tap festivals and events. He was then featured in the North-American and European tours of “Riverdance”, dancing with the show for nearly 3 years. Upon his return to his home town, he continued his association with Mr. Barrett developing a vision that was once an idea into an internationally renowned company, M.A.D.D Rhythms.
Within his pursuits, Tre has had the privilege of learning from and sharing stages with Dianne “Lady Di” Walker, Robert L. Reed, Van “The Man” Porter, Paris Mann, and George “Mo Leggs” Patterson III, among others. He has performed and taught for the St. Louis Tap Festival, the Los Angeles Tap Festival, the Detroit Tap Festival, The Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Columbus Taps and with M.A.D.D. Rhythms Canada while also working at countless workshops across North America and Europe. This includes a six month teaching excursion in Stuttgart, Germany. With a highly musical style and a fun and positive approach to teaching, Tre has become one of the country’s brightest up-and-coming tap influences.
Luke Hickey is a professional tap dancer, choreographer, actor, and model from Chapel Hill, NC. Currently residing in Brooklyn, Hickey is a founding member of Cartier Williams Dance Theatre. He began studying with his mentor, Gene Medler, at the age of seven. Under the direction of Mr. Medler, Hickey completed 10 consecutive seasons performing and touring with the internationally acclaimed, North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE). In 2013, Hickey became a company member and leading character of the New York Stage Originals touring show “TapKids.” Under the direction of Mr. Medler, Luke performed at venues in China, Germany, and across North America.
Onstage, Luke has most notably performed at the American Dance Festival’s 84th Anniversary Gala, Karole Armitage’s “American Dream” at the iconic Ravello Festival, the American Tap Dance Foundation’s “Tap Ellington” at JAZZ at Lincoln Center, “JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance” at The Kennedy Center, National Tap Dance Day at Macy’s Herald Square, as well as Cartier William’s “Rhythm Refix” on stages around NYC including Times Square’s EcoFest.
Jason Janas is one of the most exceptional rhythm-artists of his generation, and is invited to festivals worldwide. Originally from New Jersey, he began his tap dance instruction under Ms. Deborah Mitchell and was the first charter member of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble. He there found a love for the dance and continued to learn and study the art form. He also trained as a member of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble under the direction of Gene Medler.
After high school, Janas joined his first profession company Tapestry Dance Company in Austin TX, under the direction of Acia Gray. He was a principal dancer for 5 years. His hard work ethic began to take notice and Derick Grant invited Jason to be in his show Imagine Tap! which ran for 6 weeks in Chicago. This experience changed his life. Other show credits include “Souls of our Feet” with Tapestry Dance Company, “Wonderland” with Sara Savelli and Ayodele Casel, and most recently he co-choreographed and was featured in “Tap Stars” with Rasta Thomas. He has taught at tap festivals in New Jersey, Chicago, New York, L.A., Charlotte, Austin, San Antonio, Vancouver, Zürich, Curitiba (Brazil), Moscow, Barcelona, Alessandria (Italy), Olbia (Italy), and Costa Rica. Currently, Jason teaches for Wild Dance Convention and West Coast Dance Explosion.
Jason loves to tap dance, loves to learn from other tap dancers, and loves to learn and study about the tap dancers and masters who came before him. Jason is a sponsor of Ruben Sanchèz Dance Wear. To Jason, «Sound is rhythm. Rhythm is life.»
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Stacy Letrice is a dance performer, choreographer, instructor, and dance/movement therapist with over 20-years of local and global experience. In 2017, she was crowned Minnesota’s official Dancehall Queen after competing among other contestants from NYC, Europe, and the Midwest. Her passion for Reggae, Dancehall, Afro-beat and traditional West African cultures has opened doors for her to perform with artists such as Les Twins, Lady Patra, Tarrus Riley, Elephant Man, Serani, Mr. Vegas, Wayne Wonder, Tiwa Savage, Banky W, Praiz, Chaka Demus & Pliers and more. In 2015, she created her own dance brand, “Jukeboxx,” dedicated to helping others pursue happiness through African and Caribbean dance forms. Her international travels include: South Africa, Barbados, Jamaica, Canada, London, Paris, Australia, Taiwan, and Brazil. Stacy Letrice teaches weekly adult classes in Chicago and is ecstatic to share her gifts around the world. When asked why she dances, Stacy always replies, “I know there is a God because I feel him when I dance”.
Charles Renato was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He began tap dancing at the age of 6 years old at CBS located in Sao Jose dos Campos. At 14 he began teaching tap dance which lead him to 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 throughout 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 Artist Resident at American Tap Dance Foundation and he is creating his first project to be premiere in NY this summer.
Check more info on www.charlesrenato.com
Nico has been Professionally Entertaining and Educating around much of Illinois and throughout the United States for over a decade. His international buzz has expanded his talents to the likes of Europe (Switzerland/Sweden/Italy/Spain) , Asia (China/Hong Kong/Taiwan/Japan), Central America (Costa Rica/Honduras/Guatemala) and South America (Brazil). He was also a recent recipient of the Chicago Dancemakers Forum’s RDDI and on Windy City Live. In an additional effort to build community and craft his own contribution, Nico has officially started his own Tap Company, 333 (Three Thirty Three). He is also an original member of Chicago based Tap Company Jus’LisTeN, as well as a New Orleans based Tap & Brass Band entitled, Tap That Brass.
Sarah Savelli started tap dancing at her mother’s dance studio in Northeast Ohio at the age of four, and has loved it ever since. She began instructing locally at the age of twelve, and has been teaching, performing, choreographing, and producing tap events for the past 20 years. Sarah was a founding and choreographing member of Rhythm ISS, an influential Chicago-based, all-female tap company in the 90s. She has been a faculty member at numerous studios, tap festivals, and competition/conventions in New York City, Chicago, Michigan, and Cleveland, including Steps on Broadway (NYC), Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Center and Lou Conte Dance Studio (Chicago), the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Third Coast Rhythm Project, Totally Tap, and Tapperfest Toronto. Best known for her swift and intricate footwork, Sarah was commissioned on three separate occasions by PlayhouseSquare (Cleveland, OH) to create and perform in a full-length tap work (Tap into Peace), was the first Capezio ACE Award for Tap choreography finalist in 2010, and appears in the PBS documentary Juba! The Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance. Sarah has had the pleasure of dancing with Savion Glover since 2013 in various shows across the USA, and is the artistic director of the Cleveland Tap Crew, a youth tap company with 50+ members that she established in 2011. Follow her on Instagram at @saravellithegreat!
Caleb Teicher is a critically-acclaimed dancer, choreographer, director, and teacher based in New York City.
Caleb began his dance career as a founding member of Michelle Dorrance’s celebrated company, Dorrance Dance, in 2011. He was awarded a 2011 Bessie Award for Outstanding Individual Performance for his work in Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’ A Shared Evening at Danspace Project. Other favorite performance credits include The Chase Brock Experience, Syncopated City Dance Company, The Bang Group, Sally Silvers & Dancers, iLuminate, West Side Story (Int’l Tour and London), and Irma La Douce (City Center Encores).
Caleb’s current concentration is creating concert dance work for Caleb Teicher & Company. Utilizing traditional American dance forms (Tap, Vernacular Jazz, Lindy Hop) to create new concert dance work, the company has been presented by The Joyce Theater, Works & Process at Guggenheim Bilbao, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Inside/Out Series, Paris Jazz Roots Dance Festival, Gibney Dance, Beantown Tap Festival, Queens College, The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, Hudson Valley Dance Festival, PS21, Vancouver Tap Festival, LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club, and the American Tap Dance Foundation, amongst others.
Teicher was named one of Dance Magazine’s 2012 “25 to Watch” and, recently, the winner of Dance Magazine’s “Best Emerging Choreographer” in the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. He has been featured in Vogue, Interview Magazine, Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine, and many other publications.
Caleb has been a guest faculty member at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. He also spends time as a guest soloist, a director/choreographer for interdisciplinary work, and as an instructor of tap dance and solo jazz for international festivals/workshops.
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 and 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 alongside 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 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. Cartier choreographed and directed CARTIER WILLIAMS RYTHM REFIX in May 2011 at Joe’s Pub. Cartier Williams performed with Super-DJ Chew FU at The Palms Hotel/Resort in Las Vegas. Other credits include: National Tap Dance Day at MACYS, Chicago Sinfonetta Orchestra, Phildephia Pops, and New York City Pops Orchestra. In the fall of 2014 Cartier formed his new dance company The Cartier Williams Dance Theatre. Their credits include: New York Botancial Gardens, Childrens Museum of Manhattan, George Faison’s Firehouse Theatre, Lebain New York, and featured in Black Coffee’s music video Come With Me sponsored by Smirnorff.
Cartier also perfomed at The Opening of the Cannes Film Festivel for Moulin Rouge. He is also a former 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 and in horror film Tales of Poe released in 2014 directed by Bart Mastronardi & Alan Rowe Kelly now avaiable now on iTunes. Now 27, Cartier is currently in production for his new show ZIGITYBOP! premiering at the Oslo Jazz Festivel and Zurich, Switzerland this summer.