BARBARA PHILLIPS

Tap Program Director, Instructor, Artistic Director RPM Youth Tap Ensemble

A Native Texan, Barbara Phillips Teaches Rhythm Tap As A Faculty Member And Guest Artist In Both Public And Private Dance Institutions Including Intensive Workshops, Residencies And Master Classes Throughout The U.S. Her Passion And Inspiration Were Ignited By Many Of The Great Contemporary Artists And Masters Including Sam Weber, Lynn Dally, Lane Alexander, Dianne Walker, Fred Strickler, Acia Gray And Heather Cornell To Name A Few. She Is Dedicated To Passing It On To The Next Generation, Providing Opportunity Through Accessible Programming, Producing Outreach Programs, Concert Performances And Collaborations Within The Extended Dance Community.

Barbara Has Appeared As A Soloist And Master Teacher Nationwide Including The Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World Summer Festival, Soul To Sole Tap Festival, Tap Jammin At The Kaplan Theater, Rhythm Extravaganza, Dance Festival SA, Dance For USA, Dallas National Tap Dance Day Celebrations Among Others And Is The Founder Of Third Coast Rhythm Project Now Celebrating Its 14th Season. She Appeared In The Live Concert Series Of “JUBA ” Masters Of Tap And Percussive Dance With Lane Alexander, As A Guest Performer With Especially Tap Chicago, And Has Staged Numerous Productions For The San Antonio Symphony’s Pops Series Including “Big Band” Under The Baton Of The Irrepressible Michael Krajewski.

Barbara Teaches Throughout The Year As A Guest Instructor At Tapestry Dance Academy In Austin, Works With Numerous Youth Companies Across The U.S., And Is Currently Artistic Director Of The Critically Acclaimed R.P.M. (Rhythm & Percussion In Motion) Youth Tap Ensemble, And Artistic Producing Director Of Third Coast Rhythm Project’ International Summer Festival. She Was Recently Recognized By San Antonio Women Magazine As San Antonio’s First Lady Of Tap And Honored As The Recipient Of The 2009 Texas Tap Legend Award By The Dallas Dance Council, And Again At Space City Tap Fest In 2012 For Her Contribution To The Art Form, Artistic And Educational Achievement And Service To The Community.

ADRIANA RAY

Guest Instructor / Choreographer

A Native Of San Antonio, Texas, Adriana Studied At Pat Holbrook’s Dance Center And Later At Earle Cobb Dance Studio. At This Time She Also Joined RPM Youth Tap Ensemble Under The Direction Of Barbara Phillips. While A Member Of RPM, Adriana Was Able To Attend Master Classes And Workshops, Including The World’s Largest Tap And Percussive Dance Festival, Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World. In 2007, Adriana Appeared At The 5th Annual Beijing International Dance Festival With RPM. Adriana Is A Graduate Of The University Of Texas At Austin Majoring In African And African American Studies. She Was A Member Of Tapestry Dance Company For 3 Seasons, And Is Also A Member Of Austin’s Ballet Afrique.