MASTER CLASS SERIES 2019
SATURDAY JANUARY 5 1:00 – 2:30PM
ADV. INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED LEVEL
CLASS FEE $20.00 in advance $25.00 at the door
Karissa Royster began studying tap dancing when she joined RPM Tap Ensemble under the direction of Barbara Phillips in 2006. Originally from San Antonio, Karissa is a recent graduate of NYU, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and was a Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar. While in New York, Karissa had the opportunity to dance with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’ “Sophisticated Ladies” at Harlem’s historic Cotton Club and also appeared at Brooklyn Dance Festival as part of Jason Samuels Smith’s A.C.G.I. Tap Company. This past year, she performed in Savion Glover’s “STePz” in Charlotte, NC.
In April 2016, she made her Broadway debut as the Dance Captain and as a member of the dance ensemble in Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 & All That Followed, choreographed by Savion Glover and directed by George C. Wolfe. Karissa performed at the 70th Annual Tony Awards with the company of Shuffle Along, nominated for Best Musical and Best Choreography, as well as on ABC’s broadcast of “Taking the Stage: Changing America”, in which she had the honor of performing with Savion Glover and fellow cast members for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. She is passionate about preserving, sharing, and being a student of the Dance as well as exploring tap dance’s roots in American history.
Karissa is endlessly thankful to her mother and father for supporting her artistic endeavors, and to her many incredible teachers – Barbara Phillips, Derick Grant, and Marshall Davis, Jr., amongst others – for their generosity in dance education.