Sam Weber

SAM WEBER

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 has shared the stage with such tap luminaries as Charles, “Honi” Coles, Steve Condos, and Gregory Hines.

Sam continues to teach at tap festivals worldwide.  He has taught in the dance departments of UCLA, Cal State L.A., Cal State Fullerton and San Francisco State University and currently teaches regular classes at ODC Dance Commons and City Dance in San Francisco.

Sam is the recipient of numerous awards( including the “Juba” award from the Chicago Human Rhythm Project) and was the first tap dancer to receive a “Bessie” award, presented in 1993 in recognition of outstanding creative achievement in his work with the Jazz Tap Ensemble.  He has received the “Giant Steps” award for his lifelong contribution to the development of tap dance in the San Francisco Bay Area and was the recipient of the “Legacy Award” from the Third Coast Rhythm Project for his work as a teacher and performer.  On July 11th, 2017, Sam received the “Hoofer Award,” presented by the American Tap Dance Foundation.

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LYNN SCHWAB

Lynn Schwab is a member Tony Waag’s Tap City on Tour, was a member of Max Pollak’s RumbaTap , and a founding member of Barbara Duffy and Company. With these groups, Lynn has had the opportunity to perform throughout the world and at such notable New York venues as Town Hall, The Duke on 42nd Street, Judson Church, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Joe’s Pub, The River-to-River Festival, Off Broadway’s La MAMA, Central Park’s SummerStage, Studio 54, Symphony Space, The Joyce and The Joyce SoHo Theatres, BAM and The New Victory Theater on Broadway.

Lynn had the pleasure of performing at The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse as a guest artist with Billy Siegenfeld’s Jump Rhythm Jazz Project and has choreographed for and performed at Jacob’s Pillow.
She was also a frequent guest performer at Barbara Duffy’s Tap Dance and Jazz Brunch and joined in regularly at Buster Brown’s Sunday Tap Jam at Swing 46.
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With members of The Tap Collective, she choreographed and performed the Morton Gould Tap Dance Concerto with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and as a soloist, performed with The Chamber Orchestra Kremlin.

Lynn was featured in the documentary “Thinking on Their feet: Women of the Tap Renaissance”, and in the independent film “A Fugue for Two Tap Dancers and Two Musicians “, winner of Best Romantic Comedy Short that was shown at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (2010).

She teaches and performs annually at New York’s Tap Festival, Tap City, where she was the Dance Captain and Assistant Director for “A Salute to the Copasetics.” and is the Co-Director for “Tap It Out,” the closing out-of-doors event.

Presently, she is on faculty at Steps on Broadway in New York City and for The American Tap Dance Foundation. She teaches and performs at festivals and workshops throughout the U.S.A., Europe, Brazil, Japan and Taiwan.

Sarah Savelli

SARAH SAVELLI

Sarah Credits Her Exceptional Mother, Dianne, For Her Love Of Dance And Early Training In Northeast Ohio. After Relocating To Chicago, She Served As Dancer/Co-Choreographer And Then Eventually As Artistic Director For Rhythm ISS…, An All-Female, Chicago-Based Tap Company She Co-Founded In 1995 With Idella Reed-Davis And Sharon Rushing. She Was Featured In The PBS Documentary “Juba! The Masters Of Tap And Percussive Dance”, And Has Taught And Performed Extensively Throughout The Country As A Soloist And As A Member Of Several Different Tap Companies, Including Manhattan Tap, Especially Tap Chicago, And Roxane Butterfly’s “Beauteez And The Beat”.

In 2006, Sarah Co-Founded Tandem Act Productions With Ayodele Casel And Created Multiple Critically Acclaimed Tap Performances And Workshops. Sarah Was Also Commissioned Three Times To Create, Choreograph And Present Her Original Work, “Tap In2 Peace”, By PlayhouseSquare In Cleveland, And Is Currently The Director Of Three Tap Crews, Located In Cleveland, Detroit, And Chicago. She Is Also Thrilled To Be Performing With Savion Glover In His Newest Show, “Stepz” Which Is Touring The U.S. After A Fantastic Three Week Run At The Joyce Theater In NYC.

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MARTIN “TRE” DUMAS

“Tre” Dumas Is A Tap Dancer And Choreographer From Chicago, IL. Mr. Dumas Received Most Of His Early Dance Training And His First Teaching Experience At Tommy Sutton’s Mayfair Academy Of Fine Arts On Chicago’s South Side. He’s A Graduate Of Clark Atlanta University With A B.A. In Mass Media Arts With A Concentration In Speech And Theatre Arts.

Since 1995 He’s Taught And Performed Regularly At Various Festivals Including The Chicago Human Rhythm Project, The L.A. Tap Fest, The St. Louis Tap Festival, Maui Tap Experience, Detroit Tap Festival, Third Coast Rhythm Project, Calgary Tap Summit, Chicago Tap Summit (Which He Co-Founded), North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival, Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival And Columbus Taps Among Others.

From 1998 Through 2000, Mr. Dumas Was Featured In The North American And European Tours Of “Riverdance”. In 2001 Mr. Dumas Partnered With Bril Barrett To Create M.A.D.D Rhythms, And The M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy From September 2001-February 2002, Mr. Dumas Lived In Stuttgart, Germany, Creating An All Ages/All Levels Tap Program At The New York City Dance School, And Performing At Jazz And R&B Clubs By Night.

In 2004 He Performed Duke Ellington’s Classic, “David Danced” (Originally Danced By Dr. Bunny Briggs) With Bill Russo, Orbert Davis And The Chicago Jazz Ensemble. In The Summer Of 2006, He Portrayed A Fiery Tap Dancing Preacher In The Vignette “Dance Like David” In Director/Choreographer Derick Grant’s “Imagine Tap”, And Co-Starred W/Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards In The Critically Acclaimed Independent Film “The Rise And Fall Of Miss Thang”.  He Was Also Seen On The Only Aired Episode Of Secret Talents Of The Stars Dancing With R&B Songstress Turned Tap Dancer, Mya.

In 2007, Mr. Dumas Stepped Down From His Position As M.A.D.D. Rhythms Co-Artistic And Technical Director And Also Became A Member Of Jason Samuels Smith’s ACGI. Shortly Thereafter, He Created Chicago’s Newest Professional Tap Ensemble, Jus’LisTeN. Most Recently, Mr. Dumas Accepted A Position As An Associate Director With The Chicago Human Rhythm Project. He’s Taught And Performed Extensively Throughout The U.S., Canada And Germany As Well As Other Parts Of Europe, And South America.  In October 2011, Mr. Dumas Proudly Debuted His First Full Production Featuring Jus’LisTeN Entitled, “Tap Like Water” As Part Of The Annual Dance Chicago Performance Series.

Aside From His Beautiful Daughter, Lauren, His Greatest Joy Lies In Dancing And Sharing His Love And Knowledge Of His Art Form With Others And Receiving The Same As Well.

Nicole Hockenberry

NICOLE HOCKENBERRY

Nicole B. Hockenberry, a PA native, has been tap dancing professionally for over 20 years. Nicole became a performing member of A&G Dance in 1991, under the Artistic Direction of Germaine Salsberg and Manhattan Tap in 1992, under the Artistic Direction of Heather Cornell.

As the founder and director of T.A.P. (1995-2006 & 2013-ongoing), Nicole has been asked to teach and perform with the New York Foundation for the Arts, the St. Louis Tap Festival, Soul to Sole (Austin, TX), Columbus Taps, Third Coast Rhythm Project (San Antonio, TX), Southeastern Tap Explosion (Atlanta, GA), Everything on Tap! (Dallas, TX), Traditions in Tap (New York City), Tap Jam (Albuquerque, NM), Chicago Human Rhythm Project, The Big Apple Tap Festival, SoFlo Tap Fest and Tap City: The New York Tap Festival.

Nicole’s choreography has been commissioned by tap companies throughout the country, including RPM (San Antonio, TX), Tap Ties (Allentown, PA) and In Motion (Chester, NJ). Nicole joined Germaine Ingram, tap partner to La Vaughn Robinson, for performances in the Philadelphia DanceBoom! Series in 2005, held at the famous WILMA Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. Nicole was a founding member of the women’s tap trio, The Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers, under the Artistic Direction of Shelley Oliver and the Musical Direction of David Leonhardt from 1997 – 2002. Nicole is a featured speaker and performer on behalf of Dr. James ‘Buster’ Brown, in the Doctors of Dance Documentary filmed in February 2002, at Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma.

Nicole spent twelve years as an adjunct professor of Dance at Cedar Crest College (Allentown, PA) and three years a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA), teaching tap courses involving Musical Structure, Tap History and Improvisation as well as directing both the Cedar Crest and UArts Tap Ensembles. Currently, Nicole is a part-time Lecturer of Tap in the Dance Department of Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA) and runs the MCDC Tap program.

In 2013, TAP – Teach All People was recreated by Nicole and her husband Mark. TAP produces a Fall TAP Workshop & a summer event, TAP Fest. TAP’s events have included such world renowned tap artists as Nicole Hockenberry, Dianne Walker, Jimmy Tate, Lisa Hopkins, Martin Tre Dumas, Lisa La Touche, Derick Grant and Karissa Royster.

Nicole, along with her husband Mark and children Julia and Alan, make their home in Eastern Pennsylvania and are also the proud owners of Crafty Nicole, (www.craftynicole.com), an online custom designed, clay charm & pendant business.

Jumaane Taylor

JUMAANE TAYLOR

Jumaane Taylor, a Chicago native has been tap dancing since the age of 7. He began his training at the Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre, then Chicago Multicultural Dance Center and ETA Creative Arts Foundation. He has had the opportunity to perform and study with Idella Reed Davis, Jimmy Payne Jr. and George Patterson III. Jumaane made his professional debut in 2001 with the tap company M.A.D.D. Rhythms founded by Bril Barrett and Martin “Tre” Dumas III.

Jumaane was apart of the ensemble in “Imagine Tap!” directed and choreographed by Derick Grant in 2006, “Tap Into Peace” directed and choreographed by Sarah Savelli and Ayodele Casel in 2009 and Rasta Thomas’ “Tap Stars” that performed in Hamburg, Germany summer of 2011.

In 2014 this tap dancer created “Supreme Love”, a tap dance production honoring John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme and the art of tap. Premiering at jazz music and dance festivals such as Jacob’s Pillow in 2017.

Jumaane received the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award and has performed his work for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jazz Institute of Chicago and abroad. 2018 presented “The Jazz Hoofing Quartet”, a tap dance performance using improvisation to continue an expressive exploration of live jazz music with respect for its culture. While locally on faculty at Hubbard Street Youth Dance Program, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

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BRENNA KUHN

Nominated best dancer by the 2007 Austin Critics Table for her work in Tapestry Dance Company’s award-winning National Endowment for the Arts: Masterpiece Dance production of The Souls of Our Feet, Brenna Kuhn was a principal dancer with Tapestry for 9 years and served as the Executive Director of Tapestry Dance Company. She is a published co-author in Medical Problems of Performing Artists

A performer, an educator and choreographer, diversity describes Ms. Kuhn’s tap background. She started her dance journey in Detroit at the age of 12 as a member of the Lloyd Storey Tap Ensemble. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from the University of New Mexico. While in New Mexico, Brenna was a member of the Bill Evans Dance Company. In 2000, Ms. Kuhn moved to Chicago to perform with Especially Tap Chicago. In addition, she was the rehearsal director and a founding member of Chicago Tap Theatre with Mark Yonally and directed Visual Rhythm, a youth dance company.

Ms. Kuhn served as the Academy Director for Tapestry Dance Company Academy from 2004 to 2007 where she taught tap and jazz and oversaw a curriculum that included classes in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and hip hop for youth ages 3 to 18 years and adults. Ms. Kuhn’s teaching credits also include: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; Giordano Dance Center in Evanston, Illinois; Brant Lake Dance Camp in upstate New York; American College Dance Festival; Tap West; The New Mexico Rhythm Tap Festival; The Maui Tap Experience; The Third Coast Rhythm Project; The NYC Tap Festival; and Austin’s Soul to Sole Tap Festival.

Ms. Kuhn’s choreography is in demand by many students and companies around North America. She has won awards for her tap choreography and has set pieces on Tapestry Dance Company, Visual Rhythm, Chicago Tap Theatre, Visions in Rhythm, Fusion Dance Company, and Kingwood Ballet Theatre.

Ms. Kuhn has mentored with Sarah Petronio, Acia Gray, Bill Evans, and Lloyd Storey. She has shared the stage with many tap greats including Brenda Bufalino, Dianne Walker, Donald O’Connor, Leonard Reed, Fayard Nicholas, Arthur Duncan, and Lane Alexander. As a soloist, she has played with the Albert Gulbay Trio in Paris, France and in 2006 performed with the Kris Kimura Quintet for the Chinese Foreign Minister. In 2007, Brenna was chosen as one of eight dancers to perform with Petronio when she received the honor of Grand Master by the National Center of Dance in Paris, France.

In 2009, Ms. Kuhn co-founded FootNotes with Michael Stevens. FootNotes, as their name suggests, is the intersection of music and dance, sparking conversation in the universal language of rhythm and music. In 2015, she was honored to teach the students of the Pre-Professional Program at Tap City, the NYC Tap Festival. In 2013, she founded the Austin Tap Ensemble, an adult student tap company. In 2017, she founded Art Beat Dance Center to create a community of dancers united by their passion for music and dance through high quality training in a healthy and nurturing environment, for which she received the 2018 Young Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Kuhn is also a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with the National Yoga Alliance and is grateful for the support of her loving husband, Kevin.

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BARBARA PHILLIPS

Dancer, teacher, choreographer and producer, Barbara is the founder/ director of Third Coast Rhythm Project, now celebrating their 20th season. She has appeared as a guest artist with Especially Tap Chicago, Soul to Sole Festival in Austin, “Everything on Tap” in Dallas, Hoofin Ground Festival in Charlotte, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World Summer Festival, “The Legacy Tap Project”, Rhythm Body and Soul in Calgary AB, and in the live concert series of “JUBA” Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance with Mr. Lane Alexander.
Barbara is artistic director of R.P.M. ( Rhythm.Percussion.Motion ) Youth Tap Ensemble, teaches and heads the tap program at Third Coast Rhythm Project’s Tap Academy in San Antonio, and teaches as a faculty member and guest artist in both public and private dance institutions. She is the producer and artistic director of Third Coast Rhythm Project’s Annual Summer Tap Festival, bringing together world class artists and musicians to San Antonio in a rhythm packed 4 day educational program.

Barbara is dedicated to sharing the joy of tap dancing with the adult community, passing it on to the next generation, mentoring young dancers through accessible programming, scholarship opportunities, community outreach, concert performances and collaborations within the extended dance community.
Barbara was recognized by San Antonio Women magazine as San Antonio’s first lady of tap, is the recipient of the 2009 Texas Tap Legend award by the Dallas Dance Council for her contribution to the art form, artistic and educational achievement and service to the tap community, and honored at Space City Tap Fest for her outstanding contribution to the Texas Tap Community.

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KARISSA ROYSTER

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.

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MARK RUBINSTEIN

Mark Rubinstein’s wide range of interests, his insatiable curiosity, and the unusual scope of his abilities have combined to generate a unique and diverse musical career.  Mark’s main instrument is piano, but he has played drums in punk bands, electric bass in salsa groups, and accordion in settings ranging from symphony orchestras to avant-garde theatre pieces.  His interest in ethnic music has led him to seek out performance opportunities in Greek, French, German, Italian, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Brazilian, and traditional Jewish music.  Mr. Rubinstein’s work as a recording engineer has led to Grammy nominations and platinum records for his clients, and his productions are noted for their clarity of sound and attention to detail.  Career highlights include: music direction for the recent production of “The Blue Flower” by American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, as well as an earlier production by Prospect Theater Company in New York; music direction for regional tap dance festivals “Soul To Sole” in Austin, TX and “Third Coast Tap Festival/Jazz on Tap” in San Antonio, TX; performances (on piano) with legendary jazz flutist Herbie Mann, seminal jazz bassist Eddie Gomez, saxophonist Bunky Green, and legendary tap dancers Arthur Duncan, Dianne Walker, and Sarah Petronio; European tours with noted songwriters Dirk Hamilton and George Carver; membership in influential early Texas punk band The Rejects; and recordings (as engineer) with many noted artists including: Grover Washington, Jr., Shirley Horn, Cher, Liza Minelli, Judy Collins, Najee, Gerald Levert, Scarface, George Duke, Bobby Womack, Backstreet Boys, and Natalie Cole.

Mark is currently the Audio Engineer for School of Music at The Ohio State University, where he teaches classes in audio recording, oversees recording activities for the school, and collaborates in the development of curriculum for the Music, Media, and Enterprise program.

Mr. Rubinstein assumed the presidency of the Musicians’ Society of San Antonio, Local 23, American Federation of Musicians in January 2009. He is a voting member of NARAS and a member of AES.

In November 2008, Mark attained Digidesign certification as a Pro Tools HD Music Expert, one of fewer than 100 in the world at present. He also holds Digidesign Pro Tools HD Operator and VENUE Operator certifications.

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JIM KALSON

Jim Has Been A Professional Bass Player Since The Age Of Thirteen.  Early In His Career, He Was A Member Of The Kalson Family Band That Toured The Country.  They Were Managed And Booked By The Lavender Blake Agency And Shared The Stage With Artists Such As George Jones, Tammy Wynette, The Statler Brothers And Ronnie Milsap, To Name A Few.Jim Started His Solo Career At 18, And Has Been Playing Jazz And Contemporary Pop Music Since.  He Has Performed Extensively With Jazz Artists Paul English, Joe LoCascio And David Caceres, And Has Been Featured With Renowned Jazz Professionals Including Gordon Goodwin, Bob Mintzer, Jon Faddis, Ignacio Berroa, Ndugu Chancler, Paquito D’Rivera And Kirk Whalum. Currently, He Is Working On A New Project With Kirk Covington, Drummer Of Tribal Tech And The Zawinul Syndicate.

Jim Is No Stranger To The Music Studio Either, With Many Hours Spent In Local Studios Including BAM Studio, BGM Studio, Chaton Studio, Salmon Peak And Keith Harter Music. His Dozens Of Album Credits Include Performances With Willie Nelson, Little Joe Y La Familia, Rick Cavender, Jazz PR, Terri Hendrix, Ron Wilkins And Footprints. Jim Is Very Proud To Be A Part Of Dick Wagner’s Desert Dreams Productions In Phoenix Arizona. Other Studio Credits Include Television And Radio Commercials, Jingles And Demos For Companies Including Ancira, Taco Cabana, Bud Light, Red Lobster, Coca Cola, Western Sizzlin, HEB, SBC Call Notes And Hair Club For Men.

Jim Has Spent His Time In The Orchestra Pit, As Well, With Touring Broadway Musicals Such As Grease, Menopause The Musical And A Chorus Line.  He Has Had Numerous San Antonio Symphony Pops Performances With Artists Such As Martin Short, Joel Grey, Vicki Carr, Danny Gans, Clint Holmes, Patsy Torres And High Class Brass. He Performed In 2007 At  La Villita Assembly Hall In San Antonio, Texas With Legendary Drummer Buddy Miles. Jim Is Currently Touring With Donald Braswell Of “America’s Got Talent” Fame.

Jim Served As An Electric Bass Instructor At U.T.S.A For Twelve Years And Has Been An Instructor With St. Mary’s University Since 2002, And The Bulverde Academy Of Music Since 2006. He Is Excited To Have Joined The Faculty At San Antonio College In The Fall Of 2010.

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 ROBERT KAZENEL

A Force In The Canadian Popular Music Scene Of The Mid Eighties And Early Nineties As Both A Sideman And Composer, Robert Kazenel Performed On And Co-Wrote Hit Songs And Top 20 Records With Canadian Bands Such As BootSauce, The Groove Kings And Seven Sisters Before Taking A Hiatus To Pursue And Complete A Music Degree. With A New Found Post Academic Focus On Jazz Music, Robert Performed With Numerous Canadian Jazz Greats Such Steve Amirault, Dave Turner, Charlie Biddle, Nelson Symonds, Touring Extensively With The Group NOMA Before Moving To Austin Texas, “Live Music Capital Of The World.”

Having Successfully Straddled The Worlds Of Jazz, Popular And Roots Music, Upon His Arrival In Austin Robert Found Himself Performing With Artist Such As Elias Haslanger, Ephraim Owens, Eric Johnson, Mitch Watkins, Red Young, Monte Montgomery While Working As A Frequent Session Player At Sugar Hill Studios In Houston. Robert Appears On Recordings With And For Various Artists Such As Johnny Bush, Ray Benson, Jake Langley, Cindy Cashdollar And On Award Winning Recordings With John Mills’ “Times Ten” And The Bordertown Bootleggers.

Currently Robert Maintains A Busy Schedule Performing Widely, Both Live And In Studio, As Well As Teaching The Next Generation Of Musicians.