This year’s Tap program is led by the award-winning faculty below.
Dormeshia is a two-time Bessie Award winner (as performer and choreographer), a Princess Grace Award winner, and an Astaire Award winner for Best Female Performer in Broadway’s After Midnight. Additional Broadway credits include Black and Blue and Bring In Da’Noise, Bring In Da’Funk.Learn More
Michelle Dorrance is a New York City-based performer, choreographer, teacher, and the Artistic Director of Dorrance Dance. Mentored by Gene Medler (North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble), she was lucky to study under many of the last master hoofers.Learn More
Dianne “Lady Di” Walker, a pioneer in tap dancing’s resurgence, has a 40 year career spanning Broadway, television, film, international jazz concerts, and tap festivals. Savion Glover and his contemporaries affectionately call her, “Aunt Dianne”, acknowledging her unique role as mentor, teacher, and confidante.Learn More
Creating and performing in many mediums, Brenda Bufalino is a mixed genre artist: author, ceramicist, choreographer, and master tap dancer. She was the creator and director of The American Tap Dance Orchestra, and many of her compositions created for the ATDO have been commissioned by major tap companies.Learn More
Derick K. Grant
Derick K. Grant is a native of Boston, MA and an award-winning tap performer and choreographer. He began his training at the Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts and studied “hoofin” style from master tap dancer, Dianne Walker.Learn More
Jason Samuels Smith
Jason Samuels Smith, (Tap Dancer, Choreographer, Performer) received an Emmy, Dance Magazine Award, American Choreography Award, and Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award.Learn More
Sam Weber is an award-winning artist who has gained a global reputation in the world of tap dance and is in demand internationally as a performer, master teacher, and choreographer.Learn More
Josette Wiggan-Freund began dancing with Paul and Arlene Kennedy in Los Angeles. Her love for performing was fostered by the Kennedy’s and refined as an adult with Lynn Dally’s Jazz Tap ensemble.Learn More
Grant Richards is an award-winning jazz pianist and educator. At the age of eight, Grant began playing piano, and by the time he entered college, he had won four DownBeat Student Music awards and recorded his first album as a leader. In 2009, Grant enrolled at Berklee College of Music on a full-tuition Jimmy Lyons Scholarship.Learn More
With over two decades of musical training, the 27-year-old songwriter started her career as a sought-after jazz bassist and vocalist in New York.Learn More
Cameron MacIntosh picked up the sticks at age nine and was the youngest student ever of Joe Morello’s. MacIntosh attended Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Program, where his ensemble won the DownBeat award for “Best Precollege Combo.”Learn More
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