Our festival offers some of the best professional tap dancers in the industry!
Classes will be capped to ensure a quality learning environment.
Don't miss out on having the opportunity of taking classes from these leading teachers, artists and performers in the tap industry!
Below is this year's faculty.
We look forward to having all of them here with us in St. Cloud, Minnesota!
Los Angeles, CA
Known as one of “Tap’s Leading Ladies” and cover girl
for Dance Spirit magazine’s Tap issue, Maud Arnold is
a member of the female tap band, Syncopated Ladies,
widely known for viral videos that have accumulated over 50
million views. The most successful being their tribute to Prince
and their cover of Beyoncé’s Formation, which Beyoncé shared on all of her social media and then hired Syncopated Ladies to perform at her Ivy Park activewear clothing line launch at TopShop, London. Maud also performed live with Syncopated Ladies on ABC’s Good Morning America, The Ellen Show with Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D and sold-out concerts in Los Angeles, Dubai, New York City and
Washington, DC, receiving rave reviews in The New York Times and more.
Maud has quickly become a sought after teacher, judge and
performer worldwide. Mentored and trained by Debbie Allen,
Maud has taught at Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los
Angeles and Allen’s Dance Institute in Texas. Further to teaching in the USA, Maud has taught tap dancing and Afro-Funk in Dubai, Brazil, Japan, Spain, Haiti, United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Croatia, Ukraine and Russia.
Maud’s other Television Credits Include: BET Experience: 106
and Park, The Late Late Show With James Corden, HBO’s
Boardwalk Empire, Switched at Birth, Secret Talents of the
Stars as a featured dancer with Mya, The Today Show and
Syncopated Ladies winning Season 11 of FOX’s So You Think
You Can Dance: Dance Crew Battle. Maud can be seen
in national commercials and print ads for Toyota, GAP
and CANTU and has worked with Beyoncé on several
commercials and music videos.
Maud is the co-director and producer of the critically
acclaimed DC Tap Festival, pioneering new experiences
for dancers and artists worldwide and with her sister
Chloé Arnold they were recognized by the US House of
Representatives as arts preservers and ambassadors.
Maud is also a female entrepreneur that holds a degree
from Columbia University and oversees Chloe and Maud
Productions and their many entities including their clothing
lines: I LOVE TAP and UniLove as well as their tap dance
workshops, after school programs, and youth tap company,
#NoFilter: Sole Talk.
Charles Renato was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. At 14 he began teaching tap dance that lead to him 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. Charles spends his free time giving workshops and choreographing for many tap companies throughout the US and the world. He was invited to teach at the Dubrovnik Tap Fest (Croatia), DC Tap Fest, Tap City in NY, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Odessa Tap Fest (Ukraine), Portland Tap Festival and many others. After he moved to NYC Mr. Renato has been working with Apt 33 directed by Chloe Arnold and performed with Michelle Dorrance and Dorrance Dance. He’s part of the faculty at Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway. At the moment Charles is Artist Resident at American Tap Dance Foundation.
New York City, NY
Christina Carminucci, born and raised in New Jersey, is a New York City based tap dancer. She began her training with the American Tap Dance Foundation's Tap City Youth Ensemble and has studied extensively under the mentorship of Derick K Grant. Christina is a Cum Laude graduate from Pace University (2016) with a BBA in Arts and Entertainment Management and can be seen performing, choreographing, and teaching throughout NYC.
This proud Jacob’s Pillow Tap Program alumna has appeared in works by living legends Dormeshia, Brenda Bufalino, and Derick K. Grant, to name a few. Additionally, she has danced with a number of notable companies including Michelle Dorrance’s Dorrance Dance and Sarah Reich's Tap Music Project. Over the past few years Christina has performed throughout the NYC area both in acclaimed venues (The Joyce Theater, Duke on 42nd, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New Victory Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music), and on reputable award show stages, including the New York City Capezio A.C.E Awards and the 2016 Bessie Awards.
“Nucci” has worked internationally as an ensemble member of Christopher Erk’s Tap Factor performing two original shows on board the #1 rated cruise ship in the world, the MS Europa 2. As an emerging, young choreographer, Christina co-produced On That Note, a full-length evening of tap dance and live jazz performance in New York City at Feinstein's/54 Below (2018), Teatro Sea (2017), and Don’t Tell Mama cabaret club (2016). Additionally, she debuted her first original one-woman show When the Smoke Clears at the Triad Theater in NYC. Passionate about sharing her love and knowledge of the art form, she currently teaches at the American Tap Dance Foundation, where she is in her fourth season as an Artist in Residence, and is on faculty at Steps on Broadway. Most recently, Christina completed her first European tour, teaching workshops in five countries and performing in Geneva, Switzerland.
Ricci Milan attended Larkin Dance Studio for 12 years. He than did the "New York Thing" for a year. In that time he performed tap dance for Mya, PBS, botmisfas, and on subway platforms. He also taught competion kids in New Jersey and joined up with some guys to create the original cast of "Break the Floor". He than did the "L.A. Thing" for 9 months where he street performed with 10 foot 5 to pay the bills while he was coming up short at 100's of industry auditions. Ricci fell out of love with LA. So he drove to South Carolina. After a year at a family theater in Myrtle Beach (Gaylord Productions) and a year in Tokyo (Tokyo Disney Sea) he moved home to Minneapolis. He rejoined with "10 foot 5" and they recharged and rebranded with the 2004 debut of the internationally acclaimed "Buckets and Tap Shoes" In 2008 he turned his focus to the creation of a passion project titled, "Rhythmic Circus" in that same year he started his career as a dance competition choreographer, began hosting events for Hall of Fame dance Challenge, and met a girl named Brittany. Rhythmic Circus has toured the world and released its second successful touring production Red and Green. Ricci's competition pieces are winning high scores awards around the country. Hall of Fame Dance Challange is one of the most well respected company's in the industry and He and Brittany are married with a baby boy named Leonardo!
Tré is a tap dancer, choreographer and actor, from Chicago, IL. He 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 holding 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 CHRP's Rhythm World, the L.A. Tap Fest, the St. Louis Tap Festival, Third Coast Rhythm Project, Chicago Tap Summit (which he co-founded), North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival and the Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival among others. Tré was featured in the North American and European tours of "Riverdance" for over 3 years. In 2001 Mr. Dumas partnered with Bril Barrett to create M.A.D.D Rhythms, and the M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy. 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 and tap dancer, Mya. He's worked with Jason Samuels Smith's ACGI. And he created Chicago's most musical professional tap ensemble, Jus'LisTeN, featuring Nico Rubio and Jessica Chapuis. Most recently he was featured dancing and singing in Night Cap at Vancouver, BC, Canada's Fox Cabaret w/Joel Hanna & Danny Neilsen. He's taught and performed throughout the U.S., Canada and Germany as well as other parts of Europe, South America and Asia. Aside from his beautiful daughter, Lauren, his greatest joy lies in tap dancing and sharing his love and knowledge of tap dancing with others and receiving the same in return.
St. Louis, MO
Tommy Wasiuta is a tap dancer based in St. Louis, Missouri. As a graduate from Performing
Arts Centre, he studied with his mentor, Anthony Russo. Tommy is an alum of the 2017 Tap
Program at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, one of the most prestigious, professional dance training
centers in the U.S. He has performed with a variety of artists and companies such as The JaM
Project, international countertenor, Terry Barber, Postmodern Jukebox Star, Ariana Savalas, and
as the featured tap dancer for the St. Louis Big Band. Tommy is a co-founder of St. Louis’
only professional tap company, moSTLy Tap, most recently performing at DanceSTL’s 12th
Annual Spring to Dance Festival and the Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival.
Tommy has a passion for sharing his knowledge of tap dance and seizes every opportunity he
receives to help students of all ages. He is currently on faculty at some of the most recognized
dance studios in St. Louis including the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) and Renee Johnson’s
Dance Studio. Tommy has been on faculty with the Show Me Tap Festival, RIFF Dallas Tap
Festival, Wing-It Tap Intensive, Beyond the Stars Dance Convention, and as the Artist in
Residence for the Next Step Tap Project in Dallas, TX.
While pursuing his professional dance career, Tommy is earning his degree in Accounting from
the University of Missouri - St. Louis. He is also the founder of Buskers for Charity, a group of
performing artists from around St. Louis that busk for voluntary donations. The money earned is
donated to charities in St. Louis and beyond.
Sauk Rapids, MN
Ashley Gonzalez was born and raised in Central Minnesota. She began training under the direction of Chloe Arnold and Ricci Milan, growing and exploring in the art form. She has expanded her training by studying under Sarah Reich and Aaron Williams where she has had a strong focus on technique and musicality, while continuing to travel all over the world to learn as much as she can from professionals with various different styles. Ashley has a passion for rhythm and learning, she teaches, performs and does choreography. Ashley has danced many styles of dance for 13 years. She was a member of Chloe and Maud Arnold’s No Filter Sole Talk youth tap company, American Tap Company, and the Minnesota Dance Ensemble. Ashley performed at the 2018 Governors Ball Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, the 2018 MLBA All Star Pre Party Concert in Washington DC, and was a special guest performer in who brought the HUMBUG Christmas production in Minneapolis, produced by Ricci Milan. Ashley performed at the Voices of the People Welcome Celebration for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. She performed in the Disney Newsies Broadway Musical at the University of Northwestern. In addition to this, Ashley has performed and competed internationally, receiving a bronze medal for her tap solo at the IDO World Performing Arts Cup in Seoul, South Korea. She also received a bronze medal at Dance World Cup Championships in Offenburg, Germany for a tap duet. Along with her tap education, training, and performing, Ashley was chosen to represent the state of Minnesota as a tap dancer in the book Dance Across the USA by Jonathon Givens.