Faculty

Our festival offers some of the best professional tap dancers in the industry! 

Classes will be capped for 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!

Register for this year's festival: June 9-12, 2022

Below is this year's faculty.

We look forward to having all of them here with us in St. Cloud, Minnesota!

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Maud Arnold

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.

Aaron Tolson

A New Hampshire native, Aaron started dancing at the age of ten. At 14 the tap prodigy was invited to perform in the Great Tap Reunion at the Apollo Theatre alongside tap legends Derick Grant, Savion Glover, and Gregory Hines, as well as the rest of the cast of the movie TAP! 

During his senior year he successfully auditioned for the New York Shakespeare Festival tap program, also known as Funk U! Soon Aaron became a company member of Manhattan Tap. Jumping feet-first into choreography, he landed a job with Absolut in a national tour titled Absolut Tap! Soon after, Aaron accepted a role in the national and international tours of Riverdance. He was a featured soloist and captain of the tap dancers for six years as he performed on Broadway and at Radio City Music Hall, on various TV shows, at NBA games, and on stages the world over. In 2006 Aaron began working with longtime friend Derick Grant on Imagine Tap!, a Chicago-based show whose formation would become the subject of a feature-length documentary, titled Tap or Die. As a faculty member at The Boston Conservatory and Plymouth State University, Aaron choreographed, produced and directed Something to Tap About, Tapped, Tapped In and Inspired, all featuring performers from his own New England Tap Ensemble.

Aaron formed New England Tap Ensemble, a non-profit organization, in May of 2007 to promote the art of tap in the community while fostering a sense of individuality in a professional artist. From Montana to Moscow, Aaron has performed and taught at numerous festivals including LA Tap Festival, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Beantown Tap Fest, Tap United, Tampa Bay Tap Festival, Tap Kids, Brazil International Tap Festival and FeetxFeet. Other favorite performances include Brookline Chorus’ Duke Ellington Sacred Concert, The Late Show with Liam O’Conner in Ireland, and playing Drosselmeyer in Clara’s Dream in A Jazz Nutcracker. Aaron was on faculty with Broadway Dance Center and Peridance Capezio Center in New York City and is the director of The Intensive. In addition, he is the national spokesperson for SoDanca, and the Director of Speaking In Taps, a pre-professional youth company that is entering its 7th season. In 2017, Aaron resumed teaching at The Boston Conservatory, and remains a dedicated faculty member today. He also hosts his own TV show, The Aaron Tolson Entertainment and Variety Show, showcasing talent in the New England Area. All of this while continuing to travel and share his love for the art of tap dance. 

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Ashley Gonzalez

Ashley began her training under the direction of Chloe Arnold, Ricci Milan, Sarah Reich and Aaron Williams growing and exploring in the art form. 

 

Ashley sings in addition to tap dancing, teaching, and choreographing. 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 performs with Rhythm Street Movement in Waking Up, Humbug, and various driveway tours. She has performed at the 2018 Governors Ball Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, the 2018 MLBA All Star Pre Party Concert in Washington DC.  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. Another honor she has been given was when she was chosen with a select few to sing with the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in 2018 in New York City. Some additional performances consist of Rejuv Medical Summit, Angel Foundation Charity event and National Tap Dance Day to name a few.

Charles Renato

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 moved to USA in 2013 and since then he has been working all over the world teaching in festivals and workshops. Croatia, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Canada, Belgium, Ukraine, Germany, UK, Ireland, Italy are some of the places that he has been to. He was also a member of the company 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 Metropolitan School of the Art. Currently Charles is Artist Resident at American Tap Dance Foundation and the director of his company CHR PROJECT.

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Tré Dumas

Tré is a tap dancer and choreographer 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 with a B.A. in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Speech and Theatre Arts.

From 1998-2000, Tré 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, Tré 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 Before the Lord" with Bill Russo, Orbert Davis and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. In 2011, Mr. Dumas proudly debuted his first full production featuring Jus'LisTeN entitled, "Tap Like Water" as part of the annual Dance Chicago festival's feature performance series. Tré has taught and performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Germany as well as other parts of Europe, Asia and South America. 

Ricci Milan

Ricci Milan attended Larkin Dance Studio here in the Twin Cities for 12 years. He then did the “New York Thing” for a year. In that time he performed tap and hip-hop dance for the NBA, PBS, Compaq Computers, choreographer showcases, botmisfas, the NCAA final four, on subway platforms, and he worked with award winning recording artist “Mya”. Ricci 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 that he named, Rhythmic Circus. The company’s show was called “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” In that same year he started a career as a dance competition choreographer, and began hosting events for Hall of Fame Dance Challenge. 

In his tenure with Rhythmic Circus, “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” he completed 8 national tours, 4 international tours and performed a successful broadway run at the New Victory theater in time square.  Ricci also broke ground on a new company named “Rhythm Street Movement”. The company has produced promotional content for TORO Corporation, and in December of 2018 a new holiday show entitled “Who Brought the Humbug?”.

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Aaron Williams

Aaron​​​ ​is​ ​an​ ​accomplished​ ​percussionist,​ ​tap​ ​dancer,​ ​pianist,​ ​composer,​ ​jazz​ ​musician,​ ​vocalist, and​ ​teacher,​ ​originally​ ​from​ ​Kansas​ ​City,​ ​Missouri.​ ​After​ ​receiving​ ​his​ ​BA​ ​in​ ​Commercial​ ​Music​ ​& Percussion​ ​Performance​ ​from​ ​Missouri​ ​Western​ ​State​ ​University,​ ​Aaron​ ​moved​ ​to​ ​Los​ ​Angeles​ ​where​ ​he has​ ​been​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​performing​ ​since.​ ​

 

Some​ ​of​ ​his​ ​recent​ ​work​ ​includes​ ​headlining​ ​the​ ​2015 International​ ​Jugglers’​ ​Association​ ​(IJA)​ ​​Cascade​ ​of​ ​Stars​ ​​show​ ​in​ ​Quebec​ ​City,​ ​Canada​ ​with​ ​​Collision​ ​of Rhythm​;​ ​​​tap​ ​dancing​ ​in​ ​​Coca-Cola’s​ ​​America​ ​the​ ​Beautiful​​ ​commercial​,​ ​which​ ​recently​ ​aired​ ​during Superbowl​ ​LI​ ​(51)​ ​and​ ​during​ ​the​ ​2016​ ​Olympics;​ ​teaching​ ​at​ ​the​ ​2017​ ​Orange​ ​County​ ​Tap​ ​Festival;​ ​and performing​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Chautauqua​ ​Institution​ ​Amphitheater​ ​in​ ​New​ ​York.​ ​Currently,​ ​Aaron​ ​teaches​ ​music​ ​at Children’s​ ​Community​ ​School,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​company​ ​member​ ​of​ ​Linda​ ​Sohl-Ellison’s​ ​​Rhapsody​ ​In​ ​Taps​,​ ​and continues​ ​to​ ​teach,​ ​create,​ ​and​ ​perform​ ​in​ ​L.A.​ ​and​ ​abroad.

Tommy Wasiuta

Tommy is a tap dancer based in St. Louis, Missouri.  As a graduate from Performing Arts Centre, he studied with is 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.

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Christina Carminucci

Christina was 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.

   

She has appeared in works by Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Brenda Bufalino, and Jason Samuels Smith, to name a few. Additionally, this proud Jacob’s Pillow Tap Program alumna 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, including the Joyce Theater, Duke on 42nd, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New Victory Theater, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 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 of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. 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. 

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Chloe Arnold

Emmy Nominated Choreographer, Chloé Arnold, was discovered at a young age in Washington, DC by Debbie Allen. Chloé’s choreography has been featured on hit television shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, Good Morning America, The Ellen Show, The Talk, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s A Legendary Christmas, and over 40 episodes of The Late Late Show With James Corden.

 

Chloe Arnold is the founder of the hit Female Tap Sensations Syncopated Ladies. They have over 50 million views online, receiving praise from Beyonce, Whoopi Goldberg on The View, as well as many other celebrities and news outlets around the world. Some of their credits include The Ellen Show, Good Morning America, So You Think You Can Dance, Global Citizen Week, New York Fashion Week, Essence Fest, Imagine Justice (featuring Common, J Cole, and Andra Day), Glamour Women of the Year Awards, Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative at the US Open, CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, The Women in the World Summit, Democratic National Convention, Beyoncé’s Ivy Park Launch at Top Shop London, and many more.

 

Chloé recently was named one of LeBron James’ “The Strongest”, a campaign featured in Essence to celebrate his 16th Nike Sneaker Release, was on The Root 100 list, and featured in Shonda Rhimes and Microsoft’s “Language of Leadership” panel discussion. Chloé is also an entrepreneur that holds a degree from Columbia University. She and her sister co-founded Chloé and Maud Productions, DC Tap Festival, and coproduced the award-winning documentary TAP WORLD with Hollywood Executive Producer Dean Hargrove.

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Charles Renato

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 moved to USA in 2013 and since then he has been working all over the world teaching in festivals and workshops. Croatia, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Canada, Belgium, Ukraine, Germany, UK, Ireland, Italy are some of the places that he has been to. He was also a member of the company 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 Metropolitan School of the Art. Currently Charles is Artist Resident at American Tap Dance Foundation and the director of his company CHR PROJECT.

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Chris Rutledge

Chris started his dance training at 19 in Alabama, by the renowned Lisa Lyndon. He has training in Tap, Jazz, and Ballet, but his Professional Career is mainly TapDance and Body Percussion. Chris has Co-choreographed/performed in tap shows for both Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland. He also helped co-write, co-produce, and co-choreograph performances and full length stage shows, for the leading step/body percussion group MOLODI(mo.lah.dee), out of Las Vegas. He choreographed and was featured in a body percussion number for Italian pop star, Tiziano Ferro, called ‘Per Dono’, for his world tour.

 

‘Hines/Pollock’ is an award winning Performance Art act he created in 2010 as ‘the TapArtist’, where paintings are made by tap dancing in paint, on a canvas! He wrote a full stage show called FootPrints of a TapDancer, which was seen with his company theFYVgroup, around LA and in the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Chris is a premier performer in the new Holiday Tap Show based out of Minneapolis, MN called “Who Brought The Humbug!?” In the summer of 2019, he spent 4 months in Turkey with All Stars Entertainment for a 5-Star Resort touring show as a performer.

 

He has been a judge/instructor for over 10 years with companies such as DEA, Dance Olympus, Canadian Dance Teachers Association, Starquest, Dance Talent Challenge, and Spotlight! For 20 years, Chris has been sought-after internationally as an instructor and choreographer for competition, concert, and film purposes. Chris is extra excited about his new position as TapMaster at the world famous Columbia Performing Arts Center, where he will add his style and technique to an already stellar faculty.

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Ashley Gonzalez

Ashley began her training under the direction of Chloe Arnold, Ricci Milan, Sarah Reich and Aaron Williams growing and exploring in the art form. 

 

Ashley sings in addition to tap dancing, teaching, and choreographing. 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 performs with Rhythm Street Movement in Waking Up, Humbug, and various driveway tours. She has performed at the 2018 Governors Ball Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, the 2018 MLBA All Star Pre Party Concert in Washington DC.  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. Another honor she has been given was when she was chosen with a select few to sing with the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in 2018 in New York City. Some additional performances consist of Rejuv Medical Summit, Angel Foundation Charity event and National Tap Dance Day to name a few.

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Demi Remick

Demi Remick is a NYC-based tap dancer, choreographer and company director creating works across musical genres and dance styles.

 

She is a YoungArts Gold winner, Dance Magazine’s Top-25-To-Watch and a Capezio Athlete. Demi tours worldwide as the tap dance soloist with Postmodern Jukebox, at venues like the Sydney Opera House, and her “Super Mario Bros Medley” tap dance video with PMJ has garnered over 3 million views on YouTube. She was recently a featured soloist in Company XIV, an Off Broadway production in Brooklyn, and continues to solo with live bands and variety acts around the city.

 

Demi has danced for Caleb Teicher & Co, Dorrance Dance, Jason Samuels Smith, Bill T. Jones, Lisa LaTouche and Monica Bill Barnes. Demi teaches at Broadway Dance Center, tap festivals worldwide, has a 200hr Yoga Certification, ACE Personal Trainer Certificate, is a trainer with Body Conceptions and earned her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance.

 

Demi's work is presented worldwide as she recently choreographed a duet performed with American Ballet Theatre's principal dancer James Whiteside. Demi Remick & Dancers recently presented an evening of work at Arts on Site in NYC and continue to perform at festivals and events. Recognized by Jennifer Garner, Chrissy Teigan and more, she maintains her virtual presence to connect with young dancers and artists worldwide.

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Jack Egan

Jack has been an influential member of the Australian tap community for over a decade, paving the way for the development of professional level tap dancing in Australia. His work with young Australian dancers has brought his choreography across the world for competitions and further training. He has achieved World Champion choreography for the IDO World Tap Dance Championship's in Germany representing Australia but recently his passion for tap dance has extended into The Forge Tap Project, an initiative promoting youth tap dance and furthermore recent performances such as Alpha - a Forge Tap Company event. He is also a founding member of the Australian Tap Dance Company, a premier professional tap dance company that collects inspiring Australian talent to cultivate the art form of tap, producing their first work "The Tap Affect" in Parramatta, NSW debuting March 2020.

 

Jack has been a part of tap groups such as The Tap Pack, Three Feet of Beat and One Big Blur performing internationally to audiences on numerous prestigious cruise ship companies such as Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Europa. He is also an accredited Judge for the International Dance Organization (IDO), judging at the prestigious IDO World Tap Championships in Riesa, Germany in 2014 & 2016. To accompany his dance training he also studied a  Masters in Exercise Rehabilitation to facilitate his knowledge of the body as well as the development of dancers and movement patterns.

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Sean Kaminski

Sean grew up in Lombard, IL, where he trained primarily under Donna Johnson, Ashley Goletz, and Jay Fagan. He was able to study with and share the stage with masters such as Jimmy Slyde, Jason Samuels Smith, Derick Grant, and Sam Weber as a Chicago Human Rhythm Project scholarship recipient from 2004-2010. Around Chicago, Sean has performed at legendary venues such as the Jazz Showcase, Navy Pier, the Studebaker Theater, and the Millenium Park Pritzker Pavilion, where he was joined by the Grant Park Orchestra. 

 

At the age of 16, Sean started choreographing and teaching for Steppin’ Out Dance Company. Quickly, he knew exactly what he would commit his life to. In 2011, Sean moved to Iowa to finish his Bachelors in Finance while also taking on the role of Tap Director at Nolte Academy, Iowa’s largest dance studio. He taught students aged 6-75, in addition to being the Co-Director of Affect Dance Company. Outside of Iowa, Sean has taught or performed at Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Motor City Tap Fest (Detroit), Tap University (Atlanta And Raleigh), Rhythmic Souls (Dallas), Nick Young’s Tap@10 (Los Angeles), American Tap Festival (Long Beach), Phoenix Tap Festival, and Little Rock Tap Fest. For the last couple of years, he has been a primary performing member of Nico Rubio’s 333 and currently teaches around the country as a part of Adrenaline and Revive dance conventions. Sean is also a graduate of the School at Jacobs Pillow under the direction of Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia.

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Ricci Milan

Ricci Milan attended Larkin Dance Studio here in the Twin Cities for 12 years. He then did the “New York Thing” for a year. In that time he performed tap and hip-hop dance for the NBA, PBS, Compaq Computers, choreographer showcases, botmisfas, the NCAA final four, on subway platforms, and he worked with award winning recording artist “Mya”. Ricci also taught competition 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”.

n 2008 he turned his focus to the creation of a passion project that he named, Rhythmic Circus. The company’s show was called “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” In that same year he started a career as a dance competition choreographer, and began hosting events for Hall of Fame Dance Challenge. 

In his tenure with Rhythmic Circus, “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” he completed 8 national tours, 4 international tours and performed a successful broadway run at the New Victory theater in time square.  Ricci also broke ground on a new company named “Rhythm Street Movement”. The company has produced promotional content for TORO Corporation, and in December of 2018 a new holiday show entitled “Who Brought the Humbug?”.

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Jacob Moulton

Tap dancer, Jacob Moulton, from Melbourne Australia, has competed internationally in many World Tap Titles to win Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in Korea, HongKong, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Romania, Japan, Australia and many more.

 

Performing as a soloist in many venues across Australia such as Hisense Arena, and being a part of a forthcoming tap group in Melbourne called 'Three Feet of Beat' he is a diverse competitor and performer.

 

Also choreographing productions of '42nd Street' and regularly teaching Master Classes for CREO Dance Movement in Canada, Jacob has always had a passion for teaching to Tap Dancers both younger and older than himself. He has studied under some of the best coaches in Australia, Europe and America many who are part of the faculty at Swingin' Into Summer Tap Festival, and is extremely excited to be a part of the tap festival's team!

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Melissa Almaguer

Melissa (tap dance artist, performer, teacher and choreographer) is one of Mexico's leading tap dancers. She started her dance training at an early age in Monterrey, Mexico with Jessica Flores and Marcela Treviño and later on, furthered it by moving to New York City where she began studying with her mentor Derick K Grant. Melissa is an alumna of The School at Jacob’s Pillow. 

She has performed as a soloist across Mexico at events like y Cultura San Pedro International Women’s Day, Festival Internacional de Santa Lucía, Cosmopolitap in Guadalajara, Monterrey’s Tap Fest’s Live Concert, Casa Macro and Jazzatlan in Mexico City, to name a few. She has also appeared in choreography by Derick K Grant, Dormeshia, Jason Samuels Smith and Sarah Reich. Melissa teaches classes all over Mexico and has taught workshops internationally in cities like Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Madrid and Bogota.

Melissa is the producer of Oye Como Va, the first show in  Latin America directed by Derick K Grant and choreographed by Derick K Grant and Dormeshia featuring some of the best tap artists in Mexico as well as international dancers. She’s the choreographer and director of “My Favorite Things” (firtst tap holiday show in Mexico) and recently debuted her one-woman show: Por Ellas where she collaborated with some of Mexico’s leading musicians such as Adrian Terrazas, Roger Nuncio, Alfredo Ayala and Alex Reynoso.