Nico Rubio

nico-rubioThis Chicago native has been tap dancing, teaching and choreographing for almost a decade. His is currently performing with Sour Apples Crew, Just'LisTeN and 3 Feet High. Nico is also a former member of M.A.D.D. Rhythms, where he attained most of his professional tap training. Since then, he has taught and performed in Los Angeles, Arizona, New Mexico, New York City and internationally in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Costa Rica and Switzerland.


Maurice Chestnut

maurice-chestnutPerformed and thrilled audiences at the Zurich, Switzerland Theater Spektakel in 2010 when he performed with Savion Glover and Marshall Davis, Jr. in Bare Soundz. He is often invited to perform or tour as a special guest with such prominent jazz musicians as Christian McBride, Cyrus Chestnut and Thelonius Monk III.

Alexandria Bradley

Alexandria-Bradley2Currently performing with the "Stomp" touring company, Bradley won Best Short Play in the Downtown Urban Theater Festival for her one woman show "Steps" in 2011. Selected as an Evolving Choreographer in the Harlem Stage's E-Moves 9; she worked professionally with Savion Glover's tap company Tii Dii while attending Marymount Manhattan College. She's also appeared on the Jerry Lewis Telethon in the Emmy Award® winning Gregory Hines tribute choreographed by Jason Samuels Smith in 2003. Through heredity and mentorship of her father, Bradley is a talented performer, trained in the performance arts through music, dance, and theater since the age of 3.

Frances Bradley

Frances-BradleyFrances Bradley began her dance training under the guidance of her father, Bruce Bradley, at Creative Expressions Dance Studio. At age 12, she won Amateur Night at “Showtime at the Apollo” with the female tap group The Stepettes. In 2004, she was an ensemble member in the musical “Bubbling Brown Sugar,” directed and choreographed by George Faison and starring Diahann Carroll in Atlanta. In 2009, Frances was selected to train with world-renowned performer Savion Glover for a year at his newest dance studio, The HooFeRz Club. Frances was recently cast in the dance musical “Noah Racey’s Pulse: The Beat of Song and Dance,” which premiered at Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Fla. She has been a featured tap soloist for the international touring company Illstyle & Peace Productions, and has performed in notable productions/venues, such as: “Black Girls Rock!” and “Soul Tour” at SOB’s in New York, and Cartier Williams’ “Rhythm Refix” at Joe’s Pub in New York.

  • Ms. Melba Ayco, founder and Artistic Director of Northwest Tap Connection, is a Gullah-Geechee and Creole Storyteller, Tap Dance Historian, and Choreographer. Born in a small town on the north shores of New Orleans, she describes her life as a three-part harmony: born into segregation, survived integration, and enlightenment through
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  • Mercedes Ellington, Broadway and television tap dancer, choreographer, director, and producer who has preserved and extended the musical legacy of her grandfather, Duke Ellington, and who has been hailed as "one of the brightest dancing stars this universe has ever known," was born to Ruth Silas and musician and bandleader
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  •   “The McFadden Brothers” are world-class entertainers whose career spans across many countries and venues. Their unique style and abilities have earned them the label as being a “triple threat,” in that they are both accomplished singers, tap dancers and musicians.  Their show encompasses their own unique style of entertainment
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  • At age 14, Wheeler met Maceo Anderson of "The Four Step Brothers". In short order young Ivery become a hoofer performing in Anderson's groups, "Four Steps and a Miss" and later "The Third Generation Steps". Wheeler has credits in monumental hit "The Cotton Club" and Broadway & Paris performances of
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  • Actor-Director-Filmmaker is a native of New Orleans who continues to cross-over varied artistic mediums, whether serving as the Co-Producer/Director/Writer on the award-winning short film "Tap Rap," starring Savion Glover, to starring on Broadway in the award-winning Cy Coleman musical "The Life," which garnered him an Outer Critics Circle nomination, as
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  • Professor Allen is currently Director of the Jazz Studies Department at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a master’s degree in ethnomusicology. Geri Allen, pianist/composer, bandleader, educator and Guggenheim Fellow, is the first recipient of the Soul Train, Lady of Soul Award for Jazz. In 2011 Geri Allen, was
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  • A unique Dancer, composer, comedian, actor, choreographer, stuntman, and bandleader who combines his talents to create surprising performances. He has been teaching at the Alvin Ailey dance school and lecturing at the renowned Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., among others. Chester Whitmore has his own well-reputed dance company, Black Ballet
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  • Celebrates 18 years as Founder and Artistic Director of New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble. This St. Louis, MO native is known throughout the New York area as a distinguished tap professional. She is the protégé of Leslie "Bubba" Gaines of the Copasetics and student of many tap masters including Broadway
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  • David Gilmore's recent performance credits include appearances in the American Festival of the Feet at Duke University and Tap Extravaganza in New York. A native of Charleston, S.C., he grew up immersed in the melodious soulful sounds of the South, finding his musical outlet in his hometown high school marching
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  • Tina Pratt is an extraordinary tap, ballet and modern dancer, producer, writer and lecturer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   Her performing experience is quite extensive, having performed with a number of fine entertainers, including Sammy Davis, Jr., Nancy Wilson, Flip Wilson, Redd Foxx, Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller, Frank Fontaine and Shecky
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  •   Germaine Ingram of Philadelphia. Festival Honoree – Performer, Documentarian, Attorney and was Asst Superintendent for Philadelphia Schools. Ms. Ingram has taught tap in workshops in the U.S. and Europe and to dance and theater majors at Philadelphia's University of the Arts. She has choreographed for musical theater, as well as
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  • “As a kid in the late 1920s in Hell’s Kitchen,” Harold Cromer recalls, “my twin sister and I used to go to the Chelsea Theatre on 8th Ave. where I saw the great Bill Robinson tap dancing. As kids, we were all playing hockey out in the street on roller
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  • Dancer, singer, actor, mentor, legend. These are just a few of the titles that can be associated with the 2007 Tapology Tap Dance Festival Honoree. Having traveled the world from Cairo, to London, to Switzerland, even hosting his own variety show in Australia, Arthur Duncan is much more than a
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