professional experience in tap, jazz and contemporary dance. A graduate in Physical
Education from the Gama Filho University, she has worked as a dancer and choreographer
in numerous television programs, TV commercials, feature film, shows and musical theater
plays. She was a member of the Nós da Dança Company and also at Steven Harper
Company, performing in Europe and USA.
She taught regular jazz and tap classes at the Nós da Dança School, at the CEFTEM and at
the M&B Musical Theater Workshops. She is regularly featured in the main dance festivals
of Brazil as a teacher, artist and/or member of the jury and was part of the Executive
Committee of the Dancers Union of Rio de Janeiro. Adriana also participated extensively in
Rio de Janeiro´s famous carnival parade, working with the creative team of the samba
schools in Rio and São Paulo. Since 2017, she divides her time between Brazil and France.
She was one of the 25 tap dancers selected from around the world to participate in the second prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Tap Program directed by Michelle Dorrance and received the “Professional Advancement Award in Dance” certificate at the end of the program.
Ana is a two-times winner of the tap dance solo category of Joinville’s Dance Festival,
with a nomination for best female dancer of the festival.
She also won the Tap in Rio challenge in 2013 and choreographed the teen challenge in 2016. Ana choreographed the piece that represented Brazil at DC Tap Festival All Star Concert in 2016 and co-choreographed the one in 2018.
She is currently living in Alexandria, VA (USA) and is a member of the percussion and tap dance company Sole Defined, based in Washington DC, directed by Quynn and Ryan Johnson. She is also a member of NYC based tap dance company Music From the Sole, directed by Leonardo Sandoval.
He was part of the choreographers team for the 2014 Soccer World Cup closing ceremony in Brazil as well as the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, together with Deborah Colker, Fernando Meireles, Daniela Thomas and Andrucha Waddington. Carlos has been a dancer at Rede Globo since 2001 and a choreographer since 2014. He worked, among others, for programm "Artista Completão" (2017) and "Show dos Famosos", Domingão do Faustão.
Fontinelle studied Physical Education and has a background in classical ballet, with specializations in jazz, musical theater and contemporary dance. He has performed in the follwing dance companies : Deborah Colker, Caio Nunes Cia de dança, Cia de Ballet do Rio de Janeiro and Cia de Ballet Contemporâneo de Caracas. He also collaborated with TV or cinema directors or choreographers Jorge Fernando, Cininha de Paula, Nadia Lartigue, Regina Sauer, Silvio Lemgruber, Roberta Cid and Montesserat Payrot.
GAP, Aldo/Refinery 29, and Cantu.
Chloé’s is the Artistic Director & Founder of Syncopated Ladies, an all-female Tap company that are widely known or 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 Chloé and the Syncopated Ladies to perform at her Ivy Park active wear clothing line launch at TopShop, London. Chloé along with her company performed live on ABC's Good Morning America and have had sold-out concerts in Los Angeles, Dubai, New York City and Washington, DC, receiving rave reviews in The New York Times and more.
In Brazil, she joined the Orquestra Brasileira de Sapateado, first as a dancer during the 1980s and 1990s, then as choreographer (2001). In 1997, she released a handbook called “Toques”, subsequently published as a book in 2010. In 1998, launched the “TapWeb Cintia Martin”, a website dedicated to her experiences with tap. In 2000, she created the Companhia Claquettes, her own tap dance company. Specialized in improvisation with live music, Cintia maintains a solid career of shows, solo performances and as master teacher and jury member in important festival around Brazil, such as Tap In Rio and the Festival de Joinville.
He won the competitions of the Joinville Dance Festival - three times as soloist and four times as best group – and has been nominated for the Best Dancer Award (2012) and Best Group Award (2016).
As director and choreographer of the Tinkle Group (São Paulo) since 2012, he recently created the show "Ciclo". He also choreographed the new show of the Orquestra Brasileira de Sapateado (Rio de Janeiro).
Tap in Rio 2018 Challenge winner and guest tap dancer at the Brazil International Tap Festival Gala Night from 2015 to 2017, Dudu is creator and director of the SampaTapz Festival in SP, also he taught in the Copasetic Festival in Rio de Janeiro (2018), WorkTap in Marília (2018) and Sapateia Recife 2019. With a scholarship at the Paris Tap Festival 2019 by the Tap in Rio Festival, he won the Cutting Contest of the Festival, being awarded a scholarship for Roxane Butterfly's Paris Tap Intensive.
He joined the cast of Steven Harper's "Canibal", resulting from the Work in Progress Residency of the Joinville Dance Festival, and was a cast member of the musical "Crazy for You" alongside Claudia Raia and Jarbas Homem de Mello.
On TV, he tapped in the shows Domingão do Faustão, Programa do Jô, Lazinho com Você from Rede Globo, Programa Silvio Santos from SBT, Hora do Faro from Rede Record and Santa Receita from TV Aparecida.
She won awards in various festivals inside and outside the carioca circuit, as dancer, teacher and choreographer. She worked at Escola de Dança Marta Bastos, teaching and coordinating an independent jazz dance group. She is an active member of the Rio de Janeiro Dancers Union, as jury member and teacher in the Professional Improvement Course. She has been a member of Tap in Rio's teaching staff since 2011 and was part of the group of Brazilians invited to the DC Tap Fest 2018 Gala Night. She currently teaches tap dance at Studio Arte e Dança Betina Guelmann, participates as juror in competitive festivals, is invited to minister workshops in different schools in Brazil and takes part in independent independent works.
She received a grant in 2015, through the Programa de Fomento a Cultura (cultural promotion program) of the City of Rio de Janeiro, for the show "As Quadro texturas", which she directed and performed in, as well as for the education workshop "Affetos Sonoros". In 2017, he began the work in progress Synergia's at the Rio de Janeiro Choreographic Center through the Artistic Residency project. A juror and teacher at the Joinville Dance Festival since 2017, Flavia is one of the founders of the Sonoros Festival, which had its first edition in 2019.
Winning of the Tap in Rio 2009 Challenge contest, he began his career by participating in tap dance festivals, including major national and international events, such as Tap in Rio (Rio de Janeiro), Encontro dos Ritmos (São Jose dos Campos), Bojangles Tap Party (Argentina) and others.
In 2019 he was awarded choreographies at the Passo de Arte and Ballace festival, being nominated for best choreographer and group of the event. He was selected to be part of the cast of Work in Progress residency of the Joinville Dance Festival in 2019.
He currently owns the Aflora dance studio, with locations in Araraquara and São Carlos (SP) and director and dancer of the Tap New Generation group.
In the US, she appeared at the Essence Fest in New Orleans, BET Experience, RuPaul Talk Show, Woman in the World at Lincoln Center - NY, Icons of Dance Celebration at the Apollo Theater honoring Ms. Debbie Allen.
Gisele is a ballet graduate and member at the Dance Professionals Union of the State of São Paulo. As a dancer, she was part of the Grande Circo Popular do Brasil, Ribeirão Preto Dance Company and Cia Pé na Tabua, besides performing at the Rock in Rio music festival.
In addition to her solo career, she performed at the Rhythm Motion show in NY, worked on Schoolboy Q and Travis Scott's music video Chopstix, and working with DanceOn Youtube on The Jones Project.
She is the ambassador for So Dança North America. From Nov 2019 to Jan 2020 Gisele will be at “Viva Navidad” Disney’s seasonal celebrations of Latina Culture at Disneyland, CA.
He currently resides in Washington-DC. In 2018-2019 he was part of Sole Defined, a company blending tap, stepping, percussive dancing and music.
He graduated in Advertising from Esamc Uberlândia College in 2017, and operates in the market providing marketing consultancies and design services for artists, dance festivals and schools. As Director of Giuliano Antônio Marketing C°. he holds successful cases in marketing in his portfolio, both in Brazil and in the United States, such as Tap in Rio, Encontro dos Ritmos, Chloe and Maud Arnold Productions and DC Tap Fest.
Keith tours extensively in the Americas, Asia, and Europe, where his performances and workshops are popular among professional performers and educators. From 1998 to 2005 Keith was on the faculty at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. He is the founding Artistic Director of the International Body Music Festival (IBMF), an event exploring body music from culture to culture, produced so far in the US, Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, and France. Keith is a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow, as well as the Founding Director of Crosspulse, an Oakland, California–based, non-profit organization dedicated to rhythm-based intercultural music and dance, since 1978.
He currently lives in New York, where he is sought after as a solo performer, musician, and choreographer. His work has been performed in acclaimed venues such as Lincoln Center, Jacob's Pillow, National Folk Festival, Caramoor Jazz Festival and The Yard. He received accolades including in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune. In addition, he is a soloist with the acclaimed Dorrance Dance company, performing worldwide.
Leonardo is currently a resident artist at the American Tap Dance Foundation, the National Dance Institute, and the Lincoln Center Education.
Luciana is a member and one of the directors/choreographers of Tap New Generation, a group of Brazilian dancers from several states of Brazil. She is also partner/director of the Tereza Petsold Academy in Nova Iguaçu/RJ and member of the artistic commission of SPD-RJ.
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, United Kingdom, Croatia, Ukraine and Russia.
Maud’s Television Credits Include: The Late Late Show With James Corden, Syncopated Ladies winning Season 11 of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance: Dance Crew Battle, she also can be seen in national commercials and has worked with Beyoncé on several commercials and music videos.
Maud Arnold is also co-director and producer of the acclaimed DC Tap Festival in Washington.
Mentored by Gene Medler, Michelle grew up performing with the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble and has since performed with: STOMP, Savion Glover’s ti dii, Manhattan Tap, Barbara Duffy & Co, JazzTap Ensemble, Harold Cromer’s original Opus One and Jason Samuels Smith’s Charlie’s Angels/Chasing the Bird. Michelle’s choreography has been featured on stages throughout the world as well as in a high-fashion short film for Tabitha Simmons’ 2011 Fall line.
Michelle embodies a true passion for teaching and strives to share this passion wherever she goes. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from NYU, played bass for Darwin Deez, teaches on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, is a Capezio Athlete and has been featured on the covers of Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine.
Bravo performed in important TV programs and festival, like Danzamérica, in Argentina, Festival de Dança de Joinville (winner of the Tap Dance Solo category); Tap City (NY), besides take classes at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and at the American Tap Dance Foundation, in the USA.
He teaches in Brazilian dance festivals as Tap in Rio, Encontro dos Ritmos, Tap Day and Sapateia Brasilia. Currently, he created and directs the Copasetic Festival, teaches regular classes at Company Dance Center and Studio Giselle in São Paulo, as well as workshops in Brazil and Latin America.
Pedro was in the cast of the Brazilian versions of the musicals Singing in The Rain and The Producers; performed in the first Brazilian concert of musicals, directed by maestro Marconi Araújo; and, was part of the ensemble in singer Sarah Brightman World Tour “Hymn”, in 2018.
Much in demand internationally, Steven participated in festivals or taught workshops in a dozen countries of four continents. He regularly performs with top musicians and organizes, since 2002, the Tap in Rio festival. His 35+ years career expands from the field of dance into those of music, circus, theater, musical-theatre, film, television and carnival.