I am a Brazilian-born tap dancer, teacher, and choreographer who lives and creates in New York City. In 2018 I was awarded the Machado de Assis medal for my work fusing tap dance with bossa nova and other Brazilian rhythms. In 2012, I joined the staff of the American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF), and in 2013 debuted my first choreographed piece in the U.S. at the New York Tap City Festival which resulted in an invitation to become an artist-in-residence at ATDF.
TAP&TOM was a particularly cherished milestone for me, and I was thrilled to present this concert at Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out, Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck NY, and The Theater at 14th Street Y.
I have taught at many respected schools, including Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, the American Tap Dance Foundation, the Joffrey Ballet SchoolIntensives, and as a guest teacher at The Juilliard School.
Since moving to New York, I have had the honor of working with Heather Cornell, Chikako Iwahori, Tony Waag, Max Pollak, Lynn Schwab, Lisa LaTouche, Ray Hesselink, and, my mentor, the Master, Brenda Bufalino.