Our 2015 Faculty were a tough act to follow but we think we have a pretty great lineup this year. We're so excited to announce our three national artists!
BRENDA BUFALINO is a world-renowned performer, lecturer, and teacher. She teaches master classes and workshops throughout the world. She has appeared as a guest soloist in such prestigious arenas as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Apollo Theater, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Smithsonian Institute and the Kennedy Center.
Ms. Bufalino performed in concert with the late Charles "Honi" Coles. They choreographed "The Morton Gould Tap Concerto" and performed the Concerto with the Brooklyn and Norwalk Symphony. A trailblazer in the renaissance of jazz and tap dance, Ms. Bufalino has been one of the guiding forces in the creation of numerous Tap Festivals, Summits, and Reunions.In 1986, in order to develop her choreographic concepts of tap fugues and counter rhythms, Ms. Bufalino created The American Tap Dance Orchestra.
DERICK K. GRANT (Performer, Choreographer, Director) has an established career that spans over three decades. Under the direction of two time Tony Award winning director George C. Wolfe, he was an original company member and Dance Captain for Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk at both The Public Theater and on Broadway and also starred in the role of ‘da beat for the first National Tour of Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk. He created the critically acclaimed show Imagine Tap! and was appointed as the Co-Artistic Director of Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World Summer Festival.
JUMAANE TAYLOR, a Chicago native, has been tap dancing for 13 years. He began his training at the Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre, where he now teaches. He has had the esteemed opportunity to perform and study with Derick Grant, Idella Reed Davis, Jimmy Payne Jr., Jason Samuels Smith, Sarah Savelli and Ted Levy. Jumaane made his professional debut with M.A.D.D Rhythms, where he now serves as Assistant Director. Jumaane has performed and taught nationally and internationally. Some of his credits include the Chicago Tap Summit, St. Louis Tap Festival, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, L.A. Tap Fest and numerous shows with ETA Creative Arts Foundation.