FacultyOur Team

Maud Arnold

Tap Dancer from «Syncopated Ladies»Maud Arnold (Dancer - Choreographer - Producer) is a member of Syncopated Ladies, recently appearing on ABC's Good Morning America, BET's 106 & Park, and performed at Topshop's Flagship store in London for the launch of Beyonce's clothing line Ivy Park after their latest viral videos covering Beyonce's ``Formation`` and a Tribute to Prince ``When Doves Cry.`` Teaching and performing in Dubai UAE, Brazil, Japan, Spain, Croatia, United Kingdom, Russia, Canada, and all across the United States.

Rubén Sánchez García

developes the brand RUBEN SANCHEZ DANCEWEARRuben was born in Ileida in 1978. He started dancing at the age of 6. He studied classic ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, ballroom dancing and others with the most well known teachers around the world. But it's tap what he likes most. He studied tap dancing with such Tap masters as Guillem Alonso, Jason Samuels Smith, Max Pollack, Josh Hillbermann, Dereck Grant, Ted Levi, Leela Petronio, Sharon Lavi and Barbara Duffy.

Nicholas Van Young

USA, New YorkNicholas Van Young, a New York-based dancer, choreographer, musician, and master teacher, began his professional career under Acia Gray and Deidre Strand with Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, eventually as a principal dancer and resident choreographer. He also has performed with Manhattan Tap, RumbaTap, Dorrance Dance, ``Beat the Donkey,`` has toured as a drummer for Darwin Deez and spent almost a decade performing with STOMP. Nicholas recently premiered his dance company, Sound Movement, and is working closely with Michelle Dorrance on their collaborative project, ETM: The Initial Approach and ETM: Double Down.

Aleksandr Ostanin

Ukraine Tap Dance ChampionBegan tapdancing at the age of 10. During his career he became a World Champion for 4 times( 2 times in Solo, once in Duo and once in Small group). Aleksandr also became a winner of ``So you think you can dance`` ( Ukraine 1st season). He was dancing in such shows as ``Tap reloaded``,``Wings of Rigolo``, ``Tap United``. He also runs a Dance Studio in the city of Odessa. Besides his dancing career he is a founder and director of Odessa Tap Festival.

Charles Renato

Sao Paulo, Brazil<br /> Charles Renato was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He began tap dancing at the age of 6 years old at CBS located in Sao Jose dos Campos. 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).</p> <p>Renato has also recently been directing the Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble (MYTE), and teaching at Metropolitan School of Arts in Virginia. He also directed Apt 33’s new video “I’m not afraid” choreographed by Chloe Arnold. Since he moved to NYC he has been teaching at Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway. At the moment Charles is Artist Resident at American Tap Dance Foundation and he is creating his first project to be premiere in NY this summer.<br />

Guillem Alonso

Spain, BarcelonaAt the tender age of nine he owned his first pair of tap shoes. Receiving various grants from the Catalan government (Spain) he studied tap dance in New York, where he was taught by famous dancers such as Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Savion Glover and others.<br /> In 1993 he won 1st prize at the World Tap Championship in Switzerland organized by the International Dance Organization. As a leading member of the tap community Guillem has introduced and motivated a new generation of tap dancers in Barcelona. In 2010 we won the award ``Premi Dansacat 2010`` from the ADPC (Associació de Professionals de la Dansa de Catalunya) for all his career and to recognize his great contribution for tap dance in Spain, making Barcelona a reference in the world. In 2011 he opened his own school, in the center of Barcelona, Luthier Dansa, where he offers many classes and workshops of different disciplines, with the best masters and teachers and an specific formation for tapdancers. He combines his classes and his performances with masterclasses all over the world of tap dance and sand dance, a discipline almost disappeared of which he is its main reference in the world.