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Faculty

Steve Zee
Director







Aaron Williams
Music Director










Sarah Reich
Guest Faculty








Tap dancer, comedian and candidate for president of the United States, Steve Zee performs regularly to sold out houses at the M Bar in Hollywood. He recently gave a TED talk on the relationship between tap dancing and American history.

Previously, Steve has danced with Gregory Hines and the Nicholas Brothers and has shared the bill with numerous tap notables. He has been a featured soloist in the Jazz Tap Ensemble and a member of Rhapsody In Taps. He has performed and taught across the United States, Canada, Brazil, France and Germany, has been an artist in residence at the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and an original cast member in the American premiere of the musical Hot Shoe Shuffle.

Steve’s choreography is performed by professional dance companies and youth groups across the United States, Europe and South America and was featured at the Beijing International Dance Festival. He trained Kiril Kulish for the Broadway production of Billy Elliot for which Kiril won the Tony Award and has served as tap coach for pop icons David Lee Roth, Bette Midler and Toni Basil.

Steve edited the Oral History/Biography of tap master Stan Kahn (archived at the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum) and the Oral History/Biography of Robert Scheerer (archived at the New York Public Library and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) and has made five instructional tap videos.

As a theater artist, Steve trained at UCLA, the Sorbonne/Université de Paris III and with the Piccolo Teatro di Milano. By the way, if you’ve ever seen tap dancing Hershey’s Kisses on your TV, then you have heard Steve dance!

Steve is on faculty in the dance department at CSU, Long Beach and teaches on-going weekly classes at the Dance Arts Academy in Los Angeles and for the Gabriella Foundation in Los Angeles.

For more, please visit www.stevezee.com










Aaron Williams holds a BA in Percussion Performance from Missouri Western State University. He has served as a percussionist, keyboardist, vocalist, drummer, and tap dancer, including principal percussionist with the Saint Joseph Symphony and the Golden State Pops Orchestra and music director for
LA Ironworks

He was featured mallet percussionist with Sticks of Thunder, performing to sold-out audiences for 18 months in Kansas City. Aaron has composed several original works, including commissions from high school and college ensembles.  

He has taught piano, percussion, voice, and tap classes, as well as high school and college drumlines and wind ensembles. His work with arts-outreach programs includes: Artsbridge, Midland Empire Community Arts, the Allied Arts Council, and the Compton Unified School District.  

Today, Aaron teaches music at Children's Community School, holds the position of percussion/theory professor at the Compton Conservatory and continues to teach and perform in the Los Angeles area. 

He currently taps with Sarah Reich's Tap Con Sabor and Tap Music Project, Linda Sohl-Ellison's Rhapsody In Taps, Gregg Russell's Tap Sounds Underground, and LA Ironworks.







Sarah Reich has emerged as one of the new leaders of tap dance. At the age of 15, she was featured in Dance Spirit Magazine’s article, “20 Hot Tappers Under 20” and was named one of the “25 To Watch” in the 2009 Dance Magazine article. Sarah has been sought after to perform, choreograph, and teach in over eight countries outside of the United States including Argentina, Spain, France, China, Costa Rica, Honduras, Canada, and Sweden.
  

Recently Sarah was seen as a guest performer on FOX’s Television Series So You Think You Can Dance with Emmy-Award Winner Jason Samuels Smith’s tap company, Anybody Can Get It (ACGI). She is also a member of Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies and is the Artistic Director of her own company, Tap Con Sabor, with the goal to expose tap to the Latino community throughout Los Angeles and abroad. For eight years, Sarah has worked alongside her mentor and tap legend, Harold Cromer, teaching at numerous tap festivals and events. Previously she trained with Alfred Desio, Cyd Glover, Paul & Arlene Kennedy and was one of the original members of the LA Ironworks Youth Company.

Sarah has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in Los Angeles such as the Hollywood Bowl, Ford Amphitheatre, Greek Theater with Mexican Pop-Star, Cristian Castro, and the Kodak Theater with the great Herbie Hancock.

Sarah produces a weekly class/tap jam for the Los Angeles tap community, Monday Night Tap Experience. She also frequently performs around the city with popular local bands, Magnolia Memoir, Oskar Cartaya's Latin Jazz Band and Dessy DiLauro.

For more, please vis
it www.sarahreich.com

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