Faculty

2015 FACULTY 

MAX POLLAK     OLIVIA ROSENKRANTZ
LYNN SCHWAB      MARK GOODMAN     JEANNIE HILL

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Max Pollak, a prestigious name on the international tap and world music scene, is the only non-Cuban member of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Cuba’s famous Rumba ambassadors. Critics and peers worldwide acknowledge his superior musicianship and his highly individual style called “RumbaTap” – a pioneering blend of Afro-Cuban song and dance with American tap and body music.

His innovative a cappella vocal arrangements received critical praise in The New York Times. Among others, he worked with Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera, Gregory Hines, Chucho Valdés, Lila Downs, Ray Brown.

He has performed as soloist with members of the Vienna, Berlin and New York Philharmonic, London and Montreal Symphony, St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra and more. Many internationally acclaimed composers have written orchestral works expressly for him. He is also a recording artist, published writer, Sarah Lawrence College faculty, artist-in-residence at American Tap Dance Foundation. http://www.rumbatap.com/

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Born and raised in France, Olivia Rosenkrantz spent her childhood performing with Theatre Expression Musique, surrounded by actors, musicians, and poets before moving to New York City where she currently resides. Olivia is, with accomplice Mari Fujibayashi, the artistic director, choreographer and dancer of the duo Tapage, performing internationally with singers, actors, jazz, world, and classical music ensembles. http://www.tapage.org

Olivia Rosenkrantz

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Olivia has spent over two decades working and performing with some of the most influential tap dance artists. She was recently part of the cast of Savion Glover’s “OM” at the Joyce theater (NYC).

From ’91 to ’96, she was dancer and vocalist for Brenda Bufalino’s American Tap Dance Orchestra, toured with Heather Cornell’s Manhattan Tap (performing alongside jazz artist Ray Brown, tap Legend Buster Brown, Crosspulse Ensemble and Keith Terry). She was choreographer/dancer with the Kathak Ensemble in “Ka-Tap” (North Indian Kathak meets tap), and performed with Mad Theatricals, Tap Express and “Y not Tap”. Olivia has been assistant to choreographer Brenda Bufalino, in the recreation of her master pieces within the New Tap Dance Orchestra, and the New York City Tap Festival.

Olivia has performed and taught extensively across the United States, Japan, Russia,Olivia Rosenkrantz France, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Brazil, and Mexico. In New York City she was faculty of Steps, B’way Dance Center, Woodpeckers, Ballet Arts. Performance Highlights include the New York City Center Fall for Dance Festival, the 92nd street Y, Lincoln Center, the Joyce Theater (NYC), Carnegie Mellon (Pittsburgh), The Colorado Music Festival performing with the CMF chamber Orchestra directed by Michael Christie, ALTI Hall in Tokyo, Musica y Escena Festival and Teatro de la Danza in Mexico City with Latin Emmy Award winner Cuarteto Latinoamericano.

She is the author of a book on dancing in New York (Editions de l’Est) with forewords by modern dance legends Murray Louis and Alvin Nikolais whom she studied with.
Her photo/sound installations have been presented in contemporary art and photo exhibitions in France (TEM expo 2012 , Biennale Internationale de l’Image de Nancy in 2014).

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Acclaimed international teacher and member of Max Pollak’s RumbaTap, Lynn Schwab was part of the original Point Tap Festival faculty team in 2010 (with Josh Hilberman, Jeannie Hill and Ryan Korb). With RumbaTap and as a founding member of Tony Waag’s Tap City on Tourand Barbara Duffy and Company Lynn has had opportunities to perform

Photo by Debi Field

Photo by Debi Field

all over the world and at such notable New York venues as Town Hall, The Duke on 42nd Street, Judson Church, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Joe’s Pub, The River-to-River Festival, Off Broadway’s La MAMA, Central Park’s SummerStage, Studio 54, Symphony Space, The Joyce and The Joyce SoHo Theatres.

Lynn had the pleasure of performing at The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse as a guest artist with Jump Rhythm Jazz Project (Billy Siegenfeld, artistic director) and has choreographed for and performed at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. With members of The Tap Collective, she choreographed and performed the Morton Gould Tap Dance Concerto with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and as a soloist, performed with The Chamber Orchestra Kremlin.

Teaching and performing at festivals and workshops throughout the U.S.A., Europe, Brazil, Japan and Taiwan and training for marathons keeps her on the road quite a bit. But when she is in New York, Lynn is on faculty at The American Tap Dance Foundation and at Steps on Broadway in addition to her position as Assistant Director for Tap It Out, the annual out-of-doors event of New York’s Tap City. www.atdf.org

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Mentor to Zack Everhart (“So You Think You Can Dance” 2014) Mark Goodman met with SYTYCD film crew at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point during PTF 14 to shoot a spot for the show! Goodman’s new film “Dance-Off” (executive producer, writer, and actor) is now officially released in the US and in the UK.

Mark Goodman began tap dancing at the University of New Hampshire under Gay Nardone, from there he went on to New York City where he joined the American Tap Dance Orchestra under the direction of the legendary Brenda Bufalino. Mark has worked with tap legends Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Charles “Honi” Coles, Buster Brown and Sandman Sims, just to name a few. He developed his solo act and has performed all over the world including: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Joyce Theatre, Savion Glover and Friends at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park and many more venues.

He has taken his performance style and teaching all mark-goodmancropover the world including: Finland, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Guatemala. Mark’s stage credits include 42nd Street (European tour), No,No, Nanette, Anything Goes (with Melba Moore), Mother Courage and her Children (directed by Tony Kuschner). Among his favorite gigs: being a regular performer at the Miss California Pageant and being selected to perform his solo act at a birthday performance for Carlos Santana. Mark started his own Tap Company in Los Angleles: MGTC. His shows are dramas with tap; telling full original stories the tap his work has been reviewed as “A Ballet in Tap”. He has a true love of teaching and has been doing so for 17 years at studios all over the world including Broadway Dance Center and Steps in New York City. Among his celebrity clients are: Actor Harry Hamlin, Soap Star Eileen Davidson, and Broadway Legend Carol Lawrence. Mark appeared in the movie The Polar Express with Tom Hanks (director Robert Zemeckis) and is currently working on a screenplay based on the legend of Don Quixote. Check out Mark’s Tap University at www.tapushop.com

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As a tap soloist and company member of Jump Rhythm Jazz Project and Manhattan Tap Jeannie Hill has shared the stage and studied with many tap luminaries, superior jazz dancers and musicians nationally and internationally.  In 2004 Jeannie joined the Theatre & Dance faculty at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point where she is an Associate Professor of Dance teaching tap, jazz, musical theatre dance, career seminar and composition in addition to creating dances for Danstage and musicals at UWSP. In 2010 Jeannie founded Point Tap Festival, a three-day summer workshop uniting tap dancers from across the country to trade steps, tell stories and share the rhythm. A varied performance career in theatre, dance and comedy informs her choreography and and her affiliation with Billy Siegenfeld’s Jump Rhythm Jazz Project continues to guide her teaching and rhythmic investigation. www.pointtap.wordpress.com, www.jrjp.org and www.uwsp.edu.

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