TapBeat Faculty

 Cristina Delius  I  Tap Dance
Founder and director of TapBeat, International Tap Dance Center

Cristina Delius, born in Lisbon is one of Europe’s best-known tap dancers and choreographers. Trained in both classical and modern dance and as a Cellist, Cristina combines elements of jazz with free improvisation and the highest musical standards in her performances.

At her studio in Berlin, Cristina contributes to establish tap dance at the higher quality standards and she has long aquired an international renomee in this field. She receives with gratitude the recognition of her American colleagues like her great tap dance virtuoso and mentor Brenda Bufalino and Jason Samuels Smith, Joseph Wiggan or Cartier Williams, stars of the new generation of tap dancers in the USA among others.

Today, performances and teaching work regularly take her across Europe and the USA. She works as a Soloist, with her Tap Company or as a guest dancer in several venues and with several companies around the world.

Cristina is the founder and director of the Tap Dance Company "Chili con Tap" and founder and director of “Tripeco” (Triangular Percussion Project) trio. Tripeco Musicians: Silvia Ocougne (guitar) and Johannes Gunkel (bass).

More about Cristina here: www.cristinadelius.de


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 Henriette Rieffel  I  Tap Dance

Henriette Rieffel was born in Berlin. She has four children.

Musical career: She began her musical training at the age of 4 at the Charlottenburg Music school. In 1990 she passed her abitur (A-level GCE) with music as her main subject at the Erich-Hoepner grammar school. Afterwards she studied music at the university of Potsdam, with the emphasis on flute and musical education. She has been working as a music and dancing teacher in Berlin and Brandenburg since 1998. She regularly gives live concerts in the range of classic, pop, barock and modern music with flute and vocals.

Dance career: Henriette had her first tap-dancing and jazz dance lessons when she was 12. First at the Brixplatz ballet school then at Milton’s dance studio. Her teachers were Morris Perry and Martin Moss. In 1999 she began training as tap dance teacher at TapaToe, das Steptanzstudio under the direction of Cristina Delius and Anina Krüger. She attended workshops run by Guillem Alonso, Brenda Bufalino, Victor Cuno, Barbara Duffy, Derick K. Grant, Josh Hilberman, Thomas Marek, Max Pollack, Sarah und Leela Petronio, Michael Sandwick and Tobias Tack to increase her knowledge of tap dancing. Henriette Rieffel taught tap dancing to children, teenagers and the senior classes at TapaToe from 2004-2010.

She is a member of the "Chili con Tap" company, directed by Cristina Delius with whom she regularly performs in Germany and other cities in Europe. Among some of the Company highlights are performances at the Tap City Festival in New York in 2010 and at the Teatro Camões in Lisbon in 2013.


Mariana Souza  I  Tap Dance

The Brazilian Mariana Souza completed her dance education in classical ballet, modern dance, jazz and tap dance at Centro de Movimento Deborah Colker and at Ballet Simone Falcão in Rio de Janeiro. She also studied Tap dance with Steven Harper in Rio de Janeiro. At the Conservatório Brasileiro de Música she completed her musical education.

After her training she had her first successes as a dancer in the USA and took over the choreography in the successful Telenovela PAGINAS DA VIDA in Brazil, where she also appeared as a dancer. In 2007 she got an offer to Germany: In DISNEYS KÖNIG DER LÖWEN (The Lion King Musical) where she play as a dancer and also as cover "Sarabi" in Hamburg. In the Komische Oper in Berlin, Mariana was on stage in the operetta CLIVIA, in the Spoliansky Revue 'Heute Nacht oder Nie', in the musical 'Kiss me Kate' and as Rosalia in the Musical WESTSIDE STORY. In Austria, she was in the ensemble at the Ronacher Theater in Vienna for the DISNEY musical Mary Poppins and as cover Mrs. Corry. Also in Austria in Salzburg, she played the Blonde Consuela in the musical West Side Story at the Salzburg Festival.

She improved her Tap dance skills participating of workshops with Barbara Duffy, Derick Grant, Jason Samuel Smith, Cola Arnold, Anina Krüger, Nicholas Young, Michelle Dorrance, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Heather Cornel and Cristina Delius.


Magdalena Mak-Jeszka  I  Tap Dance

Since 2004 fascinated by Irish dance and music heritage, Magdalena opened herself towards a mysterious world of percussive dance and found her way to the tap dance. Led by notorious curiosity, she was attending numerous workshops not only in Irish and tap technique but also flamenco, body music, contemporary, swing, jazz and contact improvisation.

In 2012, after several years of searching for a rehearsing space to teach and practice, she decided to found EtnoBalans Dance Studio in Poznan. With people from her dancing community she worked on different local dance projects, such as: LUMEN - The Birth of Light, Mysterious Europe, Eachtra - celtic groove, dance, image and word, Glanfaidh Mé.

Magdalena teaches regulary workshops of Irish and tap dance in Poland and is now active in Berlin, where she currently lives.
She is keen on improvising - not only in dance. She loves the never-ending possibilities that improvisation gives as well as the feeling and awareness of being here and now and creating in this special moment. She also strongly appreciates every opportunity of exchange with musicians, either in artistic projects or during jam sessions. 

Magdalenas photo: Dariusz Floryszczak


Jasmin Graff  I  Tap Dance

Jasmin had her first tap dance lesson when she was 5 years old at the “Golden Gate dancestudio- Berlin’’. After years of training she changed her teachers to get to know different styles of tap dance and to become a better tap dancer. Her main teacher after her first teacher Natascha Fiedler were Katrin Lehman and Cristina Delius.
She also attended workshops run by: Michael Sandwick, Josh Hilberman, Heather Cornell, Derick K. Grant, Guillem Alonso, Sean Fielder, Cartier Williams, Jason S. Smith und Claudia Rahardjanoto.
Since April 2011 she’ s a member of the “Chili con Tap” company directed by Cristina Delius.

During 2000-2008 Jasmin took a part on a lot of different recording tracks for the recording studio “Ulk van Bulk” by Pinaz Records who are composing music for children. Since 2008 she took ballett- and jazzdance classes at the “Ballettcentrum Berlin”. For one year Jasmin is a member of the “ Young Voices Brandenburg” Choir with whom she recorded a new album this summer which is called “thousand”. They’ll have a tour next year.

At the moment she’s doing a preparatory training with singing- acting- and dancing classes at the “Musikschule- Steglitz/Zehlendorf” and the “stagefactory- berlin”. Her next intention is to start musical theatre studies at a university the upcoming year, so therefore she want’s to prepare herself for. In addition she has a few performances in a duo or with a big band at some Berlin live music clubs, for example the “ Quasimodo- Berlin” or the “Hotel de Rome- Berlin”.


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TapBeat organizes on a regular basis workshops, shows, jams, dance partys and events with guest teachers and dancers. Please check our schedule for current information:

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Director: Cristina Delius
Dieffenbachstr. 33, 3rd. Patio
D-10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Germany

Near subway station Schönleinstrasse (U8), Südstern (U7), Hermannplatz (U7) and Bus M41 Graefestr. see map

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E-Mail: info@tapbeat.de


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