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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Magdalena Mak-Jeszka  I  Tap Dance and Irish 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

Maya Guice  I  Tap Dance

A Los Angeles, California native, Maya has danced professionally for over 18 years, studying tap and other, classical genres - namely ballet and contemporary - at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Parsons Dance and the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Maya worked with Lynn Dally's Jazz Tap Ensemble for over 11 years, performing at concert venues in Los Angeles and New York, including the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles Music Center, and Joyce Theatre.

In the spring of 2012, the company was selected to participate in the US State Department's cultural diplomacy program DanceMotion USA. Maya joined the company for a 4-week tour through Africa as a cultural ambassador, performing and leading outreach events, workshops, and discussions around tap dance and jazz music. What’s more, Maya was featured as an Artist "On the Rise," in the May 2009 issue of DANCE Magazine and was an inaugural member of Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies.

Maya recently took a brief break from dancing, during which time she received her M.B.A and moved to Berlin from where she is a marketing and communications consultant for advertising and design agencies, art advisories, and digital publications. Needless to say, she is very excited to join the faculty at TapBeat.   

Mariana Souza  I  Tap Dance and Musical

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. 

Lilia Antico and the Swing Shack Team I  Lindy Hop and other Swing Dance styles

TapBeat startet im September 2019 eine Kooperation mit Swing Shack, Tanzschule aus Potsdam für Lindy Hop. Lilia Antico, die bei Cristina Delius die erste Tap Dance Schritte gelernt hat, leitet das TapBeat Swing-Projekt mit ihren Kollegen von Swing Shack.

About Swing Shack:
„Wir sind vier leidenschaftliche Lindy Hop Tänzer/innen. Vor einem knappen Jahr haben wir uns zusammengetan, um eine Tanzschule zu gründen und unsere Leidenschaft weiter zu vermitteln. Wir möchten unsere Liebe zum Lindy Hop und unsere Energie und Freude mit anderen Tanz-affinen Menschen teilen.

Seit ca. sieben Jahren sind wir in verschiedenen Szenen des Swingtanzes unterwegs und tauschen uns aus, besuchen Kurse, bilden uns weiter und nähren unseren Spaß an dieser außergewöhnlichen Tanzform.
Wir bieten Kurse für Lindy Hop, Charleston und Authentic Solo Jazz an, erarbeiten bekannte und eigene Choreografien und organisieren Parties und neuerdings auch einen Festival mit Livemusik im Raum Potsdam/Berlin.

The Swing Shack Team:

Lilia Antico
Meine Leidenschaft zum Swingtanz habe ich über die Musik entdeckt. Ich liebe die Atmosphäre wenn Tänzer und Musiker zusammenkommen. Wenn ich mit meinen Musikerkollegen spiele sehen wir die direkte Spiegelung unserer Musik in den Bewegungen der Tänzer vor uns auf der Tanzfläche. Für mich ist die Verbindung zwischen Musik und Tanz mein Leben. Ich verstehe und schätze beide Seiten und beschäftige mich damit sie in Einklang zu bringen.

Julia Brito Rozas
Tanzen ist für mich Hingabe an die Leidenschaft der Musik und es befreit mich von der Schwere mancher Dinge im Leben. Wenn ich tanze, gebe ich meinem Gegenüber ein Stück Lebendigkeit. Das ist für mich eine der schönsten Arten zu kommunizieren. Ein Leben ohne Tanzen und Musik wäre für mich unvorstellbar.

Marius Lauer
Tanzen führt uns direkt in und durch unser Selbst und projiziert es als Bewegung in den Raum. Diesen Eindruck habe ich immer wieder wenn ich auf eine Tanzfläche schaue und ist wohl eine der faszinierendsten Dinge die ich erfahren durfte. Seitdem liegt mein Fokus beim Tanzen auf Freiheit und Improvisation, sodass jeder Tanz neu und kreativ wird.

David Völker
Seit 6 Jahren tanze ich nun schon Lindy Hop, höre Swing, Jazz, tanze Solo- und Paartanz, performe und unterrichte. Für mich liegt die Faszination in der Brandbreite, der Freiheit und vor allem an dem Spaß den diese Tanzstil mit sich bringt. Meine Philosophie: „Don’t show off! Just dance. Keep it simple so that you can dance.“

Photos: Carlotta, Stephanie O'Connor, David Völker   

Erica Rist  I  Tango and Yoga

Erica Rist was born in Córdoba, Argentina. Erica is a dancer, actor, choreographer and dance teacher. She is the director of  the Divine-Dance Company in Berlin. In Argentinien she worked as a dancer with the Ballett Oficial del Teatro Luz y Fuerza, Danzarte Company, Jazzdance-Ensemble Cohelo-Olguín, Disney Festival, "La Rural Pavillion", Les Lions Ballett Compagnie. In Germany she worked among others with the following Ensembles and institutions: Deutsche Tanzkompanie; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Ensemble Owczareck, Tanzproduktionen für Dortmund, Mexico, Waldbühne Berlin; Tanztheater Ensemble in Kreis, Special Guets wit hthe TV Balletensemble in Berlin. She worked as a choreographer at the Oper House Zürich for the production "Cunning Little Vixen" from Katharina Talbach.

Musicals work: Soloist for Evita (Principal theater Klagenfurt), Consuela in West Side Story (Theater Linz, Atticus Theater Greece), Rocky Horror Show (Hans Otto Theater Potsdam), My Fair Lady , Zar und Zimmermann (Theater Lübeck). and others.

Choreography and regie/ own danceproductions: " Kosmos" (Deutsche Oper Berlin), "Ilusión de Tango" (Academy of Arts in Berlin), "María de Buenos Aires" with Opera Latinoamericana (Kulturbrauerei Berlin), "Von Dolch zur Federboa"with Trío Percanta (Woodstage, Themen, Spandau, Munich), "Drei Minuten mit der Wirklichkeit", Danced reading (Regentenbau in Bad Kissingen, Castle Köpenik, Berliner Principal Operhouse...), "De la calle al alma, life of tango" with Polenta Arrabalera (Rathaus Schöneberg, Iberoamerican cultur institut), " Argentina" (Castle Wackerbarth), and others

Film and Tv: dancer, actress and choreographer for productions like : " Bei Anruf Mord", " Balco", "Christian Andersen", Guf Ha Neschamot", " Schwester Stefanie", oppening " Grand Prix de la Chansón" , Film Tango Pasion“, Hildebrand Film Prod. Berlin and promotion spots. 

You can read more about Erica here...


Michail Spyridis „Lucky“   I  Hip Hop

Michail Spyridis also known as „B-boy Lucky Look“, was born on 9th of April 1991 in Russia. At the age of 5 he moved to Greece where he grew up.

As a kid he has learned martial arts such as kickboxing and wrestling. Those technics along with his great discipline inspired him to create his individual style and to bring his own ideas in the dance world.

Lucky is an independent artist, he has developed his dance skills from 2003 till now days. In 2018 he created a dance performance named ''Hip Hop Platon''.

Lucky has the experience of big stages and worldwide bboy contests. He is the creator of (Dead Prezz Education classes) were students learn dance and its culture. Lucky is a performer, choreographer and director for group performances and his own pieces. He is travels and teaches all around the world. 

Awards: please check here.

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