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

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

Noa Hedrich  I  Tap Dance

Noa Hedrich parents grew up in Lisbon with her German-English parents.She began her dance education with Ballett classes  at the age of 6. Soon she discovered Tap Dance and became fascinated with the rhythmic sound and percussive form of dance that she made her own since then. 

Noa studied Tap Dance in Lisbon with Raquel Vieira de Almeida, Anabela Martins, Marinela Mangueira, Michel de Roubaix and with Cristina Delius in Lisbon and Berlin. She performed and went on tour with her Tap Dance Company in Portugal and appeared in several guest shows on national TV and at the Casino Estoril.

In order to improve her dance skills, she took Lindy Hop, Salsa, Tango Argentino, irish Dance, Hip Hop and Afropop classes.

Pralell to her dance studies, Noa studied and graduatet in Psychology in England. At the present she is studying Master Mind and Brain at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin.

Cristina Delius met Noa while teaching one of her workshops in Lisbon and was glad to be able to invite her to join the TapBeat teachers team when she heard that Noa was coming to study in Berlin.

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. 

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...

GUEST TEACHERS: Brenda Bufalino, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Katherine KramerJason Samuels-Smith, Cartier Williams, Joseph Wiggan, Guillem Alonso, Avalon Rathgeb, Derek Roland, Christopher Erk, Lisa La Touche, Dewitt Fleming Jr., Rubén Perez, Thomas J Egan, Jordan Pollard, Jesse RasmussenSilvia Ocougne, Roland Schneider, Andreas Schmidt, Guido Witte ...

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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