Tap Oslo 2015
First international tapfestival in Oslo took place at 6-8th february 2015. On the list teaching was Jason Samules Smith, Ludovico Hombravella Suarez and Gerson Lanza.
It was a great success! Thank you Art council Norway for supporting us!
Jason Samules Smith
Jason Samuels Smith (performer, choreographer, director) has emerged as a multi-talented leader in the Art form of Tap. He received the 2009 Dance Magazine Award and won both an Emmy and American Choreography Award for “Outstanding Choreography” for the Opening number of the Jerry Lewis/MDA Telethon in a tribute to Gregory Hines. He has won several other awards, and is also the founder and director of L.A. Tap festival.
At several occasions Mr. Samuels Smith has appeared as a special guest on Fox's hit series So You Think You Can Dance, as a choreographer for Grammy Artist Mya on CBS's Secret Talents of The Stars, and as an associate choreographer for ABC's Dancing With The Stars. He also co-starred in Dean Hargrove’s “Tap Heat” (short movie) and other tv and film productions.
Other performance credits include the Tony Award winning Broadway cast of Bring in Da’Noise, Bring in Da’Funk in principal and lead roles, starring in the critically acclaimed production of Imagine Tap!, Savion Glover’s NYOTs (Not Your Ordinary Tappers), Mr. Samuels Smith founded tap company A.C.G.I. (Anybody Can Get It) with performances that included an exclusive 2-week sold-out engagement at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the New York City Center Fall for Dance Festival and at Sadlers Wells Sampled in London. One of his latest projects under development is Charlie's Angels: A Tribute to Charlie Parker features intricate and entertaining choreography on a trio of some of the most talented women performers today, spoken word from Craig “muMs” Grant, and a combination of live and original recorded music.
He also co-founded JaJa Productions featuring original jazz-influenced hip hop music with appearances throughout the United States. Mr. Samuels Smith continues to tour the US and India with India Jazz Suites, a dynamic collaboration with Kathak Master Pandit Chitresh Das.
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He will be teaching the two highest levels, and give a performance at the saturday show/jam.
Ludovico Hombravella Suarez
Ludovico Hombravella Suarez is a world know tap-dancer with his current base in Barcelona. He’s well recognized in the European tap dance scene, and has toured all over the world and given workshops in countries as France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Finland, Spain, Lebanon, Tureky and Japan.
He has also hosted several tap-festivals and Jams as Stockholm tap festival (2012), Tap on Barcelona (2010-2013), Junco Jazz Club in Madrid, Mirablau Barcelona & Swing Maniacs.As a coreographer he has credits as «Solos» (directed by Basilio Gonzalez), «W.O.T.O», «Walk On Tap On» (co-creator).
And he has also worked with artists and bands as Roxane Butterfly, Sebastian Weber, Bob Sands Big Band, Perico Sambeat Sacred Concert D.E. , Gordon Webster Sextet, Rafael Amargo, Camut Band, T.J. Jazz Quartet.
He will be giving classes in level 1/2 and an open level class that focuses on a different theme every day and you will also see him in the jam/show saturday night.
Gerson Lanza is originally from La Ceiba, Honduras. Gerson first encountered the art form of tap dance after moving to New York City in 2001. He began his tap dance training under Omar Edwards at his studio “Harlem Tap,” and went on studying Tap dance at Harlem School of the Arts, under the instruction of Joseph Webb.
He’s now a member at «Apt. 33» a NY-based professional company directed by Chloe Arnold. He’s trained from amazing tap-dacners as Omar Edwards, Joseph Webb, Derick Grant, Jason Janas, Chloe Arnold, Jason Samuels Smith.He has performed in shows and places as “Amor Latino,” (2009, Off-Broadway), “Brazilian Jambush” (2011, NC, choreographer/dancer) “Generation HeART” (NC 2011, director/dancer), DC Tap dance festival, L.A. tap dance festival, dancer in "Cotton Club the show" on europe tour.
He has thought places as North Carolina, Utah, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro and Uberlandia, Brazil, Norway, Salt Lake City, and also assistant to Chloe Arnold in Stockholm Tap Festival (2014).
He will be giving classes for beginners/level 0 and level 5, that will introduce tap for «non-tappers» and you will also see him in the show/jam saturday night.
Jazzy Ruiz, originally from Guatamala is one of the most respected latin dancers in Europe. He has a background in Jazz, Ballet, modern, classical ballet, flamenco, Tap dancing, cabaret, various folk dances, hip hop, breakdance, dance sport (standard and Latin), disco, Latin hustle, tango, salsa, bachata, mambo and (Cuban salsa , NY -style & LA -style).
He began teaching at the age of 15. Jazzy moved to Norway in 1999, and in 2003 he graduated with a BA in dance at The Norwegian School of Dance . He also has training in Afro- Cuban dance and popular Latin American dance by " Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba" and "Ballet Nacional de Alicia Alonso " in Havana , Cuba.
Since 2001 Jazzy represented Norway in many different salsa congresses and festivals in 52 countries and over 200 cities worldwide. He has had the opportunity to work with some of the world 's best event organizers , dancers, artists and orchestras in the salsa world. Jazzy has won several competitions at home and abroad, and is currently co-owner of Salsa Kompaniet AS - One of Norway's largest salsa schools.Today he continues to work as a dance teacher and dancer, with Latin American dance as their specialty.
Jazzy has also participated in many TV programs, interviews and documentaries in Latin America and Europe. In Norway , he has participated in several television productions as a dancer and choreographer . In 2007 he choreographed salsa for the TV show " So You Think You Can Dance ? " Three seasons in a row. He also had a guest appearance as a choreographer in TV2's " Shall We Dance " "Norway got Talent ", " Adils Hemmelige dansere" og "Stjernekamp".
Sean Mac An Bhaird
& Linn Mari Nybakk
Linn Mari was introduced to Lindy hop in 2009 – and it was love at first swing out. Having danced and taught for 5 years in Trondheim, Linn now mainly dances in Oslo. She enjoys exploring technique and quality of movement in her partnering, and loves the possibilities of expression opened up to her by the music and improvisation. While she is definitely happiest when immersed in the cooperative play of social dancing, she has also developed a fondness for solo jazz and charleston.
Sean started Lindy Hop in the Netherlands and currently lives and teaches in Oslo. He loves the connection, improvisation and pure fun that the Lindy Hop brings and tries to bring that into his teaching. He does this while still maintaining a solid focus on technique and quality of movement. He loves to social dance with everyone so don't be afraid to ask him for a dance!
We are lucky to have Aida Frusan, member of Cre-8 dance crew with us teaching house on sunday morning.
She started dancing when she was 12 years old.
She studied and performed with groups as ' Da- Yo ', Flow Dance Academy
Copenhagen, ' Cre8 'and she has also worked as a freelance dancer since 2010 .
She has trained intensively and learned from pioneers around the world styles including hip hop, house, popping, toprock, salsa, waacking and vogue. This has contributed to a rich vocabulary and expressions in her
dance; both scenic and improvisational .
Aida jobs executive dances both at home and abroad, and has among other things, a well established dance career in Paris. She has performed at countless venues internationally, in France, Denmark, Germany, Spain and China.
She has experience from dance and theater productions ' Revelations ' Théatre Paris Villette, 'UrbanX ' The Norwegian Opera, 'RedFans' Dance House, and TV, artists, music etc. And she is also a choreographer in various projects and showcases.
Aida balance between improvisation, studying the body movement to music and exchange through battles, and the commercial stage with focus on choreography. Although her style is most influenced by hiphop and house, she works versatile in several styles and genres.
She keeps an open mind with dance as a form of expression and puts no limits within the creative.
Photo: Francisqo Halili