Anthony Lo Cascio: Artistic Director
Howard Beach, NY
What Moves You?
“Inspiration, valuable social commentary, and the desire to share deep thoughts through artistic integrity and expression come together to make #Taplife Company into Morse code for the soul…”
This native New Yorker, has performed, taught and toured internationally as a tap dancer since 1994. He has opened shows for people such as, Shirley Bassey, Natalie Cole, Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder. Anthony has made many TV appearances and has been seen performing and teaching in all 50 states, as well as, Mexico, Canada, the Netherlands, and as far as South Africa and Monte Carlo on the French Riviera. An original NYC cast member, Anthony is the first American to earn a standing role in Tap Dogs. Teaching, performing & choreographing is truly Anthony’s life passion and the combination of these things led him to the unexpected birth of his own tap company, #Taplife and #TaplifeToo, the pre professional “sister company” to #Taplife. Once taking on the role of Artistic Director for #Taplife and #TaplifeToo, he started developing the show “Sounds of a #Taplife” and producing original music videos featuring #Taplife Company. You can often take class with Anthony at Broadway Dance Center in NYC or find him in rehearsals at American Tap Dance Foundation.
For more: thetaplife.com
Upcoming shows: A #TapJam is coming up on June 22nd in Queens, NY. A National Tap Dance Day Celebration on May 25th on Rockaway beach and a show in Manhattan Nov 10th.
Photo Credits: Bob Nauta and Dennis Finnegan (for taplife logo photo)
Sandra Kluge: Tap Dancer
What Moves You?
“What moves me is sound. As a tap dancer, I identify more as a soundmaker than a mover. But still, movement is essential for what I’m doing. In order to achieve the best sound quality I can – and to play in a deep pocket, I need to be aware of all my movements. Being intentional with the way I move makes me concise in the way I want to express myself musically. Movement is the preparation for the sound. Music is dance, and dance is music.”
Sandra “Sunny“ Kluge, tap dance musician and visual artist, was born in 1996 into a musicians’ family. She started tap dancing at the age of 10 under the direction of her Mom. From then on, she was influenced by many different teachers and mentors, such as Barbara Duffy, Sebastian Weber, Pia Neises, Derick Grant, Sarah Petronio, and Heather Cornell, to only name a few. She graduated from the tap dance apprenticeship “S.O.N.T.I.” by Daniel Luka with magna cum laude. Her musicianship is heavily shaped by playing in numerous jam sessions around Europe and New York City. Sandra has performed in distinguished productions such as Thomas Marek’s show NOLA at Kampnagel (Hamburg), the sound art/tap performance Homöostep, or the tap ahead festival at tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf). She is the author of the tap dance/art blog Eclectic Grounds and has been a guest writer for Dance Advantage. Sandra considers herself a musician, and the tap shoes are her instrument. Her style is deeply rooted in the aesthetic of jazz music, however, her art is not tied to a specific genre. It is merely a tool to create the most genuine and sophisticated expression possible. A catalyst to explore the extension of the human experience through art.
For more, https://www.sandrakluge.com/