These were the teachers of 2017
Initiated in the world of theatre, Ivan studied afrocuban dance and jazz in the National Association of Actors in Mexico, Musical Comedy in L’Escola Coco Comin and was awarded a scholarship in 2014 for the tap program in Jacob’s Pillow in the United States. He has participated in various television and film projects, such as the “Cheetah Girls 2”, “Noches sensacionales”, “Mira quien baila”, “La Maratón de TV3” and “TV Azteca”. He has been a professor in such tap festivals as “Tap On” in Barcelona, in Stockholm, Sweden where he was the two-time winner of the Cutting Contest) Warsaw, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Berlin, among others.
With the project Dinatatak he recorded the album “Proper Names”, touring throughout Europe and formed part of the prestigious tap company W.O.T.O. He is a performer and emcee. He is currently working as a dancer and Lindy-Hop teacher in Swingmaniacs and is invited to dance in the “Palau” of music in Barcelona. For Iván, the most important element of dance, and art in general, is the “flavour”: the unique, special divine spark that each artist puts into his work, and he is convinced that the second year of the Suntap Festival will be delicious and plein of “Sabor”!
Acia Gray is a soloist, teacher and choreographer who is making her mark today in the world of the Tap. Around 150 original shows in more than 150 cities in the United States and the rest of the world have served as influences to the best tap dancers on the planet.
Co-founder in 1989 and Artistic Director of the Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, Texas, she is currently Chair of the International Tap Association Board.
Chuck Green, Steve Condos, Brenda Bufalino, Donald O’Connor, Fayard Nicholas, Buster Brown, Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, and others have been featured in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. , Jimmy Slyde, Sarah Petronio, Dianne Walker and many more, in productions such as The Great Tap Reunion, Tap Do / Wop, Just Friends, Masters of Tap, Tap City, Chicago on Tap and The Soul to Sole Festival.
His book The Souls of Your Feet, a guide for Rhythm Explorers has been acclaimed by critics and has become a bestseller in its category on Amazon.com. She is currently touring with her Souls of Your Feet workshop for dancers of all ages and levels sharing the power of a lifetime’s rhythm on and off the stage. The motto of Acia Gray is that life is rhythm and we want to dance with her!!!
Rubén Sánchez Garcia began dancing at the age of six, and is trained in classical ballet, contemporary, jazz and partner dancing, among many others. Tap is his passion and he has worked with recognised professionals in the international trap community such as Guillem Alonso, Jason Samuels Smith, Maz Pollack, Josh Hillbermann, Dereck Grant, Ted Levi, Leela Petronio, Sharon Lavi and Barbara Duffy.
He has toured the world performing with the Camut Band or Tapeplas dance company. His teaching and performing resume is spectacular. Since April 2007 he has been teaching tap in cities such as Toulouse, Limoges, Paris, Marseilles, Rennes, Montpellier, Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, San Sebastián, Amsterdam, Dubrovnic and Rome, among countless others.
In 2011, he launched into the business world with Rúben Sánchez Dancewear and his brand is the official sponsor of various tap events throughout the world. Rúben Sánchez has a rule that he follows when putting on his tap shoes: he always wears them without socks, as it enables them to feel like a second skin.
As a musician, pianist and composer he graduated from the Superior Conservatories of Seville and Barcelona and as teacher and dancer of Tap Dance he started recieving classes at the Callejón de las Artes Academy in Seville in 2012 with the Mexican teacher and choreographer Gabriela Estrada.
He later received also classes from the Cuban dancer Samuel Rigal at the school he manages the DaMTe Performing Arts Center in Seville. The professional career has focused on the education and teaching of Tap Dance at DaMTe, where he teaches since 2013 and at the same time he works as an external professor to other schools such as the School of Dramatic Arts of Seville.
As a dancer, his academic career makes a qualitative leap in the summers of 2014, 2015 and 2016 at the Tap On Festival of Barcelona, with international teachers such as Guillem Alonso, Roser Font, Sharon Lavi, Cartier Williams, Sara Reich and Acia Gray.
In 2016 he receives a master class with Rubén Sánchez and attends one of the first meetings of Tap that are organized in Granada, the Granatap where it receives classes of Kelly Isaac and John O’Brien.
He has presented a show of Tap called A Golpe de Tap at ZM Sala and with the DaMTe school opened the Second Edition of Seville Swing. His latest challenge is the organization, along with other professionals of Art and Culture, Suntap, the first Festival of Tap in Andalusia that is already for its second edition, being one of the professionals pioneers of this dance and artistic trend in the South of Spain. Pedro Silva has always defended that the Tap Dancing “gives movement to my life”.