These will be the teachers of 2021
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”!
Receiving various grants from the Catalan government (Spain) he studied Tap dance in New York, where he was taught by famous dancers such as Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Savion Glover and others.
In 1993 he won 1st prize at the World Tap Championship in Switzerland organized by the International Dance Organization. During Christmas 1995 Guillem appeared as Tap soloist for the show Yuletide Celebration, accompanied by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Afterwars on he toured across the USA and Europe with several of the best American Tap companies, the American Tap Dance Orchestra, Manhattan Tap, Tap Collective from New York and Steps Ahead from Los Angeles.
Guillem lives in Barcelona where he performed and created numerous works including choreography for the show That’s Jazz, created for the opening of the new theatre Scenic Barcelona, has choreographed Tap numbers in the last production of the musical Fame in Madrid, and also for the Monty Payton’s Spamalot.
At home, Guillem has started tap improvisation sessions, Tap Jam, since 1998, and never stopped since then. During the seasons 2000-02 he was Tap soloist in the successful production of Fire of Dance, touring all around Europe. He choreographed Tap solos and duets, one of those being the captivating Sand dance. This is a style of dance that he has performed with many companies and is one of his trademarks.
Guillem is a member of Camut Band Tap and percussion company, where he is one of the creators of their shows Kiting-Kita, Sonoritats and Life Is Rhythm, in which he continues to perform. It has enjoyed success in dance festivals in Edinburgh (Scotland), Toronto (Canada), New Haven (USA), Greenwich (Great Britain) and Tàrrega (Spain). This show was on Broadway (NY) performing at the New Victory Theatre and on the West End (London) at the Lyric Theatre.
He is one of the creators and performers of the new shows Boogie Woogie Tap and Tap Olé.
As a leading member of the Tap community Guillem has introduced and motivated a new generation of Tap dancers in Barcelona. He has got the Dansacat 2010 award for the recognition to his work as a dance artist from Catalonia.
Now, he is directing his own dance school Luthier, with lots of Tap workshops and a special training program for professional Tap dancers coming from around the world.
Since 1999 Mrs. Font has been part of the Barcelona Rhythm Tap directed by Guillem Alonso with whom has has acted in numerous theatres and television programs. As an actress, dance and singer she has participated in the production The Violinist on the roof and the ad campaign for Seat Toledo in conjunction with the Stomp company, in the ad campaign for Vodafone 2007, and in the percussion and tap show Trashtos and Saxtap, among countless others. She is also the co-creator and dancer in the Tap Olé show, in the Chicago Vittum theater in 2003, which garnered her the audience favorite awarad in the International Valladoid Festival in 2004. She has acted in New York, Helsinki, Boston, Dusseldorf, Croatia, Italy, Panama and at the Edinborough fringe festival. In November of 2009 she performed in the second tour of Tap Olé, which toured in Germany, and in London at the Peacock theatre, among other locations. She also performed in the internationally acclaimed Fire of Dance as a solo dancer, which toured over 330 venues in Europe between 2000 and 2002.
Mr. Tadeo is pioneer and dancer in Tap with a residence in Madrid, where he has been working and teaching dance since 2010. He created the shows “No one is whom they seem “ with members of the Tap Show Project company, and “Woto Extended” , which was performed in its’ entirety. In September of 2014 he played a pivotal role in launching the first edition of Tap Residency Madrid, which over time has become one of the premier tap-dancing events in Madrid and in all of Europe. He trained professionally in Berlin for 6 months, and continues training and learning in cities such as Barcelona and New York. He created the monthly tap Jam in Berlin and has participated in two editions of the Anhélias festival.
Dancer, creator and tap teacher.
Degree in Sociology from the University of Barcelona.
Laia has been part of many companies and collaborated with different shows including: Big Band of Granollers; with the Locomotora Negra, Barcelona Rhythm Tap, directed by Guillem Alonso, “Djellaba Groove” by Roxane Butterfly and “Tapeplas” by Sharon Lavi, among others.
Laia is currently part of the companies/groups: Molins & Mezquida Duo (with pianist Marco Mezquida), Tap Olé; 2×3 (along with flamenco dancer Núria Ventura), ExhiBeat. She is also a soloist for different musical groups such as “Gumbo Jazz Band” and “Men in Swing”.
From 2002-2020, she has been president of the “Tot pel Claqué” Association in Barcelona, organizing different activities to promote tap dancing, such as the “Tap in the Street” for International Tap Day, among others.
Since 1998 Laia has taken part in improvisation sessions in Barcelona such as the monthly Tap Jam, which she now coordinates.
In 2019, she created the social entity, Ritme i Compromís, a social transformation project that uses rhythm, movement and taping to improve the quality of life of people at risk of social exclusion.
As an educator, she teaches regularly at the Luthier School of Dance and Music in Barcelona, and at the Núria Ventura School in St. Celoni, and is also a guest artist at various international events: France, Cuba, Switzerland, Italy, among others.
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.
Born in Tel-Aviv, Sharon Lavi is a dancer, choreographer and teacher of a very personal tap style. He studied in Israel with professors such as Michal Israelstam, Zvia Brumer and Ellida Geyra or Sarah Petronio, among other recognized teachers. In 1995, he was the first tap dancer to receive the official title of Prominent Dancer of his country. Since 1998 he has been guest artist and soloist in different international tap and / or dance festivals in countries such as Israel, Spain, France, the United States, Russia and South Africa.
In 2001, he joined the company Camut Band with which he toured internationally to this day and, a year later, founded the company Sharon Lavi, in which he created, directed and produced the shows BoomBach, MONKEYS, KexevKezev, EPIC and FRAGMENTS. In 2016 he created the choreography for Mustache, The Rhythm Musical, directed by Coco Comín, work for which he receives the prize for the best choreography at the annual Musical Theater Awards gala. Sharon Lavi dedicates his professional career to research, creation and production of a genuine and own tap language that creates school.