Steven has been teaching tap professionally since 1987 and has conducted many workshops and master classes in the USA, Europe and Latin America. As a regular guest at dance festivals and conventions, he is used to dealing with classes of up to 50 students or more, at all levels. Besides teaching tap dance (focusing on aspects such as technique, repertoire, improvisation, choreography, Brazilian rhythms, etc.), Steven also teaches Percussive Dance, Musical Perception and Pedagogical Methodology for Tap Instructors.
Steven’s classes are highly energetic, good humored and fast-paced sessions. He expects a lot from his students, although each is treated with personal attention, at his or her level of proficiency.
“A few years ago I participated in several of his workshops and, in the meantime, also with other teachers. By far the most fruitful lessons for me were those with Steven. With him it was never a stressful situation but he rather managed with his charming, patient and encouraging way – and his enthusiasm – to bring out the best of my possibilities, which were those of a beginner in those days. In a way, one was surprised by one’s own achievements. I was particularly impressed by his musical knowledge and competence, the unusual choice of music (jazz, swing, south-American rhythms) and the inspired choreographies which always, even if short, had a certain “impact”. Ulrike Haug, Germany.
Style – Steven’s style draws from his experience in various fields of dance but his experience with Brazilian vernacular dances and rhythms provided him with a unique vocabulary. He sees tap primarily as a form of dance, meaning that the “dance” portion of the words “tap dance” is fundamental to the full understanding of the art. This doesn’t translate as “lots of arms”, but simply means that tap, being a form of dance, involves the whole body, not just the feet. Steven breaks down and explains the accurate body mechanics of each step, so that students will acquire precision, speed and mobility. They are encouraged to discover their own individual style, charisma and stage presence.
Music and rhythms – Besides technique, musicality, contrast, dynamics and the coloring of sounds also receive strong emphasis. Steven particularly enjoys working within three musical frameworks: jazz, funk and Brazilian music. Students are brought to understand the basic concepts of rhythm and how they differ in the each of the musical styles used in class.
He can conduct his classes in English, French or Portuguese. He also has a fair understanding of Spanish and German.
Main Festivals Steven took part as teacher: Festival Tap City, NYC (2000-04); Tap Ahead, Düsseldorf, Germany (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016); Royal Tap Dance Festival, Amsterdam, Holland (2002-04); Jazz aux Sources, Chatel-Guyon, France (2016), Paris Tap Festival (2014); Claquettes em Vogue, Montpellier, France (2003, 2005, 2009, 2013); Tap Breizh, Nantes, France (2006, 2008). Brazil: Rio H2K, street dance Kemp (2015), Joinville Dance Festival, Brazil (14 editions since 1993), Passo de Artes, Porto Alegre em Dança; Festival de dança de Florianópolis; Festival de dança de Ribeirão Preto, Festidança; Semana do Sapateado; FIDA (Belém); Festival de dança de Recife, Dança no Litoral, Fortaleza, etc Others in South America: Interdanza, Paraguay (1996-97); Festival Internacional de Dança de Asunción, Paraguay.
Workshops & Master Classes
USA: Dance Commons, San Francisco, CA (2015); UCLA, World Culture Dept., Los Angeles, CA (2015); O.C. Tap Experience, Orange County, CA (2015); Sarah Reich’s Monday Night Tap Experience, Los Angeles, CA (2015). Germany: Hoofers, Hamburg (2003, 2008); New York City Dance School, Stuttgart (1989-91), Taphouse, Würzburg; Show Dance Studio, Augsburg; Studio Tanztreff, Augsburg; Ballet Studio Schongau. Holland: Rotterdam Tanz Academie, Rotterdam. Switzerland: Dance Area, Geneva; Colombo Dance Factory, Zurich (1991-93); Permadanse, Sion (1990-2000); Bounce Tap, Bern. France: Centre de Danse du Marais, Paris; Danse Avenue, Valence; Belgium: Fred Academie, Brussels. Israel: Tap It, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (2005, 2007). Brazil: Workshops or master classes across the country (in 20 of the 26 States), including Jazz Carlotta Portella, Rio de Janeiro; Studio de dança Jorge Texeiras, Rio de Janeiro; Clube do Movimento, Rio de Janeiro; Escola de danças Hortência Mollo, Rio de Janeiro; Company Ballet, São Paulo; Academia Walk Dance by STEPS, São Paulo; Promenade, São Paulo; Espaço Cultural Shopping Eldorado, São Paulo. In Argentina: Academia Valeria Console, Cordoba (1999), Academia Norma Pellegrini, Puerto Iguazu.