2015 cast

FOREMAN

Christopher Erk

Christopher Erk was born and raised in Connecticut where he began dancing at the age of 4. He trained extensively with the School of the Hartford Ballet and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. In ’97, he joined Tap Dogs, with whom he toured internationally for five years. After settling in NYC, he went on to work with some of the most predominant influencers in dance and theater: Gil Stroming and Break the Floor Productions, Jared Grimes and Broadway Underground, Rasta Thomas and Bad Boys of Dance - Tap Stars, the New York Song and Dance Company – Noah Racey’s Pulse. Christopher has 14 years experience working extensively with Tee & Jam Productions as a performer and choreographer for the world's largest corporate events and business meetings. Christopher has also held residencies as a teacher of dance and theater at Wright State University and Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH. Christopher is the proud founding artistic director of the Tap Factor, an organization dedicated to enriching the world through tap dance education and performance opportunities. With the Tap Factor, he has established a strong relationship with Best Buddies with whom he facilitated an all-inclusive immersive tap dance experience that culminated in a performance at Carnegie Hall. He was also invited to present a performance interstitial at the 2014 TEDxPeachtree Conference in Atlanta, GA. Most recently, Christopher completed a 35-city European Tour with Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox as their tap dancer. A proud graduate of the New School for Public Engagement, Christopher continues to explore the most productive ways to impact the world through his performance, creative, and academic career. Stay up to date on what is new and exciting by finding Christopher at www.christophererk.com and @thetapfactor on Twitter and Instagram.

2iC

Anthony Russo

When Anthony first put his feet in a pair of tap shoes, he was just 2 years old. He left high school at 17 to join the 6th National Tour of Tap Dogs and went on to perform all 6 roles in the show throughout North America, Europe, South Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Australia (2001-2012). Russo moved to New York City at 19 and hit the ground running, tap dancing his way from the New York subways to the famous stages of Radio City Music Hall, The Beacon Theater, and Carnegie Hall. Anthony has participated in the creation and performance of several new shows including Rasta Thomas' Bad Boys of Dance's "Tap Stars" (Hamburg, Germany 2011), Noah Racey's "Pulse" (Sarasota, FL 2013), and Cirque Du Soleil's "Banana Shpeel" (Chicago, NYC, and Toronto 2009-2010). In addition to his performance credits, Russo certainly has his place in dance education. Coming from a family owned dance studio in St Charles, MO where he began teaching classes at age 15, Anthony has gone on to teach for many dance organizations worldwide including Dance Educators Of America (Costa Rica 2009), Dance Masters Of America (numerous regional and national events 2002-present), International Festival - Danse Encore (Quebec, CA 2008/2010), and most recently 24 Seven Dance Convention (2012-present). In 2005, Anthony started his own tap-intensive summer program called "TAPademics" and has since developed the touring tap workshop, Tap The Map. Since it's foundation in 2007, Tap The Map has put on 120+ tap dance workshops throughout North America  

ENFORCER

Richie Miller

Richie Miller was born in Titusville, FL and moved to St. Charles, MO at the age of 6.  On a bribe, Richie began his training at Performing Arts Centre with Debbie & Tracy Davenport & Anthony Russo where he became a tap sensation!  Upon graduation, he immediately was hired by Tap Dogs and has toured with them since 2009, dancing the roles of The Kid and Funky.

Tap Dogs tours took Richie all over the USA, Mexico, London's West End (with Coyote Ugly's Adam Garcia), Italy, France, Bah Rain, Asia, Dubai, and to Australia many times!  He is now residing in and currently working in Australia. Since Riche has been in Australia, he has appeared on Naomi Campbells "The Face", performed with the The Next Step, was featured in Commonwealth Banks’ “Tap & Pay” TVC. Richie is still currently with Tap Dogs, and performed at the 2015 NYE  Lord Mayors Ball.  He also works as a master teacher and guest choreographer, sharing his passion for rhythm to students of all ages. 

RAT

Justin Myles

Excited to rejoin with Tap Dogs for another go around. Justin hails from Baltimore, Maryland. He spent his childhood surrounded by music and dance. Tapping since the age of 3, taught by his mom & dance instructor Gracie, he graduated from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, with a BA degree in Dance. Performed on Disney Cruise Lines as a singer/dancer and dance captain, Paramounts Kings Dominion, Pittsburgh Playhouse Dance Company, and Busch Gardens Theme Park Williamsburg, VA. He recently spent 6 years touring with the International percussion sensation STOMP traveling the US, Canada and Brazil. When not performing in shows he joins the National Dance convention route with World Class Dance Experience. Justin now continues to write and produce his own music with albums available on iTunes. www.justinmyles.net

 

FUNKY

Aaron Burr

Aaron began his dance training at the age of 3. When he was 11, he landed his first professional job at a local theatre in his hometown of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Early in his career, Aaron appeared on America’s Got Talent (Season 1) and America’s Most Talented Kids.
At the age of 12, he won “The Greatest Dancer in America Challenge”, a dance competition held on Good Morning America. One of the judges, nine-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune, later invited Aaron to join him on the National Tour of Doctor Dolittle. Aaron was extremely fortunate to perform a tap duet with Mr. Tune in every show while touring.
At 16, he appeared in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the show Tap Kids, which received five-star reviews from The Scotsman.
Aaron taught his first tap master class at the age of 13, and loves to teach and choreograph tap for all ages and skill levels. He is also on faculty with Showstoppers Dance Conventions, which are held all across the United States.
When Aaron was 6 years old, he saw the VHS tape of Tap Dogs and was mesmerized by the style and energy of the show. He is honored to be a part of the 20th Anniversary cast of Tap Dogs. He would like to thank his dance teachers and his parents for changing his life and always believing in him.

KID

Jacob Stonebreaker

Jake has loved to tap for as long as he can remember. As he was growing up, Jake trained, competed, and performed with studios in Northern Colorado, primarily Dance Dimensions in Longmont. Jake has been the recipient of numerous awards from nationally renowned conventions and competitions, such as New York City Dance Alliance, Jump, and NUVO. Most recently, Jake has been active as a member of the AXS Entertainment Group, performing in corporate events at the Colorado Convention Center. In addition, he has continually spent time in freelance work and promotional events. Jake has been a soloist and company member for Cherry Creek’s 7Dancers Performing Company. He has been able to take part in many corporate and charity events, fundraisers, and other events in Denver. He has been featured in shows at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, McNichols Civic Center, Ricketson Theatre, Buell Theatre, and Arvada Center for the Arts. Jake was also the lead role in Colorado Contemporary Dance’s production of Clara and The Nutcracker. Aside from performing, Jake has also found considerable success choreographing. He has been producing recreational and competitive choreography alike for studios such as Cherry Creek Dance, Pointe Dance Academy, and Ovation Academy of Dance.Jake has aspired to be a Tap Dog since he was seven years old and saw the show for the first time. He plans on tapping until he can’t anymore and loves bringing his passion to the stage. 

MUSICIAN

Noriko Terada

Noriko Terada, multi-percussionist and drummer, is internationally known for her percussion recordings with the hugely popular video game series, Final Fantasy 13-3 Lightning Returns, as well as God Eater Rage Burst live performance DVD, and D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die live performance original sounds track.
As a successful multi-percussionist, Noriko has performed at numerous well-known venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall, Blue Note NY, Montreal Jazz Festival, Boston Symphony Hall, TED conference. She is also recognized as a major record label artist by JVC Victor Entertainment in Japan.
Born and raised in Kashima, Japan Noriko began playing the piano at the age of 3. At the age of 12, she found percussion/drums and quickly fell in love, which would go on to change her life.
At the age of 7, Noriko also began training in classical ballet, which would span over the next 13 years. During this time, Noriko came to understand a connection between music and dance as a composite art that thereby influenced her music.
After graduating high school, Noriko commenced training at the Tokyo College of Music, recognized as one of best music conservatories in Japan. In 2007, Noriko received a scholarship from the prestigious Berklee College of Music and moved to Boston.
After graduating at Berklee, Noriko has shown a great deal of versatility in musical styles including Musical Theatre, World music, Afro-Brazilian music, Pop, R&B, Rock, Jazz and classical. Noriko has performed with many well-known artists including Alan Silvestri (composer of the film Back to the Future), Don Was (Producer of Rolling Stones), Angelique Kidjo (Grammy award singer), Nobuo Uematsu (composer for Final Fantasy), Kenwood Dinnard.
Noriko also worked as an accompanist for modern dancers at Boston Ballet school, Boston Conservatory and Walnut Hill art school. She is currently a percussionist for the groups Women of the World and Video Game orchestra.
 

MUSICIAN

Nerida Wu

Nerida (Ned) Wu studied dance for 15 years before discovering her passion for drums, subsequently studying at the Australian Institute of Music.
Since 2006, Ned has been a member of independent original goth/new-wave-inspired rock band The Dark Shadows. The group has toured extensively in Australia, Northern America, Europe, UK, and Japan, with such acts as Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers), Glasvegas (UK) and The Stray Cats (USA). Other performance credits include the National Rugby League South Sydney Rabbitoh’s drum squad, Circus Solarus, Southside Festival Port Kembla and The Lord Mayor’s New Year’s Eve picnic at The Botanic Gardens. She has contributed to the soundtrack of documentaries “Mother of Rock Lilian Roxon” (2010) and “Blood and Thunder – The Sound Of Alberts” 2015.

For the last 3 years Ned has become a keen student of the Japanese drums (Taiko), studying with Taikoz in Sydney and recently performing with Taikoz as part of the group Taiko No Wa. Ned is also a member of new all-female drum group DrummerQueens, which incorporates groundbreaking electronics and a huge variety of intricate rhythmic styles.
 

INTERCHANGE

Nathan Beech

Nathan Beech was born in December 1996, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
As part of a military family he moved frequently but has returned to the state and resides in Manassas. He is 18 years of age and a graduate of Forest Park High School. Nathan is a dancer, instructor and choreographer. He has performed all genres of dance but Tap Dance is his passion and strength. He received his primary dance training at DeGrasse Dance Studio in Woodbridge, Va and Studio Bleu Dance Center in Ashburn, Virginia.
The National Young Arts Foundation selected Nathan as a 2015 Young Arts Finalist awarding him the Silver Award in Dance/Tap and also recognized for his Exceptional Artistic Achievement in Dance/Tap in 2014. Debbie Allen selected Nathan from thousands of dancers nationwide to Perform as “Billy” in the Brothers of the Knight Production/National tour. While a member of The Potomac Ballet in Virginia, Nathan performed all major roles in The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty from 2006-2013.
Additionally, Nathan was selected from worldwide applicants for “Tap World”, a feature length Hollywood documentary on Tap Dance. In 2013 he performed as a Guest Artist at the Georgia Regency University diversity summit. As a young boy he participated in TV/Commercials like “Worldwide day of Play “by Nickelodeon, and NHL–Washington Capitals advertisement.
His future goals include pursuing a degree in business, perform professionally, and teach his passion, Tap. Nathan is grateful for the many opportunities he has had thus far and is thrilled being able to perform with Tap Dogs.

INTERCHANGE

Kurt Csolak

Kurt started his training in dance at the age of 3 at his mother's performing arts school in New Jersey.
Since then, he has trained under and performed with some of the best tappers in the world (including some other members in the cast). A well rounded performer, Kurt has also studied acting and singing extensively in NYC, landing him TV, film, and theater roles.
His credits include: teaching at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Peridance Capezio Center NYC anda recently accepted judge for the IDO World Tap Championships. Top Hat Lab- Chris Gatelli, White Christmas Randy Skinner, The Tap Factor-Carnegie Hall, Tap United International Tap Festival (choreographer/performer), I Love Tap- Derick Grant, America’s Got Talent- Aaron Tolson,Cats Paying Dues- Andrew Nemr. Kurt has also won top awards for choreography at national level competitions.
Film/TV credits include: Speed Racer: The Next Generation (Speed) on Nicktoons, and acting in numerous films and commercials. A graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School, Kurt has also produced five award-winning short films, directed/shot music videos for notable young stars, and produced a feature film set to be released in 2016.
As a first-time cast member, Kurt is thrilled to be a part of Tap Dogs this season. Grateful to Leesa Csolak,Clear Talent Group, and all other mentors and teachers throughout his life.