SANDRA KLUGE is a Tap Percussionist born in Bremen (Germany), based in Brooklyn (NY), and performing and teaching internationally.
She writes, records, and performs her own original music, in which Tap is the exclusive percussive instrument, both solo and with a band. Sandra is deconstructing the
classic Tap vocabulary in order to be a full band member, rather than just the cherry on top.
Her performance highlights include
various collaborations with Thomas Marek, the tap ahead festival, Swiss Tap Days, Düsseldorf Photo Weekend, Symphony Space, Judson Church, Festival de Musique Improvisée de
Lausanne, Basilica Hudson, and many more.
Sandra has been invited to teach at renowned institutions such as the legendary tap ahead festival, tap club Cologne, and Soundspace Philadelphia, and to be a
teaching artist in residence at Thomas Marek's Studio Footprints. She is currently on faculty at the American Tap Dance Foundation and Mark Morris Dance Center. In addition, Sandra teaches
private lessons in person and virtually, working with students from around the world.
Her work has been featured on the Tap Love Tour Podcast, German Tap Magazine, Dance Advantage, Dance Writer Australia, and Vocalo Radio.
Sandra is the only Tap Percussionist to be an alumna of the Art Omi Music Fellowship Program and has recently premiered her composition "Anything = Everything",
commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble. She is currently an artist in residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation.
She was first introduced to Tap at the age of 10 by her Mom. In the following years, she studied with greats such as Barbara Duffy, Sebastian Weber, Pia Neises, Derick Grant, and Heather Cornell, to only name a few, as well as forming a deep relationship with the art form through endless hours of historic video footage and daily self-study. She has been part of Tap City's Pre-Professional Program twice, once with Michelle Dorrance, and once with Sarah Petronio, and graduated from Daniel Luka's tap apprenticeship S.O.N.T.I. with magna cum laude.