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Photo: Alexey Konkov
Photo: Alexey Konkov

 

SANDRA KLUGE is a Tap Percussionist born in Germany, based in Brooklyn, 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 Thomas Marek's show NOLA, the Tap Dance Days festival, Swiss Tap Days, Düsseldorf Photo Weekend, Symphony Space, LaGuardia PAC, Judson Church, Piano's, The Duke on 42nd St, Basilica Hudson, and many more.

 

Sandra has been invited to teach at renowned facilities such as tanzhaus nrw,  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, and Dance Writer Australia.

 

Sandra is the only Tap Percussionist to be an alumna of the Art Omi Music Fellowship Program and has received a commission from the International Contemporary Ensemble to create a new collaborative work in 2022.

 

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.

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Quotes

“one of the finest tap dancers of her generation” - Travis Knights

 

"Sandra is one of the most interesting newcomers in the international tap dance scene" - Thomas Marek

 

"worth seeing and hearing" - Wilhelmshavener Zeitung

 

"a natural" - Loren Schoenberg, former Artistic Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem

 

"tap dance maestro" - ArtKnews

 

 

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