Bio

Sandra “Sunny“ Kluge, hailed by Travis Knights as “one of the finest tap dancers of her generation”, is a tap dance musician and visual artist. She spends her days performing, teaching, composing, and creating in a variety of contexts.

Her performance credits include Thomas Marek's show NOLA, the sound art/tap performance Homöostep, the Tap Ahead Festival at tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf), and Daniel Luka's T.A.P., and she has been invited to teach at renowned facilities such as tanzhaus nrw, Footprints Hamburg, tap club (Cologne), and Rebeltanz (Munster).

Her tap dance concept video Extend:Beyond - Regarding Art has received critical acclaim and made her the winner of ArtKompetes’ International Short Film Competition.

Sandra is the author of the blog Eclectic Grounds, and has been a guest writer for Dance Advantage. Her artistic works have been featured in publications such as Average Art, The Tap Love Tour Podcast, What Moves You, and Not Random Art.

She first started tap dancing at the age of 10 under the direction of her Mom. From then on, she was influenced by many different teachers and mentors, such as Barbara Duffy, Sebastian Weber, Pia Neises, Derick Grant, Sarah Petronio, and Heather Cornell, to only name a few. She graduated from the tap dance apprenticeship S.O.N.T.I. with magna cum laude.

Sandra considers herself a musician, and the tap shoes are her instrument. Her style is deeply rooted in the aesthetic of jazz music and heavily shaped by playing in numerous jam sessions around Europe and New York City, however, her art is not tied to a specific genre. It is merely a tool to create the most genuine and sophisticated expression possible. A catalyst to explore the extension of the human experience through art. Her visual art, which spans the realms of abstract art, illustration, and pattern design, serves as a tool to share the beauty she sees in the world with others.

PERFORMANCE CREDITS

Kampnagel (Hamburg)  -  Blue Tap (Berlin)  -  Muiderpoort Theater (Amsterdam)  -  tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf)  -  ARTheater (Cologne)  -  Pumpwerk (Wilhelmshaven)  -  Düsseldorf Photo Weekend  -  Theater Krefeld and Mönchengladbach  -  nachtaktiv (Mönchengladbach)  -  Symphony Space (NYC)  -  Duke on 42nd Street (NYC)

TEACHING CREDITS

Tap Dance Days Festival (former tap ahead) (tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf)  -  Footprints (Hamburg)  - BIS (Mönchengladbach)  -  Summer Tap Intensive (Düsseldorf)  -  tap club (Cologne)  - boskop (Bochum) - battuta tap (Hagen)  -  Rebeltanz (Münster)

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