Sandra “Sunny“ Kluge, hailed by Travis Knights as “one of the finest tap dancers of her generation”, is a tap percussionist, writer, and visual artist born in Germany and based in Brooklyn.
She has performed in Thomas Marek's show NOLA, at the Tap Ahead Festival at tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf), and at various venues around NYC, including Symphony Space, LPAC, and Judson Church.
Her current main project is Neosole, which explores tap as a music instrument, as a full member of the rhythm section, not just soloing as a gimmick on top of the music, but being fully integrated, comping and providing a foundation for the musical context.
She has been invited to teach at renowned facilities such as tanzhaus nrw, tap club, and Spoke The Hub, and to be a tap dancer in residence at Thomas Marek's Studio Footprints.
Her tap dance concept video Extend:Beyond - Regarding Art has received critical acclaim and is the winner of ArtKompetes’ International Short Film Competition. She has been awarded a Music Omi Fellowship.
Sandra is the author of the blog Eclectic Grounds, has been a guest
writer for Dance Advantage, and is a writer for Dance Writer Australia.
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, 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 art as an extension of the human experience. 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.
THE TAP LOVE TOUR PODCAST by TRAVIS AND TANYA KNIGHTS
REVIEW in DIE WELT
AVERAGE ART MAGAZINE
WHAT MOVES YOU BLOG
NOT RANDOM ART - CONTEMPORARY ART REVIEW (pages 84-93)