Faculty Profile Shelby Kaufman

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    Shelby Kaufman

    Shelby Kaufman



    Shelby Kaufman began her dance training at the age of five at Annette and Company School of Dance in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Now living in New York City, she is a member of Germaine Salsberg’s tap company Les Femmes, Traci Mann’s Young Hoofers, Katrina Phillip’s musical theatre dance company SLC, and her own company of professional Jewish hoofers, Mazel Toes, for which she is also the choreographer. Shelby’s Mazel Toes choreography was featured in the 2009 Tap City Main Event. She danced a tribute to Tony Award nominated choreographer Randy Skinner, and performed new choreographic works by Brenda Bufalino, Michelle Dorrance, Jason Samuels Smith, Derick Grant, and Chloe Arnold, in other shows recently produced by the American Tap Dance Foundation. Shelby has become Ms. Arnold’s dance captain for various projects in New York, and also assists tap legend Dr. Harold ‘Stumpy’ Cromer both in choreography and in master classes. She additionally assisted Joshua Bergasse for his musical theatre choreography showcase at City Center. Shelby will soon be seen as a guest tap dancer on Sesame Street. Notable performance venues include the Apollo Theatre, Lincoln Center, and Symphony Space, and The Duke Ellington Theatre in Washington DC. She has taught tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, and hip hop at studios in Michigan, Connecticut, New Jersey, Australia, and New York.

    Class Description

    Beginner: This class is for students who have a knowledge of the basic steps and wish to perfect them as well as move forward. Emphasis will be on repetition, musicality, rhythm, and stage presence.

    Introductory: This absolute beginner class is geared towards the student with little to no tap experience. Students will learn basic tap vocabulary and rhythms, and utilize repetition to familiarize the body with such technique. The class will be fun and challenging, but will be taught with the assumption that students have no prior knowledge of Tap Dance.

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