African Rhythm Tap

Artist: Feraba

Assembly Description

Féraba is a term from the Sousou of Guinea, West Africa that means, “Do something to make people happy!” Feraba, a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic dance company, fuses tap dance with West African drumming in African Rhythm Tap. This highly energetic and entertaining performance shows students how a tap dancer and a drummer can have a rhythm conversation and how we can all learn from each other, no matter what background we come from. Students are encouraged to sing along and can even come on stage and dance with the performers.

Assembly Information

Grades: K-12

Curriculum Links: Social Studies and Cultural Understanding

Price: Single performance with 4 performers $1,050
2 back to back $1, 390
Price: Single performance with 6 performers $ 1,290
2 back to back $1,850
Program length: 45 minutes
*Artist travel fees may apply
The performers will arrive one hour prior to the performance of the day. Please have the following set-up ready for them upon their arrival:
Related residencies and workshops available


About the Artist

Irene Koloseus: Born in Vienna, Austria, Irene has danced with many groups, including Timesteppers, Tap Twice, Manhattan Samba Band, Cyro Baptista’s Beat the Donkey, Benkelema and Zawadi. Irene has studied with Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Buster Brown, and Jimmy Slyde among others. In 1995, she co-founded Féraba with Abou Sylla. Since 1998 she has been an artist in residence teaching Dance and Movement in the Public School System.

About the Group Feraba

Formed in 1996, Feraba’s explosive and unique style continues to excite and inspire audiences throughout the world. The award winning New York City based touring company is a multicultural and multiethnic performance group, fusing the traditional sounds and movements of West Africa with the only true American dance form of Tap. In New York City, Feraba has performed at Lincoln Center, Aaron Davis Hall, Town Hall, Merkin Concert Hall at A. G. House, The Flo-Bert Awards (honoring Gregory Hines) and International Tap Dance Festival. The company has toured extensively throughout the U.S., & West Africa. The have made many radio and television appearances, and were featured in a Hong Kong television commercial. Feraba was also featured on WABC Channel 7 in NY. Féraba brings its extraordinary shows and workshops to hospitals, schools and shelters in the inner city. Feraba has received the Ethnic Dance Award from Dance Giant Steps, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs. The group has also received NYFA’s Artist Fellowship Award in music composition.