6th PARIS SUMMER TAP INTENSIVE – July 24th to 28th 2024

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For its 6th edition, the Summer Tap Intensive originally launched at Roxane Butterfly’s notorious Jimmy Slyde Institute (in Barcelona), will highlight an international roster of tap-dance leading teachers and performers. All levels will be taught for 5 days of intense training, focusing on jazz and contemporary tap forms. Roxane Butterfly will  also lead a residency for tap-professionals to be performed at the end of the workshop.


Originally held in Barcelona at the illustrious Jimmy Slyde Institute, Roxane Butterfly’s unique Tap-dance Intensives have moved to Paris 6 years ago, when the french-american choreographer chose the french capital as her new ground of actions.  These annual rendez-vous have attracted aspiring tap dance artists from all corners of the world, providing a deep insight on tap-dance culture, accurate knowldedge on the art form history, healthy technique, craftful choreographies, and accessible musicality training. This year, thanks to the generous support of Changing Times Tap Initiatives, Roxane is extremely thrilled to welcome three of her former workshops participants into the teaching team. Students of all levels are encouraged to apply.

Roxane Butterfly

New York, Paris;
Producer, choreographer, performer, teacher, Roxane is a direct heir of The Original Hoofers with whom she learned all about the tap craft. Baptized “Butterfly” by legendary bebop tap master Jimmy Slyde, she has led a 35 years worldwide career both as soloist performing with big bands and orchestras at international music venues, and amongst  some of the most established tap companies such as Lynn Dally’s Jazz Tap Ensemble (Los Angeles) and Tamangoh’s Urban Tap (New York). She was a featured performer in major productions such as Kenneth Feld’s MADhattan (Las Vegas), toured her all women-troup BeauteeZ’n The Beat across the United States and was a pioneer on the world-music scene with her Roxane Butterfly’s Worldbeats ensemble, blending the jazz tap aesthetics with north-african music and flamenco. First woman in tap history to win a Bessie Award, Roxane has contributed to open the door for future generations of women in the field of tap. First immigrant dancer to be granted permanent residency in the USA as a tap-dancer, she has also helped tap’s visibility expand beyond its birth place. After teaching and lecturing for over two decades at prestigious universities and performing arts schools, Roxane founded the Jimmy Slyde Institute (Barcelona). While in Paris, she teaches for the professional training of the Juste Debout School, at the Conservatoire George Bizet, and develops work for her Cie SmARTS project together with her daughter who has down syndrome. 

Because all teachers on staff  share a common understanding of tap-dance african-american jazz-roots, this intensive allows students to attend all classes with coherence.  Several combinaisons are available, which will offer everyone a chance to benefit from the expertise of all teachers. Make your own cocktail below.

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