IRENE KOLOSEUS - Artistic Director
Is the founder and Artistic Director of Féraba -African Rhythm Tap company. She is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, teacher, and percussionist who began her career in her native Austria. In 1993, she came to New York City and immersed herself in the American tap scene. An early collaboration with internationally renowned musician Abou Sylla resulted in the 1996 formation of Féraba: African Rhythm Tap, which premiered at The NYC Tap Festival and prompted Gregory Hines to say, “I’ve never seen anything like it!”
Ms. Koloseus has performed throughout the US, West Africa and Europe, appearing with world-renowned tap artists such as Dr. James “Buster” Brown, Savion Glover, Josh Hilberman and Roxane Butterfly and has collaborated with Manhattan Tap and Max Pollak among others. She has also produced tap shows throughout Austria and the US.
Ms. Koloseus is the recipient of the Ethnic Dance Award by Giant Steps funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs and MCAF/NYC, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Ms. Koloseus performs and provides workshops for students and educators in New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut public school system, shelters and hospitals. As a teaching artist, she has designed and conducted movement and music residencies for students in Tap, African, American, and ethnic dance and music, as well as creating arts integrated experiences blending movement and sound to explore the curriculum for students of all ages and abilities.
In addition to her work in the classroom and as a professional developer of educators, Irene performs with Féraba throughout the U.S. bringing the thoroughly authentic and completely unique global flavor and energy of Feraba into many local school.