Michela Marino Lerman is a tap dancer and New York City native. She has been tap dancing since the age of five, and made her first appearance on Sesame Street at th time. Since then, she has found herself teaching and performing across the globe.
In 2002, Michela was showcased on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine with Gregory Hines, in 2005 was named as one of the 20 hottest tap dancers under 20. In 2008, Dance Magazine named her as the only female tap dancer in it’s “25 to Watch in 2008” and in 2012 she was featured in the NY Times.
Michela is the only female lifetime honorary member of the legendary tap dance group The Copasetics. She runs the only weekly tap jam in NYC at the great Smalls Jazz Club and monthly sessions at Fat Cat. She has performed at many jazz venues around the world including being the only tap dancer to have been invited to headline her own set at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
She has performed and/or collaborated with with such musical greats as Benny Golson, Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Strickland, Ravi Coltrane, Rasheed Ali, Frank Lacy, Joe Sanders, Ben Williams, Reggie Workman, and Jennifer Holliday to name a few.
Michela is eternally grateful for the mentoring and guidance given to her by Dr. James “Buster” Brown, Gregory Hines, Leroy Myers, Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Earnest “Brownie” Brown, Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates and Marion Coles. Michela has taught in numerous schools, studios, programs, and festivals throughout the world. As a performer, teacher, director, and choreographer, Michela is dedicated to spreading the art of tap around the world.