Irene Koloseus

Percussion - Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion

BIOGRAPHY

Irene Koloseus was born and raised in Austria and moved to New York City in 1993 to study tap dance with some of the great old masters of tap, including the Nicholas Brothers, Buster Brown and Chuck Green. In her search of finding her own voice she fell in love with West African music and dance and formed her group Feraba- African Rhythm Tap (1996). FERABA has toured the US and West Africa and received numerous awards and recognitions including the Sunshine Award.

Irene has been a teaching artist in the New York City Public schools since 1998, she has designed curricular-based movement and music residencies for students of all ages and abilities and has conducted staff development programs for educators.

EDUCATION

Trained at Ballet Arts at City Center: Tap, Ballet, Flamenco, Jazz
Master's Degree in Computer Science (Technical University – Vienna Austria)

PRINCIPAL TEACHERS

Tap: Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Savion Glover, Cornell Lyons
African Dance: Mouminatou Camara, Yousouff Koumbassa, Babacar M'Baye
Percussion: Bemba Bangoura, Ibrahima Kolipe Camara, Yamoussa Camara, Madou Dembele
Balafon: Abou Sylla

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

Toured USA, Europe and Guinea (West Africa). Lincoln Center Outdoors, Aaron Davis Hall, Town Hall, Central Park Summerstage, Westchester Community College, Neuburger Museum of the Arts, Harn Museum of the Arts (FL), Public Playhouse (MD), State UNI St. Cloud (MN), Sunrise Civic Center (FL), Southfield Ceter for the Arts (MN).

COMPETITIONS / SCHOLARSHIPS / AWARDS

Sunshine Award (2013), Teaching Artist of the Year Award (Young Audiences NY), Ethnic Dance Award with Féraba by Giant Steps, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs. Citation (from the Brooklyn Borough President for exceptional achievements in the Arts 2009) and many grants for the company Feraba.

FESTIVALS

World Festival 2000, La Fete de la Music Festival at World Trade Center, International Tap Dance Festival at the Dukes, Harlem Meer Festival, Atlantic City: International Night Series.

SPECIAL INTERESTS

Biking, Outdoors activities, nature, Yoga and mediation.