Welcome to Footprints Summer Fest. From July 13th to 15th Studio Footprints hosts it’s first International Tap Dance Festival, offering workshops with world class teachers, Jam Session and lecture demo.

Featured Artists:

Leela Petronio, Josh Hilberman, Kurt Albert, Cordula Decker, Thomas Marek

  • Friday July 13th: Welcome Party at Studio Footprints
  • Saturday July 14th: Full day of tap workshops & Jam Session with live Band in the evening
  • Sunday July 15th: Full day of tap workshops & Lecture Demo by Kurt Albert and faculty

Levels & Workshops:

All workshops are taught at Studio Footprints and Studio La Cajita. Both studios are in the same building and floor. Stresemannstraße 374 B, 22769 Hamburg.

We want students to have a great learning experience by studying with all of our featured artists. Each teacher will cover a specific topic in each track/level.

The beginner workshop is taught by Cordula Decker& Thomas Marek.
The Beginner Int., Intermediate and Advanced tracks are taught by Josh Hilberman, Leela Petronio, Kurt Albertand Thomas Marek.

Levels are color coded so you can find them easily on the schedule below.

  • Beginner: You have never tap danced before and this is your first lesson.
  • Beginner Intermediate: You have been tapping for 1 to 2 years.
  • Intermediate : 3-5 years of experience, good vocabulary of steps
  • Advanced / Pro: You have been dancing intensively for many years. You have a vast skill set in choreography and improvisation.

Schedule (July 13th-15th):

Friday July 13th 19.00h :
Welcome party at Studio Footprints. Join us for some drinks & music. Meet old friends or make new ones at our opening party.  

The beginner track consists of  four 75min units. All other levels of six 75min units.

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th

Costs and Registration:

The cost for the beginner track is € 120.- (5h of classes)

The costs for the Beginner Intermediate, Intermediate & Advanced tracks are: € 190.- (7,5h of classes)
All prices include classes, opening party, Jam Session & Lecture Demo.

Early Bird Special: If you register before May 20th you will get a discount of 10%.

To register:
Send us an email with your selected level to info@steptanz-hamburg.de
and transfer payment for your selection to the following account.

Thomas Marek
IBAN: DE 74 20050550 1268 138482 BIC: HASPDEHHXXX

Cancellation policy: 
Cancellations made before May 20th will be refunded in full. No amount will be refunded for any form of cancellation after May 20th.

I acknowledge responsibility for my own health and safety, and understand that whilst the teaching staff will take all necessary precautions to ensure I am not hurt or injured during the program, my safety is ultimately my own responsibility.

I understand that by participating in this festival I will be engaging in physical activity in the form of dance practice, and in attending I am acknowledging that I am of an appropriate level of health to do so.

Featured Artists:

LeeLa Petronio (France) was raised in the Paris and international tap dance scene, and is a tap dancer, body musician, choreographer, teacher and producer. Part of the European cast of STOMP since 2001, she founded the Hip Tap Project, a percussive dance ensemble whose work blends rhythm tap, hip hop, body percussion and live music. Her eclectic approach has led her to projects with the Cirque du Soleil in Italy, a tap concerto performed with a symphonic orchestra at the Paris Opéra Comique, Soul to Sole Festival in Austin, commissioned choreography (New York’s “Tap City”) for younger dancers at the Joyce Theatre. She was a special guest with the Jazz Tap Ensemble at the Salzburg Jazz Festival and with acclaimed French singer Camille at the Cirque d’Hiver. She has performed for the International Body Music Festival in San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Terni, Athens. She produced the festival in 2016 in France. In 2012, she was part of the Olympics closing ceremonies with STOMP. In Paris she has performed at the Quai Branly Museum, Jamel Debouze’s Comedy Club, the Festival of Urban Cultures of La Villette, the Centre National de la Danse, the Maison des métallos. Her career spans a wide variety of performing experiences and creative collaborations which have inspired her to create her own style of artistic fixity where she is now forging ahead with choreographic works.



Groomed by tap and vaudeville stars of the 1930’s, tap dance artist Joshua Hilberman has shared the stage with Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Jimmy Slyde, Brenda Bufalino, and most every tap dancer of note.
Long-time artistic collaborations include mentors Bufalino and tap’s great pianist Paul Arslanian. Together with dancer/producer Drika Overton, and the German duo Tap and Tray, Josh has been creating and performing original ensemble and solo theatrical productions for over 20 years.
Josh has taught hundreds of workshops and tap festivals, including New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Dusseldorf, etc. His deep understanding of tap dance in performance combined with a healthy sense of humor make him a fun, patient, enlightening instructor.
Hilberman’s contributions to the evolution of tap dance receive mention in the 2010 book Tap Dance America, and he has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the US Presidential Scholars Teachers Recognition Award, and the Premi Claqueta from the dancers of Barcelona, Spain for significant contributions to the tap community.
Settled happily in Liege, Belgium, most days Josh can be found at his lovely space for tap dance, the Claquettes Club, or at home making pancakes for his son Felix and wife Stephanie.

Kurt Albert is one of the leading European Tap Dancers with 30 years of experience in international showbusiness. He was fortunate to learn the art of American Rhythm Tap from authentic masters like Carnell Lyons (Kansas City, NYC, Berlin), Brenda Bufalino (NYC) and Buster Brown (NYC), who are his main influences. He also took workshops from Honi Coles, Cholly Atkins, Jimmy Slyde, Sarah Petronio, Steve Condos, Eddie Brown, Fred Kelly, Prince Spencer, Cookie Cook, Fay Ray and Leonard Reed. He was a member of Brenda Bufalinos “International Tap Dance Orchestra”, and since 1990 he has regularly been sharing the stage with Carnell Lyons, Brenda Bufalino and Josh Hilberman. For over thirty years he has been dancing with his partner Klaus Bleis in Germany’s best known tap duo “Tap and Tray” with international appearences in USA and throughout Europe.
Kurts credits include the New York City “Tap City” Festival (2001, 2003, 2006 und 2014), the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, the North Carolina Tap Festival, the Moscow “Tap Parade”, the Helsinki Tap Festival and the Rennes Tap Brezze Festival (France), the ARD TV Sportsgala, the “Jazzfestival on Sea”, “Rapsody in Taps” Los Angeles, the Toulon Jazz Festival and many performances in Jazz Clubs throughout Germany.
In 2008 Kurt Albert moved to Heidelberg, where, in addition to his continuing work with “Tap and Tray”, he works in the Jazz Band “Melody Rhythm and Tap” with drummer Allen Blairman and saxophone player Olaf Schönborn.

After graduating from high school, Cordula Decker began a “foundation course” in theatre design at the Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London. Meanwhile she took intensive jazz, tap dance and ballet lessons at Pineapple Studios London. She then completed her training as a stage actress at the Stage School of Music, Dance and Drama in Hamburg and graduated in 2001. She has appeared as an actress, singer and dancer at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg (“Clavigo” director: Jan Bosse / “Best of Schauspielhaus Gala” director: Tom Stromberg), at the St. Pauli Theater Hamburg (“The next step”) and at the Musikhochschule Hamburg (“Phi Phi”).

In 2003 Cordula received an additional qualification in dance pedagogy at the Iwanson School in Munich and has been working as a dance pedagogue in Hamburg since then, specialising in tap dance and jazz dance.
Since 2006 she was part of the professional class of Thomas Marek and trains regularly with international tap dance stars like Brenda Bufalino, Josh Hilberman, Barbara Duffy, Lisa La Touche and Michelle Dorrance.

Cordula can be seen together with Thomas Marek as a tap dancer in the music video “Wir sind Hollywood” by Anna Depenbusch and was most recently on stage in “Footprints on stage” at Kampnagel (Hamburg 2010,2013,2016) and in “Blue Tap open stage” (Berlin 2014,2015,2016).
In June 2017 she produced her first Tap Show “Tap Im Park”, in the Schanzenzelt, Hamburg.
Since 2009 Cordula has been teaching regularly at Studio Footprints.

Thomas Marek has been a leading artist for contemporary tap dance in Germany and Europe for the last 25 years. In his work he is blending traditional and modern forms of tap dance with contemporary musical and theatrical elements.
Thomas started tap dancing at age 14. Two years later, he met Brenda Bufalino at a workshop. She quickly became his most in fluential teacher at that time. He also had the opportunity to get to know and to study with tap innovators Honi Coles, Cholly Atkins, Chuck Green, Buster Brown, Lon Chaney, Jimmy Slyde and Gregory Hines.
After finishing school in 1992 and an intensive training period in the USA, Thomas Marek became a professional tap dancer. After touring in Florida with Brenda Bufalino’s “American Dance Orchestra” in the early 1990s he started focusing on his own artistic performances and tap dance productions. He created, produced and directed over 6 original theater & dance productions. He is a regular guest in theaters and festivals all over Germany, Europe and the USA.

He performed in Spain, Brazil, Israel, France, in the USA and in many theaters all over Germany and he danced on stage with tap dance greats like Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Sarah Petronio, Jimmy Slyde and Gregory Hines.

„Thomas Marek is a wolf of a dancer. Tall, rangy, feet apart, he gives the floor a resonant thrashing. Don’t think just complex shuffles and brushes; think kicking a stone down the block“ Village Voice