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Max Pollak

One of the most prestigious names on the international tap scene today and recognized worldwide for his superior musicianship and highly individual style, Pollak was the first person to merge authentic Afro-Cuban music and dance with American rhythm tap and body music to create RumbaTap. Originator of Cuba's first tap festival, he has been teaching and performing there since 1998 and has worked with Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Cuba's top rumba group, as well as Chucho Valdés, Lila Downs, and jazz legends Phil Woods, Paquito D'Rivera, Slide Hampton, and Danilo Perez. Recognized for making European and South American classical music more accessible by playing with classical ensembles in prestigious venues such as Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein and Havana’s Teatro Nacional and Teatro Amadeo Roldan, he has also performed with members of both the Vienna Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic, as well as a soloist in the Morton Gould Tap Dance Concerto with the Duluth Superior and Plano Symphony Orchestras. He is a 2011 Hoofer Award winner and Bessie Award nominee, 2010 Individual Artist Grantee of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and 2008 fellow in Choreography from the New York Foundation of the Arts. SLC, 2012–

Undergraduate discipline: Dance

Courses taught in Dance