Max Pollak

Native Austrian, a prestigious name on the international tap and world music scene, and the only non-Cuban member of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Cuba’s famous Rumba ambassadors, critics and peers worldwide acknowledge his superior musicianship and his highly individual style called RumbaTap. Several of today's top tap dance artists studied with him and work in his touring group. Recipient of a 2011 Hoofer Award, 2011 Bessie Award nomination, 2010 Individual Artist Grant from Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and a 2008 Fellowship in Choreography from the New York Foundation of the Arts. His innovative a cappella vocal arrangements of El Guararey de Pastora and Sakura received critical praise in The New York Times. Among others, he worked with Gregory Hines, Chucho Valdés, Lila Downs, Ray Brown, Paquito D'Rivera, Buster Brown, Jimmy Slyde, Manhattan Tap, and Urban Tap. Performed as a soloist with members of the Vienna, Berlin, and New York Philharmonic orchestras, London and Montreal Symphony orchestras, St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, Orchestre Nouvelle Generation, and many more. Several internationally acclaimed composers have written orchestral works expressly for him. Recording artist, published writer, artist-in-residence at American Tap Dance Foundation...and he makes a great apfelstrudel. SLC, 2015–

Undergraduate discipline: Dance

Courses taught in Dance

  • RumbaTap