Tap Faculty Bio | Shelby Kaufman | Steps on Broadway
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Shelby Kaufman

Michigan native, Shelby Kaufman, has worked in New York City as a choreographer, teacher, and performer for over 15 years. In that time, Shelby has taught at some of the most prestigious dance studios in the world, including Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, and the American Tap Dance Foundation, and is currently on faculty at Steps on Broadway and ShufflesNYC. She also travels the world to teach at workshops, conventions, and tap festivals, and has posted over 100 TAP-torials on her YouTube channel (with over 1.5 million views).

Off Broadway, Shelby assisted Gail P. Crutchfield on the choreography of Freckleface the Musical and acted as the SDC observer to multiple Emmy Award winner Mandy Moore on Nobody Loves You at Second Stage. She also frequently assisted and was mentored by the late tap legend Dr. Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer. Additionally, Shelby's own choreography has been featured at many prestigious venues, on film, and on television.

Shelby has made television appearances on Sesame Street and The Steve Harvey Show, and dances (her own choreography) in the feature film, A Bread Factory Part 2. Tap companies include Brenda Bufalino's 'New American Tap Dance Orchestra', and Germaine Salsberg's 'Les Femmes'. Notable stage venues include the Apollo Theatre, Lincoln Center, and Jacob's Pillow.

You can follow Shelby at www.youtube.com/shelbykaufman

Shelby Kaufman tap dancing on a roof in the city