“The first tapper to break the sound barrier of So You Think You Can Dance”—Dance Magazine
Melinda Sullivan is a highly sought out tap dancer and choreographer based in Los Angeles, who mentors include the Jazz Tap Ensemble, Jason Samuels Smith, and the late Harold Cromer. Best known from FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, Sullivan has a diverse career in dance, television, and theatre. After being the first tap dancer to make Top 10, Melinda went on appear as the first tap All-Star in Season 10, as well as featured in Chloe Arnold's Syncopated Ladies in Season 11.
Stage credits include Disney’s High School Musical franchise, the 25th Anniversary Tour of Cats, and touring with Jason Samuels Smith’s tap dance company Anybody Can Get It (ACGI). Sullivan is the recipient of the 2012 Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence, and she was named among the “25 to Watch” in Dance Magazine.
TV/ Film credits include Glee, As the World Turns, 90210, How To Rock, The Goldbergs, Dancing with the Stars, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and the upcoming movie musical LaLa Land. Melinda has also won the World Dance Award for Best Choreography of Television Episodic. Melinda continues to teach, perform, and choreograph worldwide at tap festivals, universities, and dance schools across the country. She is on faculty at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, as well as New York City Dance Alliance.
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Portrait of Rhythm is an interdisciplinary collaboration between pianist/composer, Nikos Syropoulos and tap dancer/choreographer, Melinda Sullivan, featuring Nikos' jazz chamber ensemble, Rozalia. The project centers on the layering of composed and improvised music and rhythm-based dance. Watch and listen.
The Sorting Room is located at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Known as the Sole Sisters, Sarah Reich and Melinda Sullivan have been hailed as two of Los Angeles’ finest tap dancers. Influenced by both the old and new styles of tap, they bring pizazz, sensuality, humor and pristine footwork. Together, their act has brought down the house at the Edison Downtown, the Rockwell, King King Club, the Ebell, Zipper Hall, and the Freud Playhouse. Sarah and Melinda have appeared on stage and screen, dancing with recording artists and tap festivals in all corners of the world.
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