IIrene Koloseus is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, and instructor, who began her career in her native Austria. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Féraba-African Rhythm Tap Company, formed through a collaboration with internationally renowned musician Abou Sylla. The group premiered at the NYC Tap Festival and prompted Gregory Hines to say, “I’ve never seen anything like it!”
Ms. Koloseus has performed throughout the US, West Africa and Europe, appearing with world-renowned tap artists such as Dr. James “Buster” Brown, Savion Glover, Josh Hilberman and Roxane Butterfly. She has also collaborated with Heather Cornell of Manhattan Tap and Max Pollack of Rumba Tap. Ms. Koloseus has studied African and Brazilian percussion intensively, and was a member of Ivo Araujo’s Manhattan Samba Band and Madou Dembele’s Benkelema.
She is the recipient of the Ethnic Dance Award by Giant Steps funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs and MCAF/NYC, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Ms. Koloseus performs with Féraba throughout the U.S., bringing the thoroughly authentic and completely unique global flavor and energy of the group into many communities. As a teaching artist, she has designed curricular based movement and music residencies for students of all ages and abilities and has conducted staff development programs for educators. In 2012 she was nominated as best teaching artist of the year with Young Audiences NY.
Since 2011 Ms. Koloseus offers a unique summer camp in Brooklyn where students are trained in Tap, West African dance and drum. Feraba SummerCamp kids have performed at the Brooklyn Children's museum and other festivities.