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Sought after for her exceptional improvisational skills, tap dance artist Roxane Butterfly has been a leading figure on the world tap stage for the last two decades (both in america and Europe). Very first woman to win a Bessie Award (1998) in the history of tap, she represents a direct link to the generation of her mentors, the Original Hoofers. She is known to constantly push the art-form further while passing on the knowledge of her masters. Baptized “Butterfly” by legendary Jimmy Slyde in the early nineties, she is the only European woman who has had a recognized tap career in America and to have received high marks of artistic distinction such as a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2006).

Two decades of producing original works around the world (North and South Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia, Middle-East, the Caribbeans), in well known theaters and festivals such as Lincoln Center Outdoors (NYC), Summerstage-Central Park (NYC), Symphony Space (NYC), Jacob's Pillow (Mass), American Dance Festival (NC), GlobalFest (Public Theater, NYC), Kola Note (Montreal), Nice Jazz Festival (France), Theâtre de Suresnes (France), Saga Africa (Rabat-Morocco) etc...

Featured soloist in the productions of Jazz Tap Ensemble & Urban Tap at the Joyce Theater and New Victory Theater in New York, Madhattan in Las Vegas, Blendrums at the Acropolium of Cartagena (Tunisia) and many more...

Tap Intensive for Beginners July 4th to 8th
5th Barcelona Summer Tap Intensive (adv) : July 20th-24th
Jazz Hoofer Training (inter-adv) : July 25th- 29th
Tap dance regular classes: children & adults, basics to professionals
Tap dance Jams & Events (conferences, films)

Jimmy Slyde Institute is artistic space created to honor the great tap innovators and tap avant-garde such as legendary Jimmy Slyde , Roxane’s mentor. All activities are held by Roxane Butterfly in her own home- studio. The studio is based in Barcelona. Students and professionals from all around the world come to learn the craft of tap.

Roxane Butterfly is the founder of Euro Tap Coalition, the first union of high caliber international tap dancers aiming to broaden the visibility of contemporary tap across Europe. It also represents the very first generation of euro-american tap artists in the history of tap such as Olivia Rosencrantz, Tamango, Max Pollak and Roxane Butterfly herself. It is a not-profit-based association whose headquarter is in Barcelona and was created in February of 2013.