Michela Marino Lerman

Tap Dancer • Bandleader • Choreographer • Director • Educator

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"Improvisation, terrifying to many dancers, is the brier patch where Ms. Lerman thrives." - The New York Times

"A hurricane of rhythm so tightly syncopated it caused many jaws to drop." - The Huffington Post

"It’s a tap-dancing revelation, up close and personal, with Michela Marino Lerman in her orange boots." - The Times, London



The Kennedy Center•Jazz at Lincoln Center•The Public Theater•Jazz in Marciac Festival•Caramoor Jazz Festival•The Shanghai International Tap Dance Festival•The Other Palace•Turin Tap Festival•Brooklyn Bowl•Tap Oslo•Stockholm Tap Festival•Ginny's Supper Club



Michela Marino Lerman is a globally sought after tap dance artist, performer, choreographer, educator and all-around creative spirit. The Huffington Post has called her a “hurricane of rhythm” and the NY Times has called her both a “prodigy” and has described her dancing as “flashes of brilliance”. She is very proudly a student of Buster Brown, Gregory Hines, Leroy Myers and Marion Coles. Lerman has performed, choreographed, produced, and directed many projects throughout her career but she is most proud of the shows she has led as a bandleader at many of New York’s great jazz venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Smalls, Ginny’s Supper Club, and many more. Michela is a member of the band Michael Mwenso and the Shakes and can be seen performing and touring with them regularly. She also has had the esteemed honor of performing with many musical masters such as Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Roy Hargrove, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Benny Golson, Barry Harris, Marcus Roberts and many, many more.