Blessed to have Anthony Russo rejoin our DPU staff!!


When Anthony first put his feet in a pair of tap shoes, he was just 2 years old. He left high school at 17 to join the 6th National Tour of Tap Dogs and went on to perform all 6 roles in the show throughout North America, Europe, South Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Australia (2001-2012). Russo moved to New York City at 19 and hit the ground running, tap dancing his way from the New York subways to the famous stages of Radio City Music Hall, The Beacon Theater, and Carnegie Hall. Anthony has participated in the creation and performance of several new shows including Rasta Thomas' Bad Boys of Dance's "Tap Stars" (Hamburg, Germany 2011), Noah Racey's "Pulse" (Sarasota, FL 2013), and Cirque Du Soleil's "Banana Shpeel" (Chicago, NYC, and Toronto 2009-2010). In addition to his performance credits, Russo certainly has his place in dance education. Coming from a family owned dance studio in St Charles, MO where he began teaching classes at age 15, Anthony has gone on to teach for many dance organizations worldwide including Dance Educators Of America (Costa Rica 2009), Dance Masters Of America (numerous regional and national events 2002-present), International Festival - Danse Encore (Quebec, CA 2008/2010), and most recently 24 Seven Dance Convention (2012-present). In 2005, Anthony started his own tap-intensive summer program called "TAPademics" and has since developed the touring tap workshop, Tap The Map. Since it's foundation in 2007, Tap The Map has put on 120+ tap dance workshops throughout North America. Anthony is an award winning choreographer.  

He has donated his talents to many fund raising events including "Dance For It" for Breast Cancer, "Sidanse" for AIDS, and "Ghar Sita Mutu" for a community center in Nepal. Anthony created TAPademics INC., a company dedicated to tap dance education and entertainment, in 2003. As Co-founder and Director of the in-studio workshop, Tap the Map, Anthony continues to spread his knowledge and passion on to the next generation. Since 2007, Tap the Map has traveled to over 100 dance studios across the US and Canada and continues to grow.