Dancer Ira Bernstein
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IRA BERNSTEIN has performed in concerts and at festivals all across the United States, as well as in Japan, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Turkey, Israel, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Canada.  A few selected performances include the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, England, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival in Scotland, Maison de la Danse in Lyon, France, the Carre Theater in Amsterdam, Holland, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Germany, the Ataturk Cultural Center in Istanbul, Turkey, the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv, Israel, the Colorado, Boston, and Portland Jazz Tap Festivals, Town Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, the Chautauqua Institution in NY, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

IRA BERNSTEIN has shared the stage with many of the world's greatest tap and step dancers, including tap dancers Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Charles "Honi" Coles, Chuck Green, Jimmy Slyde, Lon Chaney, Howard "Sandman" Sims, Buster Brown, LaVaughn Robinson and Brenda Bufalino;  Irish step dancers Donny Golden and Jean Butler; Canadian step dancers Benoit Bourque, Normand Legault, Harvey Beaton and John Pellerine; as well as with renowned ensembles such as the American Tap Dance Orchestra, the Jazz Tap Ensemble, Manhattan Tap, Rhythm in Shoes, the Fiddle Puppets and Footworks.  His teachers also include many of the legendary masters of the various forms, including tap dancers Steve Condos and Eddie Brown, as well as Mr. Coles, Mr. Sims, Mr. Robinson, Ms. Bufalino; English cloggers Sam Sherry and Tony Barrand; Irish step dancers Josephine McNamara and Mr. Golden; French-Canadian step dancers Mr. Bourque and Mr. Legault; Cape Breton step dancers Mr. Beaton and Mr. Pellerine; and South African boot dancer Tsepo Mokone.

IRA BERNSTEIN is a former member of the American Tap Dance Orchestra of New York City, the Fiddle Puppets of Annapolis, MD, Marlboro Morris and Sword of Marlboro, VT, and the Mill Creek Cloggers of Philadelphia, PA, and has been a featured, lead soloist in Rhythms of the Celts of Belfast, Northern Ireland, as well as with Rhythm in Shoes of Dayton, OH, and the Vanaver Caravan of New Paltz, NY.  He was one of the artistic creators and featured soloists in Mountain Legacy of Asheville, NC, and is the director of the TEN TOE PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE, a collective of internationally acclaimed step dance soloists.   He has also repeatedly won first place in the Mount Airy Fiddler's Convention old-time flatfooting competition and is the originator of the Festival of Percussive Dance, having produced the first full-scale festival concert at Symphony Space in New York City in 1988.

Ira Bernstein