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.