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Avalon Rathgeb

Backstage Studio: Avalon Rathgeb in dance pose

Rathgeb, a Bird College graduate was invited to accept 1 of 25 places reserved for outstanding dancers in the 2014 Tap programme at the School at Jacob’s Pillow, USA. She is the founder and Artistic Director of tap dance company ‘Old Kent Road’ (funded by Arts Council England). Her career highlights include opening ceremony of London 2012 Olympic Games, the closing ceremony of the European Games (Baku Azerbaijan) 2015, a principal dancer with ‘Tapestry Dance Company’, USA. As a solo artist Avalon frequently teaches and performs internationally for tap festivals and events including; Taptastic (Germany), Bolzano Danza (Italy), Odessa Tap Festival (Ukraine). In the UK is currently on Faculty at Arts Educational, Performers College and Pineapple Dance Studios. Avalon’s passion for creation within tap dance originates in theatre through identity, current/political climate, communication and relationships. Her work has significantly contributed to tap dance being presented on stage within the UK.