Roxanne Butterfly


Roxane Butterfly is a Bessie Awardee, NYFA sponsored artist, John Simon Guggenheim Fellow Choreographer, USArtists International recipient, Meet The Composer grantee, etc…

Roxane Butterfly was the only woman of her generation to win a Bessie Award (1998) in the history of tap. Baptized “Butterfly” by legendary Jimmy Slyde in the early nineties, she is the only European woman who has had a recognized tap career in America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, South and North America, Asia and the Caribbean.

She was a featured soloist with the New York Virtuosi Orchestra, Stamford Philharmonic, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and was invited to numerous festivals like Jazz à Toulon, The Nice Jazz Festival, Festival d’ Un Monde á L’ Autre (Lyon, France ), Clifford Brown Jazz Festival (USA), Nuits D ́Afrique at Kola Jazz (Montreal), and world-music stage : (ex) her Djellaba Groove Project opened the renowned GlobalFest at the Public Theater (NY 2006), Lincoln Center Outdoors (NY 2007) etc. She was also fortunate to collaborate throughout two decades with the pioneering and critically acclaimed production of Tamango ́s Urban Tap.

Roxane has brought tap to many international dance festivals and venues such as the American Dance Festival in Durham (2004), Harkness Dance Festival (NY, 2005), ImpulsTanz in Vienna (Austria, 2002), DanceSalad (Houston 2002), Institute del Teatre (Barcelona 2010) etc , as well as appearing in films and multi-media projects, radio, television, directing and choreographing for commercials (HSBC commercial, Istanbul 2007) etc.

In 2005, she attracted to Barcelona American funding to work on her celebrated flamenco-tap fusion project Djellaba Groove and to form her first european tap-company. Since then, her influence has left a deep mark in the Barcelona tap-landscape where she runs the Jimmy Slyde Institute tap program in her own studio, (founded in 2010).