TEACHERS

Anula Kołakowska

A dancer, a choreographer, a dance captain and the founder of Tip Tap Dance School.

Już od najmłodszych lat uczyłam się różnych form tańca, aż w wieku 8 lat trafiłam na stepowanie, które stało się największą pasją mojego życia.

Since I was a little girl I have been learning various forms of dance. When I was 8 I finally got to know tap dancing – which was to become the biggest passion of my life.

I have been dancing 15 years in Tap & Jazz Dance Studio of Jiřina Nowakowska in Warsaw. During this time I have got the 1st and the 2nd place on the Polish Tap Dance Championship. I have also won the Czech Republic Tap Dance Championship.

I am a graduate of Psychology in English at SWPS University. I have completed 2 years course for a jazz dance instructor in the Mazovia Institute of Culture (Mazowieckie Centrum Kultury i Sztuki w Warszawie).

I keep developing my methods of work by participating in workshops all over the world (Sao Paolo, New York, Stockholm, Berlin, Zurich, Prague).

On my path to improvement I met famous and respected teachers, such as: Jason Samuel Smith, Sam Weber, Chloe Arnold, Michelle Dorrance, Lane Alexander, Chazz Young, Cartier Williams, Derick Grant, Barbara Duffy, Andrew Nemr, Andrew Black, Felipe Galgannii, Jason Janas, Jared Grimes, Milson Saidl, Avalon Rathgeb and many others.

In 2015 I received Heather Cornell scholarship and I participated in a two-week course Manhattan Rhythm Tap Intensive in New York.

In 2016 I have worked as a choreographer on the production of Stepping Out (director: Krystyna Janda; Och-Teatr).

As a part of the Steppers dance group, I give performances all over Poland. I have been giving a guest performance in the ‘Usłyszeć Taniec’ (‘Hear the dance’) show.

I am trying to promote tap dancing in Poland, to break the stereotypes and to show that one can tap dance always – no matter the age, the music or the place.

Improvisation, expression, coordination, and technique – those are elements I attach the biggest importance to.


Kornelia Ciołek

Choreographer, jazz dance instructor. Graduate of Dance studies in Warsaw (Studium taneczne w Warszawie) with jazz dance specialization. I have many years’ experience as a jazz and tap dance teacher in Warsaw. I also have completed a training workshop of psychotherapy through dance and movement, a choreotherapy course. My tap dancing career has begun in 2007 in Tap & Jazz Dance Studio of Jiřina Nowakowska, where I spent 7 years. It is a great joy for me to return to tap dancing.

Participating in various events such as International Jazz Dance Workshops (Międzynarodowe Warsztaty Tańca Jazzowego), European Dance Meetings (Europejskie Spotkania Taneczne), and International Workshops in the Czech Republic let me broaden my experience. I am a judge of polish dance festivals, among others in Tarnobrzeg, Kutno, Węgrowo, Warszawa. I like good food, sun, and travelling.


Monika Rutkowska

Aktorka, wokalistka, instruktorka stepowania, muzykoterapeutka.
Jestem absolwentką Akademii Muzycznej im. S. Moniuszki w Gdańsku, na której ukończyłam zarówno studia licencjackie na wydziale Wokalno-Aktorskim na kierunku śpiew solowy o specjalności musical oraz studia magisterskie na wydziale Dyrygentury Chóralnej, Muzyki Kościelnej, Edukacji Artystycznej, Rytmiki i Jazzu na kierunku animacja kultury o specjalności Animacja Kultury
z Elementami Arteterapii. Kolejnym etapem edukacji była szkoła stepu w Barcelonie Luthier de Musica & Dansa, w której odbyłam roczne studium “Professional training program for tap dancers”.

Każdy ze szczebli edukacji, które staram się nieustannie kształtować, dał mi wiarę w to, że taniec to moje życie i coś co daje mi siłę, szczęście, radość i jest sensem mojego istnienia. Praktyczne szlify zdobywałam w m.in.: w grupie tanecznej “ZAKLEPOTANI” (będącej półfinalistami V edycji programu telewizyjnego MAM TALENT) czy The Brussels Tap Dance Festiwal „Tap Tonight 2013”. Swój kunszt taneczno-wokalny prezentowałam także w spektaklach: „ZMYSŁY”, “SEN O NOCY LETNIEJ”, (A3 TEATR) – spektakle te były grane zarówno w Polsce, jak przed zagraniczną publicznością: w Mediolanie (na Targach EXPO 2015), w Wielkiej Brytanii oraz w Rosji.

Jestem autorką choreografii stepu do spektakli, w których grałam także główne role: „KOCIAKU, PRZYJEŻDŻAJ, CZYLI VILLAS STORY”(Teatr „MIST” – Kraków) oraz “XIĘGI SCHULZA”(Teatr Polski we Wrocławiu). Z Krakowem związałam się na dłużej, to za sprawą bycia instruktorem tap dance w szkole stepu „My Tap”. Moje taneczne szlify praktykowałam u boku wybitnych tancerzy takich jak: Sarah Reich, Laurent Bortolotti, Dorel Surbek, Josh Hilberman, Avalon Rathgep, Mark Yonally, Chris Matallo, Susan Hebach, Guillem Alonso, Roser Font, Laia Molins, Sharon Lavi, Ruben Shanchez, Rubrn Perez, Maria Bossy, Txus Eguilaz, Estefania Porqueraz Ocana w Barcelonie, Gregoire Vandersmissen, Victorem Kuno w Brukseli, Pascal’em Hulim, Adele Joel.

Lubię łączyć różne style tańca ze stepowaniem, aby nie tylko doskonalić koordynację, ale także pokazać siebie oraz aby zaszczepiać w innych pasję do tańca. Pasję, która pozwala pokonywać życiowe trudności.


Michał Wierzbowski

My adventure with tap dancing has begun when I was 7, in Tap & Jazz Dance Studio of Jiřina Nowakowska. Since then, I have been climbing the winners’ stand in the Polish Tap Dance Championship multiple times, and in 2014 and 2016 I have won the 1st place in my age category. Also, I have had the pleasure of taking part in the Czech Republic Tap Dance Championship, where I have won the 3rd place. In 2016 I participated in the World Championship for the first time and I was 17th in my age category. In 2017 I have won the 3rd place on Europe Championship in Prague in men solo category.

I am a student of the University of Physical Education in Warsaw, on faculty of Tourism and Recreation; within the confines of my specialization, I have finished a course for a Nordic Walking instructor.

Since few years I take part in various Tap Festivals in order to improve my technique and always searching for new combinations and new inspirations. Thanks to travelling I have had a pleasure to meet such famous modern tap dancers as Jason Samuel Smith, Jason Janas, Andrew Nemr, Max Pollak, Joseph Wiggan, Sam Webber, Michelle Dorrance, Chloe Arnold, Mark Mendonca, Avalon Rathgeb, and Ivan Bouchain.

In tap dance, my element has always been improvisation; playing with rhythm and searching for new solutions. That is the reason for my collaboration with beatboxers, bassoon quartet, harmonica or even didgeridoo players. In TIP TAP Warsaw Tap Dance School I teach since 2016.


Maciej Glaza

When I was 9, I started taking ballroom dancing classes. Unfortunately, after an injury I couldn’t take no more classes. During my university studies, I fully came back to dancing.

I graduated the Academy of Music in Gdańsk with a degree in Musical Theatre, and the Professional Training Program for Tap Dancers in Escola Luthier in Barcelona in Advanced Level. In 2017, I got a scholarship for Summer Intensives in “Tapdance Into Freedom” School by Andrew Nemr in New York.

I debuted as Terek in “Tarzan” musical in 2012. As of then, I’ve been performing as an actor, a dancer, an assistant and a co-choreographer in many drama and musical plays: “Pharaoh”, “They shoot horses, don’t they?”, “Crazy For You”, “The Threepenny Opera”. Additionally, I appeared in semi-finals of “Polish Got Talent”. In 2012 as a member of “Zaklepotani” dance group and in 2018 in the “Tap Bros” duo, which I co-created with Michał Wierzbowski.

In 2018, I received Jan Kiepura’s Masovian Musical Theatre Award in “Best Dancer (other dance forms)” category for “Crazy For You” choreography. Tap Dance has become my hallmark among the theatre society and my main form of expression.

In Tap Dance I try to find ease, my own style, partnership and the dance itself. As my dance teacher once said: “If you’re not dancing while you’re doing tap, why are you even doing this?”


Bartłomiej Zaniewicz

For a few years I was a part of Piotr Galiński’s dance group. I have got the 1st and the 2nd place on Polish Championships in Latin Group Dance in the ‘over 15 y.o.’ category. Apart from the ballroom dancing and many styles of the jazz dance (jazz, Latin jazz, broadway jazz, modern jazz), I also dance hip-hop – and tap dance.

I have completed the qualifying course for a jazz instructor. In 2012 I was the art director of Filmowa Akademia Młodego Artysty FAMA. I took part in many events and TV productions, such as ‘Jak oni śpiewają’ (‘Soapstar Superstar’). I participated in a gala concert ‘ABBA LIVE ’80‘ shown in the Congress Hall.

I played in such musicals as Singin’ In The Rain (ROMA Musical Theatre), Boyband (Teatr Komedia), ABBA Club (La Fabrique Musicale). Since 2012 I work with Teatr Sztuk Wielu. In Tip Tap I teach Broadway Jazz.