We are excited to announce that Samba Meets Jazz Workshops will again offer a 5-day tap dance program at College of the Atlantic / Bar Harbor, ME,  (Aug. 4-10) alongside our Bar Harbor Instrumental Program.  All levels are welcome! 

Tap dance, in this innovative program which merges study of traditional Jazz with Brazilian and Latin jazz, will be taught by FELIPE GALGANNI.  

As we know, tap is an expression of rhythm, articulation,  melodic interpretation and phrasing.   With this is mind, tap participants will  have a unique  opportunity to further foster their skills by interacting and working  with various members of Samba Meets Jazz’ music faculty.  These master musican/educators  have helped to sculpt the the current face of jazz, Brazilian Jazz and Latin Jazz in the United States and Brazil. 

In this context, and in an intimate environment (approximately 10 students, you will be immersed in classes that focus specifically on, and/or integrate the following: 

  • technique
  • Jazz, Brazilian Jazz and Afro-Cuban jazz 
  • improvisation
  • rhythmic and theory explorations 
  • articulation, phrasing, interpretation 

In addition to live accompaniment by various members of the faculty, participants will have opportunities to participate in classes led by instrumental faculty — including for example, percussion classes, theory as it pertains to tap, and much more more! 


Our program is a 5-day program, with 6 hours of instruction daily, followed by evening activities.  The actual schedule will be finalized closer to start of the program to enable us to personalize the program to reflect the make-up of our enrollment.  

We typically have a mid-day break  to enable participants to take advantage of all that Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park offer.  The campus is a 10-minute walk from town, and a few minute drive from Acadia National Park.   Cars are not necessary.  Bar Harbor’s Island Explorer shuttle bus stops on campus and can take you into town, and can also link you with shuttles into Acadia which is minutes away.  Biking, hiking, swimming, browsing galleries are all available options — even kayaking from College of Atlantic’s pier is possible!  

Evening activities include optional “jams,” faculty concert at Bar Harbor’s Criterion Theatre (Wednesday night), and a open to the public, held in College of the Atlantic’s Gates Auditorium.