Irene Koloseus

Irene is the founder and the Artistic Director of Feraba-African Rhythm Tap Company, an award-winning Brooklyn based touring company fusing Tap dance with West African music and dance. Ms. Koloseus and Feraba are the recipients of numerous awards including the Ethnic Dance Award by Giant Steps funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, The Sunshine Award, acknowledging excellence in the Performing Arts of the various Caribbean Countries, South Africa, Central America and Africa, and has been recognized by the Brooklyn Borough president, Marty Markowitz, for her outstanding work. Feraba received numerous grants including Meet the Composer Grant (AMC), MCAF (LMCC), Arts International, Artist Fellowship (in music composition-NYFA), Performing Arts Recovery Initiative Grant (funded by the Open Society Foundation) and Asset for Artist (matching grant partnering with NYFA, LMCC and Midas). As a teaching artist, she has designed curricular-based movement and music residencies for students of all ages and abilities, and has conducted staff development programs for educators. In 2012 she was awarded Best Teaching Artist of the year by Young Audiences NY. She was the artistic director of Feraba –ART  summer camps in 2011 and 2012.