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NYC PERFORMERS
The multi-talented STOMP performers often play different roles throughout the week. Read below to get to know about each of them and a character they portray!

VIKAS ARUN

VIKAS ARUN
is an engineer and dancer specializing in multiple forms of Western and Indian dance. He is originally from Seattle where he trained at Premiere Dance Center and the Alchemy Tap Project. In addition to being the first South-Asian ambassador for dancewear giant Capezio, his credits include Mystic India, "Good Morning America", and commercials for J. Crew and Vogue. His company, Project Convergence (@project.convergence), is known for uniting tap dance with Bharatanatyam; they have appeared at Lincoln Center and entertained prestigious guests such as the President of the US. He is proud to bring his unique background to STOMP. www.vikasarun.com.


ONE OF VIKAS' CHARACTERS: RINGO
Like his namesake, musical and laconic.

ALAN ASUNCION

ALAN ASUNCION
is a Long Island native who did his time in the trenches of the NYC freelance and wedding band circuit while teaching for many years on LI. He’s super excited and grateful to be a part of this amazing show since 2007 following the Off-Broadway show De La Guarda (NYC, Korea, Israel). Alan is currently spending most of his time and energy finding the best espresso and breeding ball pythons! Special shout out goes to his two girls Mayah and Alana! Everything is for you!


ONE OF ALAN'S CHARACTERS: MOZZIE
Ever-present and acrobatic. You can't get rid of him.

MICAH COWHER

MICAH COWHER
is a New York native with a passion for all things rhythm. Growing up playing drums, Micah went on to major in music education at NYU-Steinhardt before studying musical theatre and dance at AMDA. Since then, he’s been fortunate enough to tour the world acting and drumming in various musicals and rock bands. Favorite theatre credits include Rock of Ages, Shrek the Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Footloose, and Bayside the Musical. Current band/producing projects include @nightwithoutcars, @theduderanchnyc, and @thealicevalentine. When not performing, Micah teaches percussion and tap dance at Dance Molinari while also managing his entertainment company, Imperial Entertainment NYC. @micah.cowher


ONE OF MICAH'S CHARACTERS: POTATO HEAD
The rock steady rhythmic center of the show.

MARIVALDO DOS SANTOS

MARIVALDO DOS SANTOS
From Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. As a composer, musician, percussionist and producer, Dos Santos has contributed to some of the most recognizable artists like the legendary Sting, The Fugees, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Pras, Joshua Bell, Bill Frisell, Steve Coleman, Eliane Elias, Ivete Sangalo, Daniela Mercury, Margareth Menezes and the Rock in Rio Festival. Founder of Quabales, a social education project that promotes inclusion through music and art, Quabales’ Band bringing a vibrant mix of live and electronic new sounds and performances, and of Favellê Music, an artist collective of music and video opening doors to artists from Brazil’s favelas. www.quabales.com.


ONE OF MARIVALDO'S CHARACTERS: SARGE
Precise and determined, the leader of the group.

JOHN GAVIN

JOHN GAVIN
is an in demand drummer and percussionist based out of Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Florida, he has performed as a musician for the Walt Disney Company at their theme parks across the United States. Recently, he has performed and recorded with the ska-rock group Streetlight Manifesto and played percussion on the soundtrack of the film, CAM. John would like to thank his friends and family for the unending support and every teacher who has shared their knowledge. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Music from New York University.


ONE OF JOHN'S CHARACTERS: DOCTOR WHO
Wild, crazy and likely to do unexpected things -- but only once you get to know him.

Desmond howard

DESMOND HOWARD
is a West African and Afro-Caribbean percussionist/dancer, also specializing in American urban dance forms (House Dance, Freestyle Hip-Hop, Popping, B-boying, and Locking). From Washington, DC, he has been performing professionally since the age of twelve, with Coyaba Dance Theater, Urban Artistry, and others. Desmond graduated from The New School with a B.A. in Contemporary Music.


ONE OF DESMOND'S CHARACTERS: SARGE
Precise and determined, the leader of the group.

ZAHNA JOHNSON

ZAHNA JOHNSON
is a dance artist and performer based in Dallas, TX. She earned her BFA in Dance at Sam Houston State University in 2021 and is so excited to embark on her journey as a professional. A New Jersey native, her training spans across the country and across styles. Tap has always been her favorite; she can't keep her feet still! Zahna feels blessed that God gave her a passion for the arts, and has her friends and family to thank for supporting her every step of the way.


ONE OF ZAHNA'S CHARACTERS: BIN
Tough, no nonsense, and wields hammer handles like drum sticks.

MAX MEYER

MAX MEYER
was raised in Chester, New Jersey, where he fell in love with music at an early age. He moved to NYC to attend New York University, where he received his bachelor’s in Percussion Performance in 2021. While at NYU, Max traveled to Ghana to study West African percussion and dance, and to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ghana. He is also a preschool music and movement teacher with Music Together, a world-renowned company. Max would like to thank his family, who never batted an eye when he said he wanted to become a musician.


ONE OF MAX'S CHARACTERS: RINGO
Like his namesake, musical and laconic.

TAMII SAKURAI

TAMII SAKURAI
Forever a fan of STOMP, Tamii Sakurai is originally from Tokyo, Japan, where she was trained as a tap dancer by her grandfather. Since living in New York, she has been working closely with American Tap Dance Foundation, and is thankful to the tap community for raising her as a dancer/percussionist.


ONE OF TAMII'S CHARACTERS: CORNISH
Comedy is her middle name.

EMMANUAL MANNY SCOTT

EMMANUEL “MANNY” SCOTT
is a percussionist and music educator from Lithonia, Georgia. He holds degrees from Tennessee State University and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He was the head drum major in the TSU Aristocrat of Bands and has performed at a variety of events including the NFL Hall of Fame Game and for President Barack Obama in celebration of the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Manny is thankful to God, his fiancée, family, friends, and Liberty Avenue Middle School for their support. His time in STOMP is dedicated to his late aunt Debbie Bailey.


ONE OF MANNY'S CHARACTERS: PARTICLE MAN
A warrior with stamina and a sharp sense of detail.

REGGIE TALLEY

REGGIE TALLEY
is a New York based artist from Houston, Texas. While working with STOMP, Reggie has toured in over 35+ countries and performed in the 2012 London Olympic Closing Ceremonies. Reggie is the owner of Due Season Productions, his first film ‘Brave’ - a film in which Reggie wrote, directed, produced and starred in - won Best Narrative Feature at the Hip Hop Film Festival NYC. Some of Reggie's TV and Film credits include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (S3), Bull (2021), Blue Bloods (CBS), and Equal Standard (2020). Reggie thanks God and his family for their constant influence in his life.


ONE OF REGGIE'S CHARACTERS: MOZZIE
Ever-present and acrobatic. You can't get rid of him.

PARIS WEEDEN

PARIS WEEDEN
is an actor, dancer, singer and native New Yorker! She is passionate about telling stories that make a lasting impact on society and so excited to be back on stage. Even more excited to be with STOMP! Special thanks to her family and friends who have been supporting her along this journey! Credits include The Fire This Time Festival Season 11, 125th and Freedom (National Black Theatre), Funnyhouse of a Negro (Lenfest Center for the Arts) The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World (LFCA). Training: Howard University, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, BADA.


ONE OF PARIS' CHARACTERS: BIN
Tough, no nonsense, and wields hammer handles like drum sticks.

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