Tap Dance/Jazz Music.
What do you hope to gain from RDDI: New England Now?
I am hoping, from this RDDI experience, to connect with people from different parts of the New England dance community and get a better feel for the ways in which I can help the community prosper and expand.
Ian Berg is a Boston-based tap dancer originally from Chicago, Illinois. Ian has been dancing since an early age and has training and performance experience in tap dance, ballet, modern dance, jazz, contact improvisation and a variety of other styles and approaches. In high school, Ian trained at the Joffrey Academy in Chicago while also dancing with the renowned Chicago based tap company MADD Rhythms, of which he is still a member. Ian is also a musician as well as a composer and arranger of music and an alumnus of The School at Jacob’s Pillow and the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance. Ian is currently an adjunct professor at Endicott College, Emerson College and Boston University as well as a guest lecturer at Tufts University teaching tap dance practice and history. In 2018, Ian was named “Rising Dance Star” in the Improper Bostonian’s “Best of Boston” issue. He has received recognition as a choreographer from The Yard where he was named a 2019 Bessie Schonberg Fellow, The Boston Foundation where he was named a 2019 Next Steps Awardee and The Massachusetts Cultural Council who named him a 2020 Choreography Fellow. He is currently living in Boston, Massachusetts where he is the director of tap dance company Subject: Matter.
Photo by Cynthia Clayton