Tap dancer, musician, choreographer
Ulrike Neth dazzles her audiences and students with her extraordinary musicality, rhythmic diversity, and originality.
Ulrike`s trademark style has been shaped by numerous trips to New York, where she has studied with legends like Buster Brown as well as modern tap dancing icons like Savion Glover and Roxane Butterfly. Her skillful dance rests upon solid foundations of a musical education: Ulrike graduated from the Cologne Conservatory of Music with a degree in rhythmics and studied percussion at the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, NY.
As a performing artist she is highly respected by international dancers and musicians. Ulrike has had the chance to participate in many different projects, including shows in the style of STOMP, as well as performances at experimental music and dance festivals. She has performed all over the world, including the USA, China, West-Africa, and numerous European countries. She has accepted many invitations as a teacher and solo performer, including the tap ahead festival (Duesseldorf, Germany) and the Tapdance festival (Heidelberg, Germany).
In 1999, Ulrike founded her own jazz band UNquartett to express herself and her compositions on stage. Original stage productions like Caxixi demonstrated a deep fusion of African music, choreography and tap dance elements. In addition, Ulrike enjoys working in smaller formations. For instance, duos with the guitar player Norbert Scholly or the percussionist Christoph Hillmann allowed her to communicate her stylistic ideas spontaneously in a more minimalistic setting.
A highlight in her long career on stage was a tour through West Africa with the group newRhythmix, as well as performances with the percussionist Assam Thiam, e.g., in NYC’s Knitting Factory.
Ulrike Neth is one of the most prominent tap dance artists in Germany. In addition to her own productions she appears as a guest artist in projects like Summit Talks by Angelika Niescier or Tap Act by Maria Derfuss. Ulrike has danced the solo of the Duke Ellington Concert several times and appeared as a special guest with many bands at jazz clubs all over the world.
Right now she is working on a new project entitled Duo Feetback, with Hartmut Kracht on base and electric guitar.
Ulrike is currently teaching at her studio tap club in Cologne, Germany.