Claudia Gomez
Instructor
Tap
Tap Level 4
Wed   5:30 pm   to 6:25 pm
Youth Tap Level 1
Wed   4:30 pm   to 5:25 pm

Claudia Gomez is a dancer and teacher that comes from a lineage of professional dancers beginning with Mexican Ballet Folkloriko, tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. In furthering her studies, Claudia drew inspiration from tap dance legends such as Bunny Briggs, one of the original “Hoofers" who danced with Duke Ellington's band. She is thankful to have also learned from tap teachers such as Pam Thomson, Chance Taylor, Jason Samuels-Smith, Dianne Walker, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derick Grant, Mable Lee and many more.

Claudia teaches and performs in nightclubs and theaters throughout Southern California, New Orleans and New York City; and is currently teaching dance at Keiller Leadership Academy, a K-8 charter school in Encanto.

In NYC, she taught for Hospital Audiences and was part of Mable Lee’s “Dancing Ladies” chorus dancers. Claudia also performed at "Tap Extravaganza / Flow Bert Awards" and “Tap City”, NYC tap dance festivals.

In New Orleans, Claudia tap danced with jazz bands such as “Smoking Time Jazz Club”, “Tuba Skinny”,”Royal Frenchmen” and more. She performed at the 2011 "Big Easy Music Awards" with Meschiya Lake and “Dem Lil Big Horns".

Claudia was a dancer and choreographer for Brick-or-Treat Halloween Nights at LEGOLAND California from 2011 through 2015. She is one of J Company Jr. Theatre’s dance instructors and choreographers and was nominated for best choreography by National Youth Arts in 2012 for J Company’s “Thoroughly Modern Millie”.

Other highlights in Claudia’s dance, choreography and acting career include choreographing and playing the role of “Tijuana” in Richard Montoya’s “Federal Jazz Project” at the Lyceum Theatre in spring 2013. She was also choreographer and featured dancer, and played the role of “The Muse” in Culture Clash’s anniversary/reunion show at Segerstorm Center’s “Off Center Festival 2014” in Orange County and at Arts Emerson in Boston.

Ms. Gomez can be seen performing regularly around town with various Jazz bands and recorded an album with“Besos de Coco”, an all female, eclectic jazz, world and chamber trio. She is also founder and director of the San Diego Tap & Jazz Dance Festival. Claudia is also a certified Yoga teacher and enjoys guiding regular yoga classes around San Diego County. She is thrilled to be teaching tap dance at Culture Shock!