Brazil Loses Flavio Salles


May, 2011 / André Barreta Picelli / Rio de Janeiro


On May 25, 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, dancer and choreographer Flavio Salles died a victim of stomach cancer. His Ipanema Academy of Tap developed dancers such as Claudia Raia, Murtinho Rosa Maria, Maria Clara Gueiros, George Suma , Marize Duarteamong and others. Flavio leaves a special legacy to all his students dying right on International Tap Dance Day.

Flavio Salles, "Uncle" as he was known, in partnership with Amália Machado, released the book "Tap - The Art of Tap Dance", the only book written in English in Brazil on the topic of American tap dance.

In addition to training in music theory, harmony and voice, his dance training included courses in classical ballet, jazz, African and tap.

Since 1992, Flavio directed the Academy of Tap, located in Ipanema, in Rio de Janeiro as the only school specializing in teaching American tap dancing in Rio de Janeiro.

He was buried on May 26, 2011 in Sao Joao Batista cemetery in Rio de Janeiro.