Since meeting in 2014, Brazilian tap dancer and choreographer Leonardo Sandoval and composer/ bassist Gregory Richardson have embraced tap’s unique nature as a blend of sound and movement to blur the boundaries of dance and music. Their unique creative process fully combines choreography and musical composition, opening up new possibilities for both. Their ever-expanding and wide-ranging body of work incorporates influences ranging from Sandoval’s Afro-Brazilian background to Richardson’s work in funk, Latin, and electronic music.
Reflecting their approach, their work has been presented at both dance and music venues, helping bring tap dance, America’s original vernacular dance form, to new audiences. Appearances at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Yard, the Battery Dance Festival, and the National Folk Festival, have drawn acclaim for their unique approach to creating dance and music.
Richardson and Sandoval are also deeply committed to outreach and education. In addition to performances, they have led classes, workshops, and lecture-demonstrations, teaching dance, body percussion, music, improvisation, and Afro-Brazilian rhythms to audiences of all socio-economic backgrounds, ages, and dance skills, driven by the firm belief that self-expression through dance and music is a powerful force for good. Their ongoing partnerships with the National Dance Institute and Lincoln Center Education, where they are artists in residence over the 2019-20 season, support that vision, and have helped them reach diverse communities across New York City and beyond.