Michela Marino-Lerman first appeared on Sesame Street at the age of 5. In February 2002 she was showcased on the cover of Dance Teacher with Gregory Hines. In 2003, she was inducted into the famed tap ensemble Copasetics as their first and only female lifetime honorary member. In 2005, she was named by Dance Spirit as one of the 20 hottest tap dancers under 20 and in 2008, Dance magazine named her in its “25 to Watch.”
She has performed with Jennifer Holliday on Broadway in Nothing Like A Dame and in 21 Below at Town Hall. She toured Spain and Japan with Rafael Amargo’s Enramblao and her choreography was featured in the tap section of the opening number for the 2005 Bermuda Music Festival with UDP, starring Al Green, Angie Stone, and Patti LaBelle. At the age of 19, she was commissioned by Dixon Place to create and direct her own show, entitled AM+bu$h+ED. She was featured in the show hit “Wonderland,” an all tap show set to Stevie Wonder’s music and also in Chris Scott’s show W-L-U-V. In 2008 she appeared on CBS’s Secret Talents of the Stars with Grammy award singer Mya, performing the choreography of Emmy award winner Jason Samuels Smith. She has also danced with Roy Hargrove at the Jazz Gallery and the Village Vanguard.
Marino-Lerman studied with Jason Samuels Smith, Henry LeTang, Baakari Wilder, Ayodele Casel, Derek Grant, Dianne Walker, and many other gifted teachers, and is grateful for the mentoring and guidance given to her by Buster Brown, Gregory Hines, and Leroy Myers. She has taught in schools, studios, and programs throughout the NY metro area and is dedicated to spreading the art of tap around the world.