Nikolai Kemeny

Elevating the Art of Jazz and Tap Dance in Germany

As a modern hoofer, Nikolai Kemeny unites the worlds of rhythm and movement, making him a prominent figure in the world of jazz and tap dance in Germany.

He studied with international tap dance masters, including Andreas Dänel, Daniel Luka, Sebastian Weber, Sarah Petronio, Max Pollak, and Roxane Butterfly, to name a few, honing his skills and artistry in the heart of Germany's dance scene.

As a choreographer and soloist, he regularly produces and performs concerts, stage productions, and art films that captivate audiences in Germany and on the global stage.

He has performed Duke Ellington’s First Concert Of Sacred Music several times, enchanting German audiences with his rhythmic brilliance. In addition, he tours internationally with Andrea Alvergue, showcasing their collaborative jazz tap concert series, BLUE TAPS, which has garnered international acclaim.


In 2020, Nikolai produced his first short film, DISTORTION - a three-part video concert series, each with a different musical composition, pushing the boundaries of storytelling through tap dance. In 2022, the project LAZARUS emerged as a visual tap dance album, where Nikolai recorded his tap dance with greats such as Markus Stockhausen. This extraordinary 40-minute dance film, created with the Leipzig film collective verflimmert, seamlessly weaves documentary footage and enchanting choreographies by international dancers. LAZARUS has been celebrated at prestigious international film festivals, earning awards such as Best Dance Film and Best Jazz Music Video, shining a spotlight on Germany's innovative tap dance scene.

Nikolai also recently premiered his newest stage production, COSMIC TAP, representing the symbiosis between improvised percussive dance and intuitive music, leaving audiences spellbound.

He is a founding member of the Sebastian Weber Dance Company. He can also be seen in productions such as Daniel Luka’s RESONANCE in collaboration with the audiovisual arts collective Xenorama.


Nikolai teaches dance and music workshops worldwide and choreographs projects at music and dance institutes, academies, theaters, and music schools, for example, tanzhaus nrw, footprints studio Hamburg, Blue Tap in Berlin, THE FLOOR in Leipzig, Musikschule Rosenheim, Claquetap Dance Studio in Madrid, CC Danza in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and even appeared at the Lima ZAP Festival in Peru.

Passionate and dedicated as an artist, Nikolai Kemeny inspires jazz and tap dance enthusiasts worldwide with his innovative, modern style of this unique art form.



The visual-tap-dance-album refines jazz and tap symbiosis. The collaborations with eminent musicians provide a mesmerizing audio-visual fusion of the roots and visions of tap dance.

In the award-winning film accompanying the album, documentary footage blends with enchanting performances by international dancers.


This piece creates an interstellar communication between dance and music. In improvisation from a first movement, a first sound, a visually experienceable musical structure arises, directly related to this moment. With percussive dancer Andrea Alvergue, genre-dissolving intuitive clarinetist Dorit Schäffler, and Markus Stockhausen, the German Jazz Tap Scene reaches new heights.

Foto: Filip Felix


A daring film-scientific examination of the history of tap dance on the big screen offers a unique perspective on the influence of tap dance in cinema and beyond.

This experimental short film explores the cinematic development possibilities of Tap, adding a German touch to the evolution of tap dance in cinema.


This three-part jazz, tap dance video concert series creates an energetic, musically powerful confrontation with the psychological effects of isolation and the social upheavals in the wake of the pandemic.


An extraordinary concert experience with two tap dancers and a Jazz trio presenting a fine repertoire of Jazz, Swing, Bebop, and Afro Latin Standards and Improvisations.


Upcoming Workshops & Seminars - Discover how you can be a part of the vibrant tap dance community in Germany and learn from the best in the field.


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Embrace the world of tap dance in Germany, where every step resonates with passion and innovation. 

Join us in Leipzig to experience the joy of self-expression, unlock your creativity, and connect with a vibrant tap dance community. 
With Nikolai Kemeny and his team, you'll refine your skills and gain a deeper appreciation for this captivating art form. 

Let the rhythm move you!


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