Meet the Judges


Suzy Guarino
Suzy Guarino has been busy in the dance and entertainment business for almost 30 years. Originally from Chicago, she has appeared in print work, industrial films, and numerous commercials. Currently residing in Phoenix, she trained with some of the best master tap teachers in the country including Gregory Hines, Jason Samuels Smith, Jimmy Tate, Mark Goodman, Gregg Russell, Dianne Walker, Mark Mendonca and many others. Suzy has taught tap for Motor City Tap Fest, Dance Educator’s of America, Focus Dance Conventions, Star Systems, Mark Goodman’s Totally Tap, Dance RAW, N-House Productions and The In10sive workshops with Tap Unplugged. She is also a regional and national dance competition adjudicator for Spotlight Dance Cup, In10sity Dance, Thrive and Star Systems. She’s the owner of a tap production company called Rhythm Essence Productions. Her tap group, Tap 24.7, has done numerous guest performances for different events and concerts, including the Tucson National Tap Dance Day and Motor City Tap Fest. Her company has also created original shows, Tapabilities Are Endless and Just Breathe and Tap On. They are working on their new show for the spring, In the Pocket. She enjoys teaching around the country as a master tap teacher to many studios, and inspiring tap students of all ages. Her choreography is rhythmic, energetic and cutting edge while mixing in modern music. She excels as a teacher, understanding many levels and breaking down steps and technique that is easy to understand. Suzy teaches in Phoenix at Bender Performing Arts and does tap choreography for their company, Dance Motion. She also teaches at Plumb Performing Arts and Dynamic Motion Dance Academy.