Mark Mendonca’s extensive career as a performer and choreographer includes performances for the last three U.S. Presidents, as well as performing on Broadway, television, and concert stages around the world. Mark's dancing was motion captured for the animated feature film, "The Polar Express," directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks. In the year 2000, Mark was chosen to open Barbra Streisand's farewell concert tour with performances at Madison Square Garden in New York and the Staples Center in Los Angeles. On Broadway, Mark danced in the Tony award winning production of "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk", and has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the Apollo Theater, the Joyce Theater in New York, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco among many other theaters worldwide.
He has shared the stage with the late tap masters the Nicholas Brothers, Charles 'Honi' Coles, Jimmy Slyde as well as numerous appearances with Gregory Hines, appearing with him in "A Gala for the President at Ford's Theatre" and on "The Kennedy Center Honors," both televised on ABC. Mark's dancing was featured in the Emmy award nominated documentary, "Juba, The Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance," aired on PBS and in, “The Summit of the Americas” with the leaders of over 20 North American countries in the audience.
Mark has toured both nationally and internationally with his own company, The Steps Ahead Tap Trio, and with the Jazz Tap Ensemble. Mark has also worked with director James Brooks, choreographer Twyla Tharp and fellow tap dancers Bill Irwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Christopher Walken. Mark was the first tap dancer to receive the Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship for promising young artists (1989) and was the winner of the 1997 Lester Horton Dance Award for outstanding achievement in individual performance. Whether you want to become a professional dancer, or just want to learn more and have fun, Mark is confident he can help you move toward your goals and improve your skills and understanding of the art form of tap dancing
September 5, 2014 - June 2015