Roxanne Butterfly

Roxanne-ButterflyWith a father from Romansh-Switzerland, a mother born in Morocco and a love-story with american jazz-tap-dancing which kept her in New York for 18 years, French born Roxanne Butterfly (now partly established in Barcelona) perfectly fits the definition of a world-class citizen.

In 1992, while baptizing her “Butterfly”, bebop tap- master Jimmy Slyde could not possibly imagine that her light-footed “Papillion” would so radically transform the landscape of tap, a language born out of African - American slavery on the plantations.  Neither could he think she would take his beloved art-form all the way back to the African Mother-Land through the exploration of her own Mediterranean roots.  Underground tap-dance icon Roxanne Butterfly, has been an instrumental force in helping transform the stereotypical presentation of tap in the contemporary performing arts world.