Dig and Swivel Productions is the home base for Sarah Savelli, The Cleveland Tap Crew, and the Dig Tap Society. Created in 2011, DSP helps to facilitate Sarah’s bookings and projects. Customized tap dance intensives, tap choreography for all ages, levels, and class sizes, in-studio workshops, private lessons, youth tap ensembles, tap jams, and full length performances are all available options to choose from to create your perfect educational and/or entertaining tap dance experience.
Sarah Savelli started tap dancing at her mother's dance studio in Northeast Ohio at the age of four, and has loved it ever since. She began instructing locally at the age of twelve, and has been teaching, performing, choreographing, and producing Tap events for the past 20+ years. Sarah was a founding and choreographing member of Rhythm ISS... an influential Chicago-based, all-female tap company in the 90's, and on the faculty of numerous studios, tap festivals and competition/conventions in New York City, Chicago, Michigan, and Cleveland; including Steps on Broadway (NYC), Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Center and Lou Conte's (Chicago), the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Third Coast Rhythm Project, West Coast Dance Explosion, Totally Tap, and Tapperfest Toronto.
Best known for her swift and intricate footwork, Sarah was commissioned on three separate occasions by Playhouse Square (Cleveland, OH) to create and perform in a full-length tap work (Tap into Peace), was the first Capezio ACE Award for Tap choreography finalist in 2010, and appears in the PBS documentary Juba! The Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance. Sarah has studied and performed with many of tap dancing’s historical greats, and most recently has had the pleasure of dancing with Savion Glover in various shows across the USA including “Stepz” at NYC’s Joyce Theater in 2013. She is also the artistic director of the Cleveland Tap Crew, a youth tap ensemble with 50+ members that she established in Northeast Ohio in 2012.
Cleveland Tap Crew (CTC) is a youth ensemble for students who love to tap dance, and would like additional learning and performance opportunities beyond what a weekly recreational class can offer. Dancers ages 8–18 attend a weekly hourlong practice, two additional technique classes, as well as a 2 hour practice on one Sunday per month. Crew members spend that time exploring the many facets of tap dancing - some of which include:
At competition, CTC performances have won first overall placements and numerous special awards for technique, choreography, and musicality; members have also received scholarships to Broadway Dance Center and other master classes, workshops, and festivals.