We Are Thrilled to Announce Our 2022 Advanced Level Residency with


The OC Tap Festival Residency is audition based and only up to 15 advanced level tap dancers will be selected. The residency will perform in our closing professional show!


The cost of the residency is $230.00 (USD) per tap dancer and will include six hours of intimate rehearsal time where you will study and learn original work set by Karissa over the course of three days during the festival. 


Those participating in the residency must be registered for an

Advanced/Pro level festival pass. 

Each tap dancer who would like to audition, must learn material (taught by Karissa) via a prerecorded video and submit an audition video of themselves no later than

April 1st, 2022. 

If you would like to audition for the residency, please fill out the form below and we will

be in touch via email with all pertinent audition details and material. 


Karissa Royster is a performer, choreographer, and educator specializing in tap dance. Originally from San Antonio, Karissa is a graduate of NYU, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and was a Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar. 


In April 2016, she made her Broadway debut as the Dance Captain and as a member of the dance ensemble in Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 & All That Followed, choreographed by Savion Glover and directed by George C. Wolfe. Karissa performed at the 70th Annual Tony Awards with the company of Shuffle Along, nominated for Best Musical and Best Choreography, as well as on ABC’s broadcast of “Taking the Stage: Changing America”, in which she had the honor of performing with Savion Glover and fellow cast members for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Karissa was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”. She teaches workshops at various institutions across the United States and is passionate about preserving and sharing the beautiful tradition of tap dance, as well as exploring its

roots in American history & vernacular music.