Sarah Petronio was born in India, immigrated to New York at the age of 19 then moved to Paris where she met, befriended and apprenticed with Tap Legend Jimmy Slyde becoming his dancing partner for a few years. The duo performed their tap and jazz concert “It’s About Time”© at concerts and jazz festivals throughout Europe. Sarah introduced Rhythm Tap to French audiences and created the Tap Dance Department of the American Center in Paris.
Presented by Jimmy Slyde as “The First Lady of Swing”, Sarah has broken ground as a woman in the jazz world, bringing her special style of jazz tap rhythms, and improvisation to jazz clubs, jazz and dance festivals: India Jazz Yatra, Jazz à Juan, Danse à Aix, Nuit des Lerins at Cannes, Ravinia Jazz Festival, Australia’s Fremantle Jazz Festival, Colorado Tap Festivals, Portland and Boston Tap Festivals, Austin’s Sole to Soul Festival, Gracey Tune’s Jazz nights in Fort Worth, New York Tap City. The Green Mill, The Jazz Showcase and Bop Shop in Chicago. As well as Festivals in Israel, Germany, Tokyo, Spain and the Netherlands. She has shared the stage with Gregory Hines, Honi Coles, Steve Condos, Eddie Brown, the Nicholas Brothers, LaVaughn Robinson, Brenda Bufalino, Savion Glover, Dianne Walker, Ted Levy, Mark Mendonca, Acia Gray, Leela Petronio, Kazu Kumagai, Barbara Duffy, Thomas Marek, Ayako Ukawa, Daniel Luka and many wonderful dancers worldwide.