92Y Instructor Biography

Arleigh Rothenberg

Arleigh Rothenberg began dancing at the age of 7 and has experience in a multitude of dance genres. Currently, Arleigh tap dances at The Cotton Club weekly, as a member of Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’ “Sophisticated Ladies”. She has performed at the world famous Apollo Theatre in Taste of Broadway (2009 and 2010) as a member of the “Young Hoofers”, and performed in an excerpt of Derick K. Grant’s Imagine Tap! at Rodeph Sholom in NYC (February 2010). In March and July 2011 she performed in Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’ Michael Jackson Tribute at The Dancespace Project and the NYC Summer Stage Series. In May 2011 she performed in Derick K. Grant’s Once Upon A Tap, at the Harris Theatre, Chicago, Illinois. Arleigh is also a cast member of Rhythm Is Our Business (2013), produced by Tony Waag and American Tap Dance Foundation, directed by Derick K. Grant, and with choreography by Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. Recent Salsa performance credits inlcude Salsmania Saturdays and Dancesanity Stars’ World in Motion – Part 2, with choreography by Karla Choko (June 2013).

Television and Video Credits include the Malibu Rum “Funky Dip” Flashmob Commercial; choreographed by Tweetie, tap dancing on "Sesame Street’s" 2009/2010 40th Season, dancing in the Step Up 3D Official Dance Dub Broadway Dance Center Video; section choreographed by Michelle Dorrance, and appearing in the films Step Up 3D (2010), Eat, Pray, Love (2010) and Friends with Benefits (2011). Arleigh has also danced in several Flashmob America events, including the Cha Cha Cha for Charity produced by Charmin and the 2011 Estee Lauder Campaign.

Arleigh was selected to perform in new choreographic works by Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Derick K. Grant for the American Tap Dance Foundation’s 2009 Sound Check performance series, and Michelle Dorrance’s piece in the 2009 Symphony Space Showcase. She is also proud to have been selected by the legendary Dr. Harold Cromer for his piece in the 20th Annual Tap Extravaganza. Other performance credits include Tap City’s 2009 Main Event with “Mazel Toes”, various shows with “C3, a NY Tap Cooperative” including  On Tap at Joe’s Pub, They Don’t Sing About Love No More at New World Stages and The 28th Annual Downtown Dance Festival, and several performances with Sean Fielder’s “Boston Tap Company”. She also performed at Tap City’s 2008 Tap and Song with “C3, a NY Tap Cooperative”, and in Old Man Time by Ernest "Brownie" Brown and Reggio McLaughlin.

Arleigh holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Television-Radio with a concentration in Video Production from Ithaca College. While attending Ithaca College, she founded the Ithaca College Tap Dance Club, and conceived and co-directed the Finger Lakes Tap Dance Festival.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Voss-Duran

This instructor is currently teaching the following classes:



Tap and Hip-Hop Combo / 6-7 yrs

Tap III / 12-18 yrs