Tap's Present and Future, in a Meeting of Minds, Hearts and Feet

Brian Seibert, The New York Times, March 27, 2013 full article

Innovative tap dancer Max Pollak joins ET Symphony

Stewart Smith, Tyler Paper, January 04, 2013 full article

150 Dancers and 300 (Count 'Em) Feet

"But it was left to Max Pollak and his small Afro-Cuban group, RumbaTap, to bring everything together. Tap as music, rhythms that harmonize: here the program's ideas became art. On a hot day it was like a mojito, going down easy with a kick of rum."

Brian Seibert, The New York Times, July 15, 2012 full article

Roaring Back With Rumba and Religion

Jon Pareles, The New York Times, May 8, 2011 full article

Afro-Cuban Rumba Group Los Muñequitos de Matanzas Returns to NYC...

Carolina Gonzalez , The Daily News, May 3, 2011 full article

Muñequitos Dance Through Space and Time

Tresca Weinstein, The Times Union, May 5, 2011 full article

Beloved Cuban Rumba Troupe Caps Off Tour in New York

Mario R. Mercado,, May 3, 2011 full article

Family, Cultural Traditions Keep the Muñequitos Going Strong

Jordan Levin,, April 15, 2011 full article

You Have to Dance Before You Can Walk

Ned Sublette,, May 19, 2011 full article

Thank you to Los Muñequitos de Matanzas

Emily Hamey,, May 12, 2011 full article

Roots + Rumba!

Eva Yaa Asantewaa,, April 24, 2011 full article

A Polyrhythmic Explosion Of Afro-Cuban Sounds

Sofia Verzbolovskis, The Huffington Post, March 20, 2009 full article

Dream Teams

Kristin Lewis, Dance Spirit, September 1, 2009 full article

Max Pollak's Rumba Tap w/ The Paul Carlon Octet

Ernest Barteldes, Global Rhythm, August 1, 2008full article

Sizzlin' at Summerstage

Eva Yaa Asantewaa, InfiniteBody, August 2, 2008full article

Vive La Difference

Lisa Jo Sagolla, Backstage, September 25, 2008 full article

Intensive Sprint Towards The Finish Line And Chill-Out

Pongauer Nachrichten, 2009 full article


... virtuosic ... pulsing, tricky Afro-Cuban (and sometimes Bulgarian) rhythms take over their bodies and tap shoes.

Brian Seibert, The New Yorker, August 4th, 2008

... Max Pollak, tapster par excellence.

Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times, December 7, 2007

... adventurous Afro-Cuban style, creating a wonderfully textured sound ... The dancers rubbed their palms together, slapped their thighs and used their breath, before letting their feet take over and Pollak led them by this path into a spiritual realm.

Robert Johnson, The Star Ledger, July 13, 2007

... wittily phrased ...

Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times, July 17, 2007

... essentially a full-bodied experience ... dancers slap their bodies while singing and tapping. Instruments aren't entirely necessary in such a realm, but in Max Pollak's ... tap and musical drama ... musicians are every bit as integral as the dancers.

Gia Kourlas, The New York Times, April 7th, 2007

... a stylistically satisfying blend of polyrhythms and percussive landscapes ... infectiously charming ... moving his torso fluidly while attacking the floorboards with assertive zeal.

Maura Nguyen Donohue, The Dance Insider, March, 2007

... groundbreaking ...

Claudia LaRocco, The New York Times, May 5, 2006

... excellent ... Pollak's unique synthesis with Latin rhythms reeks of originality complex feet and rhythms meshed throughout the body.

Jane Goldberg, Dance Magazine, May 2006

... the most knowledgeable jazz tap artist out there today, a very literate musician as well as dancer.

The Boston Herald, 2006