Tapping in Gilbert’s Footsteps

For one day, Retter’s Academy of Dance in Agoura Hills, California, became a film set, complete with bright lights, film equipment, and a silver curtain backdrop. Three young studio dancers tapped away, guided from behind the camera by Becca Retter, who had taught them the routine only days earlier. The day’s filming will end up on a DVD that dance instructors will use to become better teachers, an idea conceived and developed by tap master Al Gilbert.

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