2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Amping It Up

Tip 1 When dancers reach the advanced level, it is always helpful to introduce a “show and tell” exercise that gets them used to adding 8 counts of their own steps to small pieces of choreography. For example, one student might do flap flap cramproll, shuffle step heel stomp, shuffle step heel stomp; another might add riff back flap heel tap heel stamp, stomp back flap, stomp back flap stomp. Keep this going in a group with four or five kids and they will have made a dance in no time.

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NJ Tap Dance Ensemble Founder Deborah Mitchell Honored at Tapology Weekend

Tapology’s annual Dance Festival for Youth, a three-day event featuring dance workshops for youth and adults, a tap competition, historical presentation, honorary luncheon, and concert, is set for October 25 to 28 at the Flint Institute of Music’s Cultural Center Campus, 1025 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan.

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East Carolina University Seeks Part-Time Tap Teacher

East Carolina University, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina located in Greenville, North Carolina, has posted a job opening for a part-time tap teacher in its School of Theatre and Dance.

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Chicago’s Mayfair Academy Plans Move to Safer Neighborhood

First there were the robberies and the corner drug markets. Then came shootings and even a slaying. But it wasn’t until Peggy Sutton was leaving her South Side dance studio and saw a group of her young students playing happily in the parking lot while in the distance a group of men were being searched by police that she decided it was time to leave Chatham, a Chicago neighborhood.

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Tap Master Andrew Nemr and Friends to Present September Shows in NYC

Andrew J. Nemr, a recognized leader in the tap dance world and TED Fellow, will present an evening of tap dance, live music, and storytelling, this September at Aaron Davis Hall at City College, New York City.

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Making Magic With Music

Today much about music and its relationship to dance training has changed. When I was in public school, I was introduced to classical music. By listening to recordings of Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach, I absorbed the emotional colors and range of different composers.

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2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Intro to Advanced

To introduce students to the advanced level, give combinations that involve intricate footwork and coordination skills. I often use a combo that is tricky yet fun for the kids to figure out.

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2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Preparing for the Advanced Level

The proper way to perfect a wing is starting at the barre. Have students stand on the balls of their feet with the feet together, and slightly bend the knees.

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2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Accenting and Shading

At the intermediate level, the overlapping of rhythm patterns and an introduction to accenting and shading are important.

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Boston’s Red Line Tap Company Holds Auditions for Teens

Red Line Tap Company (RLTC) of Boston will hold open auditions for company members ages 13 to 18 on June 16 from 10am to 1pm at the Newburyport City Hall auditorium, 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport.

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2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Intermediate-Level Challenges

Once students reach the intermediate level, it’s time to make the warm-up and across-the-floor exercises more challenging.

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Big-Name Tappers Lend Dancing, Acting Talents to ‘Nostalgia’

Dulé Hill, the Emmy-nominated star of The West Wing and Psych, stars in Nostalgia, a short film about an aging tapper who struggles to hold onto his music and his muse despite the fervent opposition of his loving son.

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Innovative Tapper Andrew J. Nemr Named a 2012 TEDGlobal Fellow

Andrew J. Nemr, artistic director of the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues/CPD PLUS and co-founder of the Tap Legacy Foundation, was recently announced as a member of the 2012 class of TEDGlobal Fellows.

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Tapestry Takes Texas Audiences Back to the Days of Vaudeville

Tapestry Dance Company will present “April Fools,” featuring Datri Bean and the Butter Bean Band, March 30 to April 1 at the Rollins Studio Theatre, The Long Center, Austin, Texas

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Youth Groups, Veteran Tappers Celebrate National Tap Dance Day

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) presents “Windy City Rhythms,” its annual performance celebrating National Tap Dance Day, May 10 and 11.

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Penn State Student Pays College Costs by Tapping on NYC Subway

Penn State University student Joshua Johnson travels by bus five hours each way between the college and New York City, where he tap dances on the subway to help raise the $6,000 he needs each year for tuition, books, meal plans, and other bills.

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Simon Says: Listen Up!

In the 1980s I was introduced to the game Simon Says. While this game had nothing to do with dance, it eventually made me a better tap dancer.

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2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Rhythm

It is important to have children start listening to sounds and counting at a young age so that they understand timing. Clapping short rhythms and matching them with tap sounds is very effective.

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Boston Tap Company Lights up the ‘Night’ With Annual Show

The ninth annual edition of “Rhythm in the Night,” a tap dance show directed by Sean C. Fielder and performed by the Boston Tap Company, will be performed at the Main Stage Theater of Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, Massachusetts, on October 8 at 7:30pm.

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Toddlers’ Noisy Tap Lessons Stopped by Irate Hair Salon Owners

Tap-dance lessons for children have been banned in the British town of Keighley, West Yorkshire, by a council responding to complaints that the children’s tapping feet made the mirrors shake in a hairdressing salon downstairs, according to London’s Daily Mirror.

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LA Actress Meshes Tap and Aerobics Into Fun Workout

In a case of what is old is new again, throwback workouts are hot, and the latest craze for helping people get into shape while having fun is TAProbics, a play on tap and aerobics created by actress and tap dancer Hillary Ayn Ryan, reports CBS Los Angeles.

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LA’s Rhapsody In Taps Explores New Directions in Rhythm Tap

The Los Angeles-based touring company Rhapsody In Taps will present an evening celebrating the art of rhythm tap dance and the freedom of live jazz and world music on October 22 at 8pm at the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance, California.

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Tickets on Sale for New Jersey Tap Show

Tickets are now on sale for Tap ’n Time, the main stage event of the second annual Jersey Tap Fest. Tap ’n Time will be held at 7:30pm Saturday, August 27, in the Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College, New Jersey.

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CHRP Plans a Summer Program of Tap Education for All Ages

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) will present its 21st Annual Rhythm World, the oldest and most comprehensive festival of American tap and contemporary percussive art in the world, July 25 to August 7 in downtown Chicago.

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Early Birds Can Catch Savings for Jersey Tap Festival

Early registration is ongoing for the second annual Jersey Tap Festival, to be held August 25 to 28 at Broadway Performing Arts, 357 Broad Street, Bloomfield, New Jersey.

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Evening-Length Work on Tap by Backhausdance

Backhausdance will perform Incandescent, an evening-length work created by founder and artistic director Jennifer Backhaus, at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irving, California, on April 29 and April 30 at 8pm.

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Tappers Bring the Beat to Free Demo-Discussion at 92Y

The 92Y Fridays at Noon series continues on May 13 with Tap, Hop & Step Celebration, featuring tappers Marshall Davis Jr., Andrew Nemr, and other artists. The event, held at the 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, is free.

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Stacy Eastman to Teach Tap and Choreography at 2011 DanceLife Teacher Conference

Stacy Eastman, a highly sought after master teacher and judge across the United States and Canada, will share her expertise in choreography and teaching tap at the DanceLife Teacher Conference. This year’s conference for dance teachers and school owners across the United States will be held July 30 through August 2 at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Bill Evans Dance Showcases Tap and Modern Dance Expertise

The Bill Evans Dance Company will perform seven Rochester, New York, premieres, including both award-winning modern dance choreography and classic and contemporary rhythm tap dance, at the Geva Nextstage this month.

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DC Tappers Find the Beat in Rock, Tango, Jazz, House, and Punk

Joy of Motion Dance Center’s resident tap company, Tappenstance, and three local tap companies will present Lose Your Screws! April 9 at 8pm at The Jack Guidone Theater, 5207 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC.

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Dancers Can Tap Their Way to NYC through Video Contest

Pre-professional tap dance groups are invited to submit a video of their tapping skills and love of dance to win a chance to perform at Tap Extravaganza 2011, New York’s celebration of National Tap Dance Day.

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Choreographers and Dance Filmmakers Wanted for Tapography Competition

Chicago Human Rhythm Project is now accepting submissions from choreographers and videographers for its annual Virtual Rhythms “Tapography” competition.

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CHRP’s Windy City Rhythms Taps Over to the DuSable Museum

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), a year-round presenter of American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts, will present Windy City Rhythms, its annual performance celebrating National Tap Dance Day, on May 15 at 5pm at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago.

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Ambassadors of Tap

What do a singer/songwriter, a mom of four, a CPA, a 911 dispatcher, and a clinical dietitian all have in common? If you guessed that they love tap dancing, then you should play the lottery.

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‘Echoes in Time’ Pays Tribute to Masters of Tap

“Echoes in Time,” a window into the heart of a tap dancer featuring Andrew J. Nemr and CPD PLUS (Cats Paying Dues), comes to New York City’s Symphony Space on March 4 for one show only.

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November 2010 | Tops on the Tap Scene

Chicago is known for many things—Barack Obama, the comic lineage of The Second City, the blues tradition of performers like Buddy Guy, the lakefront, harsh winters, rough-and-tumble politics, Michael Jordan, the hapless Cubs, and the hockey champion Blackhawks. And oh yes, that distinctive deep-dish pizza.

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Let Your Tap Creativity Flow

Tap dance is an infant in the scope of dance history. Unlike ballet, which has traveled to us through at least 200 generations of teachers, tap can claim only four or five generations of structured teachers in its history.

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Stagestep Introduces Super Timestep Flooring

Stagestep, maker of dance and theatrical flooring for four decades, has introduced Super Timestep flooring, which offers the flexibility of a marley-type floor with the enhanced durability and wear of Timestep.

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Gala for Chicago Human Rhythm Project

Chicago Human Rhythm Project, the city’s hub for tap dance performance and education, will hold “Roaring in Our Twenties,” a gala benefit, at 5:30 p.m. October 25 on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage in the city’s Millennium Park.

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Avi Miller and Ofer Ben Hit the Road

Avi Miller and Ofer Ben, known as The Israeli Hoofers, have a packed tap-dance teaching and performance travel schedule through the end of August.

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It’s Showtime June 19 for Chicago Tap Theatre

Chicago Tap Theatre will present the debuts of works by Eddy Ocampo and the company’s artistic director, Mark Yonally, on June 19 in its new show, “Tap Out Loud.”

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Free Tap Events at Jacob’s Pillow

Jacob’s Pillow has free, open-to-the-public tap-related events, from performances to book signings, scheduled for this year’s annual dance festival in Becket, Massachusetts.

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Beginners Welcome at Tap, Rhythm Class

Veteran tap teacher Debbie Fratta is leading an eight-week program in tap and rhythm from April 16 through June 11 at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Torrington, Connecticut, as part of the conservatory’s Arts Extension Program.

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Jane Goldberg at Bookstore Benefit

An un-birthday party for tapper and writer Jane Goldberg (real birthday: February 2) will start at 7 P.M. March 18 at Revolution Books as a benefit evening for the New York City bookstore. She’ll be signing copies of her book “Shoot Me While I’m Happy: Memories from the Tap Goddess of the Lower East Side.”

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Tappers Get a New York ‘Sound Check’

Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, and Tony Waag will be among the choreographers pitching in for the second annual “Sound Check” concert, staged by the American Tap Dance Foundation to show the breadth of tap in the United States. “Sound Check” will run for six performances April 14 to 18 at Dance Theater Workshop, 219 West 19th Street in New York.

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Tapper Debuts as Children’s Author

Karen Callaway Williams, a charter member of the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble, has just had her first children’s book published. Gabriella’s Tap Shoes.

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Doing What They Do Best

Plenty of dance teachers can get a 6-year-old to master a shuffle-ball-change. And with enough repetitions, the kid might even smile while doing it at the end-of-year recital.

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Ballet Scene | Tapping Into Your Potential

Tap and ballet. They’ve been the bread and butter of most American dance studios since the post-Depression years. Today studios offer a variety of other dance forms like lyrical, modern, hip-hop, and body conditioning courses like Pilates. But the combination of tap and ballet as a basic dance curriculum has produced a steady crop of dancers for each generation.

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