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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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