While the wing is an exciting step, it can be challenging for students because of its complex technique and coordination. Here, a few tap dance educators share a variety of tips and tricks that have helped their students master the move and not just “wing it.”
“Even when I’m far away from tap,” says Astaire Award–winning hoofer Jared Grimes, “I’m never really far.” While his resumé runs the gamut from MTV to Cirque du Soleil to Mariah Carey, Grimes is returning to his roots with The Tap Dance Kid.
What happens when a dance festival is set to celebrate a landmark anniversary, but a global pandemic has other plans?
May 25 is National Tap Dance Day, honoring a distinctly American art form and the birthday of one of its finest practitioners, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Here’s how three teachers are acknowledging the day with their students.
Percussive dancers of all styles are passionate about their musicianship: how they shape their sounds, interact with other musicians, think about their instruments and compose intricate rhythms. In addition to movement, musicality informs their identities as performers and choreographers.
As the new year sees tap dance trying to maintain this positive momentum despite the ongoing restrictions of the pandemic, we invited several of the field's living legends to meet on Zoom and discuss how they perceive the current state of tap dance and tap education.
Griffith designed a six-week professional-development program—Roots, Rhythm, Race & Dance, or R3 Dance—for teachers of any style seeking ways to introduce age-appropriate concepts about race and dance history to their students.
Tap dancer DeWitt Fleming Jr. spoke about his collaboration with jazz saxophonist Erica von Kleist and the creation of their album.
Gregg Russell, an Emmy-nominated choreographer known for his passionate and energetic teaching, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 22, at the age of 48.
The documentary CRUTCH chronicles Bill Shannon's innovative performance career, which has included break dancing, skateboarding and multimedia installations around the world.
While watching student presentations a few years ago, I felt something was missing. What if students actually executed these projects instead of merely envisioning them?
Pullback, shuffle, and Maxie Ford are tap terms you've probably heard all the time. But what about shed, cypher, and trading?