Teaching

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson

May 1, 2013 by

The boundary-breaking tapper charmed audiences and performers alike in vaudeville, Broadway and film.

Tap dancing on the balls of one’s feet hardly seems like a novel idea, but the technique is due largely to beloved hoofer … Continue reading

Technique: Courtney Runft

May 1, 2013 by

How I teach pre-tap
Forty-five minutes of 3 1/2-year-olds in tap shoes may sound like a recipe for a throbbing headache, but Courtney Runft manages to keep the noise under control. That’s because for the first … Continue reading

Music for Class: Mike Minery

May 1, 2013 by

Music for rhythm tap

When Mike Minery’s students enter Wednesday tap class at For Dancers Only in Little Falls, New Jersey, they already know what technique drills are coming. “Soon after I first started teaching, I … Continue reading

Building Body and Brain

May 1, 2013 by

Tips for teaching dance to 3- to 6-year-olds
Creative dance means creative teaching, too. Though leading a class of 3-year-olds may sound like fun and games to the uninitiated, there’s a serious side to early childhood … Continue reading

Face to Face: Cat Deeley

May 1, 2013 by

A conversation with the host of “So You Think You Can Dance”
“So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley sees the show’s every success and glitch. She has an exclusive view of the performers, … Continue reading

Wake Your Brain and Your Body!: Creative Movement and Dance Activities for Children

May 1, 2013 by

Wake Your Brain and Your Body!: Creative Movement and Dance Activities for Children
Audio CD and
companion booklet
by Kristen Bissinger
36 tracks, 72 minutes; 32 pages
A useful tool for any creative-dance teacher, Wake Your Brain and Your Body!: … Continue reading