Learn a classic VOP jazz step from Dance Teacher 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Frank Hatchett.
Jul. 01, 2013 11:10AM EST
There were plenty of reasons why we were happy to bid 2020 a not-so-fond farewell, but for tap dancers, the end of such a difficult year was the final curtain on a decade in which the art form experienced remarkable growth.
Over the past 10 years, The School at Jacob's Pillow launched its first-ever tap programs; companies such as Dorrance Dance and Caleb Teicher & Company emerged and produced award-winning work; Operation Tap became an important voice in online tap education; the American Tap Dance Foundation established its new home in Greenwich Village; The Kennedy Center presented its first full-length tap concert; and so much more.
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.
And Still You Must Swing at The Joyce Theater, one of the tap shows programmed by Aaron Mattocks. Photo by Christopher Duggan, courtesy Richard Kornberg & Associates
Michelle Dorrance teaching at Jacob's Pillow in 2019. Photo by Grace Kathryn Landefeld, courtesy Jacob's Pillow
Deborah Mitchell rehearsing with NJTAP. Photo by Vibeckedphoto, courtesy Mitchell
Tony Waag teaching at an ATDF intensive. Photo courtesy Waag
In 2001, young Chanel, a determined, ambitious, fiery, headstrong teenager, was about to begin her sophomore year at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, also known as the highly acclaimed "Fame" school. I was a great student, a promising young dancer and well-liked by my teachers and my peers. On paper, everything seemed in order. In reality, this picture-perfect image was fractured. There was a crack that I've attempted to hide, cover up and bury for nearly 20 years.
Chanel DaSilva working with a MOVE|NYC| student.
Though the #MeToo movement has spurred many dancers to come forward with their stories of sexual harassment and abuse, the dance world has yet to have a full reckoning on the subject. Few institutions have made true cultural changes, and many alleged predators continue to work in the industry.
As Chanel DaSilva's story shows, young dancers are particularly vulnerable to abuse because of the power differential between teacher and student. We spoke with eight experts in dance, education and psychology about steps that dance schools could take to protect their students from sexual abuse.
David Tett, Courtesy Flew
Shawn Flint Blair, Courtesy Thomson
Michael King, Courtesy Zanovitch
Fritz Olenberger, Courtesy Donaldson
Liza Voll, Courtesy Skybetter
Peter Young, Courtesy Arnold
Jaqlin Medlock, Courtesy Bufferd