Denise Caston with her assistant Edward Tolve. Photo by Kyle Froman

The double time-step is a foundational tap step that Denise Caston says often pops up in Broadway auditions. In fact, auditionees are frequently asked to demonstrate the time-step one by one. "Choreographers want to know: Can you learn it quickly? Can you keep time? Can you stylize it while doing both of those things? And can you sell it?'" she says. Caston constantly reminds her students to keep their weight slightly forward throughout the step, having them check their posture in the mirror.

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