How to capture the wandering attention of your tiny tap dancers?

I got a message from a fellow tap teacher the other day seeking guidance and support on how to manage a class of 5-8 year olds, specifically with capturing their attention.

I get this question a lot! And I thought it would be a fun one to share with you guys here on the podcast. Especially since...

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What's the BIGGEST lesson your tap teacher ever taught you?

Here’s the thing…

My first tap teacher didn't really teach me how to tap dance.

They didn’t give me a strong technical foundation, understanding of music theory, appreciation of history, comfort with improvisation, none of that.

I found all of that through other teachers over...

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5 Tips to Energize Your Teen Tap Classes

I received a question from an iTapOnline Member not too long ago. She lives in Florida, owns a dance studio and is the main teacher of their tap program.

Here’s what she sent me…

Do you have any recommendations for getting teen classes more energized in class? Tonight was good, but...

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What I wish my tap teacher taught me...

I love teaching teachers.

Whether they’re teachers on my Team at Grooves Unlimited Dance Studio, or teachers in the iTapOnline Tap Teacher Training Program, or teachers in a teacher’s only track at a tap festival, you name it...

And one thing we often discuss is what I call our...

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Tap Teacher Questions Answered

Question from Lorainne: “Tips to help your kids tap softer. Our Samuel's are pretty heavy and even when dancing on the balls of their feet I just feel like they're so heavy and waited down and just clumping around like a bunch of horses lol”

Answer: This is all about tonality and...

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Tips for Teaching Perfect Pullbacks

Let’s talk tips for Perfect Pullbacks.

This question comes up all the time in the iTapOnline Community Facebook Group and I find that my best tip and trick for helping tap dancers perfect their pullbacks is in the order of operations, in the order in which those steps are introduced to...

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New Ideas for Across the Floor

 Have you hit a point where you’ve exhausted across the floor steps in your classes?

Flap ball change…

Drawback...

Buffalo…

Maxiford turns…

Pullback combinations…

You start to feel like you’re running out of ideas…

Here’s how I never run...

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Are your students using Tap Journals?

Tap Journals are something that I’ve been using with my students for years, and it’s been a huge topic of conversation in my twice a month iTapOnline Member Chats.

It also turns out that most tap teachers aren’t using this awesome resource in their weekly tap classes!

What is a...

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Shuffling into the New Year

I'm not one for New Year's resolutions and vision boards...

They've never really be my "thing".

But...

I'm all about taking time to reflect back on the year of the past in preparation for the year to come.

A few years back, I came across a beautiful journaling exercise to wrap up the year and...

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Top 3 Tap Teacher Questions of the 2020 Year

The Lost in the Shuffle Tap Dance Podcast has over 25,000 downloads!

At the end of each year, I love to go back through Lost in the Shuffle Tap Dance Podcast episodes and see which episodes were most popular. I think there’s so much insight in this, and looking back at this information...

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