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What I wish my tap teacher taught me...

Published on February 4th 2021 by Hillary-Marie

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......

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Tap Teacher Questions Answered

Published on January 21st 2021 by Hillary-Marie

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...

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Tips for Teaching Perfect Pullbacks

Published on January 14th 2021 by Hillary-Marie

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,...

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New Ideas for Across the Floor

Published on January 28th 2021 by Hillary-Marie

 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...

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Are your students using Tap Journals?

Published on January 7th 2021 by Hillary-Marie

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...

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Shuffling into the New Year

Published on December 30th 2020 by Hillary-Marie

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...

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Top 3 Tap Teacher Questions of the 2020 Year

Published on December 17th 2020 by Hillary-Marie

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...

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Tap Teacher Questions Answered

Tap Teacher Questions Answered

"What is your favorite tap turn? ~ Lorraine

My favorite turn is a Henry LeTang turn that was taught to me by my mentor, Karen Callaway Williams. This turns WHIPS and I love it. It has a pullback in there too. I taught it in iTapOnline as a part of my...

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Tap Teacher Questions Answered

Published on December 10th 2020 by Hillary-Marie

"What is your favorite tap turn? ~ Lorraine 

My favorite turn is a Henry LeTang turn that was taught to me by my mentor, Karen Callaway Williams. This turns WHIPS and I love it. It has a pullback in there too. I taught it in iTapOnline...

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How to Teach Proper Flap Technique

Published on December 3rd 2020 by Hillary-Marie

A lot of people like to teach it as “kick the can, squish the bug”. This is when the flap comes from behind, where you wind up the leg and brush the toe tap forward as if you’re kicking a can, and then you drop your weight onto...

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