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Giving Thanks

Published on November 26th 2020 by Hillary-Marie

This time of year in the U.S., is Thanksgiving time. 

I’m not really one for holidays, I’m one of those “make every day a holiday” type of people. And while this holiday is rooted in Native American genocide, for which...

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Why are there different names for the SAME Tap step?

Published on November 19th 2020 by Hillary-Marie

Step… Stamp… Stomp…

Is it a toe? A knock? A dig? A toe drop?

So many names for the same exact steps, and it often changes depending on where you are in the world!

Today we’re talking about vocabulary inconsistency in tap...

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Are your students behind on their Tap Technique?

Published on November 12th 2020 by Hillary-Marie

What to do with students who are behind on their technique? 

It can be tricky when you have a student who is behind on their technique.

You give them corrections, you give them breakdown videos, you give them a tap journal, you encourage them...

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The Secret to How My Students Learn SO Quickly

Published on November 5th 2020 by Hillary-Marie

What if I told you that I have a secret that can help your students grow 20-40x faster? 

Take a moment and think about what that would mean for your students… for your classes… for your studio… for your tap program…...

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Why We Did NOT Dance Outside during COVID

Published on October 29th 2020 by Hillary-Marie

Today I’m sharing with you why we did NOT Tap Dance outside during COVID and why I’m SO thankful we made this decision and stuck to it. 

After things started reopening, many dance studios took to the parks and the parking lots to...

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Tap Teacher Questions Answered

Published on October 22nd 2020 by Hillary-Marie

Our rec Dancers will be back Oct. 5. Just wondering what to put on the floor to enable them to keep their distance. We do have stars/circles. I’ve been seeing a lot of floors that have been boxed out with tape. My students are younger and up...

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4 Tips for Tap Dancing in a Mask

Published on October 15th 2020 by Hillary-Marie

Tip #1: Find a mask you like! 

Everyone’s always asking, which mask is the best mask, and it really is a personal thing. You’re putting this mask on your face, and your face isn’t shaped like anyone else’s face. We all...

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Tap Teacher Questions Answered

Published on October 8th 2020 by Hillary-Marie

How do you establish a rapport with a student that you’ve never met in person, especially when they show up a couple minutes late to a virtual class and I have already started working with the kids in studio? We are offering in person or...

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How to Teach an Awesome Hybrid Tap Class

Published on October 1st 2020 by Hillary-Marie

Click here to check out the Ultimate Hybrid Dance Class Course!

I’ve just finished my first month of teaching Hybrid style classes at my studio, Grooves Unlimited (Livingston, NJ), and it was AWESOME. If you’re a Tap Teacher who’s...

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9 Lessons Learned in Quarantine

Published on September 22nd 2020 by Hillary-Marie

Lessons Learned

Lesson #1: It truly is possible to run an awesome, high-quality tap dance program solely on Zoom. I was skeptical at first. I held off on moving iTapOnline over to Zoom because I felt it would be a short-term wow-factor type...

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