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How to Keep Beginner Tap Dancers Engaged in Class

Published on September 5th 2019 by Hillary-Marie

The other day, we were working on our Curriculum and Syllabi training with our teaching Team at my studio, Grooves Unlimited and I found myself repeating the same thing over and over again.

When it comes to tap dance, especially when dealing with...

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Top 5 Worst Production Moments

Published on August 29th 2019 by Hillary-Marie

There are 2 things I know to be true when it comes to production:

  1. Producers are hidden heroes in the dance community. They’re the people who are willing to support the community by providing artists with paid work, students with opportunities...
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Helping Dancers Who Are Hard on Themselves

Published on August 22nd 2019 by Hillary-Marie

I had a great question in the iTapOnline Community not too long ago during one of my Tap Talks LIVE Q&A discussions.

If you’re not a member of the group, go ahead and click here to join us.

Molly from Denver Colorado asked,...

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Starving Artists

Published on August 15th 2019 by Hillary-Marie

Today’s episode brings us back to August 2018, the 9th annual celebration of Jersey Tap Fest. Part of my program with Jersey Tap Fest is a public “Tap Talk” where I invite faculty members to join me in answering questions directly...

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Poaching Dancers and Toxic Ownership of Students

Published on August 8th 2019 by Hillary-Marie

Today, we’re talking about poaching students. This is a pretty hot topic I see on Facebook groups and forums all the time. 

EXAMPLE OF POACHING

Stealing students or “poaching students” is a dirty practice. It involves randomly...

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10 Years of Life Lessons Learned at Jersey Tap Fest

Published on August 1st 2019 by Hillary-Marie

This year, Jersey Tap Fest turns 10. By the time you’re hearing this, I will actually be in day 2 of the 10th annual celebration of JTF. 

I want to celebrate by sharing 10 years of lessons learned, challenges I overcame, changes made,...

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Why Marley Floors Suck for Tap Dance

Published on July 25th 2019 by Hillary-Marie

In Episode 035, I talk about our body being our instrument, so is our floor, and the floor that we as tap dancers stand on is a large contributor to our health and quality of sound.

So here it is y’all. It’s not appropriate to have...

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The 3 Instruments of a Tap Dancer

Published on July 18th 2019 by Hillary-Marie

At the end of this episode I will be sharing with you One of the instruments that we often do not think about that is so wildly important for us as tap dancer that I bet you are not taking care of.

Let’s work from the Ground up:

Floor

Everybody...

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Tap Master Class Etiquette

Published on July 11th 2019 by Hillary-Marie

‘Tis the tap festival season, which means master classes galore. Today, I’m going to talk about tap master class etiquette, but if you’re looking for more information on tap festivals including a list of tap festivals, check out ...

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My Performance Philosophy

Published on June 27th 2019 by Hillary-Marie

I choreographed all my pieces according to this philosophy, including full-length professional shows and choreography for my students. I’ve taught my students to follow this philosophy when creating their work too.

When you present a body of...

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