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What Tap Shoes Should Your Students Wear?

Published on April 3rd 2019 by Hillary-Marie

Today we are talking tap shoes, from the tiniest of tap dancers to professionals.

When I was growing up, the progression of tap shoes was: (1:47)

  • Black Tie Patent Leather Tap Shoes (ages 3-5)
  • Buckle-Style Dolly Tap Shoes (ages 5-7)
  • 1.5” Heel...
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How to Turn Off Your Dance Teacher Brain

Published on March 27th 2019 by Hillary-Marie

Today we are talking about how to turn off your tap teacher brain! During my last Facebook Live Tap Talk in the iTapOnline Community Facebook Group, a member asked, “Do you have tricks to turn off your ‘teacher brain’ when...

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Dr. Daria Oller Talks Tap Dance Injuries (Part 2)

Published on March 20th 2019 by Hillary-Marie

Today’s episode is all about tap dance injuries, and I am joined by Dr. Daria Oller, a physical therapist and athletic trainer who is also a tap dancer! Dr, Daria Oller specializes in dance medicine and youth sports medicine. She earned her...

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Dr. Daria Oller Talks Tap Dance Injuries (Part 1)

Published on March 13th 2019 by Hillary-Marie

Today’s episode is all about tap dance injuries, and I am joined by Dr. Daria Oller, a physical therapist and athletic trainer who is also a tap dancer! Dr, Daria Oller specializes in dance medicine and youth sports medicine. She earned her...

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Tap Dance Injuries

Published on March 7th 2019 by Hillary-Marie

Today we are talking about a dirty word: Injuries! I’ll be telling you about injuries I’ve experienced, how they’ve affected my work, and the changes I’ve made in my lifestyle to prevent injuries.

Injuries I’ve faced:...

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Support Systems with Mark Orsborn, Justin Myles and Bril Barrett

Published on February 27th 2019 by Hillary-Marie

The family is always going to be there, but the biggest support that I have now is my friends. You’re looking at three of them right here and we all have each others backs. Always… always! And as we get older, that is going to be the...

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Is Dance an Art or a Sport?


Published on February 21st 2019 by Hillary-Marie

It became evident to me a young age that sports were often given a greater respect than art. Joining a school sports team was considered great for your college application, but being dedicated to your dance studio after school while maintaining...

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Celebrating Gregory Hines

Published on February 14th 2019 by Hillary-Marie

“And I will also accept this award and dedicate it to the unity and the love and the non-judgemental energy that we have because we do not judge each other. We love each other. If you have a pair of tap shoes on, you’re in!...

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Passion Projects with Bril Barrett, Justin Myles and Mark Orsborn

Published on February 7th 2019 by Hillary-Marie

“The work that I am most proud of is the work that I do in my community and the work that I do to build tap dancers and generations of tap dancers.” ~ Bril Barrett

Today’s episode brings us back to August 2018, the 9th annual...

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The Choreography Process with Bril Barrett and Justin Myles

Published on January 10th 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 a couple of faculty members to join me in answering...

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