The Ins and Outs of a Professional Tap Dance Company with Caleb Teicher

Today I am joined by special guest, Caleb Teicher and we are going to talk about what it is to build a tap company from scratch. Caleb Teicher first received critical and audience acclaim when, at 17, he won a Bessie Award for Outstanding Individual Performance for his work in Michelle Dorrance...

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What is National Tap Dance Day?

The National Tap Dance Day Bill: (0:25)
We are just a few days away from National Tap Dance Day, which falls on May 25th, the birth date of Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson. The idea of National Tap Dance Day was first presented to Congress on February 7, 1989 and was signed by President...

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How to Start a Pre-Professional Tap Company

In a recent Facebook Live Tap Talks Q&A in the iTapOnline Community Facebook Group, Lori, from Florida, asked for advice on starting a youth tap company. This topic is extra timely considering last week’s Episode 027: Are Dance Competitions Broken?

So today’s topic of discussion...

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Are Dance Competitions Broken?

‘Tis the competition season my friends, and I have been saying the same thing over and over: “the dance competition system is broken.” 

So I post it to you as a question...

If a dance studio owner says, “If my business was not dependant upon competition, I’d...

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Heels vs. Flats

The theme over the last few weeks has been tap shoes and today I’m talking high heel tap shoes. I’ll be discussing how high heel tap shoes are different, what inspired me to want to wear high heel tap shoes and I’ll give you recommendations on what to look for in a high heel...

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Professional Tap Shoe Review

Today is a tap shoe review. I’ll be sharing with you my personal experience with and opinion on the many different types of professional, flat tap shoes that are out there. If you haven’t yet, check out Episode 022 where I discuss what shoes you should recommend for your students,...

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Matt at Dancing Fair Talks Tap Shoes (Part 2)

Before listening to Part 2, click here to check out Part 1 of this interview with the tap shoe man himself, Matt Schroepfer, from Dancing Fair in Minneapolis, MN.

HM: We know tap dancers love to customize the colors of their tap shoes. Can you talk about the differences in leathers that you use...

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Matt at Dancing Fair Talks Tap Shoes (Part 1)

Our guest today is the tap shoe man himself, Matt Schroepfer, from Dancing Fair in Minneapolis, MN.

HM: Can you tell us about the journey of Dancing Fair and how you became the “go-to guy” for custom tap shoes? (1:00)

MS: In 1955, Matt’s father started a shoe and clothing...

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What Tap Shoes Should Your Students Wear?

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 Tap Shoes (ages 7-10)
  • 2.25” Heel Tap...
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