Tap Teachers deserve quick and easy access to new knowledge and fresh inspiration, so they can be the best teacher they can be for their students. Join Hillary-Marie from iTapOnline.com in the Lost in the Shuffle Tap Dance Podcast as she shares her top tips and tricks for Tap Teachers, in hopes of growing the tap dance community one passionate tap dancer at a time by supporting the tap teachers who educate them. Each episode is packed with quick answers to questions from tap teachers all around the world, giving you everything you need for an awesome class this week.
Enjoy this FREE 30 minute excerpt from Hillary-Marie's Improve Your Improv Workshop (August 2021).
Join Hillary-Marie as she answers all of your tap dance improv questions (literally). After receiving over 300 questions from tap dancers and tap teachers all around the world, Hillary-Marie shares with you the most common questions about improvisation, including questions about technique, musicality, tap jam etiquette, teaching, working with live music, overcoming the fear of improvisation and more.
There is a HUGE difference between teaching kids and teaching adults. Join Hillary-Marie as she breaks down many of these key differences for you so that you can cater your classes to the needs of your students. Because knowing, recognizing, and appreciating the differences between these groups of dancers, will help you thrive as a teacher, and therefore, help your students thrive as well.
Bonus episode! Hillary-Marie shares some inspirational Mile Davis quotes.
Hillary-Marie shares a crazy story about the time that she met Oprah with her mentor, Harold Cromer.
How do you know you're ready to start teaching? How do you know you're ready to start learning how to teach? How do you know you’ve had enough training to start teaching? How do you know your students are ready to learn how to teach? Join Hillary-Marie for answers to these questions!
Weekly Tap classes vs. Workshops. They’re both important in your tap dance journey… But how do you know which one your should be putting your energy and finances towards? Join Hillary-Marie as she discusses the differences between weekly classes and workshops like tap festivals, convention weekends, intensive weeks, and masterclasses... and what they have to offer YOU in your tap dance journey.
You need to sit in the pocket. You need to finish your phrase. You need to loosen up. Sound familiar? Hillary-Marie discusses three common tap dance-specific corrections, and what they REALLY mean.
This one's for all the Tap Teachers out there. Take a moment and ask yourself... what does an awesome tap class look like? How do you know that the class you taught was great? For years now, Hillary-Marie has noticed a trend of dance teachers measuring a successful dance class by the choreography their students are picking up at the end of class. This can include how much choreo they pick up and how quickly they pick it up. Is ...
Pullbacks. Wings. Toe stands. Over the tops. All the tricks! What order should they be taught in? What age/level should they be introduced? Hillary-Marie shares two things that are super important to keep in mind when teaching trick steps to yourself (and two things that you should avoid at all costs).
Tap dance levels are tricky business. Why? Because there is no standard level that is acknowledged by the Tap Dance Community at large. This means that what is considered Advanced in one place can often be considered Advanced Beginner in another. How do you label the levels of classes at a dance studio? What about at a Tap Festival? How do you know which level to sign yourself up for? How do you know which level to place a student ...
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Hillary-Marie shares 5 Tips for Creating Choreo on Portable Tap Floors that will help you turn the portable floor into a tool of inspiration, rather than a damper on your creativity. Whether you're choreographing for yourself, or for your students to perform outdoors, or indoors at a convention that only has Marley available, or in a theater on a concert dance stage where they won't allow you to dance on their floor… these ...
Hillary-Marie celebrates her 100th episode by talking about Tap Dance Dreams, including the the dreams of Tap Dancers all around the world, including her own, and how they've changed over time.
Wish you could pick up choreography faster? Need help remembering it? Hillary-Marie shares 3 tips and tricks on how to do exactly that!
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Hillary-Marie discusses the two types of jumps that every Tap Dancer needs, and why these jumps are the key reason for tap dancers getting stuck in their pullbacks, wings, over the tops, etc.
So you've got a gorgeous sprung wood tap dance floor, and now it's time to refinish it... Here's a step-by-step process on how to do it.
If you’ve ever heard someone say... “Keep your heels off the floor” “Get those heels up” “Make sure you’re on the balls of the feet” “Don’t let those heels touch the ground” “Get on the balls of your feet!” Then this episode is for YOU.
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