Last summer Julian had a chance to take an improv tap class with Barbara Duffy, who I’d heard a ton about but he had not. I was really excited to have him tap with her. Barbara studied with many of the great tap masters, such as Brenda Bufalino, Leon Collins, Gregory Hines, Steve Condos, Honi […]
Happy Belated National Tap Dance Day!
Well, I’m a bit late, but that’s not unusual for me when it comes to wishing friends and family birthday and anniversary wishes. So why should it be any different for national tap dance day? Anyway…Yesterday, May 25th, was National Tap Day! So, hurray for tapping! I can still remember Julian when he was just […]
Late July Missing Teachers and a Report on Pilobolus
We are back from my mother’s and back at the dancing. Julian and I were disappointed to discover that all of the teachers he was hoping to dance with this week are gone, namely Michelle Dorrance, Jared Grimes and Derrick Grant. What a bummer. It seems that last week of July is not a great […]
Three Days and Counting Until the End of the ABT Summer Intensive
The American Ballet Theatre summer intensive is winding to a close. The kids are rehearsing their numbers and getting ready to go up to LaGuardia High School, New York’s performing high school — the one the movie “Fame” was based upon — for a run through tomorrow. That’s where their final performance will be held […]
Week 5 of ABT Summer Intensive: Winding Down
OMG! We have less than a week and a half less until the American Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive ends! Hard to believe…Julian is still having a blast, but I’m a bit homesick at this point, stressed about work and wishing we weren’t staying for an extra week. We are just doing way too much. At […]
ABT Summer Intensive Update and Info on Picking Ballet Classes
Half way through the fourth week of the American Ballet Theatre summer intensive and things are looking up. Julian’s foot isn’t hurting at all, although he plans to see the physical therapist on Thursday. He is drinking lots of things with electrolytes, so he isn’t dehydrated. He is no longer so muscle sore either. I […]
Does Your Son Tap? Keep His Feet Healthy!
I recently wrote an article for Dance Teacher magazine on how to keep tappers’ feet healthy. Previously, I wrote an article for them on how to keep dancers’ feet healthy, but tappers are a bit unique; they use their feet in more ways than most dancers, and their feet take a lot more pounding as […]