About Tristan Bruns

Tristan Bruns has studied the art form of tap dance with Donna Johnson, Ted Levy, Lane Alexander and Martin "Tre" Dumas and has a BA in Music from Columbia College Chicago. Tristan has been an ensemble member of such Chicago tap companies as BAM!, The Cartier Collective and MADD Rhythms. Tristan currently produces his own work through his company, TapMan Productions, LLC, which includes the performance ensemble The Tapmen and the tap and guitar "band" of The Condescending Heroes.

Tools For Tap Dance: Pocket Steps

Deep Pockets Ask tap dancer Jason Janas what he thinks about pocket steps and he will tell you, “The pocket always wins.”  Pocket steps can be current and dazzling, or classic and nostalgic. The positive response from your audience is all the proof you will need that you are indeed winning. What Are Pocket Steps? Pocket steps are a collection of rhythms, phrases and steps that a tap dancer accumulates and keeps in the back of their mind, ready for {Read More}

Tap Dancing on Vinyl (Marley) Flooring Has Risks

Tap dancing on marley (or vinyl) flooring not only limits movement and sound, but can be hazardous for your dancers. Find out the how and why from Tapography columnist, Tristan Bruns as he enlists feedback and opinion from an acoustics professional and a physical therapist.

Tap Shoe Review: Capezio’s Boy’s Tapster

Tristan tears apart the Capezio Tapster for an in-depth review of the this beginner shoe for boys. What’s inside might surprise you!

Tap Is Music (And I Can Prove It) Part 2

Welcome back!  I hope everyone enjoyed Part 1 of Tap Is Music (And I Can Prove It).  We’re halfway there so read on, true believers! So far we have covered how tap dancers can control their dynamics to make steps loud and soft and how they can sustain certain “notes”.  This article will focus on pitch and timbre, completing our comparison of tap to the four elements of musical tone. Pitch What is pitch and how do we measure for {Read More}

Tap Is Music (And I Can Prove It) Part 1

Tap dance is two things: sound and movement. Here we focus on the sound of tap dance. Tap dance is tied more closely to music than most of us realize.