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? […]
Mathematically, the human body (with two feet) is capable of only 5 basic jumps. It’s true! You can do all the fancy-pants jumps you want but they each boil down to one of only five possible combinations: Two feet to two feet One foot to the same foot One foot to the other foot Two feet to one foot […]
When it comes to talking about dance, there are plenty of possibilities. Sometimes using “real-life” synonyms to the “dancer speak” that we are accustomed to allows kids to see how big ideas relate from discipline to discipline. Dance in the public schools provides an outlet for kids to express themselves but also a way to […]
What to do when a convention teacher uses different terminology that you use in your dance classes and your students question you. Also, what is the correct term for a developpé leap? Do you call it a saut de chat?
The role of warm-up progresses as our understanding of dance changes. This is true whether our role is that of a student or a teacher. For many young dancers, warm-up is something to be endured before set free to really “dance” in the subsequent segments of class. For my students, it is what they are […]
These popular flash steps were the innovations and contributions of Toots Davis. Learn more about Davis and the history behind classic tap steps, in-the-trenches and over-the-tops.