Tools, Tips and Transformation for Tap Teachers
Ellie Sciarra, the artistic director of Taps Are Talking: Women in Tap and founder of Sole Stories, leads teachers through an amazing process and exploration of tap while expressing the more subtle qualities of sound, notes and how to enter that rhythmic landscape through the body. Supported by Danielle Heller, dance educator and performer, this workshop opens up new concepts and tools for teaching tap in today’s dance field.
The two-day workshop in August was a huge success!
“My insides are still smiling and there aren’t even words to describe my joy at sharing two days with you and everyone else. I learned so much and it’s not just about tap. I had tears in my eyes all the way home as somewhere in my heart there has been an expansive opening that I’ve desired for some time. And now it is here!” – Lisa Kenny
“Thanks for investing in this art, you are not doing this in vain. Life is so much of a pendulum, and art reflects that. I sense the pendulum swinging back toward tap, and believe it is the ignorant person who thinks it’s a dying art. It is up to those of you who are masters of this art to spread the knowledge and up to those of us who love it and teach it to glean from your knowledge and expertise. There are too many little girls taking tap 1 classes for me to believe that tap is near extinction. When was the last time you got to watch a 4 year old put taps on and be enthralled with the music coming from her feet? Until that wonder ceases, tap will live, and the seeds you BOTH plant today will bloom tomorrow. So, dear Ellie and Danielle, PRESS ON. It IS so worth it, indeed!” – Michelle L. Nigro
“Wearing my tap shoes for hours made my feet sting . . . dancing for hours made my feet sing! I loved learning the exercises and the riff dance; the energy and “ease” of the group was also wonderful; I particularly learned a lot from Danielle’s methods sections and thought the talents of both of you were perfectly balanced. Words to describe my experience… Joy, fun, challenging, stretch your mind and your body, supportive environment for new teachers, authentic people, and motivating. – Gloria Latimer
For information about future workshops or bringing us to your studio contact Ellie.