How Broadway Dancer Cory Lingner Perfected the TikTok Duet

With #SocialDisDancing still very much in place, it’s a challenge for dance partners to perform safely, and even harder to perform safely together. But Broadway’s Cory Lingner may have found the solution—on TikTok. He’s using the app to tap alongside some of the most iconic movie stars, including Gene Kelly, Gregory Hines, Ann Miller and […]

Moving Forward by Looking Back: A Week at the L.A. Tap Festival Online

I turned to tap at the outset of the European lockdown as a meaningful escape from the anxiety of the pandemic. As a dance historian specialized in dance film, I’ve seen my fair share of tap on screen, but my own training remains elementary. While sheltering in place, my old hardwood floors beckoned. I wanted […]

How Tap Master Deborah Mitchell Helps Students Release Their Inhibitions

Deborah Mitchell, executive and artistic director of New Jersey Tap Ensemble, shares tools from nearly 30 years of teaching. Meet dancers where they are. “Use what you’re given instead of imposing what you know,” says Mitchell, who teaches tap to ages 9 to 80-plus. Your job description may be to teach a certain technique, but […]

Every Day is a Performance at The School at Jacob's Pillow

Since she was little, Hannah Kravec, 16, had been watching videos of dancers she revered perform on the Inside/Out stage, a serene venue overlooking the Berkshire mountains on the campus of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Suddenly last summer, she was dancing on it herself as a student in the school’s tap program. “It was […]

How Caleb Teicher Became King of Old-School Cool

When Michelle Dorrance put on her first show as Dorrance Dance in 2011, in a shared evening with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, a charismatic teenager was featured in both choreographers’ works. Critic Gia Kourlas described Caleb Teicher in The New York Times as “a sleek dancer who possesses a beguiling combination of a relaxed upper body with […]

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