The Ultimate Gymspiration—For Tappers

Don't worry, this is not your average treadmill dance video. Jared Grimes has taken the trend to a whole other level by tackling the machine in tap shoes. First he posted this:

 

Next he tried the jump rope (or, more specifically, a mic cable he turned into a jump rope):

 

And last week he came out with a tap dance on rollerblades. Yes, rollerblades!

 

I found what he's doing so mind-boggling that I had to ask him if those sounds were actually all made by his feet in the rollerblades. They are!

“I'm on a mission!” he told me, adding that he’s hoping to bring these ideas to life in one way or another soon. (Maybe something for the next dance-based Under Armour ad? Or a quirky piece for the stage?) “I’m just testing these ideas out," he said. "I got loads more too. It’s time for something new!”

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Relegated to the last phases of COVID-19 reopening, many dance companies have hung on precariously through slashed ticket revenue, reduced government funding and slowed philanthropic giving.

"A heartbreaking reality is that some companies may not recover financially from this pandemic," says Nora Heiber, the Western executive at the American Guild of Musical Artists. Many large companies will survive by tightening their belts, but smaller groups, hardly with an abundant cash flow to begin with, may face closures, leaving their dancers afloat in a tenuous job market. We asked three experts, including a dancer who has been through a company closure, to weigh in on what to do when your job disappears.

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