Steve Zee is a globe-trotting tap dancer and master teacher. He is currently on faculty at CSU Long Beach, Santa Monica College, The Gabriella Foundation in Los Angeles and travels globally to teach and perform. He also has Tap Academy Online, a subscription-based tap training website that currently has subscribers on 4 continents. Check it out and learn more about Steve at
Everyone knows that training is the cornerstone of a successful career in dance. But as a dance educator, I also take comfort in the fact that high-quality dance training helps shape students into genuinely good people (in addition to creating future artists, which is a wonderful goal in itself.) These are the lessons dance teaches that help make students into better humans:
Improvement Takes Commitment Over Time
In my tap courses at Cal State University, sometimes students are shocked when they can't learn something quickly. In today's world, we're used to getting fast results. You need an answer—Google it. You need to talk to someone—text them. The cooking channel wants your dinner to be easy, the physical trainer wants your workout to be five minutes, Rosetta Stone can have you speaking Mandarin in an hour.