August/September On Tap Notes

Happy August, almost September!

Walking around Salem’s downtown recently I found a beautiful leaf on the ground mixed evenly with green and brown. It was a symbol to me that summer, like all seasons, is temporary and transforming to fall. So it’s time to embrace this change, open the tap house and Star studio doors, and welcome you all back to tap! There will be three tap sessions for 2016/17 from September through June. Tap house class will be on Monday afternoons and Star Studio class on Thursday evenings . The schedule is listed below. As always, I am open to add a private, semi private, or group class to your liking if schedules allow.

I’m having the best summer taking Irish, tap, and yoga classes and watching So You Think You Can Dance Next Generation. The talent absolutely takes my breath away, especially since tap has been given a lot of attention. (See you tube clips attached) . Stepping into student mode I appreciate how much more there is to tap than the steps. This art form is one to feel inside and out , becoming your own musical instrument with all its challenges and joys. I hope you have all been engaging your rhythmic soul with joy in all you have been doing this summer!

Without further ado here are your On Tap notes for August and September:

1) *Registration now being taken for all sessions :

Session 1: September 12- November 28 (no class on Monday, October 3).

Session 2: January 16- March 30

Session 3: April 3- June 22 ( no class Thursday, May 11)

Mondays: 4:30pm at the Tap House (4145 Andrea Dr. NW)
Thursdays: 6:00 pm at Star Studio (corner of commercial and Hoyt)
$165.00 for each session
$16.00 drop in

There may be workshops along the way. Workshops will be included with tuition and drop ins allowed at drop in price.

*Custom private and semi private session times are available upon request.
Email me to confirm enrollment at or text or call me at 503-930-9333

2) Tappy September birthday to Sheri Leipzig and Susie Bodman! And to our summer birthday ladies Camille Decker and Emily Vetter. Let’s get together with our taps on for your birthday dance!

3) Here are links to see Emma and Gabby perform on So You Think You Can Dance, Next Generation. Watch and listen. The commentary is there too. Amazing.

That’s all for now. All classes are subject to enrollment . A minimum of 4 students is required for each class. Enjoy the rest of the summer!!

Yours in tap,

July Newsletter

On Tap July notes:yes, On Tap is on vacation from regular scheduled classes but, as promised, there is one workshop scheduled now for you all! Here it is. Please RSVP  ASAP. 🙂  

On Tap presents: a Summer Dance Workshop:

Irish Sean-nos dancing

with dance champ Nora Sherwood

Thursday, July 14   6:00-7:00pm

Don’t worry if you don’t know what sean-nos is, you’ll learn !  If you enjoy tap and “Irish dance”, you’ll love it.

Bring your tap shoes if you have them, your Irish hard shoes if you have those, or your feet in socks works just fine too!

We’ll have tons of fun learning this social style of percussive, low to the ground,  irish dance style.

Irish dance champ and musician, Nora Sherwood recently moved to the Oregon coast from Colorado, where she competed and taught for the Bennett School of Irish Dance. From céili to sean-nós and set to step, she enjoys sharing her love of Irish dance and the lively music that accompanies it.

Cost:  *$15.00    

*Register by Monday, July 13         

8 dancer minimum to run this class

Drop ins welcome  $18.00

For more information: or 503-930-9333

2) Also coming our way ..Wednesday, August 31 at Main Street Park, Monmouth

                                                          The Celtic musical group Coming Up Threes

                                                      at Main Street Park Amphitheater. 6:30-8:30pm

Who would like to carpool???!!!

3) Happy July birthday to Emily Vetter ! I hope it is the tappiest yet! We will celebrate with the birthday dance when you next return to On Tap. Thinking about you on your special day!!

4) I hope you are all watching So You Think You Can Dance, Next Generation,  on Monday nights. Gabby has a  Tap Team! Pretty amazing talent and wonderful that tap dance is being recognized.

That’s all the news for now. Looking forward to seeing you all with Nora on Thursday the 14th!

Yours in tap,


May 2016 Newsletter


Happy May ! I’ve just returned from a very emotion filled, wonderful
Honor Flight to Washington DC with 26 World War II , Korean War, and Vietnam
veterans. My father in law Bernard Brown was one of the veterans treated to
this trip where police escort ,clapping, hugging, hand shaking, and much
respect and appreciation were so deservedly bestowed to these brave men and
women through the airports, bus rides to many war memorials and museums in
DC, and upon arrival home to Portland.( Bernard served in Italy, France, and
Germany during WWII. ) After visiting the WWII, Korean,and Vietnam war
memorials there was a children’s choir singing and dancing in front to the
Lincoln memorial. With the rhythm and the beat Bernard started dancing and
called out a 5,6,7,8- lets dance! And dance we did! At the bottom of the
steps. At the top of the steps. Dancing brought smiles, light, and joy to a
pretty emotional day of remembrance of really horrific times in our history
and recognizing with love and respect our American heroes that fought so we
can be free . I’m so happy that at age 92 my Pop and I can still dance

Speaking of dancing together the current tap session will continue
until Thursday May 19. And this Thursday night is a SPECIAL TAP CLASS FOR
ALL at 6pm with Brooke and Abby. Please let me know if you are coming.
The next tap session will be June 6 to July 21with classes on Mondays
at 4:30 in the tap house and Thursdays at 6pm above Star studio. Private and
semi private classes are always available by appointment. Here are your on
tap notes for May with many Save the Dates!:

1. Thursday, May 5 -6pm. SPECIAL TAP WORKSHOP with Brooke and Abby from
Willamette University at the upstairs Star studio. $15.00 drop in and
included in current tuition.

2. Current On Tap session will conclude on Thursday May 19 . New 8 week
session begins Monday June 6 through July 21. Mondays at 4:30 at the Tap
House and Thursdays at 6pm at Star studio. There must be 4 dancers signed up
to run a group class. Tuition is $120.00

3. Saturday May 28 is National Tap Dance Day with special tap classes at
Dancers Corner, 875 Portland Ave, Galdstone, Oregon. 7 hours of classes from
10am-5pm. *Details are below. I am teaching “Irish Tap” at 4pm at this
event. The Tap Dance show is at 7:30 pm that night at Camp Withycaombe
National Guard Armory in Clackamas, Oregon. Let me know if you want to
carpool to this event. It was alot of fun last year.

4. Friday, June 24 at 1:30pm …Save the date for our show at Avamere
Retirement in Keizer. We will be performing Stepping Out, Leon Collins #53,
and Witchcraft in collaboration with the Claddagh Irish Dancers.

5. Saturday, June 25 at 3pm.. Save the date for World Beat Festival show on
the European Stepping Stage! We will performing Stepping Out ,Leon Collins
#53 and Witchcraft in this show., again in collaboration with the Claddagh

6. Happy Tappy May birthday to Wendy Ulmer and me! May it be your tappiest
yet Wendy!

7. And Happy first Mother’s Day to Danica Galindo and Happy Mothers Day to
all moms everywhere!

That’s all for now! Hoping to see you all this Thursday night for extra
special fun with Brooke and Abby!

Yours in tap ,

Here is National Tap Dance Day information:

Calling ALL Tappers! All ages, all levels, all styles!

Come join us for Portland’s National Tap Dance Day 2016 Celebration!

For recognition of Tap History and Bill Robinson’s Birthday, Dancer’s Corner
is honored to sponsor PDX National Tap Dance Day for third year, on May
28th. We are excited to offer 7 hours of classes (up to 21 different classes
to choose from) from 10am to 5pm at Grande Finale Dance Studio. Our
community will continue the celebration with our exciting NTDD Showcase
featuring Oregon Tap Dance Artists at Camp Withycombe National Guard Armory
10101 SE Clackamas Road, Clackamas, OR, at 7:30pm.

In honor of Tap History and Bill Robinson’s Birthday,

We have created a suggested class syllabus for each level of Tap to make
your choices easier. These are just a suggestion, however. Feel free to jump
into any class that you would like to take.
“Lewis and Clark Trail” are our suggested classes for Advanced levels.
“Old Oregon Trail” are our suggested classes for Intermediate levels.
“Applegate Trail” are our elective classes that you can mix in to customize
your Tap experience. These classes will vary in levels depending on the
class and is posted on each class on the schedule.

*Make sure you check out our Audition Class! Tappers will go through an
audition process and the group of dancers that are chosen from this class
will be performing the piece at the Showcase!

Workshop tickets (which includes a Showcase ticket): $25 PRE-SALE price –
Please print email confirmation of purchase for Workshop entry and Showcase
ticket redemption.
Showcase only Tickets: $10 PRE-SALE price
*FREE ADULT CLASSES. We are excited to offer 2 free adult classes in our
workshop! Please send the word out to all adult Tappers of the great benefit
this year. Please see attached schedule. *more classes to be added!

*PRE-SALE will last until April 30th. After costs will be as followed:
Workshop tickets (including a showcase ticket): $35
Showcase Only tickets: $13

We still have a few spots available in our Showcase for Tap Solo artists,
Duos, Trios or Groups. Please contact us ASAP to secure a spot.

Click the following Paypal Links to make your purchase:

Workshop/Showcase – $25
Showcase only – $10

Sincerely, Shannon and Lisa

January 2016

I’m sitting in the Maui airport knowing the flip flops will soon be history along with all the warm memories of tapping with Becky in Kula, practicing yoga and pilates on a paddle board with our daughter Ariana ,doing the Hanukkah dance with family and friends, watching a rare full Christmas moon rise and set over the ocean, attending  mele kelikimaka (merry Christmas in Hawaiian) concerts with beautiful modern hula dancing and being able to wrap my arms around our daughter , the best gift of all. I look forward to re-connecting with all of you as we embrace a new year creating warmth, rhythm, strong bodies and minds . Like Dick Van Dyke said at his 90th birthday this month, “the secret to a long happy life is to always have fun!” Here is the “Lets have fun” On Tap 2016 winter/spring sessions information:

Winter session: January 4 – February 16    Seven weeks. $105.00

Spring session: March 14- April 26.  $105.00

Spring/Summer session:  May 2-June 14  $105.00

All classes at theTap House -4145 Andrea Dr. NW ,* unless otherwise noted

Mondays: 2:30-3:25  Beginning

                 4:30-5:25  Intermediate

Tuesdays. 4:30 -5:25 intermediate

*New class:  Thursdays: 6-7pm  mixed level

         * minimum 4 dancer enrollment required to start this class.

            This class will be at 2290 commercial St. SE

Pilates/yoga sessions also available at the tap house and in home studio.

Mat Pilates and/or yoga :$ 30.00 /50 minute session

Pilates studio training (using Pilates apparatuses-reformer,Wanda chair,Cadillac )     $60.00 per 60 minute session

Registration forms will be available at the first session. Wishing you all a full of fun New Year! Please call or email me any time with questions.

Happy Tappy January birthday to Talia Ruehr and Marie Cunningham ! We will get 2016 off to a sweet start doing the Tappy birthday dance in their honor.

Yours in tap and to the core,


On Tap Fall Session Begins Monday September 21‏

Happy September Tappers!

The leaves around the tap house are starting to signal a new season. As they gather on the tap house steps I swoosh them off making that “tap slide” sound clearing the way to begin the fall session. I hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful summer and the current continuation of “hot”. It’s wonderful dance weather. All classes will begin in the tap house at 4145 Andrea Dr NW and may eventually move to a space downtown later in the session.

Speaking of hot don’t forget to watch the finale of So you Think You Can Dance next Monday at 8pm. Only 4 dancers remain and one is a fabulous tap dancer. Go Gabby! Here and here are two links to some of her work on the show. As Paula Abdul says, “It takes an athlete to dance and an artist to be a dancer. Gabby and All these contestants are BOTH.

Looking forward to your athleticism and artistry on the dance floor soon.

Here is the schedule. All classes have a bit of American and Irish tap.

Beginning Adult Tap: Mondays 3pm

Beginning Childrens Tap ,ages 6 and up:  4pm

*Intermediate all ages tap: 5:15pm
*(There is an opportunity  to have this class downtown salem at 7:30pm. Please let me know ASAP if that is an option for you instead of 5:15. Regardless we will meet at the tap house at 5:15 on the 21st)

Session dates: September 21 to December 1

12 classes   $180.00

Please call or email with any questions.  503-930-9333

Yours in tap,


On Tap 2015 – September 2015


LoveThe seasons they go round and round. And tap dance classes may soon be found. I hope you are all enjoying the “hot finish” to summer. There have been a few changes at “On Tap” that I’d like to share. The Broadway dance space is no longer available on Monday nights. Tuesday it is available at 8pm. So…. I am going to be offering two options for the fall and see which you all would like. Here goes!

Option 1:

Tuesday 8pm Multi level tap dance at 1795 Broadway St.

Option 2: (select one or more)

Monday 3:00 pm Beginning tap at The Tap House in West Salem
4:15 pm Irish and tap dance at the Tap House in West Salem
5:15pm Intermediate Tap dance at the Tap House in West Salem

Session dates will be September 21 to December 1
12 classes $180.00

Please let me know which option(s) you prefer and would like to register for ASAP.

Tappy Birthday to Sheri Leipzig! Sheri has broadened her dancing talents as a member of the Skylark Tappers in Portland. Kudos to her on her hard work and dedication to tap dance. It’s wonderful when she has time to come to Salem and dance with us as well!!

Looking forward to seeing you all soon. If you have any music requests please send that my way too. Thank you to Robbin Porter for all the great you-tube links. Enjoy the rest of August and start of September!!

Yours in tap,

July On Tap Notes

Happy July Tappers!
Hope you are enjoying your break but still “breaking the wood” a little with your taps. Monday afternoons I’m in the Tap House in West Salem if anyone wants to come jam. Dori, Marie, and Robbin have been creating some great rhythms together. It’s been a hot summer so far which is great for dancing!
Here are your July On Tap Notes:  
1) Check out our Facebook page (Stacey Brown’s On Tap) to see photos from the On Tap Showcase.  :
Thank you to Sarah Hoggatt for taking these wonderful shots of all you “hot shots”.
2)Attached to these tap notes is a letter from the Society for NeuroOncology in Houston Texas where we sent the root beer float donations from our Showcase. Thank you to all who donated to this worthy cause in memory of Bailey Santana. Also attached is an article Dori Nelson gave me I wanted to share with everyone about Tony Danza. Thanks Dori!
3)Happy July birthday to Emily Vetter and Evie Hoppe! I hope it is the tappiest yet! We will celebrate with the birthday dance when you next return to On Tap. Thinking about you on your special day!!
4)I hope you are all watching So You Think You Can Dance on Monday nights. There are some tap dancers auditioning.
5) Here are some videos to watch and enjoy and maybe try out some of the steps.

6) Pentacle Theater here in Salem is presenting Chicago July 10 to August 1. This show was originally staged by Bob Fosse so you wont want to miss the choreography! (The star of this show, Kelly Swanson Jaecks,  used to Irish dance with me. She’s terrific!)

7) The musical Hair is coming to Enlightened Theatrics in Salem. Weds-Sun  July 29-August 16. 7:30pm evenings, 2:30pm Sunday matinees.  Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre   191 High St.

8) Riverdance is coming to the Keller Auditorium in Portland November 20 – November 22, 2015. If you want to go as a group to this show I am purchasing some tickets for Saturday November 21. Seven people so far have expressed interest so please let me know right away if you want to get tickets. I need to purchase 10 tickets for a group rate and am waiting for response from the ticket office about pricing.

That’s all for now. Happy 4th of July! 

Yours in tap,