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,

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,

April 2014 On Tap Notes

Hi all tappers!

Spring has sprung, as of 10 am last Thursday. How happy are we?! Very tappy indeed. Bring that spring in your step to class as we fine-tune our dances during the last two months of this session. The big happy hurrah will be Sunday, May 25th for our annual “On Tap Showcase”. Party time to share what we have learned all year. We will be discussing the theme in classes this week.

Here are your “On Tap” notes from now through April:

1. Yes, we had tap classes during Spring break. All classes were on regular schedule.

2. Adult Talent Show at the Salem Public Library! 7pm Friday April 4

FREE show BUT you must have tickets.” On Tap” will be presenting “The New Lowdown”, a tribute to Bill Robinson and Shirley Temple. Sheri , Stacey, and Danica will be performing.

The Claddagh Celtic Dancers will also be performing a new piece. Tickets are available starting March 28 and are available at the Library or my contacting Sonja Somerville at or 503-588-6083. Please come support this fun event!

*3. The 9th Annual On Tap Showcase! This is the party where we celebrate our love of dance, each other, and all we have learned this year. When: Sunday, May 25, 3pm Where: either at the studio or at the tap house..more information to come! It depends on the weather. Tickets: $5.00 each or $10.00 per family (no tickets needed for dancers) Tickets will be available May 5

*I need your t-shirt sizes now please AND your favorite bright color. Thanks ! Let’s make this the most fun Showcase ever!

4. Nancy Traina in Corvallis is having her tap show, Tap Happy on May 30th at 7:30pm at the Majestic Theatre, the weekend following our showcase. We can all carpool down to her show if you like! Makes it a really full week of Tap! More information to come.
5. Summer is fast approaching. I plan to bring back the “Celtic Kids” class focusing on Irish dancing and a tea party. Let me know if any 5-10 yr olds are interested. We’ll also have tap workshops to sign up for. No formal classes set yet…I’m leaning toward several workshops set on Monday afternoons instead. I’m open for your suggestions on workshop topics.

Summer session will be June 2 to July 28, all classes on Monday afternoons.

6. Happy Tappy April Birthday to Bobbe Priddy, Molly Searcy, Sudha & Shanti Basu, and Marie Melin!

That’s all for now! I’ll keep you posted with updates as they come in.

Yours in Tap, Stacey

Tap Class for 6-8 Year Olds

Dear Tappers,
I have a request to begin a tap class for 6-8 year olds on Tuesday evenings. If you have someone in your family or friendship circle or know of a child in that age group wanting to start beginning tap lessons please let me know! The class will start as soon as there are 3 total interested dancers.
Happy 3rd day of the new year!
Yours in tap,

Winter Flyer

Here is the current flyer for the Winter Schedule my daughter Shayna designed!  Please feel welcome to print it for friends and/or post it around town. Thank you for your support! Remember, if you don’t see a time that works for you “custom made classes” begin with 3 students.

Tappy, healthy, holidays and I will see you in January!
Yours in tap,