On Tap Notes – April 2015

It’s April and time to begin anew with the spring On Tap session. Class will begin on Monday April 6 at 7:45pm. It’s going to be a very busy dancing season as National Tap Dance day and our On Tap Showcase/party are both in May. So dust off your dancin shoes and jump onto the wood April 6! Here are your April On Tap notes:

 1) The Salem Public Library Adult talent show is Friday April 3 at 7pm. Call time for dancers that have been rehearsing for this show is 5pm at the library theater. All dancers have tickets to watch the show. However everyone else must pick up a FREE ticket at the library. The show is quickly filling up!

 2) I will be teaching a tap history/Broadway class (don’t know the time yet) at the Portland National Tap Dance Day Celebration Saturday May 23,  12-5pm. There will be many great classes available to take AND a showcase we can perform in that evening. We will be talking about this in class and deciding which piece to get ready for this event. Below is a copy of an email from the Portland National Tap Dance day organizers. Please save the date!

3) Our On Tap Showcase/Party for family and friends will be ON National Tap Dance Day, Monday May 25 at 8pm at the Broadway studio. This is your chance to share what you have learned this tap dancing year with family and friends. More details to come. Again, please save the date!

4)Here is the information from Portland:

Hello Tap Community.

We are trying to reach out to as many studios in Oregon and Washington, to invite them to Portland’s National Tap Dance Day Celebration! We are also trying to get a wide variety of Tap Instructors to volunteer an hour of their time to teach a class at this event. Volunteer Teachers get free admission to all workshop classes and showcase admission. The day will consist of up to 15 dance classes over a 4 to 5 hour span. A tap Jam with live musicians and admission to evening Showcase. We have a great syllabus planned for all levels of Tap. We are mostly offering intermediate and advanced level of Tap. But we would like to offer a beginning Adult Tap and Tapas class(Tap class and snacks!). We are in need of teachers to teach the following classes:

Cotton Club Jam – live musicians provided

Tap History

Funk Tap

Step in Time – different time signatures


Soft shoe




 *We have a few spots available for other styles! Let us know if you have a special genre of Tap you could teach!

 We would love to see you or one of your teachers represent at Portland’s NTDD. Please respond ASAP so we can get our workshop line up finalized. Please email us with a Headshot, correct spelling of your name and what style of class you would like to teach.

Also, we are looking to hold our workshop classes at different studios in the future. If you are interested in hosting the workshop classes for Portland’s NTDD 2016, please let us know!

Come join us May 23rd from 12-5pm for an afternoon of Tap! Showcase will follow!

 That’s all for now! Happy Spring everyone. The new term registration form is attached.

Yours in tap,


On Tap Notes – March 2015

Slainte! (cheers!) Tappers,

March is presenting a “pot of gold” of dance opportunites . Without further ado here are the March Notes:

1) This coming Friday night, March 13, is an Irish Ceili at the VFW Hall . Dancing instruction starts at 7:30 and live music and non stop dancing from 8-11pm. There may be a few Claddagh Dancers and Celtic Cardians from around town performing a jig or two around 9pm. Come one, come all to this family friendly evening of celtic music and dance!

2) Monday, March 16 at 6pm some of the Claddagh Dancers will be modeling clothes and performing Irish dance at the Chicos store in the Salem Center. Please spread the word and come see some fun fashion and up beat dancing!

3) St. Patricks Day “jig for a cookie” at Great Harvest is next week too on TUESDAY (St Patricks Day)! I plan to be at the  West Salem Great Harvest at 11:45and the downtown location on Court Street at  12:00pm. Come jig for a cookie with your fellow leprechauns.

4) The Adult library talent show is Friday night April 3 at 7pm. We will be dancing the Broom Dance. If you would like to perform in this dance there is a mandatory rehearsal on Monday night MARCH 30 at 7:30pm at our studio. All ages can participate if they have rehearsed and feel like they know the dance well.Admission is free but everyone watching the show needs a ticket which are available at the Library. Please let me know if you plan to dance in this show.

5) The current Winter/Spring session is over on Monday March 16. Classes will resume on Monday, April 6 at 7:45pm

6)Save the date for our May “On Tap Showcase” on National Tap Dance Day, Monday May 25, 8pm at our studio. All family and friends are invited for a fun evening of dance production and sweets as we celebrate this national holiday together in true tap style!

7) And your video share for this month is:  Gene Kelly tap dancing on roller skates .. You really will enjoy this one!


That’s all for now! Please email me with any questions!



On Tap Notes – February 2015

Fun memories of Christian about to

 blow out his birthday candles

      Happy February Tappers! It’s that love filled month when we recall the great tap legend Gregory Hines who started my passion for teaching tap dance. He was such a patient and generous teacher and performer, so loved in the dance community and beyond. We have an exciting month ahead starting with where Gregory was the happiest, on stage. As we prepare for a show at the Capitol Manor and for the month ahead loving what we do and who we are I wish you smiles, laughter, and hearts filled with joy! Here are your February On Tap Notes:  

 1. Monday February 9 tap class will be held at Capitol Manor in West Salem in their performance hall. Class will be at the regular time, 7:45pm. We will be preparing for the following nights show. Please come dance whether or not you are in the show. Those in the show please bring all your costumes and props to practice with.

 2. Monday February 9 we will also be celebrating many February birthdays. Happy tappy birthday to Danica Andresen (On Tap dancing since before her 2007 birthday!),Victoria Hanson-Apollonia, Hallidae Hunt whose real (or should I say reel!) birthday is show night the 10th, and our Valentines day “babies” :Sara Jaffee , my mom Loretta, and the legendary tap dancer/teacher Gregory Hines.  We will be doing the birthday dance together and of course sharing something sweet to honor these fine ladies and gentleman.

 3. All dancers please mark Tuesday February 10 for the Capitol Manor show in West Salem. We will be collaborating with the Celtic Claddagh Dancers for a very fun evening of Irish and tap dance. Call time is 6:15pm.

Watch this fun link that Sarah Hunt sent me..it’s a wonderful mix of tap and Irish:


 4. The Tap House is open for private and semi-private classes and welcoming back Dori Nelson and Marie Cunningham. I have missed you over the holiday extended break.

 5. Hamantashen cookie sales are now being taken and volunteers are needed to help create this 3 cornered, fruit filled cookie! We have been known to tap in the kitchen while making these! Work/dance sessions at Temple Beth Sholom in South Salem are Tuesday nights at 6pm and Sundays at 10am from February 8 to February 24. Please call or email me if you’d like to order some, help roll, fill, and tap out the 500+ dozen cookies!

 As we enter this love filled month please send out special healing prayers for my mom Loretta whose birthday is also on Valentines Day. Her heart overflows with love and warmth for all and is in need of some TLC.

Happy February everyone!!!

Yours in tap,


On Tap Notes – January 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful sunshine and fresh crisp air ushering in 2015! I arrived back to Oregon from Hawaii on Saturday with the sunshine following me. We’ll all just have to get together and DANCE to create the warmth.  It’s wonderful to be back and ready to dance. I hope you all enjoyed your holiday break.

I had a great trip to Hawaii visiting our Maui family. Once again our  daughter Ariana  and I  practiced  pilates and yoga on a paddle board while a huge turtle popped it’s head up to see what the heck we were doing!  Then tap dancing on the paddle board shuffled me right into the ocean!  I’ll stick with the” boards on Broadway” and  the tap house for all shuffling!

A very Happy 12th Birthday to Talia Ruehr (Today! New Years Day) and Happy January birthday to Marie Cunningham and Christian Decker !We’ll be doing the birthday dance as the new term begins!

The Winter/Spring 2015 term begins Monday, January 12 at 7:45pm

At the Broadway Studio

Dates are January 12 to March 16  ($150.00)

Spring session will be April 6 to May 25 ($120.00)


I found this clip of tapping cards near Times Square that I have sent out before. Let it be an On Tap New Years  tradition!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh0CMcLiRkw&feature=share

 Also, a great dance show is coming to Western Oregon University. I watched their rehearsal.  Here are the details:

January 9, 2015  Rainbow Dance Theater

Rainbow Dance Theatre’s ensemble of virtuoso dancers brings their new show to Rice Auditorium. iLumiDance is comprised of works that feature the interplay of dance and illumination. The dancers are sure to amaze audiences of all ages with their athletic “pull-out-the-stops celebration of … dancing that pays homage to world-dance and –music influences” (Sheryl Dare, Honolulu Advertiser). The distinctive choreography of artistic directors Darryl Thomas and Valerie Bergman creates “an exotic feast for the senses”. (Isamu Jordan, Spokane Spokesman Review) rainbowdancetheatre.com/

May 2015 find you tapping into great joy and good health!

Yours in tap,


On Tap Notes – May 2014

Library Show 2014

Talent Show at the Salem Public Library, a combo of On Tap and The Claddagh Dancers

Happy Happy May! And a happy month it will be indeed. Our theme for the “On Tap Showcase” is “It Only Takes One to be Happy”. We will be dancing to remind ourselves to find “the one” and believe that one of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy : and one of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself!

Here are important “Happy making” dance events to put on your calendar:

 1)Aerial Showcase at Willamette UniversityMay 3 at 7:30pm. Admission is $2.00 students and $5.00 general admission. Event description:  “Come see a provocative, inspiring, playful, and exciting showcase from dedicated, talented students who have worked continuously for months on ten new aerial pieces featuring aerial silk, lyra, aerial net, hammock, and aerial silks.”  Contact information: 503-370-6221

 2) National Tap Dance Day is Saturday, May 24 and Portland is having a tap dancing showcase at 7pm at the Clinton St. Theater, 2522 SE Clinton is on the corner of SE 26th and Clinton. Clinton Street is two blocks south of Division and seven blocks north of Powell. Tickets are $25.00. They can be purchased online. https://clinton-street-theater.seatengine.com/venues/clinton-street-theater/events/4320/shows  . If you are interested in performing in their Showcase please let me know! There will be workshops all day too. This is the day before our Showcase so it would make the weekend totally tappy!  workshop info: Tap workshops are held at Grande Finale Dance Studio. 875 portland Ave., Gladstone, OR 97027.12:15pm -5:15pm.

 3) May 25th   On Tap Showcase  partyIt Only Takes One to be Happy! For the month of May we will be finalizing and polishing our dances and getting ready for the Showcase. Tickets are $5.00ea.  (Dancers do not need tickets) We’ll have pizza and the traditional root beer floats. Each class will be responsible for one raffle item. It can be a basket of items or one item. The theme for the prizes is “Be Happy!”

T-shirts will be ready soon. I will have the price determined within the next couple weeks based on the cost of the graphics.

 4)  May 10 and 11 at 2pm  the Skylark Tappers will present “Music and Sole”  in Portland at Portland Metro Arts- 9003 SE Stark St.  With special guest Marilyn Keller. Tickets are $20.00 Call 503-245-3994 or email  skylarktappers@comcast.net

 5) Tap Happy on  May 30th  Nancy Traina in Corvallis is having her tap show, at 7:30pm at the Majestic Theatre, the weekend following our showcase.  More information to come.

 6) Summer workshops with master teachers at On Tap:  The first and third Monday of  June and July, 4:00-5:30pm at the Broadway studio.

     Themes will be classical, irish, rhythm, and other surprises!

     All tap dancers are welcome. Fee for all workshops: $100.00     For one: $30.00

 Private and Semi private lessons will continue all summer at the Tap House too. All classes are 45 minutes at $25.00 each , and $10.00 for each additional dancer per class.

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 ssomerville@cityofsalem.net 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

February 2014 On Tap Notes

Snowy Tap HouseHere’s a look at the Tap House a few hours ago..It’s getting it’s fullest coat of white ever! 

Happy very snowy February everyone! February is always a super special month as two of my greatest mentors were born on February 14, 1946. My mom Loretta (who celebrates her 80th this year!) and Mr. Gregory Hines, in whose memory “On Tap” was created. Here is a brief bio on Gregory.

“He was an actor, singer and a writer, but first and foremost, Gregory Hines was a dancer. Hines both popularized the art form of tap dance and stayed faithful to its unique history. A dancer for 54 of his 57 years, Hines had a unique ability to combine the aural and the visual, and is considered one of tap dancing’s greatest stars to date. He began tap dancing before he turned 3. A mere two years later, he turned professional, dancing with his brother Maurice as part of the Hines Kids, and later, the Hines Brothers. In “White Nights” (1985), he joined ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov (my #2 mentor) to tell a tale of two rebel dancers struggling to escape the hold of the Soviet government in Moscow. The movie helped popularize both dance mediums. The 1989 movie “Tap” featured Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. as well as other famed dancers. Hines’ love of dancing reigned supreme and one of his other major achievements was a successful campaign to Congress to officially designate May 25, 1989, as National Tap Dancing Day. Congress declared tap dancing a “uniquely” American art form and selected the birthday of tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (whom Hines later portrayed in a 2001 TV special) to commemorate tap. The resolution also notes Robinson’s contributions to breaking racial barriers. Hines continued to work almost up until his death from cancer on Aug. 9, 2003. He is remembered as one of the greatest dancers of all time, and his legacy lives on at the New York Public Library’s Gregory Hines Collection Of American Tap Dance. The collection includes film, video, photographs and manuscripts chronicling the history of American tap dance.”

I will be forever grateful for the chance meeting with Gregory Hines I had in 2001 at OMSI in Portland. His taking the time to talk with me and encourage me to teach tap will always resonate within me. In his memory I choreographed “Bojangles”, which we enjoy in class often! Great movies to check out again and again,Bojangles and Tap!!

Here are your On Tap February 2014 notes:

1. Happy Tappy February Birthday to Victoria Hanson-Apollonia, Dolores Trussell, Danica Andresen, Connie Davidson, and Hallidae Hunt !! (If I missed your February birthday PLEASE let me know!) May this year be your tappiest!!

2. Dance Shows coming up in our area in February:

  • Eugene Ballet “Scheghrazade” at the Elsinore Theater Saturday Feb. 8 7:30pm
  • Dancing With your Salem Stars at the Elsinore Theater– Friday,February 14 7:30pm
  • Alvin Ailey II at the Elsinore Theater- Thursday, February 27 7:30pm

3. Hamantashen cookie sales now being taken and volunteers needed! We have been known to tap in the kitchen while making these three cornered cookies! Work/dance sessions at Temple Beth Sholom in South Salem are Tuesday nights at 6pm and Sundays at 10am from February 18 to March 11. Please call or email me if you’d like to help roll and tap out the 500 dozen cookies!

That’s all for now. I’ll keep you posted as more dance developments come our way!

Yours in Tap,Stacey