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.  : https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=117193528370338&fref=ts
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,


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

December 2013 Notes

December 2013Happy icy December everyone! Time to shuffle some snowflakes and slide into one more class in 2013! Monday we’ll be jingle bell rockin and sharing some sweets and smiles as we go through all the dances of the session together. Then it’s time to enjoy your holiday break. I encourage you to all keep your tap shoes warm and dance to any songs that make you get up and join the band! Tis the time to be jolly and jingle those taps to the rhythms of the season. Here are your “On Tap” Notes for December 2013:

1. Last class of the Fall session is Monday, December 9. Feel welcome to bring a sweet to share. I’ll have sparkling cider “on tap!”

2. The Winter/Spring “On Tap” session begins Monday, January 6. Please let me know if you plan to enroll for this series: January 6 to May 25. The “On Tap Showcase” party will be Sunday afternoon, May 25! Save the Date!

Class Times are as follows, all on Mondays at 1795 Broadway

2:30pm Beginning Tap

3:30-4:15 Semi-private/Private lesson

4:15-5:15 Intermediate Tap

20 classes $200.00 or drop in $15.00 per class

Classes at The Tap House in West Salem by appointment only

Private, semi-private, or group classes available

Have a wonderful, tappy Holiday! May the joy of this season resonate in all you do, all you are, and all you aspire to become. I look forward to more tappy times in 2014!

Yours in tap, Stacey

On Tap Notes – July 2013

Happy July Tappers! The heat wave has started as have our summer lessons. Please take note of the notes below to add some summer sizzle to your tappy life!

I hope to see many of you at the World Beat Festival tomorrow (Saturday). The Claddagh Dancers will be performing at 2:30 on the European stage! The stage is along the Riverfront. I wish you all a wonderful 4th of July!!

 On Tap Notes – July 2013

1.Summer Class time changes:

  • Monday Beginning Tap is now at 3:30 pm.
  •  Monday Intermediate Tap is now at 2:30 pm
  •  Celtic Kids Irish Dance is now at 5 pm Mondays at the Tap House in West Salem. The Irish Tea Party will be Monday July 15th so Hallidae and Evie can be there. This class will run through July 22nd.

2. The next On Tap show is Saturday July 20th at the Bonaventure Retirement Residence in South Salem at 2:00 pm. All students are encouraged to perform! It will have a similar format to our Showcase.

3. Happy Tappy July birthday to Emily Vetter and Evie Hoppe! We’ll be doing the birthday dance Monday!!

4. Vancouver Tap Dance Festival Registrations have been submitted. If anyone else wants to join us please visit their website at www.vantapdance.com. Attending the festival are Sheri Leipzig, Danica Andresen, Emily Vetter, and myself. 🙂

5. SAVE THE DATE: Friday, August 16th, Master Class with Nancy Traina at 4:00 pm. Nancy will come to our Salem studio and teach Bill Bojangles Robinson choreography. I saw this dance at her show in Corvallis. It’s great! This will be our only class in August. The fee is $20.00 for a 90 minute class.

That’s all the notes for now!

Yours in tap,