On Tap Notes – June 2015

On Tap Recital 2015 001Happy post National Tap Dance Day and Happy June Tappers!
Thank you to you all for the best National Tap Dance day ever. Our performance in Portland and the 10th annual On Tap Showcase both went very smoothly thanks to alot of dedicated dancers and their supportive families and friends. Thank you to all who came to celebrate Bill Robinson’s birthday, Bailey Santana, Ophelia Ament, and Gregory Hines’ memory, and experience dancing “between the raindrops”. Special thank yous to Sheri Leipzig for her help setting up and putting away “all things showcase”, to Diane Jaffee for attending to raffle ticket sales, to Sarah Hoggatt for photographing this event, and to Ricki Decker for helping make root beer floats. I hope you all had alot of fun!
Hard to believe it’s already June and time to set summer in motion. So, without further ado, here are your June On Tap Notes:
1) We have one more show this coming weekend at The Arbor at Avamere Court at 450 Claggett N. in Keizer. Please note there will be a rehearsal at 7:30pm tomorrow night (Monday) at our studio for all those planning to dance on Saturday June 6. Call time for the show is 1:15pm Saturday with the show running from 2-2:30pm. Dancers will need costumes for the following dances. (Same costumes as the Showcase):
                      1) Bojangles (Sheri, Danica, Emily)
                      2)Swingin the Blues (Sheri and Danica)
                      3) One
                      4) Singin in the Rain
                      5) Shim Sham shimmy-  Tap Between the Raindrops t-shirt is fine for this one
2) Monday class in the tap house in West Salem will continue at 2:30pm for the month of June
3) If you would like to schedule a summer session please let me know. Private and semi private classes for up to 4 people are available in the Tap House all summer by appointment.
4) Master Class June 19,20,21 with Linda Sohl-Ellison and Monti Ellison from Rhapsody in Taps . Please see attached information about this  wonderful tap dance opportunity . I have participated in this workshop before and really enjoyed it.
That’s all for now! I’ll keep you posted about any other tap dance workshops when they surface. Until then, happy June! 
Yours in tap,

On Tap Notes – May 2015

Dear Tappers,

Happy May! As our spring term comes to a close we celebrate and participate in the most important tap dance events of the year: National Tap Dance Day AND our 10th Annual Showcase party on May 25th . We also have the bonus of celebrating on Saturday May 23rd with Dancers Corner in Portland with tap classes and a SHOW performance. I’ll be teaching an Irish tap class at 3pm that day and we will all perform that night.

Please Pin these May/June dates to your calendar:

 Tap Classes on May 23rd  12-5pm at Grand Finale Dance Studio, 875 Portland Ave.,

                                                                                    Gladstone, Oregon

 *“Reverse It” Portland Showcase, May 23rd   7:30pm  19600 Mollala Ave, Oregon City

 **“Tap Between the Raindrops”On Tap 10th Annual Showcase , Monday, May 25  8pm  

                                                                          1795 Broadway, Salem,Oregon

***“Tap and Irish Fusion Show” at The Arbor at Avamere Court ,Saturday June 6  2pm

                                                                         5210 River Road N, Keizer, Oregon

More details below in your May 2015 On Tap Notes!

“In recognition of Tap History and Bill Robinson’s Birthday, Dancer’s Corner is honored to sponsor PDX National Tap Dance Day on May 23rd and continue to share the legacy. We are excited to offer 5 hours of classes (15 different classes to choose from) from noon to 5pm at Grande Finale Dance Studio. Our community will continue the celebration with our exciting NTDD Showcase featuring Oregon Tap Dance Artists at Clackamas Communtiy College, Gregory Forum building at 7:30PM. Tap artists confirmed to be teaching at the Workshop include Aaron Wheeler Kay, Stacey Brown, Erin Lee, Nancy Traina, Judy Tibbles, Molly Kaleikilo, and Karida Griffith!*1) Satuday May 23 Tap classes and Show in Portland..Here is their email:

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.
“Success in the Industry” are our suggested classes for Advanced levels.
“Pathway to Success” are our suggested classes for Intermediate levels.
“Shake it Up” 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 – Please print email confirmation of purchase for Workshop entry and Showcase ticket redemption.
Showcase only Tickets: $10
*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

Tickets are available now online.all dancers are required to purchase a ticket. They either can purchase the $25 Full day ticket for classes an the show or the Showcase only ticket, $10 (presale) or $12 (door price). The dancers will be able to watch the performance as well as perform.



 PDX National Tap Dance Day

“Choose Your Pathway”

MAY 23, 2015












































**2.The “On Tap” 10th Annual Showcase “Tap Between the Raindrops” is Monday, May 25th at our studio on Broadway at 8pm.  Practice and set up are at 7:30pm. Showtime is 8pm

Volunteers are needed for serving root beer floats, set up, and clean up.

Purchase of the “Tap Between the Raindrops” T-shirt at $25.00 provides admittance for your entire family. The Showcase is FREE with donations to brain cancer research encouraged with every root beer float. The Root Beer float tradition continues in memory of our “tap angel” Bailey Santana.  This is our annual party so come with your smiles on and ready to have fun!

costumes for showcase:

1)    ONE:   red sequence vest, red sequence top hat, black long pants

If you donot have these items already PLEASE EMAIL ME IMMEDIATELY. If you have these items and are NOT dancing in the showcase please let me know if you would be willing to loan them to a dancer. That would be greatly appreciated!

2)    Irish Brush Dance:  green tops, black pants, and irish hats (I have the hats)

3)    Singin in the Rain:  Showcase T-shirts “Tap Between the Raindrops”   $25.00ea.

4)    Shim Sham Shimmy: Showcase T-Shirts

5)    Want to perform another dance from another term? Let me know and we’ll add it into the mix!

***3) Tap dance show for the Arbor at Avamere Court Saturday June 6 at 2pm in Keizer , Oregon.  Rehearsal Class Monday June 1, 7:30pm at our studio for the Avamere show. All dancers in that show must attend this rehearsal.

4) Happy Tappy May birthday to Wendy Ulmer! We look forward to seeing you at the Arbor!  Thank you to Sheri for the delicious and pretty red velvet cupcakes for my birthday and for all the facebook well wishes! Your kindness is greatly appreciated!

That’s all folks! Thank you for reading through all these updates! Please email or call me with any questions.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain

Yours in tap,


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,


November 2014

Halloween 2014Happy November from the Pumpkin Percussionists!

As you can see from the photo above November is a happy month so far. We’ve spent some time with tap vocabulary, writing the steps on our pumpkins, practicing them in our minds, with our hands, and ultimately with our feet. This is the official month of gratefulness and thanks. So I’m making it ”tappingly clear” that I am GRATEFUL and THANKFUL to have each and every one of you in the rhythm of my life. YOU are what makes this world a tappy place and I THANK YOU  for sharing your positive energy and joy of tap dance with me. Here are your notes for this month:

1) The week of Thanksgiving the Thursday night tap class will be on Monday, November 24th at 7:30pm

2) I encourage you all to attend:  “Veracity: a Dance Concert” Nov. 13-22 at M. Lee Pelton Theatre, Willamette University, 900 State St. (see more details below)

3) Happy November birthday to Sarah Hoggatt! So happy your feet have landed back on earth into your tap shoes..(at least when you take breaks from your aerial art life!) Thank you for keeping our On Tap Website updated.  You are so creative and generous. We will be doing the birthday dance in class this week!

4) The current class term will continue until Thursday, December 4. Classes will resume Monday January 12 at 7:45pm based on enrollment. I would like to bring the class back to Monday. Please let me know if this is a problem for you. Please also let me know if you will be enrolling for the Winter tap session. Dates are January 12 to March 16.  ($150.00)  Spring session will be April 6 to May 25 ($120.00)

That’s all for now! Happy Thanksgiving!

Yours in tap,