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

Class IS Being Held on Monday, February 10th!

Snowier Tap House Snowiest Tap House

Updates from the Tap House

Well, as you can see the tap house is quickly being engulfed by the winter wonderland. It’s a lot of fun to do step, brush, hops in this stuff! I hope you are all having fun playing in the snow and staying safe.

This week we will be doing the birthday dance for Sara Jaffe and Danica Andresen. Sara and Gregory Hines share the same birthday!!!( I apologize for not mentioning this in the February On Tap Notes. ) So get your big hearts ready for some time stepping and wishes come true!

I look forward to hearing you on the dance floor tonight and to the stairs thawing out!

Have a wonderful wonderland weekend everyone!!!

Yours in tap,

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


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,

January On Tap Notes

Already the excitement of the new year is pouring into On Tap! Texts came tapping in today that Danica and Joel are engaged! So, a “Big Tap Shout Out of Congratulations” to Danica and Joel on their engagement today!!! What a wonderful way to start the new year! Love is in the air so how about next week we re-vist our LOVE, LOVE, ME DO dance!

Also a very Tappy January Birthday to Talia and Marie! (Talia’s birthday is today, January 1! ) Another very happy way to usher in the new year! We will do the sweet birthday dance on Monday afternoon in their honor!

Start getting those tap shoes warmed up for the fun to re-start on Monday, January 6! I look forward to hearing all your holiday stories and re-igniting the rhythms under our feet. Hope your holidays were festive, fun, and all you hoped for. Happy 2014!!!

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,