Cats Paying Dues turns 10!


Four-and-a-half red hot minutes. With two minutes in the back pocket just in case. Those words, spoken by Jimmy Slyde in early 2004 set the path for what would eventually become Cats Paying Dues. The company – founded as a trio with Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Young – would debut in July of 2005 at […]

Meet James


This is James. I met James after presenting a talk and performance at the Creative Church Conference in Boise, ID. We were hanging out in the arts studio on the campus when he asked to see me dance. I found a small piece of particle board that suited the purposes of a demonstration and went […]

Lifetime Learners, a thank you.

Last week I had the pleasure of sharing the entirety of my understanding of the art of tap dance with 12 amazing people. From as far away as London and Puerto Rico participants in the Tap Into Freedom Intensive came to study tap dance. What ended up happening was more than anyone could have ever […]

Tap Into Freedom 2014 Summer Intensive

As we enter into the 10th Season of Cats Paying Dues, tap dance education is always at the forefront of my mind. My company has been a workshop of sorts in the development of a curriculum of tap dance technique, general understanding, and artistic process as we trained dancers to be stage ready. That curriculum […]

Summer Travels UPDATE.

I’m hitting the rode heavy this summer, and kicking the whole trip off with a bang! STOMPOLOGY¬†- the solo vernacular jazz dance weekend starts June 6th, then it’s off to Toronto for a quick visit with some new and old friends. I make it back to NYC just in time for my quartet’s performance at […]