Friends, another time of transition is upon us. Back in 2001 I was asked to begin teaching regularly at Broadway Dance Center, and for nearly 5 years I called BDC (when it was on 57th Street) home. I developed my warm up (a derivative of Steve Condos’ work) there. I found weird analogies to tap dance there. It was a fruitful time. Then in 2005 just after the successful debut of Cats Paying Dues in the first New York Season, a major shift occurred. Broadway Dance Center announced they were moving. I needed a new home.
I ventured uptown and found a new home at Steps on Broadway. For the past 11 years I’ve enjoyed the culture that is cultivated at Steps. There I found enthusiastic and thoughtful students eager to learn, on amazing floors, in a building reminiscent of old New York. All those things mattered to me – the people, the instrument, and the environment.
Alas another shift is occurring. Over the past season I’ve been traveling more than I ever have in the past. All good things, but if I’m not in New York, it’s hard to keep a regular class going. With that knowledge and a desire to provide deep learning for the tap dancers I work with I’ve had to make a tough decision. After an amazing and thoughtful conversation with Diane Grumet, Co-Artistic Director and Managing Director, the decision was made for me to end my regular classes at Steps.
My last class will by July 15th.
In the meantime I’m focusing on the upcoming Tap Into Freedom Summer Intensive (with some special announcements coming very very soon), and finishing out my time at Steps strong. My last day is only three weeks away, so come by on Thursdays at 4:30pm or Fridays at 6:15pm and dance with me.
I want to hear from you
It would help me a great deal to learn from you what I can offer that would be of greatest value. If I propose a workshop series, what would you want to be covered? When should it happen? How frequent? Share your ideas in the comments below or here. I’ll read all the feedback, I promise.