JAM CHRISTMAS FOLLIES
“I love the synergy of a large company making clean, concise sounds as one. It absolutely exhilarates me!
How long have you been tap dancing?
How long have you been performing with Rhythm Nation Tap Company?
Who/where have your received most of your tap dance training from?
What is your favorite thing about tap dance?
I’ve always loved the beats and energy of drums and percussive dance.
Who is your favorite tap dancer and why?
I had always wished to learn some form of percussive dance since I was a teenager, but as I became an adult and mother, and suffered a debilitating ankle injury, I figured that ship had sailed. When I saw Hugh Jackman’s 2019 concert tour, he talked about learning how to tap as an adult, and that it’s never too late to try something new. I left feeling inspired and wishing I could tap dance too. A month later, I saw a beginner adult tap class being offered and immediately signed up to pursue an improbable dream.
What are your favorite hobbies, other than dance?
I love a good puzzle: jigsaw, word, logic, sudoku, spreadsheet…you name it. I dabble in family history, needlework, and gardening, and also love to read epic fantasy novels and historical fiction.
Do you have a favorite tap dance step? What is it/why?
I love doing mambo turns, because they look more complicated than they actually are. I also really like the second part of BS Chorus for similar reasons.
What is your favorite performance you have ever been a part of?
Disneyland with Rhythm Nation and Time Bomb Tap Companies!
What is your favorite thing about being a member of a tap dance company?
I love the synergy of a large company making clean, concise sounds as one. It absolutely exhilarates me!
What things influence your tap dance style?
I don’t know that I have a style of my own yet, but I’ve been thinking a lot about using dynamics instead of going full tilt all the time, and Acia Gray’s counsel to “carve the sound with silence.”
What future goals do you have for yourself?
I need to get comfortable with improvisation, and I’m studying up on tap history.