Why We Love Tap - a series of guest bloggers share their stories

Why We Love Tap - a series of guest bloggers share their stories
Some of you may already know Gene Gebauer, master tap dance instructor in the Denver area from his classes and performances in the area. You may not be aware that Gene was a dancer on Broadway for 20 years, with "Hello Dolly", "Sugar" and "Camelot" as part of his repetoire. Gene was also featured in 2010 at the St Louis Tap Festival. The mayor of St Louis named "Gene Gebauer Day" in honor of his achievements. Here Gene shares with us his reasons for loving tap. Why do I like tap? I gotta say, first off, because I can still do it at age 79. It means so much to still be able to dance full out (almost) at my age, after 67 years of ballet, jazz, modern and Broadway. Second, tap is fun. Fun isn't a word I would use to describe my years of ballet, jazz and modern. Next, I would have to say I like tap because it is very social. I also like it because it doesn't hurt. Tap is fun to teach. I hope I have inspired someone to give it a try. - You can find Gene's teaching schedule and more info on his career...
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Why We Love to Tap - a series of guest bloggers share their stories

Why We Love to Tap - a series of guest bloggers share their stories
In the second of our series on TAP!, Lynne Madson, 35 and GSSD adult tap student, discusses muscle memory and rhythm from dance to life. Tap dancing is like riding a bike - apparently it comes back to you easily if you've done it before. I know this because in my first class there were a bunch of us that were new to tapping, but some of these "new" students picked up the combinations like it was in their nature. These were the people who tapped when they were kids.  There was something that their bodies remembered about the movements. I was not one of these people - I was brand spanking new. I've tapped for almost 4 years now, and I'm amzed at what my body now knows. These movements that are so fast and precise, that use muscles that I didn't really know I had 4 years ago, are now second nature.  I can find myseld doing a five count riff as I'm walking through the store, or doing a chop suey when I'm standing in place. Every combination seems so hard and so fast the first time I see it, and when I started tapping, there were numerous...
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Why We Love to Tap - a series of guest bloggers share their stories

Why We Love to Tap - a series of guest bloggers share their stories
Tap, tap, tapping. Tap is for everyone. Young and old, it provides exercise, spirit, soul and culture. Over the next week, a series of guest bloggers from our community will share their thoughts on why they love tap.  You may find these stories mirror your own, or possibly they open new thoughts on enjoying tap. Either way, to share is to give, and to give is to receive. Enjoy! Why I Love Tap by Hannah Carande, Grace Studio Dancer, Age 16 Tap has always been there for me. I started out very young, age 5, and I have stuck with it ever since. Unlike many other styles of dance, tap focuses less of flexibity and tricks, and more on rhythm and style. The best tap dances are those without the kicks or turns or leaps, but with awesome footwork and difficult rhythms. Tap is not easy. In fact, tap can be very challenging at times. But it is also very impressive. Whip out a couple of time steps and shuffle hops and people will be in awe. While all these components go into my love to tap, the biggest reson I love tap is because it is fun. It's that simple!...
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Our store is more than our website.

Our store is more than our website.
We love our website! But the reality is that we cannot offer every shoe, leotard, legging or jean style or size that we carry in the store on our site. Please give us a call (1.877.bdy.wear) if you cannot find what you are looking for style wise or size wise. We can usually find what you need at a price that meets your budget.  
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Bloch Pointe Shoe Prices Go Down!

Bloch Pointe Shoe Prices Go Down!
It really happened. Bloch/Mirella dropped the prices of their pointe shoes with the exception of one style (the Hannah) - some by as much as $5 retail per pair. BBW has 5 styles under $70, 6 styles under $80 and 2 styles at $80. So if you tried Bloch/Mirella pointe shoes on before and gave them the poo poo, it may be a good time to call for an appointment to try them again. Also on the price chopping block and not to be missed - the famous BOOST dancesneaker is now $66 - down $10 from 2013. Woot, woot!
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Everything is better in 2's Sale

Everything is better in 2's Sale
Now thru January 28th, buy 1 full price legging and get a 2nd for 25% off. Same applies for your Foot Undeez! Any color or print combo works to get the deal.  Life is fun.
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My Staff

My Staff
In an interview, I was recently was asked what my proudest moment as a dance store owner. I have to admit I stumbled. I could not come up with one shining moment that stood above and beyond. What I can tell you is this, I am proud to be a part of this wonderful community and I am extremely proud of my staff. Although each person has there moments or days when life is difficult, throughout all the years my staff has gone out of their way individually to make a difference in this community and in another persons life by giving, adding and offering assistance that they were not required to do.  I see them so this most every day in the store. I see them do it in their lives outside of Boulder Body Wear. These are the proudest moments I have as a dance store owner.
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Why I Love Tap - a series of guest bloggers share their stories

Why I Love Tap - a series of guest bloggers share their stories
Thursday is the last day of our 25% off all tap shoe sale. Thank you to all of our guest bloggers for sharing their stories and thoughts on TAP DANCE. We hope you have enjoyed reading these entries and moreover, we hope you have been inspired to dance yourself. Our final installment is by Jennifer Marti, age 33, an adult student at GSSD. Why I love tap! I came to dance late in life - as an adult, though I had always wanted to take lessons. At about age 5, I rememeber clicking my "dress" shoes on the tiny parquet entryway thinking I was tap dancing. It's my exercise, it's my social time, and I've made so many great friends while tap dancing. The sound; the click clack smack of it. The ryhthm; tap tap tippity tap. The fact that it requires I scuff and shuffle and drag my feet along the floor - just the way my Mom and Dad always told me not to. "Pick up your feet when you walk!" Nah, listen to this. It's the music too. How tap can make a simple piece of music come alive, or a raucous one get people out of their...
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Annual Winter Fashion Clearance Sale

Annual Winter Fashion Clearance Sale
  Get 25% Off All Lifestyle and Active Fashions Jan 2-13! As we make way for our spring line, you can take advantage of huge savings in our winter clearance sale. Get great deals on all lifestyle and active fashions including sweaters, jeans, yoga wear, dance wear, accessories and more. This sale is only the 2nd thru the 13th, so make your way on over to Boulder Body Wear and get your fashion deals rolling.  
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A Few Reasons to Shop at BBW

A Few Reasons to Shop at BBW
You work hard for your money! When you spend it, your money should matter locally as well as globally. Sounds like a lot of work.... BBW strives to do your research for you with our product offerings. Offering you items that are durable, sustainable, responsible helps you be a global player at the same time that you spend your money locally.  Here is a sampling of our lines: Cut Loose, Denimocracy, Om Girl, Beyond Yoga, Onzie and Pure Karma are all produced in the USA, many of which use organics and other sustainable fabrics produced in the USA as well. Verve (the Leda Pant is our best selling pant 10 years running!) is produced in Boulder using organic cotton. Be Present is headquartered in Denver. Stonewear Fashions in Louisville.   You have so many options to boast that your money makes an impact - both directly in your community and in the globally!
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Mimi's Farewell

mimiferrie To my Boulder Body Wear Community, Beginning in December 2013, I will be leaving my managerial position at Boulder Body Wear to focus on professional dance performance and education. It is with gratitude and love that I leave Boulder Body Wear. It’s been a pleasure to serve the Boulder dance community over the last ten years. I’m very proud of my years at the store, starting as a part time employee in 2004.  Serving as a pointe shoe specialist and manager, I’ll be leaving with fond memories of the people I have come to know and love here. With my departure Amy, Christine, or Jin will be contacting you if I have been working specifically with your school. Don’t hesitate to contact us in the next two weeks if you have any specific information you would like me to pass along to the store management. I know that Boulder Body Wear (and you) will always be a part of my “dance family” and leave with excitement of what’s to come for all of us in the future! Best, Mimi Ferrie
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Fall In and Go

New classes. New schedules. New places to go. New things to do. Fall is excitingly busy. We have been very busy here at BBW as well and we are happy to have been able to share your new adventures with you and your family. As all of us continue on, learning, performing and moving forward, we'd like to offer you some happenings that may enrich and help you along.  Sept 11th, Give Back Yoga will be hosting the first annual "Seeds of Service" farm to table fundraiser to support reaching 10,000 veterans with their Yoga for Veterans toolkits. BBW is proud to sponsor this event and hope you will jump on board with supporting our veterans with PTSD who benefit from the work of Give Back Yoga. Sept 10th -20th our annual Fall Fashion Preview Sale will offer you 20% off all of our newest fashions. You may even want to start your holiday shopping and get the newest for less. Sept 22nd, "Supporting your dancer thru injury"  talk and discussion with Chris Harbison will take place from 5:00-6:30pm at the BBW. Chris, a licensed clincal social worker, will share her exepertise on the psychological impact of an injury in a...
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Angel Organic & a clever idea by Christine Moore

It's that time of year when we start cleaning out our closets and drawers of endless black stretchy garb that has been lovingly used in yoga and dance class. The newest fashions along with the tried and true basics are in Boulder Body Wear now and there is an itch to replace the old with the new. Christine's clever idea is that you bring your old gently used yoga clothing to us between May 21st and June 11th... We in turn will give it to Angel Organics to distribute. You will get $5 off your next purchase at Boulder Body Wear. Get something new and know that you helped someone else while doing so. Angel Organic cultivates and nurtures a meaningful path to integrative health and healing pracitices within under served individuals and communities. Your gently used items will be distributed to those who can use them now at the Boulder County Safehouse and the Family Learning Center of Boulder. Learn more about Angel Organics and all they do for those in our community by visiting www.angelorganic.org.
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Kids today....

One of the wonderful benefits to being owner of Boulder Body Wear is working with young people and their mentors. Lately, I have been lucky enough to attend many performances from these young creative souls. Poetry, choreography, dance and music. My comment on kids today is this- faced with a world of new technology, tightened economic possibilities affecting education and nutrition and an ever changing world of politics and war, these young people are creative, resourceful, intelligent and caring. They have wonderful mentors, teachers and adults. The outcome is beautiful. Support your local arts groups by attending performances. I guarantee you will benefit in ways beyond the obvious. I'm so excited for our future.
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Complete. Restart. Smile.

June is a busy month at Boulder Body Wear.  A full circle of events seem to bring dancers into see us, closing out the year with performances, getting gear for intensives and camps, starting new classes. It's a lot of fun to see new ballerinas, tappers and gymnasts getting excited to learn something new during the summer break. Theatrical camps have students exploring new roles. Older students travel and challenge themselves.  Thank you to everyone who donated to our used clothing drive. We were able to deliver a respectable amount of very nice and usable clothing to Angel Organic. A round of applause goes out to Revolution Power Yoga for their very large donation. Once again, yoga fashion shines bright. In the coming weeks you'll see the BBW staff out at The Avalon and the St. Julien promoting our incredible social dance shoe selection. We will be traveling out of state to fit pointe shoes and service areas that are without a local dance store for their fall dance gear. Our wonderful shoes are available to any customer online for 20% off. Use code bbwshoes20 at the checkout to not only save money but also time and fuel. You can also check out our video library to learn about pointe...
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