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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