He gave us such gems as:
- Counting is critical.
- Every step in tap is preparation for the next step.
- It's not scary because of you, it's scary because it's scary.
Because he worked with a lot of counterpoint and canons, the same steps travelled across the room and back. There was a neat step where the accent was done, depending on your part, as 4x2, 1-2-2-3, or 3-3-1-1. I've sung canons since I was tiny, but doing them with my feet was new. Also new to me was dancing with my hands to walk through the steps. Additionally, a few things that Vicki has doubtless taught us, but that were phrased differently today were
- Dance with your lower body and keep your head level.
- Watch your lines (meaning body lines rather than lines of dancers)
- Keep your knees over your toes.
- Toes do treble, heels do bass.
Anthony's company is TapLife, and he posts to Youtube as just4tap
I commend to you his Blurred Lines (which song we'd used for a PopTap session earlier in the year). There also is a tutorial on the same -- thankfully he didn't run our masterclass at the same speed as he works with dance professionals!