Pre-Advanced Tap Teacher
This class is for dancers with at least 5-7 years of tap experience who would like to be challenged by reaching well beyond tap fundamentals. My goal is to add new steps and rhythms to your tap-dancing toolkit through centre warm ups, drills across the floor, and exciting new combos. In class you will improve your technique while having lots of fun and laughs along the way!
Name/Nickname: Samantha, Sam
Year/Program: 2nd Year Commerce
Hometown: Newmarket, Ontario
What does dance mean to you?
Dance is the first thing that made me feel like I was able to have an impact in the world. I always understood the importance of connection, yet it can be difficult to accomplish many connections as a kid when you really stay in a relatively small place. Dance not only gave me determination, it also allowed me to travel and meet people who would help me achieve goals I hardly realized I had. Dancing at a young age undoubtedly made me grow up quicker, but that is exactly what showed me that I was not too young to make a difference in the lives of others. Dance taught me there was nothing stopping me from reaching out to help others near or far, so I did. Dance has had a huge impact on the way in which I view the world today.
What is the theme song of your life? Come on Eileen! No matter which part I am singing, I am always ready to sing this song! To me, it’s a song with endless energy where you can’t stop being up on your feet dancing around… and well that’s pretty much my personality. Songs from the 80s definitely have a special place in my heart.
If you were a special award, what would it be called and why?
“Classically Clumsy” because I always seem to find a way to mess up the simplest tasks. I find myself walking into things or getting hit by objects all of the time!
Picture this: you fall on stage and the photographer managed to get a shot of you mid fall. What would you caption the picture?
“Dancer smiling brightly inches from ground after legs fall out from under her” – I definitely believe in not showing you’ve messed up with facial expressions. Maybe the audience will think I meant to wipeout?
Began dancing at age 3
Competed from age 6 to 17
Trained in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and just about everything else – even a hint of Ukrainian dancing thrown in there somewhere
Represented Canada on the National Tap Team in Germany 2014 and 2015
Taught ages 2.5 to Adult
Took Advanced Tap with QEC last year!