Lost In The Shuffle with Hillary-Marie


Join Tap Dance Artist Hillary-Marie from iTapOnline as she candidly shares her thoughts and experiences in the tap dance community while simultaneously balancing world travels as a soloist, ownership of a successful dance studio and the production of large-scale tap dance events.

All Episodes

This question comes up all the time during iTap Chats. How long should a tap class be? In this episode, Hillary-Marie dives deep into the structure of her program at Grooves Unlimited and iTapOnline, and the best class lengths for specific ages and levels.

Apr 8

9 min 53 sec

Not sure when or how to introduce music theory into your tap classes? No worries! In this episode, Hillary-Marie gives you her top tips and tricks on incorporating music theory as a regular part of your weekly tap classes.

Apr 1

11 min 56 sec

Hillary-Marie shares with you 3 mistakes you might be making in your tap dance practice time, and how to solve them quickly and easily so you can become the tap dancer you truly want to be.  

Mar 25

8 min 29 sec

As more and more Tap Teachers learn about tap dance history, they’re appreciating the connection of tap dance to jazz music. And this often leads to the question... how do I incorporate Jazz music into my Tap classes? In today's episode, Hillary-Marie is going to give you easy tips and tricks on how to introduce jazz music into your weekly tap classes in a way that will excite and energize your students.

Mar 18

8 min 44 sec

Do you ever find yourself wondering... How can I dance faster without missing my sounds? How do you teach speed and clarity? In this episode, Hillary-Marie gives you the answers you need by sharing with you the three most common mistakes that tap dancers make when approaching fast footwork and how to fix them.

Mar 11

9 min 39 sec

Not sure when or how to use a metronome in your personal practice or tap classes? No worries! In this episode, Hillary-Marie gives you all the info you need on how, when and why to use a metronome.

Mar 4

13 min 45 sec

Hillary-Marie shares 3 tips to capturing the wandering attention of your tiny tap dancers.

Feb 25

11 min 40 sec

Hillary-Marie and the iTapOnline Community answer the question... what's the biggest lesson that your tap teacher taught you?

Feb 18

8 min 16 sec

Hillary-Marie shares 5 quick and easy tips on how you can energize your teen tap classes this week.

Feb 11

11 min 41 sec

The iTapOnline Community answers the question... what's the ONE thing that you wish your tap teacher taught you?

Feb 4

8 min 56 sec

Do you ever feel like you've exhausted all your options for across the floor steps? Hillary-Marie shares with you an exercise that will make sure you never run out of across the floor exercises.

Jan 28

8 min 34 sec

Hillary-Marie answers tap teacher questions from the iTapOnline Community, including best tap shoes for student, how to help dancers dance lighter on their feet, and what tap shoes looked like back in the day.

Jan 21

10 min

Hillary-Marie shares her top tips and tricks for teaching your students crispy clean and perfect pullbacks.

Jan 14

21 min 2 sec

Are your students using tap journals? In this episode, Hillary-Marie shares how tap journals have transformed her students' dedication to tap dance and how you can start using them in your classes this week.

Jan 7

15 min 9 sec

Hillary-Marie shares her favorite journaling exercise for shuffling into the New Year, with a Love It, Leave It and Learned It list.

Dec 2020

34 min 46 sec

Check out the top 3 most popular episodes of the 2020 year!

Dec 2020

10 min 18 sec

Hillary-Marie answers Tap Teacher's questions, including turns, wings and more.

Dec 2020

7 min 59 sec

Is your flap coming from the front or the back? Hillary-Marie discusses proper Flap technique.

Dec 2020

8 min 45 sec

Taking a moment to give thanks for all things tap dance.

Nov 2020

10 min 36 sec

How did we end up with so many names for tap steps? Hillary-Marie discusses the inconsistency of tap dance vocabulary and how it relates to tap dance culture.

Nov 2020

10 min 23 sec

Hillary-Marie answers an iTap Teacher's question on how to help students who are behind on their technique.

Nov 2020

8 min 47 sec

Hillary-Marie discusses one of the secrets to why and how her students learn SO quickly.

Nov 2020

12 min 42 sec

Hillary-Marie discusses why she didn't take her tap classes outside right away, and instead chose to wait it out to reopen indoors (and why her patience paid off).

Oct 2020

19 min 23 sec

Hillary-Marie answers Tap Teachers' questions, including how to socially distance your tap classes, the best mask to teach in, everything you need for an awesome Hybrid Tap class, camera angles, tech equipment and more.

Oct 2020

11 min 19 sec

Hillary-Marie shares for tips for tap dancing in a mask.

Oct 2020

13 min 32 sec

Hillary-Marie answers Tap Teacher's questions, including how to build rapport with students who are Zooming into class that you've never met before, how to not get exhausted teaching over Zoom, Google Meet vs. Zoom, and tips for finding teaching jobs.

Oct 2020

21 min 23 sec

I’ve just finished my first week of teaching Hybrid style classes at my studio, Grooves Unlimited (Livingston, NJ), and it was AWESOME. If you’re a Tap Teacher who’s set up for Hybrid this season, I want to share with you guys some tips and tricks on how to make this awesome class for both you and your students.  Click here to learn more about the Ultimate Hybrid Dance Class Course.

Sep 2020

18 min 27 sec

I was pretty quiet in the beginning because I was focusing on saving the studio, and I was lucky because I already had an online platform built. As everyone was transitioning into online learning, I had already been operating in that space for 4 years now. I had an extensive video library. Butttttttttttttttttttt… I was super inspired to make some awesome changes. Previously, I had one type of Membership. iTapOnline Family Members had access to the iTapOnline Video Library with over 100 breakdown videos, including technique exercises, historical choreography, improvisation exercises, games, you name it. And I would do monthly zoom chats where we’d come together and talk all things tap dance.  But now I’ve changed it up, significantly! And it’s been AWESOME.

Sep 2020

9 min 12 sec

Today I’m sharing with you the story of how my studio made it through COVID-19. No rent forgiveness. No rent deferral. No refunds from venues. No lay-offs of Team members. But we did it! Here’s an update on everything that’s gone on since stay-at-home orders hit New Jersey back in March 2020.

Sep 2020

20 min 9 sec

Apr 2020

14 min 53 sec

Free iTap resources are available at www.iTapOnline.com.  

Apr 2020

13 min 15 sec

Dance Studios all around the world are currently closing their doors. I've got Tap Teachers and Studio Owners worldwide who are reaching out because they are scared. They don't know what to do or where to start.  

Mar 2020

1 hr 12 min

Hillary-Marie answers Tap Teachers' questions, including how to choreograph traveling footwork for formation changes, when to teach tap class etiquette and how to introduce students to live music.    

Mar 2020

9 min 50 sec

Tap Teachers share which steps their tap students are struggling with most and Hillary-Marie shares her tips and tricks on how to approach their technique in class.  

Jan 2020

15 min 49 sec

Hillary-Marie answers Tap Teachers' questions, including what to do with a student who is struggling to keep up in class, what's the best way to assess the level of a new class and how to teach your students to use their arms naturally.  

Jan 2020

15 min 28 sec

Hillary-Marie shares her favorite journaling exercise for shuffling into the New Year, with a Love It, Leave It and Learned It list.

Dec 2019

35 min 30 sec

When the time comes to quit a teaching gig, here are some thoughts to consider.      

Dec 2019

19 min 19 sec

Jersey Tap Fest applications are LIVE! HIgh level teens and adult tap dancers are invited to join us for this 11th annual celebration. Applications are due December 5th    

Dec 2019

3 min 5 sec

Taking a moment to give thanks for all things tap dance on this Thanksgiving Day.    

Nov 2019

11 min 51 sec

You're invited to join me for an iTapOnline Family Member LIVE Session!  

Nov 2019

3 min 43 sec

Looking for some inspiration for your tap classes this week? Hillary-Marie shares what everyone in the iTapOnline Community is up to in their tap classes this week.    

Nov 2019

11 min 51 sec

What makes the best Tap Teachers out there so special? Join Hillary-Marie as she celebrates some of the best Tap Teachers out there and the 10 traits that they have in common.vWhat can we do as a community to help bring these Tap Teachers forward?    

Nov 2019

14 min 46 sec

Today, we celebrate 2000 members in the iTapOnline Community!  

Nov 2019

2 min 4 sec

Hillary-Marie is joined by special guest, Heather Cornell. Join them as they celebrate 29 years of Heather's Tap Labs in Nyack, NY and discuss the fear of improvisation, how frustration can fuel you to push forward, the effort to bring tap dance back to the main stage and the affects of tap dance festivals on the art form.

Nov 2019

1 hr 15 min

Hillary-Marie shares top tips for beginner tap dancers.

Oct 2019

8 min 28 sec

Hillary-Marie talks about the effects of in-studio viewing windows and cameras that live-stream classes to the studio waiting room.

Oct 2019

8 min 21 sec