THE ART OF TAP DANCE EDUCATION
THE ART OF TAP DANCE EDUCATION
"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music"
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Dance, Art, Music, Movement, Rhythm, Teaching, Freedom, Learning, Expanding, Progressing. These are the very things that define me as an Artist. There has not been a moment in life, a high, or a low, that dance has not been right by my side. It's a pretty incredible thing! I've always been taught that gifts are meant to share, and my gifts have led me to experience amazing things in my lifetime. When an artist is able to step outside themselves, and offer what they have, it's a full circle moment. There is nothing that brings me more happiness than igniting the artist within a student, an adult, or even a fellow colleague!
What I admire most about dancing, is that there is no "Finality". I'm a believer and an advocate for remaining a student. Take class when you can, watch videos and get inspired! We live in the digital age, how amazing is that? More importantly, respect those who came before you, but never be afraid to blaze your own trail. This is what has led me here.
I hope through my website and tutorials, you will unlock another side of your creativity. Maybe you can find that excitement for teaching again! Or maybe, you are giving yourself the opportunity to expand your own artistry as a Tap Dancer:) Regardless, know that I am here with you every step of the way.
Geared toward the Beg/Int/Adv/ProAdv Tap Teachers and Students who have the basics down and are looking for ways to spice up their classes! Focusing in on technique, progressions from basic steps, speed and clarity, across the floor, and center combinations. All the tools you need to create choreography and take your classes to the next level! These are a MUST!
Workshops are available for teachers and students alike. Tap is just one of the genres I offer. Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Technique, and Contemporary classes are available to round out a really great workshop full of FUN and LEARNING!
ProtoTap is a small and youth-driven company started by myself and NYC Hoofer Parker Hall. Focusing on progressing the art of Tap Dance, our long term goals include providing Tap Education to inner-city youth through free community classes and curriculum. A percentage of tutorial profit will go towards this goal! Bring Tap To The People!
Get to know me a little more!
Get to know me a little more!
Kaelyn has been a teacher for 16 years, both at her home school near Cincinnati Oh, and traveling all across the United States and Canada as a a guest artist and instructor. Focusing on all styles of dance, she is a sought-after teacher and adjudicator who loves to bring her unique teaching style to kids all over the country!
Her professional career began at age 18, as a featured performer in Cedar Pointe's groundbreaking tap/drum show "Krash Boom Bang!" , a first for theme parks. Soon after, she was the youngest choreographer/creative director for Paramount's Kings Island and King's Dominion, creating a show named "Pulse" which toured for over 3 years.
Between teaching and starting a family, she auditioned on a whim for Season 3 of SYTYCD, and landed in the top 24 females in Las Vegas. Upon returning, doors began opening and her career as a guest teacher/adjudicator began! She adjudicates for various competitions and conventions.
In 2009, she had a chance meeting with Christopher Erk, a touring member of Tap Dogs and Performance Artist, who decided to take her under his wing and accept her into his new company "Tap Factor", located in Dayton, Oh. Under Chris's direction and vigorous training, an newly inspired tap dancer emerged and blossomed. From there, Kaelyn has never looked back!
In 2011, Kaelyn and her partner, NYC hoofer Parker Hall, founded ProtoTap, a tap company focused on expanding, progressing, and preserving our art form. Through community outreach, classes and workshops, they strive to provide quality education to kids and seasoned tappers all over the country! Now, ProtoTap is thrilled to have 15 junior members that train alongside them.
The summer of 2013, Kaelyn was asked to be a guest instructor for LA Tap Experience, held in Los Angeles. Under the direction of mentor Gregg Russell, who Kaelyn has assisted in the past, she had the privilege of teaching alongside Maud Arnold, Sarah Reich, Angela Carter, Ryan Lohoff, and Gregg himself. The week ended with a show at LA Theatre, featuring Tap Sounds Underground, the widely successful tap company founded by Gregg Russell.
In Fall 2014, Kaelyn became a new faculty member of "Tap the Map", a traveling tap workshop started by Danny Wallace and Anthony Russo, joining other artists such as Jumanne Taylor, Christopher Erk, Lisa LaTouche, and Jason Luks. Look for a Tap the Map near you!!
In 2015, Kaelyn joined the Faculty of BellaMoxi Dance Convention as the Tap Educator, an opportunity to share her talents with kids all over the United States! Check out a BellaMoxi Convention near you!! (www.bellamoxidance.com)
Her students have gone on to college dance programs, film and television, cruise ships, and major theme parks. In 2010, a tap student was awarded a Silver Medal in the Young Arts program, one of the most highly accredited programs in existence for artistic students in high school. Kaelyn has been a recipient of numerous nationally-recognized choreography awards, high score awards, and many students achieved Titles under her direction.
Summer of 2014, Tap Dance Tutorials aka "#BRINGTAPTOTHEPEOPLE" was born. After years of the universe whispering, Kaelyn decided it was the right time to launch her first series of unique classwork and material, and make it available to tappers and teachers all over the world. Within 2 weeks, and thousands of downloads, she knew she had found a wonderful way to share her passion! Now reaching over a half a million downloads in over 55 countries, #BringTapToThePeople has become a staple in many tap programs!
Kaelyn will also be an educator the summer of 2017 at The DanceLife Retreat Center, presenting her #BringTap program to teachers and attendees from all over the United States! Come join her and educators from all disciplines at this incredible event and retreat for Dance Teachers!
Currently Kaelyn is teaching at her home school, traveling the country as a sought-after choreographer and teacher, teaching tap on the brand new BellaMoxi Dance Convention Tour, directing ProtoTap, and focusing on #bringingtaptothepeople through Tap Dance Tutorials! Stay tuned!