"The direct focus on one case study was very beneficial for transferring information to my students. I really enjoyed examining multiple faucets of the history of one dance. It made for a deep and rich historical analysis."
"This course was helpful in refreshing myself on Tap technique and on the Shim Sham. I hadn't known much history on Tap before, so that was also extremely helpful and gave me a lot of material to pass on to my students."
"I learned the history of tap dance, and I can pass that on to future generations of tappers. Learning this time-honored traditional step and about the lives of the people who made it famous made me feel connected to the greater tap community. I really liked learning about the vaudeville era. It helped to clarify and firm up techniques and ideas that I was unclear about previously."
"Aside from a very small amount of reading on my own I have never studied tap history. I enjoyed the resources provided by the instructor and the discussion boards. I got to learn about tap history and improve my skills in tap!
"I loved the spirit of tap dancing and also using the mirror via video to demonstrate steps (being able to see front and back). (Pedagogical stuff)
"I gained knowledge of the history, which I believe to be so important to the teaching of this dance. I liked the layout and the weekly assignments. I felt with the pace of the course, I became a better tapper. I really liked the history and the footage."