Tapper Mike Schulster’s feet produce crystal-clear, rapid-fire rhythms. But don’t be fooled by his clean footwork: Schulster is a rebel at heart. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Schulster created, choreographed and performs in the rock and roll dance show REVOLUTION. Currently touring, the show features a blend of tap and Irish dance, a live rock band, and Schulster himself shredding on an electric guitar! Before creating his own work, Schulster danced with some of tap’s greatest legends, including Barbara Duffy (DS December 2009) and Gregory Hines. Schulster is also passionate about teaching and has created his own curriculum aimed at making tap accessible to students of all levels. Find him encouraging young hoofers to let loose on the dance floor at Broadway Dance Center and New York City Dance Alliance. —Katie Rolnick
Hi there. You’re 30 now. Pretty old, huh? You won’t believe what’s happened: You’re a professional tap dancer! And you’ve had a great time traveling the world. Here’s some advice that will help you on your way.
Make thoughtful choices. Believe me when I say that your life is the sum of all the decisions you make, big and small. Just be sure that your choices are good ones!
Be creative. You are more imaginative right now than you realize, and it is important that you hold on to that creativity and apply it to everything you do, say and make. Doing so will help you continue to move forward and achieve success.
Be brave. Remember, brave people are always lucky! And as you grow up, you’ll need to be bold enough to take first steps and try new ideas. Courage will help you look past obstacles and find a more direct path to success.
Oh yeah, some other things: Be nicer to Mom and Dad, practice piano, study harder, travel, learn another language, eat better, read, save your money, don’t make excuses, believe in yourself, take chances, don’t be lazy, don’t settle—and invest in Apple, Starbucks and Facebook!
Photos from top to bottom: Mike Schulster (center) in REVOLUTION courtesy Mike Schulster; Mike Schulster (right) with tap icon Gregory Hines courtesy Mike Schulster.
Harper Watters is a ballet dancer for today's generation. A social media maestro and a charismatic performer, the Houston Ballet soloist is equally at home in front of the camera hosting his hit YouTube series, "The Pre Show"; interacting with fans on his crazy-popular Instagram account; or showing off his beautiful classical technique onstage. It's a multifaceted identity that's proven to be invaluable to his career—and it's taking him to places he never even dreamed of.
The dancers who take our breath away are the risk-takers, the ones who appear completely fearless onstage. "When you see somebody trying to travel more, go farther, push the limits of their physical abilities, that's always going to be inspiring," says Ballet BC dancer Alexis Fletcher.
But dance training can feel like it's in conflict with that idea. We spend thousands of hours in the studio trying to do steps perfectly, and that pursuit of perfection can make us anxious about taking risks. What if we fail? What if we fall?
Luckily, fearlessness is a mental skill that you can work on, just as you work on your technique. Here's how you can learn to push yourself past your limits.
The 2018 Oscar noms are here. Which is fun and all; we'll never not get excited about a night of glitz and glamor and, when we're lucky, pretty great dancing. But we'd be a heck of a lot more excited if the Academy Awards included a Best Choreography category. And really—why don't they?
Maud Arnold is one of the busiest tap dancers on the planet. As a member of the Syncopated Ladies, Maud—along with her big sis and fellow tapper Chloé Arnold—is on constantly the road for performances, workshops, and master classes. For the average person, that kind of schedule could lead to a serious derailment of healthy habits. But Maud's far from average. Here's how the fit, fierce, flawless tap star stays stage-ready—no matter what time zone she finds herself in.
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Auditioning for summer intensives in person may be the ideal—but for Anna McDowell, a 16-year-old student at Juneau Dance Theatre in Juneau, AK, it's rarely possible. “Living in Alaska, it's difficult to travel to auditions," she says. “It gets way too expensive!" Instead, each year, with help from her teachers and a videographer, she puts together a well-crafted video and submits it to schools around the country. Last year, her high-quality video helped her earn acceptance to nearly every program she applied for. Most summer intensive programs, eager to attract students from far and wide, will accept video auditions from those who can't travel to take class. But major schools look at hundreds of submissions each year, which means video auditioners have just a few minutes—or even seconds—to make a great impression. If you're about to create an audition video, follow these tips from the professionals to put your best digital foot forward.