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Letter to My Teenage Self: Anthony Morigerato

Anthony Morigerato teaching at NUVO (Laura Van Riper, Courtesy Break The Floor Productions)

Tapper Anthony Morigerato is known for performances that are at once quietly soulful and rhythmically astounding—in fact, he currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most tap sounds (1,163!) in one minute. Morigerato always knew he wanted to be a professional dancer. He started training at age 4 in jazz, tap, musical theater and ballet at Eleanor's School of Dance in upstate New York. While still in high school, he began teaching tap and performing with Mike Minery's Tapaholics. Today, Morigerato is on faculty at NUVO Dance Convention & Competition and teaches master classes and workshops worldwide. His choreography has been featured on “So You Think You Can Dance." —Jenny Dalzell

Dear Anthony,

Slow down. You can't force your dreams to come true. Fate doesn't follow your expectations—everything occurs in its own space and time. Know that in anything you attempt, there will be both failure and success. Learn from each, and move forward regardless.

Morigerato at 13 years old (Courtesy Morigerato)

Herein lies the path to realizing your dreams: Be kind to others and to yourself. Be appreciative of your teachers and diligent in applying their corrections. Be humble when accepting praise and work ferociously to develop stronger technique. Dare to find deeper levels of artistry. Respect the rules, but be willing to break them when necessary. Always be generous when sharing your passion, love and exuberance for art making. Be there for your students, even when they're no longer your students. Take pride in the fact that your students will one day surpass your knowledge and ability. Be a worthy role model.

Most important, never forget the love your parents have given you. Honor them, and know that you owe your success to their unwavering support and to the sacrifices they've made for you.

Live your dreams fully, and inspire others to live theirs.

Anthony

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