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Applications for Phase One are now closed, but please reach out if you'd like to be involved. We will potentially open up spots for June and  December's sessions, so please email us with your interest at


Over three sessions, through a unique and immersive mentorship process, 10 pairs of tap dance and musical collaborators (selected by submission) will build community, develop collaboratively and begin the process of shifting the pedagogy to a balanced music/dance experience by exploring the following pathways:


Session 1: Crossroads with Dianne Walker

March 4 - 15, 2024


Diving into two very different pathways from their mentors, we look  back at the mentor/protege relationships of Heather and Eddie Brown alongside Dianne and Leon Collins. Through discussion, footage, and playing, we’ll compare and contrast their experiences - codification vs oral tradition, their imprint on jazz culture, the varied ideas and strategies of how to move forward, what building new mentorship looks like, and approaching hard conversations - digging into cultural connections to the form; exploring who you are and how you belong in the global community today. 



Session 2: Evolution with Max Pollak

June 17 - 28, 2024


With Max as co-mentor, we study the pathway from company member, to collaborator, to authentic artist. As a culmination of his time with Manhattan Tap, Max was assistant choreographer to Heather during the creation of the Ray Brown Suite. We’ll dig into Heather’s choreographic process, examine Max’s role during the creation of this piece, and with that their shared experience with legendary bassist Ray Brown, and how to forge forward building originality while referencing a complex foundation. 



Session 3: Metamorphosis with Andy Milne

December 9 - 20, 2024


Changing the approach. With Andy, Heather’s creative style shifted. In creating Finding Synesthesia, Heather and Andy blurred the line between choreographer and composer. In this closing session of phase one, we’ll dig into the pathway of how; what the creative process looked like, how her experience led her here, and how and what they explored together. Stemming from the collection of their vast bodies of work and extensive experience, participants will be mentored on how to turn inward and turn on their unique creative process. 



Session 2 with Max Pollak is coming up soon!


Community Offerings Include:

Exclusive Tap Love Tour Podcast

Conversation Series

June 17-28 (virtual)

Footage Nights

June 18, 20, 25, 27


June 22

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