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Germaine Salsberg

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Guest Teacher

Phone: (646) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  New York , United States
American Tap Dance Foundation
154 Christopher Street # 2B
New York , New York 10014
United States

Company Description: The American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF) is a non-profit organization committed to establishing and legitimizing Tap Dance as a vital component of American Dance...   more

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allbiospage, 20 Jan 2015 [cached]
Germaine Salsberg (Guest Teacher) began her career as a child actress, appearing on radio and television in her native Canada. After 10 years as a modern dancer with the Toronto Dance Theatre touring throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe, she discovered tap dancing. She has been on the faculty of Broadway Dance Center for over 20 years, as well as Steps on Broadway, Germaine teaches anyone from Broadway professionals to people who "just love to tap.
Germaine has choreographed such regional musical theater productions as 42nd Street, Anything Goes, George M!, Crazy For You, and Dames at Sea.
Broadway Theater Dance Workshop, 20 Dec 2012 [cached]
Germaine Salsberg - Tap
Germaine Salsberg began her career as a child actress, performing on radio and television in her native Canada. She became a founding member and soloist with the Toronto Dance Theatre; a Graham-based modern dance repertory company, and performed and toured with that company for seven years, appearing in Canada, the U.S., and Europe.
After moving to New York, Germaine discovered tap dancing and fell in love with it. She has become one of the most popular and influential tap dance teachers in New York today. She has been on the faculty of Broadway Dance Center for almost 20 years, where she teaches a complete tap program of basic to intermediate levels. Her students include cast members from Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, National tours, the Rockettes, Broadway choreographers, as well as people who "just love to tap".
In addition, Germaine has taught at the Dance Theater of Harlem, Musical Theatre major students from New York University at Cap 21 in New York, and is presently on the faculty of NYU's School of Education, also teaching Musical Theater majors. Germaine has privately coached stars from the New York City Ballet and many actors and actresses, including Liza Minelli for the movie Steppin Out.
As assistant to Tony Award Winner Danny Daniels, Germaine helped train the boys for the Broadway and National tours of Tap Dance Kid . Besides her own concert work, Germaine has choreographed productions of George M! (Mount Washington Valley Playhouse),42nd Street (1996), Anything Goes (1998), Crazy For You (2001), and Dames At Sea (2002) for the Muhlenberg Summer Theater in Pennsylvania. She taught and performed at the Edmonton Fringe Festival and the New York City International Tap Festival from 2001 to 2004.
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Germaine Salsberg
Tap instructor Germaine Salsberg's upright torso and pronounced posture are reminiscent of her days as a classical modern dancer with Toronto Dance Theatre. Now a renowned tap teacher for more than 20 years, Salsberg uses her modern roots to supplement her tap instruction for beginners and adults.
"I structure my classes like any ballet or modern class," says Salsberg. "There's an order of events leading to a final combination. She appreciates students who have trained in other styles, because she says their sense of body awareness is heightened. "Modern dancers are used to quick weight shifts," she says, which is very helpful when learning tap. "Tap's shift of weight is very aggressive. You want to be completely over your standing hip and be committed to one foot-so you have time to finish a complete rhythmic structure-then change very quickly," she says.
In order to gain what Salsberg calls "serviceable, loose feet," necessary for tap, a dancer must allow the feet to follow the legs. The tendency for a new tapper is to want to control the ankle joints. Salsberg offers students the image of two bungee cords hanging from the ceiling and attaching to each hip bone. This gives a lift in the body, which frees the legs and prevents the lower back from swaying, without tightening up. "Although you use muscles in tap," she says, "You don't consciously muscle your way into sound.
Here, Salsberg demonstrates a basic paddle and roll without using the familiar "digs" or "spanks"-language she feels inhibits students' speed and efficiency.
After dancing with Toronto Dance Theatre for seven years, Germaine Salsberg moved to New York City, where she studied tap with Bob Audy, Charles Kelley and Danny Daniels. Salsberg was part of the Broadway production and national tour of The Tap Dance Kid, assisting Daniels and training the young dancers in the show.
A tap instructor in New York for over 20 years, Salsberg currently teaches at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, American Tap Dance Foundation and the summer program at New York University. She also performs, directs and choreographs for her Manhattan-based tap company, Les Femmes.
Shelby Kaufman, from Michigan, and Jill Kenney, from Rhode Island, dance with Les Femmes and are Salsberg's teaching assistants.
Broadway Dance Center Faculty, 2 May 2015 [cached]
Germaine Salsberg
They repeat the routine several times, ..., 28 Jan 2014 [cached]
They repeat the routine several times, and each time, they add one more step, taught by Germaine Salsberg, a New York City-based tap-dancer and professional choreographer.
"She's very dynamic," Max, 13, says of Salsberg during a quick break from the Saturday practice at the National Dance Institute of New Mexico's Dance Barns.
Salsberg teaches at New York's Broadway Dance Center and Steps Studio. She said she usually teaches college-level students and older dancers, and she has choreographed Broadway productions such as Anything Goes, 42nd Street andCrazy for You. She was in town this past week teaching the 68 young NDI dancers, who will perform the tap number at the institute's 20th-anniversary gala May 3 at the Dance Barns, 1140 Alto Street.
Thandia Seagraves and Maya Barrens, both 13, agreed that Salsberg is a demanding teacher, and they said they have not been pushed to learn so much before.
"That's a huge accomplishment for all of you," Salsberg told the 68 students.
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