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especially in Europe!” she says.
Reich is also working on an album of
original music that features tap as if it were a
bongo or conga drum in the band. As a Latina,
she wants to reach the Latino community in
particular. “I know I can bring tap to their attention by doing it to music they already know
and like,” she says.
With her Tap Music Project intensives in various cities, Reich teaches tappers how to dance
with more musicality, communicate with musicians and write music. Using a live band in class,
she instructs students on how to “scat” rhythms
or transcribe choreography with rhythm notation, among other skills.
She’ll be showcasing her own skills on a
larger platform soon, as she finishes recording
her album and filming music videos to accompany its release—which she hopes is just the
beginning: “I want to be the first tap dancer to
win a Grammy Award!” n
Tap matriarch Dianne Walker,
Her musicianship puts her in a class
a world-renowned teacher and
performer whom many tap dancers
refer to as “Aunt Dianne,” says of
Reich: “She’s at the top of her game.
by herself as an entertainer. She has
authenticity, tradition and style. I
could watch her all day.”
known for her