Tap Dance Performance Instruction offered by
Nancy Cottrell in La Jolla, California
Nancy returned to dancing in 1998. She had left dance to become a wife, homemaker and mother of 3, not because she didn’t have talent. Her original 13 years of formal dance instruction at the Lily Doran Dance Studio in Garfield
Nancy returned to dancing in 1998. She left dance to become a wife, homemaker and mother of 3, not because she didn’t have talent. Her original 13 years of formal dance instruction at the Lily Doran Dance Studio in Garfield Heights, Ohio was followed by the dance trope performances on stage and then on to the “big time” as a production tap dancer on the Gene Carroll Television Show (Gene Carroll was a big band leader and his was a variety show similar to Ed Sullivan’s).
She returned to dance as a soloist and chorus dancer with the Hot Flashes Dance Troupe in North County, then taught tap at studios in Rancho Bernardo, Escondido, and San Marcos including Academy of World, Dance & Arts, Best Foot Forward, Xanadu, the San Marcos Community Center and Escondido’s Adult School. She was the choreographer & tap captain for the 1999 stage performance of “Princess Snowflake’s Christmas Journey” at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. During this period she started her own group as Director & Choreographer of “Tapping to the Stars!!!”. The troupe’s Broadway Tap routines gained the dancers stage knowledge and the fun in choosing costumes for their performances throughout North County. Home for the troupe was the NC Studio in Vista. The class then moved to the Firehouse YMCA on Herschel near Wall Street in 2007 and remained there for 7 years. The troupe made the move to Cuvier Street and the Ooh-La-La Dance studio on November 1, 2014.
Nancy auditioned to be a Radio City Rockette for the
Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Los Angeles, in May 1999. Nancy passed her dance audition, yet could not meet the height requirements (though trying several times)
Those in Nancy’s class love the group because they learn dance easily from her instead of mere rote memorization of steps. She has a talent to teach and connect with her students. They can actually tap in a short time and
be dancers quickly.
TAPPING TO THE STARS