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Meet Sarah Reich of Tap Music Productions

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Reich.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Sarah. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I am a professional tap dancer born and raised in Los Angeles. I was fortunate enough to grow up in LA at a time when some of the best of the best tap dance teachers were around. I took advantage of all the opportunities to learn and grow with the art form, and by 18, I was working as a professional.

I have had the pleasure of touring all over the world with the famous band Postmodern Jukebox; exposing the art form to thousands of people. I am currently developing new works with my company, Tap Music Productions. I have just released my first album, New Change, featuring tap as the main percussion element of original songs written stemming from tap rhythms.

I teach all over the world with my Tap Music Project Intensives. In this workshop, I teach tap dancers how to dance with more musicality, communicate with musicians and write music. Using a live band in class, I instruct students on how to “scat” rhythms or transcribe choreography with rhythm notation, among other skills.

My intention is to “bring tap back” in an innovative, refreshing way. I want to continue to bring tap into mass media with great respect and quality.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?

Not necessarily. The entertainment business does present certain challenges for tap dancers. However, accepting those challenges have motivated me to create more opportunities for myself and others. Having a better understanding of the business has allowed the tap industry to have a voice that is becoming louder. It takes passion to overcome adversity.
I find excitement in opening doors by being innovative and forward thinking. With that- comes a lot of hard work, research & determination. When you love what you do it changes your perception of the work that needs to be done.
Some people say tap is a dying art form. I say it’s alive and well.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Tap Music Productions story. Tell us more about the business.
I created Tap Music Productions as a platform for the musicianship of tap dance. The primary focus is to showcase visual content in the recording of tap as music for myself and others. This allows the tap community to have an experience in a way that’s other than the dance itself. This is exposing them to other fields in the entertainment industry. It’s a new venture that we’re very excited about.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Receiving the gift of purpose is the best “luck”. I am thankful to be doing what I love for a living. Days are filled with passion, love and giving back.

If there’s ever any bad luck- I’m still living my dream, so it can’t be that bad.

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Image Credit:
Visual Thought, Jeremy Jackson

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