Wisdom Nuggets with Jenefer Miller
We have a treat for you!
Jenefer Miller, Founder of Just West of Broadway, Creator of the Phoenix Tap Fest, teacher at numerous conventions including Wing It Tap Intensive, Las Vegas Tap Fest, Motor City Tap Fest spent some time with Sugarpro Ashley and is sharing her insight with YOU!
- What is your favorite thing about teaching a convention?
The energy in the room is contagious and we all have so much fun!!! I also love when I can convince a kiddo who thinks they aren’t good at tap to realize they do have the potential and getting them excited to learn!
- What do you look for in a dancer when choosing convention scholarships?
When selecting students for scholarships, I am looking for the kids who are really hungry and eager to learn. Maybe they aren’t the best just yet, but they are eager!
- Any tips for dancers at conventions?
Honestly, I always loved moving to a spot in those giant rooms where I could actually move (not right up front). Unless you’re taking a tap class. Then, make sure to find a spot on the wood! Lastly, whatever the class is, go for it. Do your personal best and live for the dance!
- What was your favorite convention when you were a student?
When I first started to get serious about dance, Tremaine was the most popular convention. I studied with their original faculty and I still remember some of the combos I learned. But, when NYCDA came onto the scene, that was when I felt most at home. I loved training in NYC and loved the stylized classes. That’s where I met Andy Blankenbeuler and where I first took class with him!
- Any advice for students that want to make a career out of dance?
My advice for any dancer seeking a career in dance is never ever give up. Never let anyone tell you that you are too tall or too heavy or too short. I’ve always had curves and have worked professionally since I was 19. Be passionate and be creative! Don’t be afraid to try new styles of dance or move to new places. If you are truly a dancer, you will find your lane and flourish! I was 44 years old when I was selected to create/perform Morton Gould’s Tap Dance Concerto with the MusicaNova Orchestra. It has been one of the highlights of my career! Never give up!
Thank you Ms Miller for taking time to share with our community and for your nuggets of wisdom!!