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Madison Hilligoss is a NYC based artist with roots in Minnesota. She is a musician at her core and a true multi-hyphenate most well known for tap dance and vocal performance. Madison is an alumna of the tap dance program at The School at Jacob’s Pillow where she studied under Michelle Dorrance, Dormeshia, Derick Grant, and Jason Samuels Smith. Most of her professional performing work has been motivated by the mentorship of Jared Grimes. She is also a recent graduate from NYU ...read more
My classes are all rooted in the premise that as tap dancers, we are musicians, so our responsibility is to make and respond to music. Class will typically begin with a warm up to build strength, coordination, and muscle memory, followed by a series of call-and-response exercises in center with a focus on rhythmic accuracy and alignment/technique. The remainder of class frequently includes a combination of across-the-floor exercises, technique drills, improvisation, and finally a combination to practice retaining and performing choreography. I strive to create a welcoming class environment that is conducive to learning, experimenting, and growing.