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Linda Zapf

Director of Tap

Linda Zapf, originally from Illinois, started dancing at the age of 8 and had a unique opportunity to start teaching by the age of 16.  After marrying her high school sweetheart she moved to Albuquerque, NM and was on faculty at Nickerson’s Dance Studio for 10 years teaching tap and choreographing musicals. In 1990 she moved to El Paso, TX where she taught for 17 years at The Dance Factory. During her time at The Dance Factory, Miss Linda taught tap to all ages and was able to triple there tap enrollment.  A huge highlight during her time at The Dance Factory was when her clogging group was invited to performed at the Sun Bowl’s half time show and the performance received a standing ovation. Another highlight was being a member of the Jazz on Tap Performing Group under the direction of Drue Pierce. Also during her time in El Paso she spent 1.5 years studying to become a Certified Tap Teacher from the American Tap Dance Institute under the direction of Chris Baker. In 2007, her husband's job brought her to Houston and in 2009 she began teaching at Boni's Dance and Performing Art's Studio. In 2015, she became the Tap Director and in 2017 she launched the EnStage performing group. While in Houston she obtained another tap certification in 2022 from itap online under the direction of Hillary-Marie. During her lifetime of teaching tap and choreographing on the competition circuit, her students have won Double Platinum's, Top 1st Over-all Awards, Achievement Acknowledgment Awards, and Scholarships.  With Miss Linda’s strong passion for tap she has been educating tap dancers for over four decades, and is well known for her technical expertise.  She incorporates music theory, history, improvisation, and practical application into all her of tap classes to help students enhance their tap training. Miss Linda has a very strong commitment to always better herself personally as well as professionally and believes in the motto: Always strive for the next level in life while you can, never stop learning.  “Life means: Do the best that you can with what you've got, with all your mind and heart.  One can do anything in this world if one wants it bad enough." - Clayton "Peg-Leg" Bates (1907-1998)  Worlds Greatest One-Legged Tap Dancer.

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