Linda Zapf

Director of Tap

Miss Linda has 40 years of teaching experience.  Originally from Illinois, she began dancing at the age of 8 and started teaching at 16.  After marrying her high school sweet heart in 1981 she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and was on faculty at Nickerson's Dance Studio where she taught Tap and choreographed for several musicals.  Ten years later her husband's job moved her to El Paso, Texas where she taught at The Dance Factory for 17 years.  During her stay in El Paso, Miss Linda was a member of a Tap company, Jazz on Tap, was in the musical, Dames at Sea, and spent 1.5 years studying to become a Certified Tap Teacher from the American Tap Dance Institute. She was also the head teacher for the Tap and Clogging program where she helped triple the enrollment during the time she was on staff.   In 2007, her husband's job brought her to Houston, Texas 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 helped the studio launch a recreational performing group called En Stage.  A few special highlights during her teaching career was having some of her students get asked to perform at Uncle Cliff's Amusement Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico and in the Sun Bowl's half time show in El Paso, Texas. Later on in her career, she started to get asked to choreograph routines for those students who wanted to compete.  Her choreography has won Double Platinum's, Top 1st Over-all Awards, Achievement Acknowledgment Awards, and Scholarships. After teaching several different genres over the years, Tap has become her forte and passion. She is also well known for her technical expertise in Tap.  Her mission is to share, teach, inspire, educate, and mentor her students about this wonderful American art form we call Tap.  She loves passing down her knowledge to the next generation of Tappers and hopes to instill in them a love and passion for tap as well.   Miss Linda has a very strong commitment to always bettering herself personally and professionally, and therefore, believes in the motto: "Always strive for the next level in life while you can. Never stop learning!"  She continues her training by going to Tap festivals, master classes, and other venues such as The Dance Teacher Summit and the Dance Life Retreat Center to learn and glean from some of the best tap dance educators currently in the business. Miss Linda is still married to her high school sweet heart, has two children, Aaron and Eric, and one grandchild Everleigh.  "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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