Al Gilbert Tap Technique
What do Valerie Rockey (Runner-up SYTYCD Season 11), Mallory Hagen (Miss America 2013), and some of today's top Tap Choreographers, including Darryl Retter, Gregg Russell, Keith Clifton, Thommie Retter, Brooke Paulsen, and Terry Lindholm, have in common?
The Al Gilbert Tap Technique!
What's the difference between the "Original" tap technique and the "New" technique? As much as the content itself is primarily the same, there is one main difference, and that's the soundtrack.
The Orginal Tap Technique offers a piano-only soundtrack. Mr. Gilbert worked with his pianist to ensure that the pattern of each track of music matched with the pattern of each tap step.
Mr. Gilbert hired a music producer to offer a more current musical energy. The New Technique offers a fully orchestrated soundtrack. Very much like a pop-song vibe. He also enhanced and expanded most grade levels, including more exercises to fill in what he thought "gaps" to offer an even more complete tap syllabus.