STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

 

Adult Students:

 

“Scott is a colleague of mine at STEPS.  I have observed this work with students and I highly recommend his class.  He cares about his students passionately and he possesses a wealth of knowledge regarding all forms of musical theatre dance styles.  His choreography is challenging and fun!  ‘Old School’ theatre dance and tap is hard to find – Scott is a good bet for both.”
– KATHRYN MURPHY (fellow STEPS instructor)

 

“I have danced through many, many New York classes and teachers over the years.  Scott Thompson is the quintessential Broadway teacher and choreographer, blending classic Broadway style, musicality and technique into classes aimed at building powerful, technically strong dancers adept at multiple styles.  His keen eye for what works, what sells and what you need to do to get from classroom to stage will see you through any audition!  He’s fun, he’s fair – I love his classes!”
– CARMELA BENNETT

 

“Scott’s a talented, fun and nurturing dance teacher who is always pushing you in the best possible way to be your best.  He always demonstrates his love for dance in his teaching and he inspires you to share in that joy.”
– JEFFREY VAUSE

 

“After a several year hiatus from dance, taking class with Scott brought the joy and passion for dance back into my life.  Scott’s enthusiasm, encouragement and encyclopedic knowledge of musical theatre inspires me in every class.  In addition, his ability to convey technical and artistic concepts while maintaining a supportive environment is demonstrated by results – not a class goes by where I don’t notice improvements in my classmates and in myself.  I truly consider it a privilege to take class from someone who is not only so skilled but gives of himself so completely.  Thank you for bringing dance back into my life, Scott!”
– BARBARA JACOBS

 

“Scott Thompson is a great tap dancer, and an even greater person!  He is incredibly giving as a teacher.  He spends time with each student, and is very good at targeting what a tap dancer needs to work on in order to move to the next level.  Scott helped me transition from a ‘singer that moves well’ to a dancer!  He helped me build a solid foundation so that I would be ready for anything in the audition room!”
– MICHAEL SANTORA

 

“When I started Scott’s class, I was well behind the curve.  I had taken classes before, but I didn’t know how to LEARN how to learn how to dance!  Through patience even my own mother would be hard pressed to extend, Scott saw me through.  Eventually I found myself understanding not just the steps, but the process of learning them.  Once that clicked, dancing became a joy.”
-EMILY EDGERTON

 

Younger Students:

 

“Scott Thompson is a phenomenal person.  I have never worked with someone as dedicated to their craft as he, and I don’t know if I will again because I have a sneaking suspicion that even on Broadway, people as passionate are somewhat of an anomaly.  Scott did more for me than just teach me dance moves and block my scenes; he gave me a drive in every area of musical theatre, including singing and acting.  Working with Scott was life changing, and I am ecstatic to hear that he is coming back.  I can only hope that more of his talent rubs off on me.  He is one of the most skilled, hard working and sincere people you will ever meet.”
– JACOB SCOTT

 

“What I learned the most from Scott Thompson was that you can honestly push yourself far past your own expectations.  Before this past summer I had never considered myself to be a dancer, but after three weeks with Scott, it finally didn’t feel out of place to say that I was one.  I was cast as the lead dancer in my school show this year and I know without his help, I honestly would have had no shot at  being cast as that.  Not only did my dancing improve, but my overall performing skills improved dramatically.  He taught me that you have to always be working for it, and never let your acting slip for even a second when you’re dancing.  He taught me that acting was the most important part of the dance.”
– KORINA LURIE

 

“TAP Camp is a wonderful place where the staff takes a personal interest in each camper.  If there’s something you feel you’re not as strong in, you’ll probably feel much more confident after TAP.  Scott Thompson is a wonderful director full of life experience, wonderful stories and just plain talent!  He makes rehearsals fun and efficient.  I learned so much from the TAP Camp staff and Scott Thompson last year and wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
– LIZZIE GUEST

 

“Let me begin by saying that I cannot dance, or rather, I could not dance until I met the incredible Scott Thompson.  This man literally changed my life (as is the nature of every faculty member brought into Texas Arts Project).  For the three weeks the camp ran, I watched in amazement as he made girls belt and turned boys into strong leading men, including myself.  However, in addition to all of this, he gave me the opportunity I had given up hope on ever receiving; he gave me the chance to dance.  Until this point I had been told I would never dance, but “no” and “can’t” aren’t in Scott’s vocabulary.  This man was the first person to tell me I could be everything I ever wanted to be, he took a chance and trusted me and now I am pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at Millikin University, where I am being cast in musicals as a main dancer.  Who would have ever known?  I guess Scott did!  I’ve heard people jokingly say, “TAP Camp changes lives”, but it really does.  Do yourself a favor and sign up for this amazing opportunity.”
– COY BRANSCUM

 

“From my point of view, Scott Thompson was the best teacher I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.  Just by the way he taught he made everyone love and learn the theatre craft.  I’ve learned way more about the industry in three weeks with Scott than I have in any other way.  He really provided the students a great, relaxing environment to learn the craft.  He taught dance as though it was acting, which is hard to find in some choreographers.  We students weren’t learning choreography, but instead we were acting out different emotions that just so happened to have synchronized movement to them!  I felt that he made everyone feel like they could do anything, if they tried hard enough.  If they wanted to be successful, they could do it.  He was a firm believer in “if you want it, go and get it”.  And he made everyone learning from him try their absolute hardest each chance they got, with no wasted repetition.  ‘Look the tiger in the eye’!”
– HAYDEN WARZEK