Odyssey Dance Academy's Tap Company serves to train serious tap dancers with a series of guest tap instructors and choreographers. Our Tap Company class meets every Saturday at 12:30 pm. Both Artistic Director, Emily Williams, and Madeleine Schmidhauser oversee our Tap Company Program, with Madeleine serving as the primary instructor during weeks between guest teachers. Drop-in fees are $20 for weeks with guest instructors ($17 for all other weeks).

See below for our schedule of instructors.

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Maddy took her first tap class at the age of 7 and has never stopped tapping since. Not long after tap, she began training in ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, modern, and lyrical and continues to polish her technique training at Edge Performing Arts Center, Millennium Dance Complex, and various other
studios in the Orange County and LA area. Maddy is currently dancing with Gabe and Mindy Copeland’s tap company “Tap Overload” and has performed at countless venues with them.

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Mary Thomas has been training in tap, jazz, ballet, and choreography at Dance 4 Joy Ministries since 2007. She is most passionate about tap and studies consistently with professional tappers Leah Silva and Linda Sohl-Ellison. She has also studied with leading tap artists such as Sarah Reich, Aaron Williams, Melinda Sullivan, Jason Janas, Sam Weber, Ted Louis Levy, and many more. Mary is also a member of Reverb Tap Company. She has been teaching since 2016 and enjoys sharing her love for dance with all of her students.




Carri Burbank Glen has committed her life to dance and her passion is teaching. She is certified in the ABT® National Training Curriculum and currently on faculty at Elevation Studios and Impact Dance Center, and owned her own large studio in Orange County for 18 years. She was the tap choreographer to The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies for 10 years; and choreographed shows with her company “Star Quality” around the world including Japan, Taiwan, and France. Carri is the president of Dance 2 Your Door, 501(c)3 bringing monthly shows to the immobile and underprivileged. As past president of Dance In Action, a non-profit organization of dance teachers on the west coast, Carri created scholarship opportunities as well as hired faculty, organized conventions, and produced shows. As a performer, Carri traveled with Princess Cruises and danced in movies, musicals, TV, and videos. Ms. Burbank Glen’s greatest joy is instilling the love of dance in all her students.

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Gary Roberts has performed on stages such as the Ford Amphitheater in LA to the MIM Music Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona where he recently danced to celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Gary has shared the stage with legendary performers such as Chester A. Whitmore, The Opus One Big Band Orchestra, Norma Miller, Skip Cunningham, and James Janisse.

He has had the honor of working with tap greats such as Channing Cook Holmes, Joy Hewitt, Hiroshi Hamanishi, and also with Christy Hernandez and Leah Silva as a member of Encore Tap Ensemble. Gary also recently performed at the Hollywood Fringe Festival to rave reviews in the award-winning original production Office Beat, with the all-star tap company, Tap Overload under the direction of Gabe and Mindy Copeland. He has performed in live musicals and has many regional theatre credits under his belt. Favorite Credits include Diesel (West Side Story, Taylor PAC), Johnny/Ensemble (Funny Girl, IVRT), Atlas/Ensemble (Mary Poppins, Performance Riverside), Humpty Dumpty/Ensemble (Shrek, Performance Riverside), and Waiter/Ensemble (Hello Dolly, Haugh PAC).

Gary also originated the role of Harry the Hoofer in the world premiere of Temptation!, a new musical based on Arthur Miller’s play, "The Creation of the World and Other Business” in which his featured solo was praised as “a terrific tap dance” by the LA Times. He has also danced as a swing dancer in Swing into Spring! - A Big Band Musical Revue at the Encore Dinner Theatre in Tustin, CA. In addition to performing, Gary teaches and choreographs for schools, theaters, and studios throughout Southern California including Orange County School of the Arts, West Coast School of the Arts, and PAVE School of the Arts. He is also a resident teacher for TAP-a-holics at Evolution Studios in North Hollywood and has taught at Millennium Dance Complex and Debbie Allen Dance Academy in LA.