Why Dance Matters: Dancing (And Writing) is Healing

When author Sarah Lynn reached out to me about her book Tip- Tap Pop I was honored. I had heard of the book before, but for some reason had never explored it.  I wanted to feature the book here on the blog because I think it models how powerful dance can be to EVERYONE, not just littles or teenagers, but to everyone! I also think it’s important to tell and show our students how powerful it can be. I think of it as passing dance on to the next generation! Even if my students don’t become professional dancers (I know most of the won’t) I still want them to LOVE dance. I want them to use it for the rest of their life for happiness and healing.

The book is beautifully illustrated and tells a wonderful story about a little girl and her grandfather. They tap dance together, but as her grandfather ages he forgets the steps. All the words of the sounds are written throughout the book, and it has a really nice rhythm to it. I could envision myself doing the steps as I was reading the pages. When I asked Sarah about her background in dance and what her inspiration for the book was she said:

 I think of writing professionally as kind of like dancing professionally. They are both amazing creative outlets and ways to express oneself. I feel passionate about writing, just like I did about dance. Both I love. Both make you vulnerable and open to criticism (at the higher levels of dancing).

 The dancer inside me lives on. When I listen to music I can visualize choreography. I often dream in dance. And I can hear the way my tap teachers talked to me. Shuffle hop shuffle hop shuffle hop step. Like that. When my own grandparents were aging, I was driving in a car, and all of a sudden I had this idea that those tap sounds would be really cool in a book. I thought about my grandparents and I thought about how my son (at that time I had only one child and he was little) LOVED my own dad. I decided to write a story about the loving connection between grandparent and grandchild, and incorporate tap as a thread.

How amazing is she? Sarah says she does outreach with schools using the book and does a lesson on patterns with the tap sounds. Have a tap class you need a lesson for? Have a child that loves dance and is dealing with sickness or loss with a family memeber? This is your book! 🙂

I’m really inspired by Sarah because she turned her dancing and writing into a healing process for her and her family. It certainly touched me and I will keep it on my bookshelf forever. Next time you are at the book store or the library, check it out! You won’t regret it! xo

Have you read any dance books that are feel- good- healing stories? Any that would be good to share with littles? I would love to hear! 


  1. Maria,

    What a beautiful book! So lovely that you had the opportunity to connect with this author and hear the inspiration behind it all. Beautiful! Thanks for a great post.


    1. Author

      Jacqui, I’m so glad you enjoyed reading the post. It’s a lovely book, isn’t it? Thanks so much for you comment!

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