Adult Beginner and Intermediate Level
Fridays 7.30 – 8.30 @ The Arcola Theatre, Dalston
£10 plus free entry to Tiger Rag all evening
All are welcome!
Learn the principles of good technique, understand how to break down complex rhythms and get comfortable with the all the basic steps.
This class is perfect for dancers that are new to tap or want to get solid foundations for more advanced work. Absolute beginners are welcome!
What will we do in class?
In each class we focus on core tap vocabulary and learn to use it in a variety of ways musically and stylistically. We draw inspiration from historical tap dancers such as John Bubbles, Jeni Le Gon, The Nicholas Brothers, Bill Robinson, Steve Condos, Eddie Brown and many more Masters of Tap.
Occasionally we learn extracts from their work that have been captured on film or passed down through the tap dance lineage. If you’re a fan of vintage Tap clips you’re in the right place!
We also consider technical ideas, such as weight shifts and relaxation, as a tool for creating great tonality and to give us access to faster tempos in the future.
What level is the class?
This class is perfect for beginners with some dance experience to intermediate dancers. We cover the basics from scratch and then progress to more complex variations for anyone who is looking to challenge themselves.
Dancers with some experience in Tap are encouraged to come down, particularly if you have not yet explored relaxed technique, as securing the basics will help you take your dancing to the next level.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothes that you can move around in and be prepared to get a little bit sweaty! If you have tap shoes, wear them. If you want to try class a few times before investing in a pair, the best alternatives are lace up dress shoes like oxfords. Go for a shoe with a small heel and that will make a sound.
If you are looking to buy a pair of tap shoes, check out Bloch, Capezio for some good options from affordable beginner shoes to professional quality. Avoid heels, split soles and rubber on the sole of the shoe if possible. I wear K360s by Capezio and sometimes the Jason Samuels-Smith shoes from Bloch.
I have a rehearsal space in Stoke Newington, specifically designed for tap dance, which I use or private lessons and practice.
Please contact me on the form below if you would like to arrange a private lesson or have any questions about classes.