Tap dance: beginners

Course Dates: 01/11/19 - 06/12/19
Time: 13:30 - 15:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Jacqueline Pert

If you are new to tap then this is the place to start. Come and find your dancing feet. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.


What is the course about?

You will learn, practise and be able to perform all the basic steps of American tap dance. You will gain a basic understanding of rhythm and syncopation. You will also learn a fun routine which will feature the steps and moves you have learned.

What will we cover?

We will concentrate on learning and mastering the three basic steps - shuffle, tap-step and ball-change. We will learn a basic timestep and the basic American paddle-and-roll. We will look at tap styles and gain inspiration from watching videos of classic tap performances.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Perform basic double and treble steps.
Perform a simple time-step.
Differentiate between different tempos and rhythms.
Appreciate differences between English and American styles.
Dance a simple tap routine.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is suitable for complete beginners. Some experience of dance (jazz/contemporary etc.) is useful but not essential.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Follow spoken instructions
• Use numbers to recognise rhythms within dance.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

In a group, with individual attention.

You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

It is essential to have good shoes and tap shoes are necessary for this class. Having the correct shoes can really improve your technique and give you a much better feeling for the style of dance. The tap shoes should be fitted with tap plates using screw fittings (no rivets). Specialised stockists such as Gamba, Freed and Dancia, which have outlets in and around Covent Garden can provide appropriate footwear. Clothing should be comfortable and loose.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You will be encouraged to enrol on to the Improver's class and progress to the intermediate class.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

An uplifting experience pretty much guaranteed and the satisfaction of learning what a complex art tap dance is!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/06/2019)
Definitely recommend it. Tutor is very patient and knowledgeable and accommodates all ability levels.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/06/2019)
I have already recommended it
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Review by don't mind / (Posted on 21/06/2019)
This is a challenging skill but the tutor is very helpful and encouraging, tailoring the course to those participating
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/06/2019)
Thoroughly recommend it. Just go for it - there's nothing to fear! The world class champion tap dancer showing you the ropes only wants you to enjoy it.
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Review by Sarah / (Posted on 19/06/2019)
Great fun and challenging. The tutor gave lots of help and support and made the course enjoyable for all participants.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/06/2019)
Great fun, challenging but not impossible, and turns Monday into a smile day
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Review by Alistair / (Posted on 18/06/2019)
It's challenging but great fun!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 05/04/2019)
This is a beginners course and will progress at the pace of the slowest - you may not cover all that is set out in the overview
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/03/2019)
Definitely worth doing.
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Review by John G. / (Posted on 25/03/2019)
Highly enjoyable, active learning suitable for a range of beginner levels.
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Review by Beverley Johnston / (Posted on 20/03/2019)
A full on flurry of tapping- shed some weight, improve fitness and dance with pizzazz. A multitude of tap steps brought together into exciting amalgamations and routines.
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Review by Lynn / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
Challenging, but great
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
Great fun, good exercise from body and brain.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
This class is a lovely introduction into tap dancing, it is a general beginners level, so there are some people who have repeated the course or come with some past experience. Ben juggles this mix very well, explaining the basics as well as providing opportunities for those a bit more advanced to add on variations and additional rhythms. I love the teaching style which is relaxed but very focussed. People in the class seem very comfortable and it’s great fun!
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Review by Gisela / (Posted on 20/11/2018)
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Course Code: DDB016

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Started Fri, day, 01 Nov - 06 Dec '19

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £63.00
Concession: £48.00

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