Tap dance: improvers

Course Dates: 18/01/19 - 05/04/19
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Jacqueline Pert

Our intermediate class is at a faster pace and is perfect for anyone with good previous tap experience. Extend your abilities and learn great new steps, tap moves and routines in a fun and inspiring environment. Tap shoes are essential.


What is the course about?

This is designed for adults who have had previous experience in Tap dance to a reasonably high level. A good
understanding of the techniques involved would be important and the teacher will help to develop these skills, build
confidence and increase your dance vocabulary.
The intermediate classes will expand your tap knowledge and extend your expertise and skill through learning
challenging but also fun Tap moves. You will increase your vocabulary of steps, time-steps and sequences and will
learn a progressive routine that will encourage you to perform with an emphasis on rhythm and syncopation. It is hoped that the routine will be filmed at the end of the course and shared through a video sharing website.

What will we cover?

You will develop your Tap knowledge and improve your expertise and skill through learning challenging but also fun
Tap moves that will increase your vocabulary of steps, time-steps and sequences. You will also learn a progressive
routine which will draw influences from a variety of Tap styles and genres.

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

Use various progressive Tap moves, steps and sequences.
Demonstrate several progressive time-steps.
Perform, using your body in a creative way when dancing.
Appreciate Latin/Waltz and other rhythmic styles.

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

The course is suitable for students who have a reasonably high level of Tap experience, completed both the beginners and improvers classes or equivalent.

• Follow spoken instructions.
• Use numbers to recognise musical phrasing 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 and individually.

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?

Continue with the intermediate Tap class or speak to the drama, dance and speech department for advice and guidance on what to do next.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Customer Reviews 4 item(s)

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An excellent class to gain new skills and expand your tap repertoire while learning a short routine as well. The tutor is very good teacher who knows his stuff, while encouraging you and challenging you to grow.
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Review by C Matthew / (Posted on 10/12/2018)
Be prepared to do a lot of work at the bar
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/11/2018)
This is an addition to my review of the Friday class in which I forgot to mention the level at which the class is pitched. I consider it to be at an 'intermediate' level and includes work on more technical steps like pick-ups, wings (singles, changes and off-beat timings), as well as classics like paradiddles and riffs at varying tempos.
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Review by Kim / (Posted on 07/12/2016)
This is a review of the Friday class. The class focusses on improving your tap technique in order to have cleaner, more precise footwork and enable you to progress to more difficult steps and working at a faster tempo. The tutor is extremely knowledgable and has a real passion for teaching which shows in the enthusiasm she brings to the class and that, in turn, makes you want to push yourself to be the best you can. It's hard work but also a lot of fun trying out new things and occasionally even surprising yourself with what you can achieve.
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Review by Kim / (Posted on 07/12/2016)

Book your place

Course Code: DDM121

Please choose a course date 

Fri, eve, 18 Jan - 05 Apr '19

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £149.00
Concession: £91.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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