Tap dance: taster
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your return to the studio.
This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
Course Code: DDF010E
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
In this fun and dynamic ‘taster’ class you will learn fundamental dance moves, steps and rhythms in an energising and supportive atmosphere.
What will we cover?
If you have always wondered who attends a dance class, what the content is like or even what the staff are like you can now find out for by joining a taster workshop without committing to a long course.
The class will include practical and key components of a typical dance class; warm up, technique, travelling steps or possibly a short routine/combination.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Identify your level and ability with advice from the staff
Demonstrate a greater awareness of the dance style.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
A taster workshop for beginners and for those wishing to explore different styles of dance in a fun practical setting.
A beginner's dance class isn’t just for newcomers. In any dance class there will be student’s of all levels and abilities. We all have different learning techniques and paces. If your first class seems overwhelming and you can’t get it the first time, don’t worry: dance is heavily reliant on repetition so it will happen. We want you to learn and to have fun so just give it your best and keep coming back!
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?
This class is tutor led. Teaching will include practical class work, discussion, observation and supportive feedback for individual and group awareness.
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.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please wear clothing that does not restrict your movement and allows you to adapt to changes in your body temperature. You do not need to purchase any specialist shoes for our tasters. Advice will be given if you wish to continue taking lessons. You are of course encouraged to bring any dance shoes you already have. Practice may include bare-feet. Students to tie their hair back if it is long for their own safety and comfort. Jewellery should be removed at the start of the class and mobile phones switched off. Bring bottled water.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The teacher will advise on future dance courses or you can contact the drama, dance and speech department or visit www.citylit.ac.uk for more details.
Benjamin Bailey trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in Barbican, London and has since worked on numerous dance/ theatre shows around the world as a ‘triple threat’ performer. Prior to professional training Benjamin was a national tap dance champion with his brother AJ performing as The Bailey Brothers. Career highlights include dancing and singing at the V&A museum, The Royal Albert Hall, Museu Nacional de Catalunya, Kensington Olympia, and many more. Benjamin works as a dance teacher, choreographer and producer across the UK and abroad. He is passionate about passing on the knowledge of tap dancing dating back to the 1800’s. Benjamin was fortunate enough to form a friendship with the late Steve Clark (The Clark Brothers) before he passed away. Benjamin honours the work of great tap dancers such as Sammy Davis Junior, Eleanor Powell, Gregory Hines and Fred Astaire in his classes and builds on this knowledge to keep coming up with endless new steps for his students. Benjamin is passionate about all levels of tap dancing and would recommend class to anyone who wants to develop their coordination and musicality!
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.