Tap dance: beginners
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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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.
A beginners' dance class isn’t just for newcomers. In any beginners' dance class there will be students from all types of backgrounds. 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?
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?
Continue with this class or try one of our many other dance courses.
Jacqueline Pert has been teaching Rhythm Tap for over 30 years. She trained and subsequently taught at the National Tap Dance Company of Canada before returning to England where she continued teaching at the major dance and drama schools in London. She taught at the Actors Centre for over 20 years before coming to City Lit in 2014. She also sings and taps in various jazz clubs around London.
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.