Tap dance: beginners
Time: 17:30 - 19:00
Location: Keeley Street
This course has now started
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 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?
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.
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.