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STUDIO RULES & CLASS INFO

 

SOME RULES:

- No video taping, audio taping, or photo taking during classes, rehearsals or performances unless granted permission by the teacher.

- You may bring a bottle of water into the studios. No food or drinks in the studios except for designated lunch events or areas.

- Sorry - no observers allowed in any of the studios. (The guests you may see are VIPs)

- Please no tapping in the hallways.

SAFETY: Do not leave your possessions unattended, ever. The American Tap Dance Foundation is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property. Do not bring valuables to the studios or theater. Leave them at home or locked in a hotel safe.

HEALTH & INJURY PREVENTION:   Make this an optimal learning experience for yourself. Pace your self, drink lots of water, stretch out before and after classes, don't dance into pain, and pay attention to injuries.  

FOOT CARE & BLISTER PREVENTION:   Do not make the mistake of wearing new tap shoes to class. To avoid blisters, break in new shoes before you come to class. You will probably be dancing more hours and more intensely than you do usually, and many students get blisters even with normally comfortable, broken in tap shoes. Use band-aids, medical tape and moleskin (all available at any drugstore) to prevent blisters before they start.

How do I know what level I am?
For the Adult Program see the description of Levels below.  

I'm not sure how to choose the right program for myself - any pointers?
All of our teachers are great, so in the Adult Program select a schedule based on your budget, time availability, level and stamina.  Read over the website and faculty bios, so that you have a good sense of our offerings. Make sure to select the appropriate levels for your class choices.  The Adult Program schedule is designed to give adult students many choices in selecting a range of styles and a satisfying learning experience.  Contact us if you need more info.

 

Description of levels
(listed in order of most basic to most advanced)

Absolute Beginner Tap Workshops for Adults and Teens 13+  - (6) Week Sessions
If you have never taken a tap dance class, or have had less than 6 months of classes, this is the class for you.  All basic tap skills are introduced to build a solid basic level of technique (shuffles, flaps, cramp rolls, Irish, shuffle ball change, etc.) and basic fundamental music skills are introduced as well. Students learn unique combinations using these tap fundamentals, and learn parts of the “Shim Sham”. 

 

Basic Tap for Adults & Teens 13+
This class is for the student who has taken an Absolute Beginner Workshop or is returning to tap and needs a review to help transition to the Beginning Level class.  Tap skills including shuffles, flaps, cramp rolls, the Irish, shuffle ball change, fundamental music skills and parts of the “Shim Sham” dance and more will be covered.

 

Beginner Tap for Adults & Teens 13+

This class is for students who have cultivated the basic vocabulary of tap, and have had at least one year of experience. Students add more skills and vocabulary, and develop a strong foundation of tap technique. Original combinations, simple time steps, paddle and roll combinations, and music fundamentals are explored.  Choreography includes the instructor’s original creations and concepts from   the “Copasetic Canon” which include the Shim Sham. 

Fast Beginner Tap for Adults & Teens 13+
This class is for students who have mastered the basics, and have learned basic time steps and paddle and roll concepts. This class moves at a quicker pace, and continues to build on learned skills, adding more complex combinations, adding more technique, and exploring more aspects of the “Copasetic Canon”.  Rhythm turns, cross over steps, rhythm time steps, more complex paddle and roll combinations, and simple flash steps such as pullbacks are included.  Students cultivate original dances and also review and explore dances such as the Shim Sham, Coles Stroll, and Soft Shoe.

Fast Beginner Repertory
for Adults & Teens 13+
Want to add some “bankable” classic and historic tap choreography to your repertoire? This class is geared toward the FAST Beginner level, and is focused on introducing and exploring classic works and combinations of the Copasetics, Eddie Brown, Pete Nugent, Leon Collins, Buster Brown, and other great tap artists. Students should have some prior experience with various time steps, the shim sham, and paddle and roll combinations, and drawback combinations to be successful in class. Class will learn about the choreographer whose work they are learning, and where possible take a look at some archival video footage. This class is for students seeking to build a solid tap foundation, working toward deeper tap explorations in the future.

 

Advanced Beginner for Adults & Teens 13+
For students working at a faster pace, working on unique warm ups, more advanced technical skills, improvisation, improvisation games (structured improv), counting, original time steps and combinations, and more! 

 

Slow Intermediate for Adults & Teens 13+

For students who have mastered an assortment of time steps, rhythm time steps, paddle and roll and more, this class will include developing a higher level of technique and more complex combinations. Choreography and combinations can include original combinations from the instructor, and / or steps and sections of dances choreographed by tap masters such as Buster Brown, Leon Collins, Steve Condos and Bill Robinson, etc.

 

Intermediate for Adults & Teens 13+
For students who have mastered an assortment of time steps, rhythm time steps, paddle and roll and more, this class will include developing a higher level of technique and more complex combinations. Choreography and combinations can include original combinations from the instructor, and / or steps and sections of dances choreographed by tap masters such as Buster Brown, Leon Collins, Steve Condos and Bill Robinson, etc.

 

Intermediate Repertory for Adults & Teens 13+

Are you ready to hone your performance skills through classic and contemporary tap works? Each Session students are introduced to a work of tap repertory geared towards intermediate level students. No drop-ins allowed, students must register for an entire Session, but students may take one class before registering. Students in this Repertory course are encouraged to also attend one of our weekly Advanced Beginning or Fast Beginning tap technique classes. Performance Opportunities.

 

Intermediate/Advanced Technique and Repertory Workshops for Adults & Teens 13+  - (3-6) Week Workshops
Tap master/choreographer Brenda Bufalino teaches Technique in Rhythm Concert Tap and American Tap Dance Orchestra Repertory.

Advanced Pro (5) Week Workshops for Adults & Teens 13+

Description coming soon

Improvisation (Mixed Levels)
Open Improvisation is a class which provides tools, ideas and concepts to help any level dancer become more expressive in their tap improvisation. The focus is on physical, mental, musical and emotional exercises to help expand creativity and to become more confident when improvising.