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 Build 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