Tap dance: improvers

Course Dates: 13/01/20 - 30/03/20
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Jacqueline Pert

Practise and improve your basic Tap skills and increase your vocabulary of steps and sequences. Gain a greater understanding of rhythm, tempo and syncopation. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.


What is the course about?

You will be able to practice and improve your basic Tap skills and increase your vocabulary of steps and sequences. From this you will gain a greater understanding of rhythm, tempo and syncopation. You will also learn and perform a fun and interesting routine.

What will we cover?

You will learn and experiment with classic American steps including paddle-and-rolls, flaps, riffs and ripples.
Together we will discover how to put steps together to make up a routine and perform as a group. All students will
be encouraged to perform steps and sequences solo. The routine will be filmed at the end of the course and shared through a video sharing website.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Perform all the basic double and treble steps.
Perform the basic American time steps and several classic time steps.
Understand different dance tempos.
Perform a fun routine.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is ideal for students who have completed the beginners course or have a basic knowledge of Tap.

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?

As 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 improvers or speak to the tutor about an intermediate class.


Customer Reviews 6 item(s)

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

You need to be a very good tap dancer if you want to keep up with this course
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 02/07/2019)
Good fun, keeps you active, brilliant tutor.
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Review by Cathy / (Posted on 18/06/2019)
An excellent class to gain new skills and expand your tap repertoire while learning a short routine as well. The tutor is very good teacher who knows his stuff, while encouraging you and challenging you to grow.
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Review by C Matthew / (Posted on 10/12/2018)
Be prepared to do a lot of work at the bar
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/11/2018)
This is an addition to my review of the Friday class in which I forgot to mention the level at which the class is pitched. I consider it to be at an 'intermediate' level and includes work on more technical steps like pick-ups, wings (singles, changes and off-beat timings), as well as classics like paradiddles and riffs at varying tempos.
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Review by Kim / (Posted on 07/12/2016)
This is a review of the Friday class. The class focusses on improving your tap technique in order to have cleaner, more precise footwork and enable you to progress to more difficult steps and working at a faster tempo. The tutor is extremely knowledgable and has a real passion for teaching which shows in the enthusiasm she brings to the class and that, in turn, makes you want to push yourself to be the best you can. It's hard work but also a lot of fun trying out new things and occasionally even surprising yourself with what you can achieve.
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Review by Kim / (Posted on 07/12/2016)
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Course Code: DDM012

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Mon, eve, 13 Jan - 30 Mar '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £97.00

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