Introduction to tap technique and the proper use of legs and loose ankles for accurate sound production. Students will learn the basic rudiments and weight placement. Terminology is emphasized. Using basic rudiments, students are asked to dance and understand the value of quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes. This class meets once a week for ages 7-9 years.
Tap I or previous tap study is required for this class. While continuing to develop proper technique students advance their tap skills by learning to connect the steps to the musical time and begin to produce clarity of sound. More movement and turns across the floor with proper use of arms is practiced. The class continues to emphasis and expand terminology. This class meets twice a week for ages 8-9 years.
Two years previous tap instruction is required for this class. Students advance their practice and develop the ability to dance more complicated combinations and steps. Stronger co-ordination of arms and legs allows for more movement and to develop individual style. Improvisation is introduced and practiced with more advanced music instruction. This class meets two times a week with a ballet class to develop a stronger knowledge of movement and alignment. Ages 9-11 years. Audition is required for students not already in the program.
This class is designed to give dancers who want to deepen their tap study or increase their versatility in dance. It is most helpful for Musical Theatre Artists who need tap training to be competitive and also gives those who simply love to tap a weekly class. Basic technique, terminology and music skills are practiced weekly. Dancers are required to have at least two years tap training for this class that meets once per week.
Tap III is a prerequisite, or four years previous tap training is required. In this more advanced class, students are working at a higher level of technique and more complicated rhythms and combinations. Tap vocabulary will include more athletic and challenging steps building on their training. Music study will advance and allow Improvisation to lead tap artists to their individual sound and style. Tap history will also be discussed. A ballet class is included with this level that meet three times per week for ages 11-13 years.
As the most advanced level offered, students will have additional performances and master class opportunities. This class advances serious and committed tap artists to their full potential and skill level. Group and solo dancing are explored as well as learning traditional and original choreography by master teachers. Tap artists will also be encouraged to create their own choreography. Full understanding of music and percussion allows students to improvise with confidence and have the ability to tap in time and accurately as a group or individually. Tap history study is included. Students who have not been trained in the Colburn tap program will be require to audition. The class also includes a full dance class once a week that rotates Jazz, Modern and Ballet throughout the year as well as additional rehearsal time as needed. Ages 14-17 years.
Previously Musical Theater I, this class focuses on building the necessary dance skills to excel in Musical Theater and prepares students for High School Musical Theater.
Yuka Fukuda will be the lead instructor for this offering.
Previously titled Musical Theater II, High School Musical Theater focuses on the building the triple threat performing art form.
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