Tap and Musical Theater

Kids sitting on floor with tap shoes visible

Tap dancers and enthusiasts are invited to a series of master classes, held in conjunction with the 2022 Tap Fest performance on March 5. Colburn’s talented tap faculty along with renowned guest artists will lead classes for all levels.

All participants must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of the class.


In Tap I, students learn the foundations of tap as an embodied form of music.

In Tap II, students build their movement vocabulary and sensitivity to music

Wednesdays: 5:30-6:30pm

In Tap III, students are introduced to more complex concepts in tap dance technique and musicality.

Saturdays: 10:30-11:30am

Teen Tap is designed for beginning level students between the ages of 13 and 18.


Fridays, 7-8:30pm w/Melinda Sullivan

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.

Tuesday 07:00 PM-08:25 PM
Thursday 05:30 PM-08:25 PM
Saturday 01:30 PM-02:55 PM

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.

Wednesday 07:00 PM-08:25 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM-03:25 PM

This class is designed for young students who are needing dance skills to deepen their Musical Theatre training. The triple-threat art form requires dance as a regular component of the artist’s study. This class uses Jazz dance technique to strengthn and develop strong alignment and dance skills needed for Musical Theatre. This class meets once weekly for ages 9-12 years. 

This class is for High School students who are on the path to a Musical Theater career. It provides the training that is not available in their school programs to help connect and build skills. A weekly dance class that rotates Jazz, Modern, and Ballet throughout the year gives students the versatility needed for this competitive art form. Voice and choreography are brought to life with acting that connects the song and movement to the story. Auditions are required for new students.