Tap and Musical Theater

Kids sitting on floor with tap shoes visible
This fall, stay engaged, inspired, and progressing in your artistry and technique in the Colburn Connected Virtual Dance Studio. Dancers can advance their training at home, accompanied by live music, and get real-time feedback from world-class instructors.

New this semester, in addition to the many genre-specific classes offered online each week, students can take “Plus” classes that supplement training and physicality. Dancers will also have the opportunity to develop their artistry in new ways with film and choreographic projects, take master classes with notable professional artists, and participate in a special virtual Nutcracker project.

Ages 8–12

In this introductory class, students learn basic tap technique and music skills. Students practice the proper use of legs and loose ankles, and learn shuffles, flaps, cramp rolls, step heel rudiments, and increase skills moving across the room. Students learn how to count quarter notes and eighth notes. No previous experience necessary.

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Ages 9–12

This class adds single pull backs, wings, slides, turns, and more challenging choreography, while continuing to improve all basic rudiments and time steps. Improvisation is introduced and continued percussion study helps students to improve technique and time. Class meets twice weekly. Audition is required.

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Ages 9–12

Students are required to meet higher standards of instruction in this class for serious tap dancers. This class requires young dancers to perfect more accurate tap skills and steps. They also read drum music and hone stronger technique. Class meets twice weekly. Audition is required.

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Ages 13–17

This is an intermediate class for the experienced tap student to maintain their skills and continue with their tap study with a focus on musical theater tap. Ideal for musical theater students and any dancer who would like to expand their range and improve their time. Class meets once weekly. Two years previous tap instruction is required.

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Ages 11–13

This class has two instructors to broaden the dancer’s experience. A ballet class is also required. Students are expected to demonstrate strong technique and athletic skills. Improvisation is developed and music skills increased. This ensemble has additional performing opportunities. Class meets three times weekly. Audition is required.

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Ages 14+

In Colburn’s most advanced Tap Ensemble, dancers are encouraged to develop strong voices in their dancing by learning challenging choreography. Additional performance opportunities are offered for this ensemble. Class meets twice weekly. Audition is required.

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Ages 14+

An hour-long weekly class that supplements the curriculum for Tap Ensemble II. Across the course of the year, dancers will study units in ballet, jazz, and modern.

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Ages 9-12

An hour-long weekly class that studies musical theater dance styles.

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Ages 15+

Triple threat artists will be required to perform more complicated works from musicals under the direction of three instructors: Lea Floden for acting, Mike Stevens for voice and Denise Scheerer for dance. The class emphasizes high-end college and professional-level skill building that helps students compete for BFA and MFA auditions. This group will perform for the Winter and Spring Musical Theater concerts. The class includes a required dance component.

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Ages 15+

An hour-long weekly class that supplements the curriculum of Advanced Musical Theater. Over the course of the year, students will study ballet, modern, and jazz.

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