Colburn’s Tap Dance Program is an embodied music education. Students are taught to read percussion music and then physically manifest those rhythms, cultivating their bodies as articulate musical instruments.
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.
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 emphasize and expand terminology and music skills. This class meets once a week.
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 is designed to give dancers who want to deepen their tap study or increase their versatility in dance. Two years of tap is recommended. Teens will have the opportunity to advance their tap and music skills.
This class assists Musical Theatre Artists to prepare for auditions, as well as providing a place for all tap dancers to experience the Broadway style of tap dancing. All levels of tappers are welcome to expand their basic skills and take them to the next level. Attention will be given to basic time steps and theatrical movement as well as counting musically for time and accuracy of sound production. This class is fun and energetic!
Auditions are required for Intermediate Tap Ensemble. Students who have been studying with our Colburn tap faculty will be considered for this performing ensemble and if accepted, will progress their tap technique and music skills with three different faculty instructors. More advanced and challenging choreography is introduced as well as demanding dance movement, emphasizing performance quality. Continued music study and tap history is crucial for this ensemble. By this stage of development, students will be improvising easily. Learning how to work with fellow dancers on stage and in class is an important lesson in building our tap community and allowing for the best in all students.
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. Auditions are required for students who have not been trained in the Colburn tap program. This class meets three times per week with a variety of Colburn tap faculty.