Tap Dance

Tap Dance Program

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.

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Karissa Royster 7yr - 8yr 11mo 09/02 - 06/01 Sa 09:45 am - 10:25 am $830.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Zoe Lesser 7yr - 8yr 11mo 06/29 - 07/20 Sa 09:00 am - 09:55 am $105.00

More advanced steps, flaps and time steps are introduced. While continuing to review established skills and terminology, the class will practice the connection of the steps to the music for clarity of sound. Sixteenth notes and eight note triplets in 4/4 time are introduced. Turns, arm placement and more movement are emphasized. At this level, students are challenged by more advanced combinations and dances. This class meets twice weekly. 

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Karissa Royster 8yr - 10yr 11mo 09/02 - 06/01 Sa 08:45 am - 09:40 am $840.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Zoe Lesser 9yr - 10yr 11mo 06/29 - 07/20 Sa 10:00 am - 10:55 am $105.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Denise Scheerer 9yr - 11yr 11mo 08/26 - 06/01 Tu, Sa Varied $1500.00

Two years prior tap instruction is needed for this class. Students continue to improve their skills and terminology through repetition of basic tap rudiments and time steps, and are challenged with pull backs, flaps, and turns across the floor. Emphasis is placed on staying on the balls of their feet, lifting their knees, and relaxing their ankles. Continued practice counting their notes musically is encouraged. As students begin to gain more accessible skills, they learn to be presentational with their dancing. This class meets three times weekly, two tap classes and one jazz dance class. 

 

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Melinda Sullivan 10yr - 13yr 11mo 08/29 - 06/01 Tu, Sa Varied $1500.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Denise Scheerer 11yr - 13yr 11mo 08/26 - 06/01 Tu, Sa, Su Varied $2500.00

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.   

 

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Denise Scheerer 13yr - 18yr 11mo 09/02 - 06/01 Sa 04:30 pm - 05:25 pm $850.00

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!

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Denise Scheerer 13yr - 18yr 11mo 09/03 - 06/02 Su 11:30 am - 12:55 pm $875.00

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. 

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Denise Scheerer 11yr - 14yr 11mo 08/28 - 06/01 Mo, We, Sa Varied $2500.00

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.

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Denise Scheerer 13yr 6mo - 18yr 11mo 08/31 - 06/01 Th, Sa Varied $2700.00

This class is designed for young students who want to deepen their dance skills for Musical Theatre, Ballet, Modern and Tap dance. Luigi, Horton and ballet techniques are used to provide strength and develop strong alignment and versatility of movement. Each week a set warm up leads to across the floor and combination. This class meets once weekly. 

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Amy Schadt-Flores 9yr - 13yr 11mo 02/04 - 06/02 Su 10:00 am - 11:25 am $420.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Denise Scheerer 9yr - 13yr 11mo 09/01 - 06/01 Su 10:00 am - 11:25 am $700.00