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 09/08 - 05/25 Th 05:30 pm - 06:15 pm $650.00

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.

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Joseph Wiggan 8yr - 9yr 11mo 09/07 - 05/24 We 05:30 pm - 06:30 pm $700.00

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 once a week and deepens presentational performance skills.


Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Denise Scheerer 10yr - 12yr 11mo 09/10 - 05/27 Sa 10:30 am - 11:30 am $750.00

Beginning Teen Tap is a new class that will introduce basic tap rudiments and steps. This class is perfect for music students who would like to explore their rhythmic accuracy as well as Musical Theatre Artists who have never had formal tap training. Melinda Sullivan will help students develop proper technique and connection to their sound production. No previous experience is required.

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Melinda Sullivan 13yr - 19yr 11mo 09/30 - 05/26 Fr 07:00 pm - 08:00 pm $600.00

Two years of previous tap training is required for this class.  This class develops clear technical and terminology skills as well as focusing on presentational performance skills.  Emphasis is placed on students’ ability to pick up combinations and steps and apply them to their overall performance. Listening skills help students to improve their musical time and associate more closely with the music they play with their taps. 

Fridays with Melinda Sullivan, 5:30-7pm


Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Melinda Sullivan 12yr - 13yr 11mo 09/09 - 05/26 Fr 05:30 pm - 07:00 pm $750.00

Tap III is a prerequisite, or four years previous tap training is required. This class prepares students who are serious about joining our performing ensembles and allows the opportunity to have an additional performance during the year.  In this more advanced class, students are working at a higher level of technique and more complicated rhythms and combinations.  Tap vocabulary will expand and 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. This class meets twice weekly.  

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Joseph Wiggan 9yr - 13yr 09/10 - 05/27 Mo, Sa Varied $1500.00

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. 


Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm with Johnnie Hobbs III in Studio B

Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm: with Joseph Wiggan in Studio B

Saturdays, 2:30-4pm with Denise Scheerer in Studio B

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Johnnie Hobbs III 11yr - 14yr 11mo 09/06 - 05/27 Tu, We, Sa Varied $2250.00

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.


Thursdays: 6:30-8pm: Tap with Johnnie Hobbs III

Saturdays: 11:30am-1pm: Tap with Melinda Sullivan

Saturdays: 1:00-2:30pm: Repertoire with Denise Scheerer

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Denise Scheerer 14yr - 18yr 11mo 09/08 - 05/27 Th, Sa Varied $2250.00

Wednesdays: w/ Johnnie Hobbs III 8 pm –9 pm in Studio B

This class is perfect for adults looking to study tap for the first time, or for those who have some previous tap experience.  Emphasis is placed on building skills through reviewing basic rudiments, terminology and steps. Johnnie Hobbs offers an informative and fun class experience.

Thursdays: w/ Johnnie Hobbs 11 am –12 pm  in Studio B

This class is for adults who have some tap experience and are seeking a challenge to advance their skills to the next level.  Basic rudiments, terminology, time steps, paddle and roll are included in the combinations in each class.  Johnnie Hobbs provides a fun, challenging and informative class.