These level descriptions are written to help guide you into the right learning environment. We want you and all the other participants to the best possible experience and finding the right room is part of that.
NOTE: For classes in other styles (eg. Breaking, Solo Jazz) the room will be geared towards the tap dance level description. For example the Advanced Level Breaking Class is a class in Breaking designed for Advanced Level Tap Dancers.
Absolutely no previous tap dance experience necessary. Having tap shoes is preferred but leather soled shoes can also work.
You are familiar with simple shuffle, flap and paddle and roll combinations. You’ve encountered challenges with getting your body to do what you ask it to, and have begun to develop a process to work through them. About 1-3 years of regular tap dance training.
You have a solid vocabulary of steps and are comfortable dancing at various tempos. You have had some attempts at improvisation and you have a basic understanding of music and how to use that understanding in your dancing. You are becoming comfortable with concepts of balance, making accurate rhythms and physical shapes, and turning and jumping while dancing. About 2-6 years of regular tap dance training.
You are beginning to combine different rhythms and steps with ease, and you can learn new material and techniques with comfort. You are now familiar with the context of improvisation and have made clear musical choices while in a circle. You are comfortable with making requests of your body and having you body fulfill those requests. About 4-8 years of regular tap dance training.
You have confidence playing with a fairly complete set of vocabulary. You can deconstruct and reconstruct steps with ease. Your technique is strong and allows you to make confident choices when you dance. Improvisation is an ongoing practice for you and something you find has equal importance to the ability to learn choreography. About 6-10 years of regular tap dance training.
You can learn at a quick pace but are happy to spend time digging deep into content as well. You know how to adjust your technique to accommodate the requests of the instructor, are engaged in your own learning process, and have control over your tone. About 8-12 years of regular tap dance training.
You are actively working as a professional tap dancer in the context of performance or teaching. These classes are made to share new ideas between professionals. You are continually in process and eager to learn key insights and practices from the journey of other dancers.
We are happy to accommodate switching levels through the first day (Monday) of the 5-day Courses. Changes can only be made where Courses are not already sold out.
If you have any questions, contact us.