Tap for Beginners (Level 1) & Tap for Improvers (Level 3)

Introduction to Tap

Day: Fridays

Time: 19:00-20:00

Teacher: Kaia Kohler

Start Date:  05th April 2024

End Date: 10th March 2024

Length: 6 weeks

Fee: £96

Tap for Beginners

Day: Fridays

Time: 20:00-21:00

Teacher: Kaia Kohler

Start Date:  05th April 2024

End Date: 10st March 2024

Length: 6 weeks

Fee: £96

Biography

Kaia Koehler is a native of San Francisco, California, where she was fortunate enough to study tap dance under Sam Weber. In 2021, Kaia was selected as one of eleven dancers to attend the School at Jacob’s Pillow and is an alumnus of the Tap Dance program. Kaia is determined to continuously develop her artistic voice through practice, teaching, and performing in the UK and the United States. Presently, Kaia is London-based, teaches multiple open tap dance classes every week, travels to tap festivals around the world, and is a company member with professional tap dance company Old Kent Road.

Beginners Course Description

In this 6 week course, students will be introduced to the basics of tap dance. They will explore new rhythms, develop their musicality, understand weight transference, and learn a plethora of new steps to be used in choreographies and improvisation. We will touch upon the history of tap dance and by the end of this course each student will be able to perform The Coles Stroll (a historical tap dance standard created by The Copasetics). No need to own tap shoes to take part, simply bring some hard sole shoes or trainers and a willingness to learn!

Improvers Course Description

This 6 week Level 3 tap dance course is suitable for students who have completed both Level 1 and 2 tap dance courses at Danceworks. Alternatively, students new to Danceworks may join the course provided they have an understanding of weight transference and basic tap dance steps (e.g. toe and heel rudiments, shuffles, flaps, paddle rolls, etc).

In this course, students will build upon material learnt in both previous courses. Following a weekly warm up, students will be challenged with rhythmical exercises, elevated work, learn new steps, and will be introduced to a range of grooves, feels, and time signatures. Dancers will also learn an original piece of choreography over 6 weeks which will include material learnt in Levels 1, 2, and 3.

At this stage, it is suggested that dancers own a pair of tap shoes. If this is not possible, hard soled or leather soled shoes/boots will be appropriate.