Introduction to Tap
This is the first step for the uninitiated, or the returning student who feels like they’re essentially starting over. This course is a progressive 16 week program requiring pre-registration, and is the only class that does not permit drop-ins. Rudimentary technique and basic vocabulary (physical and musical) are developed through short, repetitive combinations to prepare students for beginning classes at any studio.
Advanced Beginners Tap
These beginning classes refine and expand upon existing technique and essentials of the Intro to Tap class. Increased fluency and comfort in beginning level material means that the classroom pace picks up. Combinations and choreography utilize greater rhythmic sophistication and asymmetrical movement. Rhythm drills prepare students for improvisation. Relevant tap history is always integrated into each class.
Intermediate Tap I
With greater fluency expected, the physical and musical demands increase. Improvisational skills are developed, complicated choreography (original, and historical pieces), musicality (tone and dynamics), orchestrated tap (including canons are explored) and more complicated rhythm drills challenge student’s sense of time. Flash is introduced through careful progressions. Specific aspects of historical figures and their contributions are analyzed and learned.
Intermediate Tap II
These classes move at a quicker pace, require less technical explanation, but more personal accountability (students are encouraged to ‘stand alone’). Students are equipped to develop their foundations in flash, deepen their awareness of the masters, and demonstrate their artistic maturity. Choreography and improvisational drills challenge conceptions and use of tap as a performance and expressive medium. Many drills train students’ ears for greater “metronome sense” in preparation for polymetric hearing. Classes at this level are much more progressive in developing the artist through the culmination of their tap experience.
A very progressive class which focuses on the development of the individual. Elements of style are discussed and through exploratory drills and assignments students begin to define themselves. Structured (and sometimes free) improvisation is often used to exercise new concepts and developments.
How To Pre-Register
The Intro to Tap class does not run end to end/session to session. It requires a minimum of 9 students. When there are enough interested parties the session can start. What has worked in the past is submitting your contact information (name, phone number, and email to the teacher Gregg Geoffroy). He will add you to the list and give you a follow-up call to inform you of a possible start date. In the rare event that a session isn’t going to happen for awhile Gregg suggests a private lesson to get you going and then a drop-in date to the existing class. Particularly if you’ve already had some tap lessons.
Students are strongly encouraged to pay for the session upfront, which keeps them motivated/invested in their development. To reinforce this, classes will cost much less than the drop-in rate (details when you talk to Gregg).
Unless you already have tap shoes don’t buy them before taking the first couple of classes and/or have talked with Gregg. He will make recommendations and help you decide by giving you information to consider. For the first class or two you can wear any low-heeled, solid soled shoe (preferably lace up, or at least very snug). Rubber soles and heels are not recommended. Any additional questions, direct them to Gregg.
Contact Gregg at: firstname.lastname@example.org