2018 - 19 Recreational Youth Classes

Location Name Class Days
Large Studio
Jazz Ages 5 - 6
The emphasis in jazz is on strength and flexibility developed through technically challenging movements such as kicks, leaps and turns. Jazz dancing encompasses many forms of dance and music such as Rock, Blues, Hip-Hop, African, Modern, Musical Theatre, and Pop. Jazz dancing is a very high energy, fun, and expressively influenced form of dance. Our jazz dance program teaches fundamentals of dance, core strength, movement, and musicality. This class accommodates students with some experience as well as students who are new to jazz dance.
Ages 5-6
Saturday
9:30 AM to 10:15 AM
Sep 10 to Jun 30
Small Studio
Preschool Tap Ages 3 - 4
Our preschool dance programs for 3 to 4 year olds are designed to instill the love of dance in children by teaching them in a fun and positive environment by qualified and caring instructors. Classes are divided by age allowing a preschool student to grow and develop their skills. Students will perform in the year-end recital. The classes are an adventure in learning and fun with songs, games, and dance steps.
Ages 3-4
Saturday
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Sep 10 to Jun 30
Small Studio
Level 1 Tap Ages 7 - 9
Level 1 – For beginners with little to no experience looking to learn the basic techniques, terminology and rhythms of the genre, along with basic choreography.
Ages 7-9
Saturday
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sep 10 to Jun 30
Large Studio
Tap Ages 5 - 6
Level 1 – For beginners with little to no experience looking to learn the basic techniques, terminology and rhythms of the genre, along with basic choreography.
Ages 5-6
Saturday
10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
Oct 6 to Jun 30
Large Studio
Jazz Ages 7 - 9
The emphasis in jazz is on strength and flexibility developed through technically challenging movements such as kicks, leaps and turns. Jazz dancing encompasses many forms of dance and music such as Rock, Blues, Hip-Hop, African, Modern, Musical Theatre, and Pop. Jazz dancing is a very high energy, fun, and expressively influenced form of dance. Our jazz dance program teaches fundamentals of dance, core strength, movement, and musicality. This class accommodates students with some experience as well as students who are new to jazz dance.
Ages 7-9
Saturday
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sep 10 to Jun 30
Small Studio
Level 1 Tap Ages 9 - 12
Level 1 – For beginners with little to no experience looking to learn the basic techniques, terminology and rhythms of the genre, along with basic choreography.
Ages 9-12
Saturday
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sep 10 to Jun 30
Large Studio
Jazz Ages 9 - 12
The emphasis in jazz is on strength and flexibility developed through technically challenging movements such as kicks, leaps and turns. Jazz dancing encompasses many forms of dance and music such as Rock, Blues, Hip-Hop, African, Modern, Musical Theatre, and Pop. Jazz dancing is a very high energy, fun, and expressively influenced form of dance. Our jazz dance program teaches fundamentals of dance, core strength, movement, and musicality. This class accommodates students with some experience as well as students who are new to jazz dance.
Ages 9-12
Saturday
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Sep 10 to Jun 30
Small Studio
Level 2 Tap Ages 7 - 9
Level 2 – Experienced dancers looking to challenge themselves with more technical moves, increased dance vocabulary and choreography.
Ages 7-9
Saturday
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Sep 10 to Jun 30
Small Studio
Level 2 Tap Ages 9 - 12
Level 2 – Experienced dancers looking to challenge themselves with more technical moves, increased dance vocabulary and choreography.
Ages 9-12
Saturday
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Sep 10 to Jun 30
Large Studio
Musical Theatre Ages 7 - 12
Our Musical Theatre program introduces students to performance craft, voice, and singing, as well as simple dance choreography. Students gain skills, confidence, and build a strong and fun team spirit. The class performs at our Holiday Show and Year End Recital. No previous dance training is required!
Ages 7-12
Saturday
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Sep 10 to Jun 30

2018 - 19 Adult Classes

Location Name Class Days
Small Studio
Adv. Beg Adult Drop-In Tap
Minimum 1 year tap experience. Moving beyond the basics into more technique, rhythms and choreography. This class is drop-in, no commitment required. Pay a drop-in fee.
Ages 18-70
Monday
5:30 PM to 6:15 PM
Sep 10 to Jun 30
Small Studio
Intermediate Adult Drop-In Tap
Minimum 4 years experience. Technique, rhythms and choreography become more challenging.
Ages 18-70
Monday
6:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Sep 10 to Jun 30
Small Studio
Advanced Adult Drop-In Tap
Minimum 8 years experience, extensive dance background. For the dancer who is looking to challenge themselves and push their training.
Ages 18-68
Monday
8:15 PM to 9:15 PM
Sep 10 to Jun 30
Large Studio
The Friday Get Down with Andrew Nemr
THREE hours of intense tap dance training with VanTap Artistic Director Andrew Nemr. Get down for any of the 1 hour classes or take all 3 for a full effect. Hour One - Technique - Steve Condo's style Rudiments, Traveling Steps, Air Steps, and Turning Steps. There will be no hiding allowed. -- Hour Two - Choreography - New choreography will be built each month. Modeled after Andrew's experience in Savion Glover's TiDii and his own tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, choreography will be ensemble-based and focused on listening, dynamics, and moving through formations. -- Hour Three - Improvisation - The circle, trading 8's, the time step, the song as improvisational structure, groove based improvisation, and communal improvisation - all different ways of approaching the art of improvisation that will be explored as we journey together.
Ages 10-0
Friday
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Mar 8 to Mar 8
Large Studio
The Friday Get Down with Andrew Nemr
THREE hours of intense tap dance training with VanTap Artistic Director Andrew Nemr. Get down for any of the 1 hour classes or take all 3 for a full effect. Hour One - Technique - Steve Condo's style Rudiments, Traveling Steps, Air Steps, and Turning Steps. There will be no hiding allowed. -- Hour Two - Choreography - New choreography will be built each month. Modeled after Andrew's experience in Savion Glover's TiDii and his own tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, choreography will be ensemble-based and focused on listening, dynamics, and moving through formations. -- Hour Three - Improvisation - The circle, trading 8's, the time step, the song as improvisational structure, groove based improvisation, and communal improvisation - all different ways of approaching the art of improvisation that will be explored as we journey together.
Ages 10-0
Friday
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Apr 5 to Apr 5
Large Studio
The Friday Get Down with Andrew Nemr
THREE hours of intense tap dance training with VanTap Artistic Director Andrew Nemr. Get down for any of the 1 hour classes or take all 3 for a full effect. Hour One - Technique - Steve Condo's style Rudiments, Traveling Steps, Air Steps, and Turning Steps. There will be no hiding allowed. -- Hour Two - Choreography - New choreography will be built each month. Modeled after Andrew's experience in Savion Glover's TiDii and his own tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, choreography will be ensemble-based and focused on listening, dynamics, and moving through formations. -- Hour Three - Improvisation - The circle, trading 8's, the time step, the song as improvisational structure, groove based improvisation, and communal improvisation - all different ways of approaching the art of improvisation that will be explored as we journey together.
Ages 10-0
Friday
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
May 3 to May 3
Large Studio
Absolute Beginner Adult | 8 Week Course
This class is full
Have you ever wanted to try tap dancing? Missed out on your opportunity as a kid? Now is your chance! This 8 week course is geared towards absolute beginner tappers interested in learning. *no class April 20 Easter Weekend
Ages 15-0
Saturday
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Apr 6 to Jun 1
Large Studio
Beginner Adult Drop-In Tap
For beginners! Make sure you have tap shoes or let us know and we'll try and find you some. This class is drop-in, no commitment required. Pay a drop-in fee.
Ages 14-70
Saturday
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Apr 6 to Jun 24
Large Studio
Beginner Adult | 6 Week Solo Jazz Course
In this 6-week series we’ll explore solo movement to swing-era jazz so that we can practice expressing ourselves to the music with our entire bodies. We’ll learn some classic vintage choreography and a vocabulary of vernacular jazz steps with an emphasis on how we can fill these shapes and rhythms with our unique selves to truly make them our own. We’ll also practice our improvisational skills with an emphasis on developing presence, resilience, and trust in our own creative impulses — qualities that can inform and improve all areas of your life All levels welcome, prior dance experience is an asset. No tap dance experience required. $115 for 6 weeks Saturdays 3 -4pm April 27 - June 1 About Doug: “Put the music inside you and see what wants to happen.” Doug grew up listening to his father play ragtime piano but only started dancing in his 40’s when he took his first Lindy hop class with Eric Shaw. Since then he’s become an avid social dancer who’s as interested in Solo Jazz improvising as he is in partner dancing. He also likes the heightened experience that competition brings and has made the finals in several local and regional events. One of his highlights was being a member of the winning performance team at Lindy Bout X — an event where he was also voted by his peers to win the spirit award. Doug continues to practice his basics while exploring more creative frontiers but still hasn’t learned not to watch inspiring dance videos right before bed.
Ages 14-97
Saturday
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Apr 27 to Jun 1
Large Studio
The Cypher
Come hone your skills, try out a new move or two and learn from your peers in the community. An informal session to have a floor to practice! $2 to drop-in
Ages 12-99
Sunday
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jan 13 to Jun 16

Pop-Up Workshops

Location Name Class Days
Large Studio
Pop-Up Workshop with Tosh Sutherland | Beginner/Intermediate
Pop-Up Workshop with Tosh Sutherland Beginner / Intermediate Level Tuesday March 26, 2019 6:00 - 7:30pm $25 Open to dancers aged 10+ About Tosh: Tosh Sutherland is a Vancouver based tap dancer and actor. He began his training with Bonnie-Jean Anderson and has since had the opportunity to train under various tap dance instructors from all over North America. Most notably, he attended the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival under the direction of Dianne Walker with guest artists Derick Grant, Lisa La Touche, Brenda Buffalino and Lane Alexande Tosh has been teaching and sharing all he has learned for almost a decade to all ages from 4 to 70. Recent performing credits include Danny Nielsen’s show ‘Love.Be.Best.Free” and ‘The Music Man’ with Gateway Theatre. By utilizing his previous experience and training in several arts disciplines, he brings a sense of curiousity and exploration into his teaching methods. He is very excited to be a part of the Vancouver Tap Dance Society faculty! @toshtaps
Ages 10-99
Tuesday
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Mar 26 to Mar 26
Large Studio
Pop-Up Workshop with Tosh Sutherland | Intermediate/Advanced
Pop-Up Workshop with Tosh Sutherland Intermediate/Advanced Level Tuesday March 26, 2019 7:45 - 9:15pm $25 Open to dancers aged 14+ About Tosh: Tosh Sutherland is a Vancouver based tap dancer and actor. He began his training with Bonnie-Jean Anderson and has since had the opportunity to train under various tap dance instructors from all over North America. Most notably, he attended the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival under the direction of Dianne Walker with guest artists Derick Grant, Lisa La Touche, Brenda Buffalino and Lane Alexande Tosh has been teaching and sharing all he has learned for almost a decade to all ages from 4 to 70. Recent performing credits include Danny Nielsen’s show ‘Love.Be.Best.Free” and ‘The Music Man’ with Gateway Theatre. By utilizing his previous experience and training in several arts disciplines, he brings a sense of curiousity and exploration into his teaching methods. He is very excited to be a part of the Vancouver Tap Dance Society faculty! @toshtaps
Ages 14-99
Tuesday
7:45 PM to 9:15 PM
Mar 26 to Mar 26
Large Studio
Solo Jazz Class for Tap Dancers with Doug Barber | Beg/Int
Pop-Up Workshop - Solo Jazz for Tap Dancers with Doug Barber Intermediate / Advanced Level Thursday March 28 7:30 - 8:30pm $20 About Doug: “Put the music inside you and see what wants to happen.” Doug grew up listening to his father play ragtime piano but only started dancing in his 40’s when he took his first Lindy hop class with Eric Shaw. Since then he’s become an avid social dancer who’s as interested in Solo Jazz improvising as he is in partner dancing. He also likes the heightened experience that competition brings and has made the finals in several local and regional events. One of his highlights was being a member of the winning performance team at Lindy Bout X — an event where he was also voted by his peers to win the spirit award. Doug continues to practice his basics while exploring more creative frontiers but still hasn’t learned not to watch inspiring dance videos right before bed.
Ages 14-0
Thursday
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Mar 28 to Mar 28
Large Studio
Solo Jazz Class for Tap Dancers with Doug Barber | Int/Adv
Pop-Up Workshop - Solo Jazz for Tap Dancers with Doug Barber Intermediate / Advanced Level Thursday March 28 7:30 - 8:30pm $20 About Doug: “Put the music inside you and see what wants to happen.” Doug grew up listening to his father play ragtime piano but only started dancing in his 40’s when he took his first Lindy hop class with Eric Shaw. Since then he’s become an avid social dancer who’s as interested in Solo Jazz improvising as he is in partner dancing. He also likes the heightened experience that competition brings and has made the finals in several local and regional events. One of his highlights was being a member of the winning performance team at Lindy Bout X — an event where he was also voted by his peers to win the spirit award. Doug continues to practice his basics while exploring more creative frontiers but still hasn’t learned not to watch inspiring dance videos right before bed.
Ages 14-0
Thursday
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Mar 28 to Mar 28


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