Vancouver Tap Dance Society is pleased to announce that international performer, choreographer, educator and TED fellow, Andrew Nemr will become the society’s new Artistic Director. Nemr, a Canadian-born dancer, is coming home after 25 years of honing his craft in New York City among the greats of the Tap world, including Gregory Hines, Dianne Walker, Ted Levy, Mable Lee, Harold Cromer, Dr. Jimmy Slyde and Savion Glover. His appointment comes at a natural juncture in the lifecycle of VanTap as it transitions to an artistic lens from that of its founder and retiring Executive Director Sas Selfjord.
“In my 20 years providing leadership to VanTap, I have often realized dreams we never thought possible,” says Selfjord. “Having Andrew offer his energy, insight and leadership to this magnificent organization is another dream come true. It is such an honour to welcome him and I am sure the future will require sunglasses!”
Nemr has played with Grammy Award winning musicians across multiple genres, founded the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, directs the Tap Dance Freedom education platform, and co-founded the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc., along with his mentor Gregory Hines.
Under his artistic direction, Vancouver‘s tap community will flourish and new audiences will discover the rich art form that continues to evolve while honoring its past.
Nemr says he is excited to focus his energy and talents in Vancouver and especially at VanTap, a dynamic not-for-profit organization he sees as uniquely positioned to provide a North American hub for tap dance.
“New York casts a long shadow, but oral traditions are not only about geography. They are about people. So when someone tied to the roots of an oral tradition comes to a new city, that city is like new soil for the tree.
“VanTap provides the best of both worlds for me: a space to explore artistically and a place to pass on the lessons I’ve learned from my many mentors. That’s a rare combination as opportunities go. I am honored and excited to be entrusted with the reins moving forward.”
Vancouver Tap Dance Society was founded in 1996 by Sas Selfjord and Lana Caputi. It is a thriving arts organization that leads a resurgence of tap dance in North America. At its core is an academy that teaches tap to students of all ages, body types and abilities and which is known in Vancouver as the place to come if you want to learn to tap at the elite level.
Nemr assumes his position October 29, 2018. For more information about Nemr: http://www.andrewnemr.com/biography
Our 2017 – 2018 competitive team had a very successful competition season! Winning first place, honour awards, dance-offs and more! We wanted to share their successes with you.
Gravity Dance Challenge
Diamond, 1st place
Overall top soloist 13 years and over, $200
High Gold, 2nd Place
[Read more…] about 2018 Competition Results
Spring is around the corner and summer is just around the bend! We’ve got some exciting opportunities planned!
Develop, play, train, listen, act, rehearse, perform will be front and centre of this intensive week with Travis and Dayna. This program will be beyond innovative, and it is an experience you have not had!
Contact us at email@example.com!
JANUARY INTAKE IS NOW OPEN!
*Please note trial classes have ended as of Wednesday January 24, 2018. Thanks!
We are accepting registration for the second half our 2017/2018 season. How exciting! Trial classes are now available for January 2018 so if you’ve always wanted to try tap or want to find the right level you can try a class or two out for only $5 a class.
Our first day of regular classes starts on Monday January 8 2018 so it’s time to get signed up!
NEW CLASSES THIS JANUARY
Beginner Adult Tap: 8-9pm with Bryn Kinders (TUESDAYS)
Beginner Teen Tap: 5:15pm – 6:15pm with Bryn Kinders (TUESDAYS)
Preschool Tap ( Ages 3 – 4): 4 – 4:30pm with Shelby Simmons (FRIDAYS)
Register for classes here!
Want to take a trial class? Click here for more info!
As always if you have any questions regarding registration, trial classes or the studio please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The “Dance Days of Spring” is a popular dance and theatre camp for children ages 6-12, taught by the experienced and versatile Kristina Linden. Whether children have dance experience or are just beginners, this program will provide an excellent opportunity to try numerous different dance forms and activities in an encouraging and positive environment. During the week long program students will be exposed to Musical Theatre, Jazz, Hip Hop, and TAP! The camp program will also provide a creative outlet for all students in arts and crafts, as well as choreography and performance.
Each day from Monday to Friday runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Day 5 finishes with a performance for friends and family to enjoy!
You’ve been patiently waiting and it’s finally here: the VanTap Calendar of Dates.
Not the kind you eat, but the kind you put in your phone. Download the pdf here, or scroll down for all the details!
VANTAP IMPORTANT DATES 2017-18
Monday, October 9th, 2017: No classes (youth or adult).
Wednesday, November 1: Competitive Costume & Competition Fee Due (competitive choreo classes)
Details on our website under Tuition and Fees.
November 11-13, 2017: No closure. Classes run as usual on Remembrance Day weekend.
Thurs, December 7, 2017: Holiday Show & Fundraiser: 6pm-9 pm at the Ukrainian Hall
All recreational classes show off their dances. Silent auction, raffles, food and drink!
Sunday, December 17, 2017: Last day of classes before the break.
Monday, December 18, 2017-Saturday, January 6, 2018: CLOSURE for Winter Holidays
Sunday, January 7, 2018: First day of classes after the break.
Thursday, February 1, 2018: Costume Fee Due (all rec youth classes)
Details on our website under Tuition and Fees
Monday, Feb 12, 2018: No closure for Family Day; classes run as usual.
Sunday, February 25, 2018: Competition Showcase at the Faris Theatre (677 Davie), 7 p.m.
All competition classes and soloists perform. Details TBA.
Sunday March 18, 2018: Last day of classes (TapCo/pre-TapCo) class before break.
Monday, March 19-Friday, March 30, 2018: CLOSURE for SPRING BREAK
No classes except for select adult classes (TBD). Please check with your teacher for confirmation.
Monday, March 19-Friday, March 23: Spring Break Camp ages 6-12, with Kristina Linden.
Registration opening soon. Theme: Everything 80’s!
Friday, March 30-Monday, April 2: CLOSURE for Easter Weekend. No classes youth or adult.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018: First day back after spring break
Friday May 18-Monday, May 21, 2018: CLOSURE for May Long Weekend
No classes (youth or adult)
Monday, June 18, 2018: Year End Rehearsal at Centennial Theatre – all classes
Rehearsal 3:00 pm-10:00, exact call times TBD
Saturday, June 23, 2018: Last day of classes (all youth and adult)
Sunday, June 24, 2018: Year End Recital at Centennial theatre
Call time 6:00 pm, Show at 7:00 pm
We’d like to welcome our new HIP HOP teacher for 2017/2018…EUGENIA KHRAMTSOVA!
Eugenia has performed at many reputable events such as World of Dance Vancouver and competitions throughout the lower mainland. Her crews D-Tension (hip hop) and Synchronus (Breakdance) are known for staying true to old-school hip hop whilst also incorporating technique of many other hip hop styles such as popping, locking and waacking. Eugenia has trained with Alex Pesusich at Peggy Peat’s School of Dance and continues to work with Yoshi Hisanaga at Dancin’ Stars. She is excited to join the VanTap team for 2017-18!
Our hip hop classes are set to run on Wednesday evenings:
Ages 6 – 8: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Ages 9 – 12: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Teen: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Classes start Monday September 11 so register here!