40 HOURS August 20 – 24, 2018
What made the masters so great? Unique style, technique and experience all play a part, but the most important variable in the equation is music. Those dancers came up through the jazz age and were surrounded by music, live music. Their impact continues to inspire us to this day. This year’s festival is designed to immerse you in music and level up the informed creativity in your dancing. We have designed two tracks to serve your individual level and experience. The first track is led by the esteemed tap dance artist, Heather Cornell. It is open to all ages and levels. This track will engage and challenge you with musical concepts that are vital for tap dancers. Heather has been instructing tap dance from a musical framework for decades and has led the way for an entire generation of dancers. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, Heather’s approach aims to fine tune your inner musician.
The second track is led by one of the hardest working tap dancer in the business, Sarah Reich. This track is reserved for intermediate/advanced students aged 15 years and older. Sarah has traveled the world playing her own original music to packed houses. You will be exposed to the process of creating musical compositions. The collective goal for the week will to create a recording of brand new music for tap dance.
MUSICIANSHIP RESIDENCY TRACK 1| Heather Cornell
Dive into the world of Jazz music with the guidance of master teacher, Heather Cornell. Each day you will be exposed to one jazz instrument and learn their musical role in jazz ensembles. Heather’s method aims to give you an understanding of the whole, in order for you to understand your part as a tap dancer in the music. An incredible opportunity to learn from a master teacher who has shaped generations of working professionals.
MUSICIANSHIP RESIDENCY TRACK 2 | Sarah Reich
One of the hardest working tap dancers in the business, Sarah Reich, brings you an opportunity to be a part of a brand new original composition. Over the course of the week, the innovative creator of the Tap Music Project will give you a glimpse into the process of creating original music for tap dance and change your view of what’s possible through the dance. This track will be demanding on the participants and lead to an audio recording of the new composition at the end of the week.
Both tracks will be accompanied by the celebrated Jazz musician and instructor, Nick Fraser!
FRIDAY AUGUST 24 – SUNDAY AUGUST 26
15 years and older | Intermediate and Advanced level
All ages | Intermediate level
|Matt’s 6 hour residency||$175|
|Travis’ (Monk) 3 hour class||$105|
|Single advanced class||$40|
|Single intermediate class||$37|
*All classes are being held at the Scotiabank Dance Centre 677 Davie St, Vancouver BC
|3 DAY RESIDENCY
Advanced | 6 hours | Matt Shields
Playing with a band vs playing in a band
Matt Shields will be your guide to understanding being a musical dancer and contrast it with being a musician. Over 3 days, you will explore a myriad of possibilities available to you as a percussive dancer that will inform your own relationship to the dance. It’s going to be a buffet of rhythm.
JAZZ MUSIC 201
JAZZ MUSIC 101
THE MUSIC OF DUKE ELLINGTON
THE MUSIC OF THELONIUS MONK
VERNACULAR JAZZ TAP DANCE
REFINING YOUR TECHNIQUE
THE LANGUAGE OF RHYTHM
ARE YOU SWEATING YET?
ACCENTS AND TONE
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