Classes and Registration

TAP DANCE MUSICIANSHIP RESIDENCY

40 HOURS August 20 – 24, 2018
$820.

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

The Fundamentals
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

Original Composition

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!

Register here! $820.


Master Classes

FRIDAY AUGUST 24 – SUNDAY AUGUST 26
15 years and older | Intermediate and Advanced level
All ages | Intermediate level

   

 

Regular Rate
Matt’s 6 hour residency $175
Travis’ (Monk) 3 hour class $105
Single advanced class $40
Single intermediate class $37

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*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.

IMPROVISATION
Advanced| Heather Cornell
Musical methods for improvisation. Heather’s approach opens your mind and body that allows you to access your inner creativity.

ORAL TRADITIONS
Intermediate | Heather Cornell
Dive into a historical repertoire piece as a means of passing on some vital lessons from the masters.

JAZZ MUSIC 201
Advanced | Nick Fraser
Nick goes deeper into decoding Jazz music. In this workshop, he breaks down instrumental (and dancer) roles in the ensemble as well as conventional and less conventional song forms and phrase lengths.

JAZZ MUSIC 101
Intermediate| Nick Fraser
Tap dance is credited with providing the rhythmic feel that eventually became Jazz music. Nick will help you develop your rhythmic ear through improvisational call and response and break down the history of the Jazz beat.

MOVEMENT
Intermediate| Alex Clancy
In this class we will explore the importance of movement as well as sound; embodying the word “tap dancer” and using our bodies not just our feet to bring rhythm to life.

THE MUSIC OF DUKE ELLINGTON
Advanced | Travis Knights
Tap dance is constantly evolving. Learn where it comes from, so that you can understand your role in where it is going. This workshop will expose you to the dance that emerged from the big band era. Let Travis be your guide into the Swing era of Jazz through the music of Duke Ellington.

THE MUSIC OF THELONIUS MONK
Advanced | Travis Knights
Tap Dance is constantly evolving. Learn where it comes from, so that you can understand your role in where it is going. This workshop will push your understanding of melodic phrasing and rhythmic patterns beyond time steps. Let Travis Knights be your guide into the Bebop era of Jazz through the usic of Thelonius Monk.

VERNACULAR JAZZ TAP DANCE
Intermediate | Travis Knights
Focus on returning to the jazz movement roots of some of our most treasured tap steps.

REFINING YOUR TECHNIQUE
Advanced| Dayna Szyndrowksi
A class to focus on ensuring your technique is supporting the quality clarity, and speed of your sound.

IMPROV
Intermediate | Dayna Szyndrowski
Comfortable with longer more musical phrases takes time, practice, and some helpful exercises to work with.

THE LANGUAGE OF RHYTHM
Advanced| Sarah Reich
Phrasing and story telling.

 

ARE YOU SWEATING YET?
Intermediate | Sarah Reich
Drilling pull backs, wings, and all other air steps for stamina.

LATIN RHYTHMS
Advanced | Susan Nase
Explore some global grooves with your feet and hands.

ACCENTS AND TONE
Advanced | Susan Nase
Play with the phrasing and the musicality of your steps.

Questions? Send us an email at admin@vantapdance.com