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Beginning Tap Dancing for Adults 16+

Instructor: Denise Swafford

tap classLearn a simple, fun routine you’ll remember forever. If you’ve never taken a tap class or if you’ve had less than six months of lessons, or if you took lessons when you were a child, then this is the class for you. Covers basic level techniques including: toe-heel, shuffles, slaps, flaps, cramp rolls, shuffle ball change, and a combination of these basic steps to learn a simple routine that you will be able to perform for your family and friends on the last day of class (optional). Teens 16 or over are welcome. Shoe cost estimated at $25.

Class Plan:
  • Each class will begin with stretching and strengthening exercises (10-15 minutes).
  • Students will be introduced to all of the basic level techniques in class one and begin to apply the steps to a warm up routine that will be danced each class (2-3 times) (10 minutes)
  • Students will practice steps single file and in pairs across the dance floor for (5-10 minutes) and as the class progresses, some more intermediate steps may be introduced.
  • In the last 30 minutes, the class time will be devoted to learning a dance routine that will be practiced weekly for a performance on the last day of class. Friends and family can be invited to the final performance. The final performance is optional based on comfort level of the student.

Tap Shoes:
Recommendation: Oxford or Adult Lace-up
Medford Dance Arts Center
9 Hawthorne Street, Medford, Oregon
Open Weekdays 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Recommend: Adult Lace Up Tap Shoe ($25.50) – Free Shipping
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Recommend: Adult Lace Up Tap Shoes, T9500 $19.98 + Shipping
Note: Shoes sizes are listed as for example (size 8): 8.0M. M=Medium