Every Tuesday from Tue 10 Sep 2019 - Tue 26 Nov 2019
19:30 - 20:30
Please Note:
Advanced booking required
Dance House
€120 for the term
Lauren Walsh / Dance Ireland

Tap dancing is a unique style of dance where the dancer makes music with their feet. From its beginnings in percussive dance styles including African and Irish dance, down through the years of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, the Nicholas Brothers, Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, Gene Kelly and not forgetting Shirley Temple, to today’s fresh beats of Savion Glover, La La Land, 42nd Street and Sarah Reich with PostModernJukebox, tap has always been able to bring joy and excitement to both the dancers and their audiences. Tap was once known as the poor man’s dance because anyone could do it. It was danced on street corners and jazz clubs, where hoofers (tap dancers) would swap and steal steps in tap battles. To this day this is still true. All you need to tap dance is your feet!!

Lauren's beginner class takes it right back to the beginning, learning the foundations of tap dance, in a fun and exciting take on both broadway and rhythm tap. From there, students develop their own sense of style and musicality while dancing and improvising to music from a wide variety of genres. Always wanted to tap? Have an inner Fred or Ginger bursting to get out? Now’s the time! All you need is your feet!

Class structure:

Stretch and tap warm up
Focus on technique - new step in repertoire each week e.g shuffle ball change, maxi ford, buffalo, press cramp rolls, shirley temple, lindy step for beginner/intermediate level
Improvisation exercise as group
Choreography - Classical repertoire pieces, original choreography to broadway shows or original choreography to rock/jazz/blues with a focus on rhythm

Lauren has been dancing since the tender age of 3. She trained in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, singing and drama at the National Performing Arts School, where she teaches today. Though she loves all styles of dance, tap has always owned her heart. She has trained in rhythm tap with Heather Cornell in New York and in ballet with Lisa Tyrrell of WhyNot Dance Company in Dublin

For further information:

  • Telephone: 01 855 8800
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  • Website: www.danceireland.ie