TAP DANCE CLASSES IN MELBOURNE
Regular 2018 classes resume on Feb 3.
Our tap dance classes in Melbourne are taught by Grant Swift, Harry and Oscar Swift, and Thomas Wadelton, in our St Kilda studios. We welcome kids and adults of any age and any level of experience. So if you’re an absolute beginner, or a professional dancer looking to take your tap to the next level, we’ll have a class to suit you.
We don’t have a uniform. We don’t teach syllabus. We just teach tap. And with a focus on rhythm, and tap roots education, even our littlest tap kids can hold their own in a jam circle before too long.
Classes run on a casual basis, with no lock in term fees. Feel free to drop into a class anytime, introduce yourself and just soak up the atmosphere. We suggest dressing for class in relaxed comfortable clothing (no dance attire required!), and it’s ok if you don’t have a pair of tap shoes straight away.CLICK HERE FOR CLASS TIMETABLE & PRICING
How do I enrol?
We don’t take formal enrolments and classes run on a drop in basis. You are welcome to turn up to the studio, introduce yourself, and have a go. If you’d like to ask some more questions before you turn up, we would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0432335899
How do I know which class would suit me best?
Feel free to email us at email@example.com or call Grant on 0432335899 to talk about which class would suit you or your child best.
Do I have to pay for a whole term up front?
No, payments are taken at each class, and there’s no need to pay for classes that you don’t attend.
Do you offer a free trial lesson?
You are welcome to come and try a class with no commitment to continue, but we do ask that you pay for this lesson.
What are the age ranges of students in the adult classes, am I too old?!
No, you are not too old. In our adult classes our students have ranged from teens to those in their 70′s! Normally, it’s a mixed bag of ages, somewhere in the middle. Everyone is welcome.
I can’t find kids age groups listed on your timetable, which age group will my child fit into?
We don’t group our classes based on age, but rather experience and ability. Teens from 14 up are generally able to join adult classes, but we have no strict rules about this. We are happy to advise which class would be the best starting place for your child or teen.
Do you have compulsory concert, examinations or competition requirements for children?
Absolutely not. We have no examinations or competitions. Any performance opportunities that arise during the year will be entirely voluntary, and more likely street performance, community festival participations, or student get togethers at our studio. We have no fixed, annual concert and none of the associated fees and costs. We like to keep it stress free and fun.
Do I need tap shoes on my first lesson? I’d like to try a class before I buy tap shoes.
No you don’t need tap shoes when you’re just starting out. We recommend a shoe with a hard, flat sole. Men’s leather work shoes are great, women’s ballet flats, flat soled sneakers are ok too. Cushioned running shoes can be hard to tap dance in.
I’m an adult, what should I wear to class?
We have no uniform and no speciality dance wear is required. We recommend something casual that you feel good in, are comfortable to move in, and happy to sweat in. Some adult students wear gym gear, others just casual clothes, others come straight to class in their work clothes. We really don’t mind.
I’m sending my child to tap class, what should I dress them in?
We don’t have a uniform and no speciality dance wear required. Lots of our kids come to class after school in their school uniform, which is fine by us, others come in casual clothes. All we ask is that clothing doesn’t restrict your child’s movement, and that your child is wearing something that they feel good in. Personal expression is always welcome.
I think I’d like to try private lessons, can this be arranged?
Yes, we do offer private lessons. Please get in touch to enquire about hours of availability.
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MORE ABOUT THE KIDS!
Our kids tap dance classes are unlike any others offered in Melbourne. We teach the kids, from the very beginning, that they are a part of the story of tap. And we do our best to pass on everything we know. We don’t teach syllabus, or have any association with examination organisations or eistedfodds. Our kids get a rich and inspiring dance education in other (way more fun!) ways
We focus on an immersion into a culture of rhythm and music. The kids learn to think like musicians – to count in bars, to recognise an African drum call, and to understand the basic structure of a jazz tune. They learn to improvise, and to really listen.
They learn about the history of tap. Hearing the stories of the tap greats, from the great Bill Bojangles Robinson to Savion Glover, and all the legendary hoofers in between.
And most importantly, they have a hell of a lot of fun. We treat the kids as individuals, we let them dress how they like, and we listen to what they have to say. The kids in our classes really want to be there and quickly develop a sense of camaraderie with each other. And this is why they learn so much so quickly.
We offer plenty of scope to tap outside of regular classes. We have Jazz musicians visit the studio to share their knowledge and collaborate with the kids. Interested tap kids get to try their hand at busking and street performance – and have filled the hat outside Luna Park to fund their own day out on the rides. They are welcome to events, drumming workshops or open jam sessions with advanced adult tappers. And our kids tap troupe the Swift Rhythm Kids perform at festivals and events around Melbourne.