Rhythm Tap Improvisation and Choreography
What you will learn
For those confident in basic tap steps (and for those current students of 'Rhythm Tap 2' onwards), explore tap improvisation, in a fun easy and safe setting. Discover improvisation through games and structures, and different music styles, which help inspire and lift tap steps and rhythms easily from your feet. Through improvisation, we will begin to discover how you might begin to compose and choreograph your own tap motifs.
By the end of the course you will be able to
- Identify different improvisation games using specific rhythms and time signatures
- Discover musicality and percussion
- Begin to understand improvisation with other dancers and artists, through 'trading'
- Tap motif development
Class format and activities
Your class will begin with warm-ups and physically 'getting into your feet'. You will then slowly begin to look at a variety of different music inspirations and work across a variety of improvisation games and structures to ease you into learning how to improvise using tap with developed confidence. You will work within the whole group for a large part of the class, and evolve into working in pairs and possibly solo. Your class will finish with ideas on how to choreograph your own tap material using improvisation, and how you might develop these ideas.
Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.
A good level of fitness and an openness to explore tap dance in new ways.
Please consult your doctor if you are pregnant, have any serious health concerns or a history of injury, and inform your tutor of any physical activity you have been advised to avoid.
What you need to know before you enrol
A good level of fitness is required to be able to do the practical work. However adjustments will be made to the movements to meet particular physical or learning needs.
Photography and film recording of class activities may be used in order to aid learning. These images may also be used for publicity or marketing materials produced by Morley College, both online and in print. You will have the opportunity to either confirm or decline consent to being filmed or photographed.
What you will need for your class
- Tap Shoes
- Loose-fitting comfortable clothing for ease of movement
- Women are encouraged to wear a sports bra
What you can do next
Rhythm Tap courses are taught in three levels, across six courses on Wednesday Evenings and Thursday Lunchtimes, and change every half-term
The Morley College dance department provides an exciting and diverse range of term-time and short course dance study provision. Please speak to your tutor, pick up a prospectus, look at our website or call the dance department for more information.