Tap On – GO Transit Presto Tap Dance Commercial

1 Jun

Now this… this is SO frickin’ cool:

“Tap On” – Tap Dance Presto Pass Commercial

It’s the cool tap dance commercial I choreographed for GO Transit’s new Presto Pass. We filmed last month and our tap dancing antics took over Toronto’s Union Station during rush hour.

I’m tap dancing with Janaye Upshaw, who killed it! You may recognize her from the “Dance, Dance, Much Video Dance!” campaign. Also recently worked together in the movie Turn The Beat Around. Killer tap feet on this girl.

We rehearsed the tap dance at the production company’s office, also at myย Toronto dance studio BDX. On the day, we filmed our tap dance routine around 8 or 9 times to get enough footage to create this masterpiece.

We were so wiped out. But I think it was worth it!

Shawn Byfield tap dance Toronto

Shawn Byfield doing the splits

And after all that tap dancing, sweating, and spontaneously performing for Go Transit commuters… I hope you get a Presto Pass already!

Comment. Love to know what you think?

– Shawn B

14 Responses to “Tap On – GO Transit Presto Tap Dance Commercial”

  1. Pattio June 1, 2010 at 10:48 am #

    A great concept and so awesome that you could bring your talents to the City underground. The name Shawn Byfield will one day be as recognizable as Gregory Hines, Savion Glover and even BoJangles when you talk tap.

    Awesome Shawn!! Congratulations to you and your lovely friend for an exciting routine.

  2. Laura Janke June 1, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    This is great!!! I LOVE it. Very neat to see you dance/choreo and it was done really well. It’s awesome how it builds up to the music and your neato moves :D. Excellent job!

  3. andrew plum June 1, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    brilliant, fantastic !!

  4. nL June 1, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    Fantastic! This put a big smile on my face today. You both did great…on this ad and in TTBA. Congratulations!

  5. Jacqui June 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    Congratulations!! This is so cool. Shawn you are truly amazing. And you female tapping counterpart is awesome as well! You guys ‘tapped’ that! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. AW June 1, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    That put a smile on my face…I wish riding the Go was that much fun!! haha

  7. Robin June 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

    Hey Shawn, Love the commercial, you guys did great!!!! Now that’s quality advertisement!

  8. Es Kim June 1, 2010 at 9:14 pm #

    Oh my gosh YOU freakin’ ROCK!!!!
    How awesome is this?!?!?!?!!
    I have braggin’ rights!!!!

    (I know this is truly gay and sappy but I got teary eyed … It was like I was watchin’ my boy!!!!)

    Respect!!! E

  9. Behiwot Degefu June 1, 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    This is Awesome Shawn, you guyzzz did a great job!!!

  10. Franchesca Kim June 1, 2010 at 10:54 pm #


  11. Dan Lyon June 1, 2010 at 11:37 pm #

    Superb concept, beautifully executed! If you get the chance to do a sequel commercial, I would like to see dozens of onlookers deciding to join in and tap!

  12. Anita and Stew June 2, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    Just to let you know, Sean, we feel we couldn’t have found two better tappers anywhere. You guys were fantastic. KILLERS!!!! We had a great time working with you both.

  13. Shim June 2, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    Love it!!!! you’re such a great dancer Shawn! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Cam June 14, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    Wow! What a commercial? Great Job to both tappers! I loved how everything linked to the product…Loved it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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