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National Tap Dance Day: Tap Choreographer Shim Shams on Toronto Television

11 Jun

In case you missed it… your favourite, most awesomely fun tap dance expert 😉 was on television! I taught hosts Jee and Gurdeep simple tap dance moves for National Tap Dance Day 2013. An entertaining few segments, we woke up Toronto with some fun! | Watch on CP24

Here’s a few photos and screenshots from National Tap Dance Day at the Toronto news station.

National Tap Dance Day with choreographer Shawn Byfield

National Tap Dance Day with choreographer Shawn Byfield

National Tap Dance Day with choreographer Shawn Byfield

National Tap Dance Day with choreographer Shawn Byfield

National Tap Dance Day with choreographer Shawn Byfield

National Tap Dance Day with choreographer Shawn Byfield

National Tap Dance Day with choreographer Shawn Byfield

National Tap Dance Day with choreographer Shawn Byfield

National Tap Dance Day with choreographer Shawn Byfield

National Tap Dance Day with choreographer Shawn Byfield

Behind The Scenes: Toronto Tap Dance Intensive PART 2

3 Sep

Behind The Scenes: Toronto Tap Dance Intensive PART 2

Toronto tap dance group improv

Toronto tap dance group improv

A wonderful week of tap dance inspiration happened in Toronto August 23 – August 27 at Byfield Dance Experience (BDX). It was a wonderful opportunity for tap dancers from the GTA and as far east as New Brunswick- to come together, learn, grow and make friends.

See Toronto Tap Dance Intensive PART 1 here…

Tap intensive Part 2: Starting on the 2nd day, IMPROV was the name of the game. Improvisation is a major component of jazz music and tap dance. It’s helped the art form grow and evolve. Yet so many dancers are terrified when someone asks them to “make it up on the spot.”

During the Tap Dance Intensive all participants learned tips, tricks and techniques to:

  1. Finally eliminate their fear and negative outlook of improvising;
  2. Understand and practice using many different improv strategies;
  3. Strengthen improvisation individually, as well as trading in teams and groups.

There’s a reason we put the “E” in IMPROVE. Because IMPROV is a constant work in progress.

At week’s end, we showed off to a small audience, everyone proudly showing their new respect and understanding of improvisation. Kudos to the participants, and to all tap dancers who continue to work on improv and embrace being creative!

– Shawn Byfield

Click Here To Learn About More Toronto Tap Dance Classes

Working on tap dance improv

Working on tap dance improv

Click Here To Learn About More Toronto Tap Dance Classes

Behind The Scenes: Toronto Tap Dance Intensive PART 1

1 Sep

Behind The Scenes: Toronto Tap Dance Intensive PART 1

Toronto tap dance

Toronto tap dance

Tap dancers unite! A wonderful week of tap dance inspiration happened in Toronto August 23 – August 27 at Byfield Dance Experience (BDX). It was a wonderful opportunity for tap dancers from the GTA and as far east as New Brunswick- to come together, learn, grow and make friends.

Run by some Shawn Byfield guy, the 5 day Tap Dance Intensive briefly covered many topics:

  • Basic tap dance history, notable tap dancers from the past and their contributions
  • Lesson in music history, specifically focusing on Europe’s influence on North American music eras
  • Daily exercises to refine and improve our tap dance technique, musicality and listening skills
  • Improvisation techniques, and how to improve our confidence when creating on the spot
  • Crash-course in reading music, notation, traditional musical forms and how they apply to us as dancers

And of course, a TON of daily tap dance choreography that would make your head spin!

And if that wasn’t enough, not one but TWO popular, exciting and very special guests came in to teach their tap choreography, share stories of their experiences and INSPIRE. Here’s some shots from behind the scenes.

SHARE your thoughts! Comment at end of this post. Stay tuned for Part 2…

– Shawn Byfield

Click Here To Learn About More Toronto Tap Dance Classes

Tap dance Toronto

Tap dance Toronto

Click Here To Learn About More Toronto Tap Dance Classes

BDX Toronto Adult Tap Dance Class

10 Aug

BDX Toronto Adult Tap Dance Class

Check it out: These tap dancers eagerly worked it out to Dave Brubeck’s Unsquare Dance, a great jazz piece in 7/8 time signature. Because counting to 8 is so “square.” At BDX Studio we put the groove in your tap moves.

Come experience something different. Challenge your brain. Learn how to get unsquare!

Visit our Toronto dance studio and get your tap dance on. Even if you haven’t been tap dancing in a while, BDX is the best way to meet other tap dance lovers. Like yourself.

Plus, get on the GUESTLIST and your first tap dance lesson at Byfield Dance Experience is completely free.

BDX = AWESOME!

– Shawn B

Click Here For An Inspiring Tap Dance Class In Toronto!

NOTICE To Toronto Tap Dance Lovers

29 Jul
Tap dance in Toronto

Love tap dance? This could be you.

NOTICE To All Toronto Area Tap Dance Lovers:

So you know how I love tap dance right? And know how I’m always providing cool opportunities for tap dancers to improve their skills? Well listen- the summer tap dance intensive I’m  holding at BDX is in a month!

BUT…

The split payment option ends Friday July 30th.

Yes, you can still sign up after that date (only if spots are left.) But I put that option to make it easier for eager-beaver tappers like yourself to sign up. Plus, by making a choice NOW you can book the time off. This way, you won’t have any last-minute excuses pop up that’ll lead you to miss the training. Simple!

So if you love tap dance like I love tap dance, then there’s news you need to know. Spots are filling up. Take charge, and make a decision today.

Don’t let this pass you by!

– Shawn B

Click Here To Register For The Toronto Tap Dance Intensive

PS: I have not one, but TWO celebrity tap dance teachers who will also show you what they know. Hint: One was in a major stage show. The other was in a major TV show. You gotta sign up to find out who!

How Brave Tap Dancers Push Limits

9 Jun
Is It Really Worth It?

Is It Really Worth It?

So here’s a cool photo I took a while back. How can YOU avoid this blister?

It’s simple: Don’t do anything.

Here’s a quick life lesson: You get what you put out.

That delicious blister you see above came from my tap dance intensive 2 summers ago. (I have a Toronto tap dance intensive this summer) The recipient of the wound would have been fine if she didn’t do anything.

Blisterless. Yup! I just made that word up.

But back to my story. Do you think she would have learned anything if she DIDN’T have a blister? Do you think she took her growth seriously?

She came to my tap dance intensive nervously, as we all feel nervous when we don’t know what to expect. That’s the human brain for you. But she knew in her mind she wanted to GROW as a teacher, a musician and as an artist. And she rose to her own expectations.

That very blister was a reflection of the hard work put in.

And Guess What Happened?

That tap dancer’s technique grew exponentially. Her confidence improved.

Her tap style, improv skills and rhythmic understanding grew so much on a daily basis that her heel had now worked to the point of no return. And she loved every minute of it.

That blister was PROOF that her life had changed.

Many dancers go through life playing it safe. They stay comfortable. That’s why many of them have beautiful feet!

But if you’re thinking it’s time to get away from being safe, need a challenge and you’re ready to toughen your skin, you need to take a risk. You need to PUSH yourself to new limits, outside of your safe bubble.

10 Beautiful Little Piggies

Because if you don’t… yes, you’ll still have beautiful feet. But others will be dancing circles around you. Not out of competition, but just because they CAN.

Ask yourself: Are you willing to settle being average? Are you content with just having 10 beautiful little piggies that look great in sandals?

If yes, that’s fine. But if you desire something more, if you know you’re worthy of improvement and believe you have more to share… PUSH yourself! Take a risk. Expand your bubble and watch what happens.

Go get that blister.

– Shawn Byfield

About The Author:

Shawn Byfield is an award winning choreographer, show director and a leading expert in dance lessons and industry advice. His extremely fun approach to learning is a must for anyone looking to achieve their highest potential through dance. Learn more about the Tap Dance Summer Intensive Program.

Summer Tap Dance Camp in Toronto

25 Jun
Summer tap dance intensive Toronto

Summer tap dance intensive Toronto

Respected Tap Dancer Turns Toronto “Wannabees” Into Professional Hoofers- In Just 3 Days!

And Shares Jealously Guarded Secrets Of Successful Dance Choreographers

Toronto, ON – This August 21st – 23rd at Byfield Dance Experience (819 Yonge Street, Toronto), the hands down favourite tap dance instructor in the city (http://www.ShawnByfield.com) will be running an advanced tap dance program this summer.

“If dancers want to have a wildly successful career in tap dancing,” says Shawn Byfield, award winning choreographer and dance instructor, “I’ll be offering a private summer tap dance camp where I’ll turn a handful of *good* tap dancers into highly educated, awe-inspiring tap dance machines. And- I’ll teach them how to do it in just 3 days!”

With an international reputation as an encouraging instructor, Shawn has taught master classes across Canada, Israel and the UK. He was a 2007 Dora Award recipient and Gemini Award nominee, has performed alongside the late Gregory Hines in the film BOJANGLES, and appeared most recently in the blockbuster movie HAIRSPRAY.

“I don’t want everyone to know how to do what I do, or I’ll be out of work!” Laughs Shawn. “So I’ve had to limit registrations. I believe I have a lot to share, so I’m only accepting 16 dancers into the program.”

Visit www.BDXstudio.com for info on the Summer tap dance intensive and to register.

Byfield’s summer program will not only teach incredible tap dance technique, but tap and jazz history, music theory, choreography secrets, tap improvisation, and the importance of hard work and having FUN.

“The most exciting part” explains Shawn “Is I’ll even select a few dancers to be members of my tap dance company Funk Factory. I have a new show I’m working on to wow audiences, and they can be a part of that.”

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3 DAY SUMMER TAP DANCE INTENSIVE 2013:

Wednesday August 21 – Friday August 23, 2013

Byfield Dance Experience – 819 Yonge Street, Toronto

Ages 16 and up welcome

Click Here To Get Tap Dance Intensive Info And To Register

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