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Have A “Tappy” National Tap Dance Day In Toronto!

22 May
National Tap Dance Day 2014 in Toronto

National Tap Dance Day 2014 in Toronto

Every year, May 25th is National Tap Dance Day, which honours the birthday of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. The left-footed tap dancer paved the way and opened the doors for Black entertainers to perform in film and stage.

This is now celebrated on an international scale, with tap dance classes, shows and events happening globally.

To celebrate in Toronto, expert tap dance choreographer Shawn Byfield is hosting Toronto’s official National Tap Dance Day Workshop for tap dancers aged 18 and up, on Saturday May 24th at Byfield Dance Experience, 819 Yonge Street, Toronto.

Click here for more info and to save your spot

Happy National Tap Dance Day to hoofers worldwide. Every day we’re shufflin!

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

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Toronto Tap Dance Class Works The Rhythm

30 Dec
Toronto tap dance class at BDX Studio

Toronto tap dance class at BDX Studio

These dancers really worked their ears!

In this Toronto tap dance class, we worked on counter rhythms and teamwork, just like a Tap Dogs show. There are four parts. And the most important aspect of this tap class? Listening. Really using your ears. That’s the most important skill a fantastic tap dancer needs to master.

Can you hear the different rhythms?

Tap Dance Class in Toronto – BEHIND THE SCENES at BDX

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

Toronto Tap Dance With FluteBox

14 Jun

Tap Dance FluteBox – Shawn Byfield & Rahul Bader share an elemental combination of wind, wood and metals to create a spark… tap dance, flute and beatbox. Check out the video to see their unique collaboration.

Connect with Toronto tap dance choreographer Shawn Byfield on Twitter

Connect with Toronto flute musician Rahul Bader on Twitter

Toronto tap dance teacher & choreographer Shawn Byfield with Rahul Bader

Toronto tap dance teacher & choreographer Shawn Byfield with Rahul Bader

Shawn Byfield teaches tap dance classes for adults at BDX Studio and offers tap dance workshops nationally. Get your tap on!

In Step Dance Festival – Behind The Scenes

30 May

Behind the scenes of In Step Dance Festival, Cape Breton Nova Scotia with tap dance choreographer,  dance competition adjudicator and Toronto dance studio owner Shawn Byfield. Great energy, great kids, a great experience!

Tap Dance Choreographer Shawn Byfield with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

28 May

Tap Dancing Shawn Byfield with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Behind The Scenes: Canadian dance authority Shawn Byfield ( http://www.twitter.com/ShawnByfield ) recently energized the crowd with a spectacular tap dance. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s swinging performance received a standing ovation in Canada’s Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

Experience Awesome Tap Dance Lessons in Toronto At BDX

20 May

Awesome Tap Dance Lessons in Toronto at BDX, Byfield Dance Experience. Always crazy awesome energy. Get yo’ tap dance shoes out of your closet Toronto!

See you in class.

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http://www.ShawnByfield.com/tapdance.htm

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

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