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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 in Toronto! 2013 Celebration

23 May
National tap dance day Toronto with choreographer Shawn Byfield

National tap dance day Toronto with choreographer Shawn Byfield

What’s the best way to celebrate Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s birthday?

Totally FREE tap dance classes in Toronto!

Saturday 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.

To celebrate, expert tap dance choreographer Shawn Byfield is hosting FREE tap dance classes for dancers aged 16 and up, at Byfield Dance Experience, 819 Yonge Street, Toronto.

— 4pm Dancers with lots of tap training
— 5pm Dancers with a bit of tap training
— 6pm Dancers with very little tap training

Limited Spots Available, CALL 416-917-1169 to Register

National tap dance day Toronto

National tap dance day Toronto

ALSO: big discounts on drop-in passes and merchandise will be available on National Tap Dance Day only, this Saturday.

Even if you’re broke, you CAN afford this day of awesomeness! Pick up the phone right now, RSVP your time and get involved. Come celebrate tap dance in Toronto and around the world!

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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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

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