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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 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

Get A Summer Tap Dance Intensive Absolutely FREE

16 Jun
Shawn Byfield tap shoes. Byfield Dance Experience - Toronto

Click to visit Tap Dance Intensive webpage

Get A Summer Tap Dance Intensive Absolutely FREE

Tap dance lovers! This summer, August 23rd to August 27th, I’ll be hosting my 2nd official Toronto Tap Dance Intensive. It’ll be an intense, foot-pounding, brain-melting 5 days of tap dance designed for the serious, mature hoofer age 16 and older.

I love tap. And I know you do too.

So to celebrate our love for this art form AND the 2nd year of this program, I’m holding a contest. And because I’m crazy for tap, I’m literally giving away not one, but TWO spots to the intensive- a $498 value EACH. That’s a thousand bucks worth of great tap dance training.

Wanna Win? Here’s The 3 Simple Rules:

  1. Visit the Tap Dance Intensive webpage to see what you’ll get by participating.
  2. Come back HERE to this blog post.
  3. In AT LEAST 100 words, discuss WHY you feel this tap dance summer program could really benefit you.

All comments must be posted by midnight, Wednesday June 30th to be eligible. Winners will be announced on Canada Day. Must be age 16 and older to apply.

Please note: Hurry! I am only accepting the first 24 people who register. So if you don’t want to miss this summer’s tap dance program and don’t wan to take any chances, be sure to sign up NOW (especially before the HST kicks in.)

And don’t worry- if you reserve your spot during the contest (or have already done so), you’ll be refunded instantly if you win.

Break a leg!

– SB

TORONTO TAP DANCE CONTEST RESULTS

Congratulations to:

– Marie Yap

– Catherine Hammel

You both won a FREE Tap Dance Intensive this summer at BDX in Toronto!

And excellent, well written responses from ALL of you that participated in the contest. Glad you love tap just as much as I do.

** BONUS SURPRISE **

As a special thank you for simply entering the contest, the remaining six of you that entered the contest will each receive $100 off the cost of this summer’s tap dance program. You’ll receive a credit from me personally after you sign up:

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

See? It pays to participate. Literally. Congratulations everyone!

– Shawn B

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.

BDX Tap Dance Studio in Toronto Commercial

27 Apr

BDX Tap Dance Studio in Toronto Commercial

Need your fix for a Toronto tap dance class? Drop by Byfield Dance Experience. Tap dance or hip hop… It’s ALL good.

Warning: this video may induce laughter!

– SB

Tap Dance Love in Toronto

14 Jul

What an awesome weekend of tap dance love!

So, if Saturday’s awesome “Dixieland” themed tap classes weren’t enough workout for me, I had a dance related film shoot starting at 6:45 am on Sunday, right downtown Toronto all morning to afternoon. VERY fun times.

I then held an audition Sunday afternoon for a tap dance intensive I’ll be running in August.

The room was HOT and SWEATY. We had the tap audition at Metro Movement dance studio, if you’ve ever taken a dance class there you know what I mean… 😉 and the energy was great. I started with a bit of ear training, a quick tap warm up, and got right into a routine to a favourite Thelonious Monk tune of mine.

I couldn’t move my legs much last night from all the dancing… But hey, nobody said the life of a tap dancer would be an easy one!

Congrats to everyone that participated in the audition, and thank you to everyone that shared your love of tap dancing this weekend in Toronto!

– Shawn B

www.ShawnByfield.com

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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