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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

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

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 Intensive – Everett Smith Interview

15 Sep

2010 Toronto Tap Dance Intensive – Everett Smith Interview

Shawn Byfield, owner of Toronto’s BDX studio chats with good friend Everett Smith. If you didn’t know, Everett is a Canadian success story: Tap Dogs, Canada’s Olympic tap dance team, director of Tap Dance Centre in Mississauga and top 4 finalist on season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance Canada.

Watch the video to learn about Everett’s humble beginnings and his view on Canadian dance.

Leave a COMMENT below!

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!

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

Tap Dance at Extreme Dance 2009

13 Jul

Last week was the finals week for Extreme Dance Convention, run by Melissa Williams. I was lucky enough to be the tap dance teacher for the week with some super students. They danced their hearts out!

Here’s some footage of the tap choreography we did:

Extreme Dance Convention Tap Dance

Congratulations to all tap dancers who participated at this event, you worked it out! To continue tap dancing in Toronto, get your fix here.

Keep working on your skills everyone!

– Shawn B

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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