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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

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Cast of I Think I Can – Kyle Brown and Jennifer Stewart

17 May

Behind the scenes in Ottawa with I Think I Can cast members Jennifer Stewart and Kyle Brown.

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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.

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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

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!

Toronto Tap Dance Choreography – Soulive Routine

9 Jul

Toronto Tap Dance Choreography – Soulive Routine

Tap dance class at BDX (Byfield Dance Experience) Toronto. Tap dance choreography to funk from Soulive. Definitely a good sweaty tap class workout. Visit a tap class at BDX and join the rhythms!

– SB

Tap Dance Video – The Four Step Brothers

11 Dec

I love vintage tap dance videos… check out this display of rhythm and tap dance love from 1933.

Four Outstanding Tap Dancers

Tap dance is truly such an amazing art form. You get to express through movement, be a percussive musician, and sweat your pants off when it’s all over! I’m loving this video.

If you’re in Toronto, come drop by my dance studio and let’s tap!

– SB

Nicholas Brothers Tap Dance Routine

1 Jan
The Nicholas Brothers tap dancers

The Nicholas Brothers tap dancers

Here’s a tap dance video of my favourite tap dancin’ duo, Harold and Fayard Nicholas, the Nicholas Brothers, in Stormy Weather.

Athleticism, syncopation, grace, and all round dynamic hoofin was their trademark style. And, they did it in suits. Classy! Band directed by Cab Calloway.

Nicholas Brothers Dance Routine in Stormy Weather

Nothing compares to the Nicholas Brothers… They’re a great example for all hoofers to learn tap steps from. I like to inpsire all my Toronto tap dance students with videos  from this duo. Stuff like this inspires us all to learn how to tap dance.

Or, learn how to tap dance better. Heck, I can literally watch videos of the brothers for hours!

What you think?

– Shawn Byfield

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