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More Behind The Scenes Of I Think I Can

16 May

Behind the scenes of Dora award winning musical I Think I Can, co-created and choreographed by Shawn Byfield.

This clip is from Toronto rehearsals. The mostly tap dance show runs in Toronto at the prestigious Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People (new name: Young People’s Theatre) and in Ottawa at Canada’s National Arts Centre.

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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

TORONTO DISCOVERED: Adult Tap Dance DOES Exist

18 Aug
Adult tap dance Toronto

Adult tap dance Toronto

TORONTO DISCOVERED: Adult Tap Dance DOES Exist – And It’s Closer Than You Think

Love tap dance, but haven’t had a tap class in what feels like forever? Don’t panic. You can get it all back. Despite what you may have heard, tap dance lessons for adults DO exist. And they’re closer than you think…

Yes, you can feel comfortable tap dancing again. And yes you CAN rekindle your passion and your technique, with adults your own age. If you used to tap back in the day and you’re looking for adult tap dance lessons in Toronto, check out BDX Studio’s inspiring tap dance classes every week.

The newest dance studio to hit Toronto’s downtown is created by local instructor and award-winning choreographer Shawn Byfield, a veteran of television, film and live theatre. His “no stress, no attitude” approach to teaching has inspired hundreds of Toronto residents to rekindle their love for dance.

“As long as you have a little patience, some focus and a heartbeat, I’ll whip  your feet and brain back into shape in no time,” states Byfield, a tap dancer since the age of six. “Refreshing your tap skills is like riding a bike. It all comes back to you once you get back on.”

Byfield and his team share their passion for dance daily in his adults only dance school. But the love doesn’t stop there. Byfield taps into technology and reaches out to a larger audience through his Twitter page.

“It doesn’t matter where I am or what time it is. With Twitter, you can get inspiration 24/7. I tweet my dance and life experiences for the world to embrace. As I grow and learn, I share.”

BDX Studio, which stands for Byfield Dance Experience, is located at 819 Yonge Street, Toronto. Students can get more info online at www.ShawnByfield.com

If planning on joining, your first tap dance class is free. That will help determine what level you’re really at and give you an idea of how much fun you can handle. But a warning for newbies:

“Students at BDX sweat buckets, and have a ton of fun while dancing. Bring your positive energy- and a towel!”

BDX Toronto Adult Tap Dance Class

10 Aug

BDX Toronto Adult Tap Dance Class

Check it out: These tap dancers eagerly worked it out to Dave Brubeck’s Unsquare Dance, a great jazz piece in 7/8 time signature. Because counting to 8 is so “square.” At BDX Studio we put the groove in your tap moves.

Come experience something different. Challenge your brain. Learn how to get unsquare!

Visit our Toronto dance studio and get your tap dance on. Even if you haven’t been tap dancing in a while, BDX is the best way to meet other tap dance lovers. Like yourself.

Plus, get on the GUESTLIST and your first tap dance lesson at Byfield Dance Experience is completely free.

BDX = AWESOME!

– Shawn B

Click Here For An Inspiring Tap Dance Class In Toronto!

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 On – GO Transit Presto Tap Dance Commercial

1 Jun

Now this… this is SO frickin’ cool:

“Tap On” – Tap Dance Presto Pass Commercial

It’s the cool tap dance commercial I choreographed for GO Transit’s new Presto Pass. We filmed last month and our tap dancing antics took over Toronto’s Union Station during rush hour.

I’m tap dancing with Janaye Upshaw, who killed it! You may recognize her from the “Dance, Dance, Much Video Dance!” campaign. Also recently worked together in the movie Turn The Beat Around. Killer tap feet on this girl.

We rehearsed the tap dance at the production company’s office, also at my Toronto dance studio BDX. On the day, we filmed our tap dance routine around 8 or 9 times to get enough footage to create this masterpiece.

We were so wiped out. But I think it was worth it!

Shawn Byfield tap dance Toronto

Shawn Byfield doing the splits

And after all that tap dancing, sweating, and spontaneously performing for Go Transit commuters… I hope you get a Presto Pass already!

Comment. Love to know what you think?

– Shawn B


Tap Dancing – Caribbean Tap Dance

2 Mar

Watch this tap dance, while I was on vaca:

Tap dancing improv with Shawn Byfield. A tap dance on the pier overlooking beautiful Turks and Caicos. Truly the #1 reason to bring your tap dance shoes everywhere!

Visit Byfield Dance Experience to learn how you can get involved in some of the best tap dance lessons in toronto. Brapp!

– Shawn B

New And Improved: Toronto Tap Dance Class Website

18 Jun
Toronto tap dance and hip hop classes
Toronto tap dance and hip hop classes

Toronto tap dance lovers,

Shawn here. Introducing:  My new and improved tap dance class website! It’s definitely much easier for you to use, go take a look:

http://www.ShawnByfield.com

You’ll notice right away that the look and feel are still the same as before. I’ve simplified the navigation, and made the website quicker to load. Which makes it faster for you to learn about tap dance classes in Toronto.

Take a look today. Check the tap dance class page, and get yo’ dance on!

– Shawn Byfield

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