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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

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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

Toronto Needs Tap Dance Studio Space!

30 Nov

So recently I talked about how Toronto desperately needs a new dance studio. Especially a place for tap dancers to throw down.

Renting dance studio space is fine, but I’d prefer to have a space of my own to offer tap lessons. One with a solid sprung floor, bright lighting, and feels like home. You know what I mean?

Here’s the flyer for the Toronto Holiday Bonanza I’m hosting:

Help build a dance studio for tap dancers- and more!

Help build a dance studio for tap dancers- and more!

I’ll be hosting the entire evening. The line up of performers is ridiculous, and I couldn’t be more excited! Live funk, soul and r&b musicians, bellydance, hip hop choreography, break dance, afro Brazilian, and of course a lil’ hoofin.

Check out the awesome event details here:

http://ShawnByfield.com/fundraiser.htm

Please share the flyer, send this post to a friend, and come support arts and dance in Toronto!

– Shawn B

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