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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

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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!

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.

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

Toronto Dance Class Comments From Real Students

5 Jan

Toronto Dance Class Testimonial Video

This short video shares a few comments from real students who take dance classes at Byfield Dance Experience in Toronto. Sweet!

– Shawn B

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