Tap Dancing - Beginners & Improvers Print this page

Dates: 17/04/18 - 27/06/18
Days: Tuesday 20:00 - 21:00
Sessions: 10
Centre: Sutton - Sutton
Course Code: S23060B09JV
Fees: Standard - £65.00
Concessionary - £65.00

Course Information

Learning, developing or performing a form of dance has been shown to be one of the best activities you can do for your overall wellbeing. So do come along and join us and improve both your mental and physical wellbeing as well as enjoying the challenge of developing new skills.

What are the overall aims of the course?

You will learn, practice and be able to perform the basic steps of tap dance. You will gain a basic understanding of rhythm and syncopation. You will also learn simple, fun routines which will feature the basic steps and moves that you have learned.

What will I learn on the course?

You will learn how to:

Perform and master the three basic steps – shuffle, tap-step and ball-change.
Differentiate between different tempos and rhythms
Combine basic tap steps into short combinations
Perform an entire combination to a piece of music 1 – 2 minutes long
Research and review tap styles to gain inspiration from classic tap performances.
Develop co-ordination and balance skills
Develop fitness.
Through the course, you will also meet new people & friends and have fun in a learning environment.

Your tutor will give you more information about the course at your first session

Are there any entry requirements?

This is a beginner’s level course and is aimed at beginners new to the subject and or people with limited experience who want to develop their skills and performance or those returning to the subject after a long break.

Do I need to attend a course approval interview/assessment before I can join this course?


How will I be taught?

Classroom based (including practical work where applicable)
Extending Learning through VERA (Virtual Education Resources & Activities)

Each class is taught in a mirrored room, with the tutor standing in front. Every two weeks (approximately) you will learn a new routine with week one = part 1 (introduction to new routine) and week 2 = part 2 (developing and polishing new routine). Classes are videoed from time to time and uploaded to a closed YouTube link. Each learner will have access to the link and can view previous classes and the tap dictionary database online.

Practical class work, follows initial tutor demonstration, explanation and instruction. General class guidance is given by the tutor with some one-to-one guidance where appropriate. Students are encouraged to select a few exercises to practice at home to promote and maintain their development.

How will my progress be checked?

Informal assessment in class
Tutor observation
Continuous informal assessment methods are used by the tutor to monitor students’ progress and involve observation, questions and answers and discussion activities.

Does the course have any features I should be aware of?

Participants are encouraged to work at their own level (which may vary from week to week).

It is advised students prepare for safe practice by not eating a large meal for at least 2 hours before the class, however you may wish to eat something small before the class to provide you with an energy boost.

To get the most from the course, you need to be able to:
Follow spoken instructions.
Understand the number concepts of rhythms and recognise the differences between different rhythms.
Work and perform individually, in small groups and as a whole class.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

Please purchase tap-shoes from Ebay or Amazon. You can pick up a good second hand pair for £6. Do not go and spend a lot of money on the best shoes. You are more than able to upgrade if you decide to progress on to the intermediate level.

Please wear loose fitting clothing suited to exercising e.g. tracksuit.
Optional bottle of water with a secure cap.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

Additional Learning Support (ALS) may be made available for learners who, at the time of assessment and/or enrolment, declare a difficulty or disability that may affect their learning. Our service can support learners in English, maths, who are dyslexic, deaf or hearing impaired or who have evidence of other medical issues impacting on learning. Learners can also find information about financial and child care support from the Customer Enquiry Centre.

All learners are entitled to use our iClick - Computer & Digital Learning Centre. For more information please see www.suttoncollege.ac.uk/college/iclick or contact iclick@suttoncollege.ac.uk

You will be issued with a Sutton College e-mail address, which will give you access to Sutton College’s Virtual Learning Environment, called VERA.

There is free guest Wi-Fi available in the College

Can I receive advice and guidance about further education opportunities and careers?

Yes. To find out more about what may be available to you please contact our Advice Team. See www.suttoncollege.ac.uk/college/advice-centre

What can I do after the course has finished?

Continue with the beginners’ class to further develop/maintain your performance level.
Progress to the improvers and above class at Sutton College or progress to an alternative class with another provider. Please discuss options with the tutor.

What should I do if I have any questions?

If you can’t find the answer to your query on the College website, please contact the Customer Services Team on 0208 2894700 or complete an online query at www.suttoncollege.ac.uk/contact-us

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