22nd February-29th March 2021 (6 weeks)
Academy Mews Dance Studios, 15 Pratt Mews, London NW1 0AD
Annette Walker Annette is a professional tap dancer, teacher and researcher with an extensive knowledge of American Rhythm Tap Dance history. She has taught tap classes and workshops at the BRIT School, Mountview Academy, Pineapple Dance Studios, and university dance societies along with being the tap dance teacher and consultant for adult courses at Greenwich Dance for several years. Annette has performed in numerous cabarets, festivals and special concerts such as Turned on Tap which was at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre (London UK). Her first television appearance was dancing with tap group AboutTime in the Channel 5’s Paul O’Grady Show. On occasion she is one of the featured guest tap dancers in the 1930s-style show Swinging at the Cotton Club and has been touring UK theatres with them since 2016.
***We are holding a £10 taster evening for the first class of this term for anybody unsure about signing up for the full course. Click here for more details. ***
Do you find yourself tapping your feet under your desk or beating out a rhythm with your fingers? Then why not express yourself through tap!
This high-octane dance is all about kicking it to some fast beats, feeling the music and having fun! Make new friends and challenge yourself to learn a new skill to seriously impress your friends! Inspired by American Rhythm Tap Dance, this heart-pumping course will get you fit, meeting new friends and improving flexibility and musicality.
You will be led by Annette Walker MA, BSc (Hons), DipHE who is one of the leading exponents of a generation of tap dancers taking the stage with grace, style, and above all, rhythm. Her highlights include being a guest soloist with the Michèle Drees Trio at London’s famous jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s, performing as an ensemble dancer in Turned on Tap at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, a world-famous, multi-venue arts centre in London, and featuring as a soloist in the BBC Proms 2019 Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music at the world-famous Royal Albert Hall which was aired live on BBC Radio 3 (and internationally on BBC Sounds) and broadcast on UK television’s BBC Four.
Annette specialises not just on the technique and the choreography but also the history of tap dance so expect a fully comprehensive course!
Please note you will need to source your own tap shoes, these will not be provided. Any of the low-heeled, student tap shoe brands are fine such as Capezio, Bloch, Só Dança. For ease, buy shoes with the toe and heel taps already attached. Please avoid split sole and “sneaker style” tap shoes as these will not provide enough support.
This course will take place on Mondays 6.45pm – 7.45pm, 22nd February- 29th March. ALL profits from this course will go towards Saving the Anna Fiorentini Kids Charity Theatre School.