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 evenings for the first class of this term for anybody unsure about signing up for the full course. Click here for more details. ***
Do you want to immerse yourself in the golden era of jazz, Broadway and Hollywood? Want to further develop your tap vocabulary with rhythmically fun and challenging exercises? Then this is the course for you.
If you have previous tap experience you will be thrilled to work with a leader in the field of tap, Annette Walker who is a dynamic, agile and versatile performer who also works as a musician, actress and aerial acrobat. Annette is passionate about teaching and sharing the history of tap dance and is queen of the Renegade Stage at the regular London Tap Jam so you will be lucky enough to be in very safe hands!
Tap is a fun and challenging art form and you will learn how to tap dance within context of its rich, musical history and discover its exciting place in dance and music in the twenty-first century.
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 8pm – 9pm, 22nd February- 29th March. ALL profits from this course will go towards Saving the Anna Fiorentini Kids Charity Theatre School.