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Australian Tap Dance Festival 2017

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Put on your dancing shoes, The Australian Tap Dance Festival is bringing the tap community and public together to learn, share, meet and enjoy all things tap.

The annual Australian Tap Dance Festival, in its 6th year shuffles into Melbourne with a world-class line-up of dancers arriving for Australia's premiere celebration of tap from across Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States.

From Saturday 30 September to Friday 6 October, the Australian Tap Dance Festival is the only festival of its kind in Australasia and offers an action-packed week of tap and choreography introductions, master classes, jams, dance battles and competitions, group practices, seminars and special events for all ages and levels. The festival runs across two of venues, the Dance Factory in Richmond and Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran.

Australian Tap Dance Festival
Faculty members Winston Morrison and Brianna Taylor getting the festival news out there!

This year features an exceptional line-up of tap artists with each carefully selected faculty member offering special 5-day residencies teaching full performance routines.

"The art of tap dance is always evolving and still thrives across the globe since its early American roots in the 1900's," says festival producer and dancer Ella Lehaf. "From childhood tap lessons and adult fitness classes to the world stage showmanship of 'Tap Dogs', 'Riverdance' and even 'The Book of Morman', tap dance continues to be rich with possibilities and new techniques which we aim to showcase at the festival," says Ms. Lehaf.

Australian Tap Dance Festival
Luke Alleva

Never tapped before and want to give it a go? The free Never Tapped Before beginners class is for you. Come learn fun basics and great rhythms in a friendly environment. No tap shoes required - just wear comfortable shoes. Who knows, you may discover a new passion. Email to register

Australian Tap Dance Festival
Sam Marks

Other events throughout the festival include Talking Tap, Rhythm Creation (improvisation night with live jazz band), the Future of Tap presented by Capezio (artist showcase), Cutting Competition (tap battle), Learn the Famous Shim Sham and BS Chorus (lesson) and free Lunchtime History Talks & Jams. Click here for the full schedule. Many sessions are free and the schedule contains price details of others.

Australian Tap Dance Festival

The Australian Tap Dance Festival Gala at 7pm on Friday 6 October bring together the superb skills of a cavalcade of international and Australian tap dancers. An evening of music, rhythm and toe-tapping entertainment. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Australia's best tap dancers from shows such as Hot Shoe Shuffle, 42nd Street, Tap Dogs and Riverdance plus their hard working residency performers and internationally acclaimed, Roxane Butterfly from Barcelona. Special guest performance by A Fine Romance; The Magic of Fred Astaire and more. Click here for tickets.


The Festival Gala will be held at Lauriston Girls' School
Irving Hall, 38 Huntingtower Road Armadale VIC

All other events will be held at:
Dance Factory - 4-10 Yorkshire St, Richmond VIC
Chapel Off Chapel - 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran VIC

So whether you're a tap dancer or just interested in dance, there is something for everyone.
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Why? For some toe tapping fun
When: 30 September to 6 October
Phone: 0403 138 275
Where: Various venues - see website for details
Cost: Some free and some ticketed. See schedule for details
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