The 5th annual Australian Tap Dance Festival is back in town these September school holidays bringing with it an array of world class dancers from across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the U.S.A.
This year's ATDF is set to offer something for all ages and skill levels throughout its action-packed week of tap and choreography master classes, jam sessions, dance-offs, and special events, culminating in the Rhythm Warriors gala (Saturday, October 1) that will feature outstanding song and tap-dance numbers performed by the very best of both tap and live music from around the globe.
As the festival's Founder and Creative Director, Winston Morrison put it 'The ATDF is about bringing the tap community and the interested public together to learn, share, meet new people and most of all, have fun'!
Headlining the festival will be the multi-award winning Michelle Dorrance. One of the world's most sought after tap dancers, the New Yorker magazine recently labelled Michelle as 'one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today'.
Never Tapped Before, Saturday 24th September @ Chapel off Chapel from 1pm. Register by emailing email@example.com. This 'absolute beginner class' is for anyone always wanted to try tap, but never got the chance. No tap shoes are required - just leave the uncomfortable footwear at home and learn fun basics and great rhythms in a friendly environment. It's also free!
Talking Tap, Sunday 25th September @ Chapel Off Chapel from 6:30pm. $15 entry. Join the Australian Tap Dance Festival faculty for a live discussion about their careers, all things tap, and a live Q&A.
Lunchtime Talks and Jams, Sunday 25th Sept - Thursday 29th Sept @ The Space Dance & Arts Centre (Prahran), daily from 1pm. FREE. No bookings needed. Learn the history and stories of the dance, see historical footage, or join in a conversation on the floor and jam.
Experience tap jam meets improvisation and have a go yourself on the dance floor or just sit back and soak in the talent.
Future of Tap. Tuesday 27th September @ Chapel Off Chapel from 6:30pm. $15 entry. Presented by Capezio, Future of Tap is the chance to see what's happening in tap around Australia and New Zealand. Artists will showcase their new works and excerpts from shows for judgement and feedback on their style, musical numbers, visual presentation and connection in their performance by festival faculty members.
Cutting Competition/Tap Battle, Wednesday 28th September @ Chapel Off Chapel from 6:30pm. $15 entry. Tap dancers will improvise against an opponent and be judged on their timing, musicality, sound, originality and style. separate divisions under 12's and teenagers/adults.
Creative Director Winston Morrison's Shim Sham class last year.
Learn the Famous Shim Sham, Thursday 29th September @ Chapel Off Chapel from 6:30pm. FREE. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Shim Sham Shimmy is a famous tap finale created in 1927 by friends Dr. Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant in the wings before a show because they needed a quick finale. It's since gone on to become an anthem for tap dancers. This class is open to anyone already comfortable with the basics of tap.
'Rhythm Warriors' - The Australian Tap Dance Festival Gala, Saturday 1 October @ Irving Hall Theatre (Lauriston's Girl's School). Tickets: Adult - $36. Conc/Senior - $30. Child - $25. Two children and two adults - $105.
The grand finale of the festival will feature the crème' de la crème' of international and Australian tap dancers showcasing their best moves in a celebration of rhythm and music.