The American Tap Dance Foundation’s TAP TEACHER TRAINING, an intensive program of rhythm tap lessons with new teaching ideas for tap instructors, will return virtually this summer, July 11-17.
Co-led by Susan Hebach and Margaret Morrison, the teacher enrichment program features expert teachers with top tappers including Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Thelma Goldberg, Dexter Jones, Lisa La Touche, Toni Noblett and guest artists.
Based on the Canon Copasetic, ATDF’s tap teacher training supports tap teachers with a holistic approach to technique, repertoire, jazz musicianship, composition and rhythmic tap skills. Designed for experienced tap teachers as well as dancers aspiring to become teachers, the program includes the essential skills needed to teach rhythm tap, with composition and intensive music for teaching and choreography to all levels of students. . A training manual as well as written, audio and video materials are included.
The training program also offers students an additional 10 months of independent work and mentoring, beyond the week of virtual classes. The Training is sanctioned by a Certificate issued by the ATDF.
“We believe this program is unique – it is the only online tap teacher training course that actually coaches after its conclusion,” said co-director Margaret Morrison. “We’re offering personal feedback and guidance to students for another ten months – students have told me they’ve been overwhelmed by the online experience and can’t believe the amount of information they’re getting.”
The ATDF Virtual Tap Teacher Training program will run Monday, July 11 through Saturday, July 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET, and Sunday, July 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET via Zoom. . For more information, visit [email protected] Phone: 646-230-9564. FEES: https://www.atdf.org/ttt-fees
The Canon Copasetic is rooted in the tap technique, repertoire, musical and compositional concepts and jazz culture passed down by The Copasetics, an ensemble of tap soloists from the golden age of tap dancing. The Copasetics were a performance group and social club, formed in memory of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, who coined the phrase “Everything is Copasetic”. This material, combined with the artistic vision and teachings of Brenda Bufalino, has been adapted by Susan Hebach into a clear approach to teaching youth, teens and adults at the ATDF American Tap Dance Center. Under the direction of Margaret Morrison and Ms. Hebach, the Copasetic Canon curriculum is now available for teachers who want a technically sound approach to teaching rhythm tap dancing that provides a rich immersion in jazz swing and bebop musicality and a foundation for tap dance explorations of the 21st century. .
The ATDF launched the Copasetic canon-based tap teacher training program in 2014 to ensure this legacy of tap dancing excellence continues into the 21st century. The ATDF is proud to honor the Copasetics and their contributions, as we look forward to new voices and new grooves that have developed from these influences and beyond.
The mission of the American Tap Dance Foundation is intertwined with the legacy of the Copasetics, beginning with Brenda Bufalino’s dance partnership in the 1970s and 1980s with Charles “Honi” Coles. Formerly the American Tap Dance Orchestra, ATDF was founded in 1986 by Bufalino, Coles and Tony Waag. The American Tap Dance Orchestra toured internationally until the mid-1990s under Ms. Bufalino’s artistic direction, performing dozens of her contemporary tap dances. These dances are now being reconstructed and passed on to a younger generation of dancers enrolled in ATDF’s youth and adult education programs. The classical tap repertoire learned from the Copasetics has also become a central part of the ATDF’s youth and adult education program.