PROFESSIONAL TAP TRAINING 2020

4 Weeks of professional tap dance training, coaching & practice.

Focusing on technique, improvisation, creativity and musicality.

July 13TH – August 8th 2020

Welcome to our 5th edition of our Professional Tap Training in 2020. 

The 4-week tap dance training is aimed at ambitious amateurs, professional performers and dance teachers who want to deepen and professionalize their skills and knowledge in tap dancing. All tap dancers from a level of intermediate advanced and up, are invited to participate in this training program.

The intensive training imparts comprehensive and professional know-how in tap dancing, with a focus on technique, improvisation, creativity & composition and musicality. In all weeks we will be working with one or more musicians and develop a deeper understanding of movement, rhythm and music.

For 2020 we redesigned our training program. This time we will have 4 one-week long training sessions, each emphasizing on one main topic. The individual weeks build on each other in terms of content and result in a comprehensive training course. In contrast to earlier times, this year, in addition to the complete program, individual weeks can also be booked.

The complete program lasts 4 weeks and includes approx. 130+ hours of instruction, practice, training and coaching.

Professional Tap Training 2020 :

Week 1 July 13-18:
Strong fundamentals, advanced technique and rhythms in jazz tap

Schedule: Mon- Sat, 10am – 5pm (including lunch break)

With Thomas Marek (tap) & Stefan Dahm (drummer)

In our first week we will focus on one of the most important and often ignored aspect of playing your instrument: Strong and solid fundamentals. These fundamentals include good mechanics, solid timing and a deeper rhythmical understanding of jazz music and tap dancing.

Without a good technical und musical foundation it’s very likely that you will sooner or later hit road blocks in your dancing that hinder you from truly expressing yourself or even establish a solid groove or dance in time.

In the words of pianist Eric Reed: “It’s all about the groove. You can have chops of lighting but if you don’t groove you will always be a broke ass circus clown”.

So let’s work on some strong technical and rhythmical fundamentals and start grooving.

Week 2 July 20-25:
Free Play / Improvisation in tap dance and jazz music

Schedule: Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm (including lunch break)

With Thomas Marek (tap) & Tilman Oberbeck (bass player)

Improvisation is the defining element of jazz music and a big part in tap dance. It’s also one of the great mysteries of how to develop the art of free play and unleash your full creative potential in the moment. Assuming you have a solid technical and musical foundation in your dancing, we will work on ideas, exercises and knowledge that will help you understand principles of improvisation and apply it to your dancing.
We will also work on the mental aspect of improvisation and how to overcome anxiety and mental roadblocks.

Week 3 July 27-August 1:
Creativity / How to develop ideas and bring them to life

Schedule: Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm (including lunch break)

With Thomas Marek (tap) & Tilman Oberbeck (bass player)

In our third  week we will cover the main issue of any creative artist. How to trigger creativity, develop material, conceptualize an idea and finally shape it into a choreography or composition. Together with bass player Tilman Overbeck we will work on techniques to get our creative juices flowing and overcome procrastination. We will discuss principles of composition and choreographic processes and and then apply those ideas to develop our own unique choreography.

Week 4 August 3-8:
Tap Dance & live Music / Playing and communicating with a band.

Schedule: Mon – Sat,  10am – 5pm (including lunch break)

With Thomas Marek (tap) & Tilman Oberbeck (bass player), Stefan Dahm (drummer) & jazz trio

In our last week of the program everything is about music and playing together with a jazz trio or larger ensemble. Music is communication and nothing can be more challenging than being an integral part of a band as a tap dancer.
We discover how we can use our tap dancing as an instrument in a band setting and function within that setup.
We learn about interplay, musical forms, communication with musicians, structures, hierarchies and solos. We also work on different arrangement ideas that can be used working with a band.
Everyday we will work with different instrumentalists and the last two days with the whole band. In order to fully enjoy this class you should be comfortable improvising in tap.

The Pro Tap Training has not only given me the opportunity to improve my technical and dance skills, but it has also fundamentally changed the way I see myself as a dancer, a musician, an artist. I also pass this inspiration on to my students! Participating was the best decision I have ever made.

Tina Landgraf

Actress & Performer

Costs & Registration

The total fee for the complete 4 week Professional Tap Training is € 2400.-

The fee for a single week of our training is € 700.-

Early Bird Rebate is 10% on your total fee if you register before February 1st 2020

To register please fill out the following PDF and send it back to : info@footprints-hamburg.de

Download Application

Pro Tap Training review from two of our students:

Hi!
We are dancers from Moscow, we dance swing dance and tap for about 5-6 years.

In August 2018 we participated in the one month Pro Tap Training Program from Thomas Marek and his team. It was a fantastic experience, one of the best in our live!

Almost every day we went to Studio Footprints to work on our dancing and understanding the art of Tap Dance.
Every day Thomas opened our eyes on a new topic of dance, music, technique and history. Our understanding and feeling about dance constantly changed and improved.
You cannot become super professional in one day or even one month, but you can get a deeper understanding of how to
work to become an artist in the future if you have enough dedication.

The whole program gave us a very big boost in our development as dancers and our understanding of what you need to have as an artist! We learned how to work by ourselves to have maximum efficiency!
The program gave us the opportunity to work with musicians and it was the first time we danced together with live music! When we came back to Moscow we found musicians we can work with and joined them as tap dancers for their jam sessions.

During the program we worked a lot on improvisation. Before it was always very stressful for us to improvise but after our training it became very natural.
We started to work on improvisation regularly and now have real fun with it! We realized how important it is work on your own dancing and creativity. During this program we created our first choreographies, and now we do it regularly.
We began to listen to music more carefully, and our dancing became more connected to music.

We also learned how important movement is in tap dance, and how it can affect your sounds and rhythms. We always wanted to swing when we dance and here, for the first time got a real feeling for it.
We learned to control our touch to the floor more and this affected our sound dramatically. We became more relaxed in our legs and now we can dance to much faster music then before.

We teach tap dance in Moscow and now we use and spread a lot of the ideas from this program in our own classes.
Our students are now more relaxed and also started to improvise without fear and with joy.

This program is what you really need if you want to develop as an artist, have more quality in your dancing, if you want to talk with your feet, if you want to have good technique and improvise easily!

Vasily Muravyev & Maria Ivanova

October 2018