PROFESSIONAL TAP TRAINING 2021

July 19th – August 8th 2021

Welcome to our 5th edition of our Professional Tap Training in 2021. 

Footprints Professional Tap Training is a 3 week tap dance intensive held in Hamburg, Germany from July 19th to August 8th 2021.

3 weeks of professional tap dance training, coaching & practice.

This 3-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, jazz and music in general.

Tap dancers from a level of intermediate advanced and up, are invited to participate in this training program. The intensive training teaches comprehensive and professional know-how in tap dancing, with a focus on technique, improvisation, creativity, composition and musicality.

In all 3 weeks we will be working with one or more musicians and develop a deeper understanding of our dancing, movement, rhythm and music. The complete program lasts 3 weeks and includes approx. 120+ hours of instruction, practice, training and coaching.

Main topics of our training are:

•  Improving your tap dance skills & technique

• Enableing choreographic processes and developing artistic ideas in tap

• Finding your own voice and individual expression in your dancing and music

• Improvisation skills in tap dance and jazz music

• Music theory and how to apply it in your tap dancing (form, phrasing, timing, displacements etc)

• Tap dance history

• Working and dancing with a band  (The art of improvising and interplay)

• Introduction to stage equipment for tap dance (sound equipment for stage performances)

Costs & Registration

The total fee for the complete 3 week Professional Tap Training is € 1500.-

Early Bird Rebate is € 150 on your total fee if you register before February 1st 2021

Maximum of 14 participants

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

Download Application

Teachers & Team

The training program is led by Thomas Marek and will be supported by his team of professional musicians & dancers. All musicians have years of experience of working with tap dancers and have a deep understanding of what tap dance has musically to offer.

To find out more about Thomas Marek and his body of work in tap dance, please visit www.thomasmarek.com

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I participate for only on week or do I have to do all 3 weeks?
The program is specifically designed to last 3 weeks for all participants. The idea came from my experiences in theatrical work and the rehearsal process in those productions. There is a certain intensity when you start focusing on one thing only for a few weeks. It creates a different mind set and it allows you to really dig deep and explore on a level that you simply can’t replicate in only a few days or a week. So this program is all about having enough time and no distractions to thoroughly explore and venture into new territory.

What does a usual day look like?
We ususally start our training days at 9.00 am. Until around 1pm you will have different classes where we learn and explore new things. The morning session is followed ny a one hour lunch break. The afternoons consist of sometimes classes but mostly rehearsal and practice time for yourself and the group. There you can work on all the stuff you have learned so far and make it your own. The evenings are usually free. On a usual day you will spend around 6 to 7hours practicing, learning and creating.

Are there any off days?
Yes. We will have at least one off day a week. Sometimes we plan rest days spontaneously depending how we feel and what we need.

What is the difference to a “regular” tap workshop or festival?
The biggest differences are probably time and the way you will learn. Instead of just “taking” a class or consuming steps you are challenged to develop your skills as an artist and create output. The whole approach is closer to learning to play an instrument than taking a dance class.

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

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

Swing and Tap Dancers / Performers