Teaching

CHOREO-LAB FOR TAP DANCERS

 

Thursdays 7:30 - 8:45 pm

lead by Margaret Morrison

September 27 - December 13, 2018

American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher Street #2B, New York, NY 10014

 

Back by demand! My Composition class for Advanced and Intermediate tap dancers who want

to move to the next phase of their choreography and improv skills and deepen their jazz music

knowledge. Experienced and novice choreographers are welcome. Drop-ins are allowed, new

students may join at any time.

 

Students will develop their own tap phrases, choruses, and build towards performance works.

To get the most out of the composition class, students are encouraged to attend an entire themed

session. Guest musicians will participate occasionally.

 

September-October 2018:

choreography fundamentals, improvisation, and advanced compositional skills to Jazz and Bebop Standards and Swing Structures

November-December:

choreography fundamentals, improvisation, and advanced compositional skills to Latin Jazz and Brazilian grooves.

 

$18 single class / $80 5-class card / $140 10-class card

REGISTER by phone: call the ATDF at 646-230-9564

INFO: mmorrison.atdf@gmail.com

Margaret's Teaching:

Technique and Curriculum:  Margaret is currently on faculty at Barnard College and the American Tap Dance Center, NYC. She is a popular workshop teacher across the globe, and designs curriculum to meet the needs and interests of each individual group.  Special workshops include:

 

  • all levels of tap technique from Advanced Professional to Beginner, adults, teens and children

  • her original tap repertory

  • historic tap repertory

  • tap improv classes with emphasis creativity, musicality and spontaneous composition

  • musicianship and how to work with live jazz

  • tap composition

  • tap dance history and videos

  • rhythm tap teacher training

 

Tap History:  As a historian she has developed “Tap as an American Art Form,” a university course on the history and artistry of tap dance in American culture.  “Tap as an American Art Form” can be presented as an entertaining 90 minute lecture-demonstration full of video clips and anecdotes, suitable for general audiences, or as a studio and lecture course where dance students learn both the dances and the history of this great American art form.

 

Repertory:  Margaret’s workshops include her original tap choreography, based in swinging rhythms and full body tap style. In addition to her own material, Margaret is available to teach classic tap repertory created by greats such as Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Charles “Honi” Coles, and the Copasetics, to name a few.  

Tap Improvisation: Always fun and supportive, Margaret's approach to improvisation is non-threatening and offers solid techniques to create spontaneous tap compositions.

 

Tap Composition: Margaret’s composition workshops help students unleash their choreographic creativity. These classes emphasize techniques for composing tap dances through a solid understanding of the structures of jazz, and the musical/rhythmic potential of tap.

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