DANCE

Tip Top Dancers announce full slate of classes

Posted 8/26/22

The Tip Top Dancers are getting ready to resume classes beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Marinette Recreation Center.

Classes offered include Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater, Lyrical Jazz and Jingle …

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DANCE

Tip Top Dancers announce full slate of classes

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The Tip Top Dancers are getting ready to resume classes beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Marinette Recreation Center.

Classes offered include Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater, Lyrical Jazz and Jingle Tap and are provided Mondays through Fridays. Men and women and all levels of ability are welcome. Tap and jazz shoes are needed for classes, but pairs are available in the club closet for temporary use. The club is open to all Recreation Centers of Sun City cardholders and their escorted guests.

The Beginning Tap class is for new and experienced tappers who want to learn and review basic steps involving toes, heels, shuffles, front and back flaps, scuffs, ball changes and related. Class structure is learn and practice individual steps and combinations of steps with music. Dancers will learn a routine for stage performance. Classes meet 9-9:50 a.m. Mondays.

In the Tap I class, dancers should possess basic tap experience, steps such as shuffle, shuffle step, flap, flap-ball change, push turn, grapevine, and basic arm positions. Dancers will work on learning new and more tap steps. They will work on technique and balance while executing tap combinations, and a routine for stage performance. Classes meet 10-10:50 a.m. Mondays.

Tap II dancers should possess two or more years of basic tap experience. Dancers will learn technique, vocabulary, and mastery of basic tap combinations such as time steps, Buffaloes and Irish. Dancers will learn a routine for stage performance. Classes meet 9-9:50 a.m. Tuesdays.

Tap III dancers should possess three years of tap experience. Focus is on more advanced rhythms and faster execution of steps. Precision matching of tap steps to music is emphasized. Dancers will learn a routine for stage performance. New students need instructor’s approval. Classes meet 9-9:50 a.m. Wednesdays.

Dancers in the Tap IV class should possess four years of tap experience and be familiar with time steps, Buffaloes, Shim Sham, Grapevine, Cramp Rolls and Riffs. Arm movements are up and away from the body. Class pace moves quickly, steps taught concisely, and includes combinations, floor work, and routines. Dancers will learn a routine for stage performance. New students need instructor’s approval. Classes meet 11-11:50 a.m. Tuesdays.

Jingle Tap class is open to all dancers and is a combination of clogging and tapping styles, but unlike tap shoes, the shoes for this class have a toe and heel tap with an upper and lower portion on both heel and toe. Utilize the buck tap, which has a front toe sound. Because of the jointed upper and lower taps, it puts off a “jingle” sound. The style of dance is upbeat and happy. The teaching style offers easy, segmented learning of individual steps and putting those steps to a routine. Dancers will learn a routine for stage performance. Classes meet 4-4:50 p.m. and 5-5:50 p.m. Tuesdays, 11-11:50 a.m. Thursdays, or 10-10:50 a.m. and 11-11:50 a.m. Fridays.

The Jazz I class is for beginning and experienced dancers. Learn and practice jazz dance movements that can be quick and methodical or with slow deliberation (based on song rhythm and style). Class structure is stretches of the lower and upper body, learn and practice combinations of steps with music, and learn a routine for stage performance. Classes meet 9-9:50 a.m. Thursdays.

Jazz II dancers will possess 1 1/2- 2 years or more of Jazz or Lyrical dance experience. Dancers will learn techniques and reinforce arm positions, pointed toes, relevé, turn-out, kick ball change, sugars, jazz hands and related. Class members will learn new jazz steps. Technique and balance is reinforced while executing jazz combinations, as well as learning a routine for stage performance. A mat or small rug suggested. Classes meet 10-10:50 a.m. Tuesdays.

Lyrical Jazz is a new class and is for beginning and experienced ballet and/or jazz dancers who will learn dance movements that reflect a combination of ballet (including the five positions) and jazz. Emphasis is also on grace, facial expressions, and eye gaze that reflect the lyrics or tempo/style of the music. Dancers will learn and work on technique and balance while executing dance combinations, as well as a routine for stage performance. Classes meet 10-10:50 a.m. Thursdays.

Musical Theater is another new class for beginning and experienced dancers that will illustrate the meaning of musical theater songs through dance. Steps are taken from tap, ballet and jazz and are generally simple. The class includes light exercises and basic moving steps such as lindies and grapevines. Props may be used as part of the dances. Dancers will learn a routine for stage performance. Classes meet 10-10:50 a.m. Wednesdays.

A Non-Performing Tap class is designed for dancers who possess any level of tap dance beyond the beginner level who are interested in learning more but are not interested in performing for an audience. Although dancers may be at various levels of experience, the instructor blends their combined abilities into a unique learning experience for everyone. Technique/balance, tap warm-ups & combinations, plus routines round out the program. Classes meet 11-11:50 a.m. Mondays.

For scheduling or other reasons, individuals may participate in a classes below their skill level. Taking class above a skill level is not recommended.

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