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New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)
2800 Chartres St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
BEGINNER ADULT TAP is ideal for the absolute beginner, tap veteran, or anyone looking to begin or continue their training and journey into the art of tap dancing in fun and relaxed environment! The class emphasizes core tap fundamentals, proper technique, and learning tap vocabulary.
In a moderately paced class, students will learn to rhythmically shift weight and dance in time, proper placement and weight distribution in their tap shoes, how to accurately articulate all parts of the foot, and of course the ABCs of tap vocabulary, i.e. “the steps.” Once we establish “The Basics,” we learn to build on them through basic time steps, progressions, exercises and combinations. Dancers will also develop an appreciation and understanding of basic music theory, as they will experience first hand the deep and imperative connection between tap dancing and music.
Tuesdays evenings, from 7pm to 8pm: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 20, 27 (No class February 13)
NOCCA, 2800 Chartres Street
No prior experience is required. If you have never taken a tap dance class, or have had fewer than six months of classes, this is the class for you. This is a high-energy class and an engaging workout for the mind and body! Please wear tap shoes and comfortable clothing for moving with ankle visibility.
A minimum number of students must enroll in this class for it to «make». If fewer students enroll than are necessary, the class will be cancelled and full refunds will be issued. If we have to cancel the class, we'll make every effort to notify students at least one week before the first class meeting.
Also note that…
Students must register for the full seven-week session.
Drop-ins/pay-by-the-class will not be permitted.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Heidi Malnar is an Emmy- and four-time Big Easy Award-winning dancer and choreographer from Chicago. She is the founder and artistic director of Gulf Coast Theatre on Tap, New Orleans' premier rhythm tap company, which has performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and produced Hoofing for Heroes and Love Taps. Currently teaching at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Malnar received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. She most recently choreographed Ain't Misbehavin' and Pictures of Marilyn at The National WWII Museum’s BB’s Stage Door Canteen as well as Le Petit’s productions of Pippin, for which she was also nominated for a Big Easy Award for Choreography. Heidi has also choreographed local productions of 42nd Street and Spamalotat Rivertown Theaters. In Chicago she performed with Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, directed by Billy Siegenfeld, and Chicago Tap Theatre, directed by Mark Yonally. Before moving to New Orleans, Heidi was on the faculty of Carthage College. She has enjoyed teaching positions at Tulane University, New Orleans Ballet Association, and Encore Studios in New Orleans.