5-week beginners tap dancing course for adults.
Price: £50 (includes a ticket to see Stepping Out on Thursday 27 June)
5-week beginners tap dancing course
Starts: 23 May
Have you ever fancied learning to tap dance but were a bit afraid to?
Why not join our latest 5-week course – it’s for complete beginners and totally for fun. No tap shoes necessary, just wear hard soled shoes.
Learn a routine, spend a session with one of the creative team from Stepping Out, and see the show on Thursday 27 June, all for just £50.
The course will be led by Matt Stradling and take place at Scarborough TEC, School of Performing Arts, Filey Road, YO11 3AZ.
Matt’s introduction to tap began early when, at four years old, he first slipped on a pair of size 13 girls’ tap shoes and noisily joined Mis Nancy Bates’s dance school way back in 1975. For the next 15 years, Matt shuffled and hopped and time-stepped through every American Associate of Tap Dancing examination until finally qualifying with a distinction at an advanced level exam. Favouring the classic American style famously beloved by dancers such as Gene Kelly, Matt put his skills to good use in a variety of theatre performances, notably in the National Youth Theatre’s 1989 production of Lionel Bart’s Blitz! under the choreography of David Toguri (of Guys and Dolls fame). Currently, Matt is head of Performing Arts at Scarbough TEC (formerly Yorkshire Coast College at Westwood – the SJT’s old home) as well as leading youth theatre and various OutrReach projects for the SJT. He has recently received his MA in Applied Theatre and about to embark on a PhD into the performance of masculinity through behaviour both on stage and in real life. Although the majority of Matt’s professional career has been in more classical and Applied Theatre, as well as Education, tap has never been far away and he can often be seen doing double wings to while away the minutes before youth theatre sessions and is excited to be digging out his old shoes once more and share the joy of syncopated percussive dance.
Thursday 23 May 2019, 6.30pm