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The Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival

2014 Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival
AUGUST 28 - 31, 2014


Welcome to our very special 15th anniversary Festival!

August 21-25 -- Gabriola on Tap-'GOT' advanced training program Registration form
August 28 - Thursday --
TAP GRACE AWARDS GALA
August 29 - Friday -- 2 Amazing shows - LOVE.Be.Best.Free and “HOLD ON”
August 30 - Saturday -- DORRANCE DANCE
August 31 - Sunday -- FESTIVAL SHOWCASE & TAP VISIONS
Aug 28 - 31- Over 30 Tap Dance Workshops for Youth and Adults

It is ambitious, innovative and totally unique. Beyond anything we imagined in 1999. We gratefully acknowledge 20 renowned artists, here to raise the bar in the 2014 VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL TAP FESTIVAL, and we're thrilled to share their extraordinary talent, creativity, dedication and passion.

GRACE is this year's theme. Grace in movement, grace in generosity, grace in dance, in spirit, and more. The word - and all that embodies - is at the heart and soul of this historic program and celebration.

Looking back, we're humbled by the tremendous, ongoing support of our community. Our success - and the capacity to produce this exciting, comprehensive event - results from collective efforts of countless individuals. This anniversary celebration required an additional day; VITF 2014 is a non-stop, jam-packed, four-day tap extravaganza for everyone. Take a breath as you turn the pages. Five performances include Dorrance Dance, a VITF commissioned work, two residencies, a one-week intensive in an idyllic setting, youth ensemble training, a gala evening featuring the first-ever Tap Grace Awards and more.

Events kick off on Gabriola Island, with a 50-hour tap immersion for advanced youth led by Brenda Bufalino, Dianne Walker and Terry Brock, featuring two performances by festival faculty.

Crossing the Strait of Georgia, we will launch 60 classes and a gala fund-raising and awards evening, August 28th.

The following night we proudly present a commissioned work: Lisa LaTouche's "Hold On"; sharing the bill is Danny Nielsen's sensational "LOVE.Be.Best.Free."

The talk of the tap world, Michelle Dorrance will take the stage with her long awaited, show-stopping, Dorrance Dance/New York troupe, Saturday night.

Closing festival celebrations on a high note, we invite the city to "Tap It Out" on Granville Street, Sunday. As well, we'll stage glimpses into Tap's bright future and next generation with performances from selected master classes. Tap City, Tri Tone, TapCo and North Carolina Youth Ensemble will also tear it up that evening.

My heartfelt thanks to every parent, volunteer, dancer, board member, VTDS and VITF faculty for a glorious 15 years. You have helped build a welcoming home and showcase of excellence for tap in this part of the world. I am blessed to be part of this community and our amazing annual festival. In grace,

Sas SelfordProducer.

We will be posting information as it becomes confirmed as part of the 2014 Festival so check back to this page periodically for 2014 Festival updates.

Here is an initial taste of what is to come:

NEW APRIL 29 - HERE IS THE 2014 BROCHURE for the 2014 VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL TAP FESTIVAL

PRINTABLE Festival 2014 Registration Form now here.

NEW MAY 8 - ONLINE Festival 2014 Registration Form now here.

See the Adult Classes

See the Youth Classes

See the Instructor Bios

See the Tap Festival Events

See Gabriola on Tap 'GOT' - August 21-25-advanced training program



A Few Words About The Classes


CONTINUOUS CLASSES

Continuous Classes are classes that are scheduled at the same time, with the same instructor, with the intention of covering continuous work over a 2 - 4 day period. All Single Classes that may repeat an instructor, level or narrative are uniquely different individual classes. None of these classes are continuous or repeated. Double classes are delivered on the same day and are back-to-back as a double class. Two 90-minute sessions for a total of three hours.



ADULT CLASSES


Brenda BufalinoBRENDA BUFALINO:

Honi Coles Residency; 4-day Continuous 8 hours
Intermediate/Advanced
August 28, 29, 30, 31, 8:30am - 10:30am

Honi Coles said, "you can say everything you need to say in one chorus." Let's find out what he meant by learning some of the phrases from one of the choruses he created for Coles and Bufalino in Concert.
SHOWCASE CLASS - Participants will be invited to perform work from this class in the Aug. 31, 2014 Showcase - 8pm.

Grace Notes
Intermediate/Advanced
August 29, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Feeling/hearing/and expressing subtle movements between the beats and shading of rhythms. Playing the off-beats, pick ups, hesitation and anticipation between single and double time. Making the double time crisp and triplets flow melodically.

Double-Time Phrases
Intermediate
August 28, 12:30pm

Technique, exercises, and patterns for small footwork, double-time phrases.


Sam WeberSAM WEBER AND TERRY BROCK:

Bouncin' the Blues; 4-day Continuous 6 hours
Intermediate
August 28, 29, 30, 31, 10:45am - 12:15pm

After a ten-year separation, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers reunited in 1949 to do for "The Barkleys of Broadway," their last film together. In this class, we'll reconstruct their upbeat "Bouncin The Blues" to an arrangement of "Perdido." It is our commitment to retain classic tap numbers, and we hope this inspires your stylistic and rhythmic senses, as it does ours. This number is all about the joy of dancing!
SHOWCASE CLASS - Participants will be invited to perform work from this class in the Aug. 31, 2014 Showcase - 8pm.


SAM WEBER :

Meat and Potatoes
Advanced
August 29, 2:15pm - 3:45pm

Every professional dancer knows the value of returning to the fundamentals, the "meat and potatoes". That's what dance class is all about. You might discover something new or gain a new perspective on things you already know. Have questions? Here's where you may find answers!


Dianne WalkerDIANNE WALKER:

Gem's of Jimmy's; 4-day Continuous (8 hours)
Intermediate/Advanced
August 28, 29, 30, 31, 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Dianne toured, partnered, and collaborated with the legendary Jimmy Slyde, for nearly 25 years. Her longstanding friendship and partnership has given her insights into the volumes of Jimmy's work, his approach, artistic lens and the man himself, James Godbolt. When we approached her to consider this content, she fully embraced the thought and commented…"This is a brilliant idea, I have had this worked "corked" for quite some time now and it would be wonderful to share this work, for the first time, at the Vancouver festival." So, join Dianne when she celebrates our anniversary and "pops" the cork! Theory, approaches, signature combinations, musicality, and yes, the slides will flow. Jessie Sawyers assists Dianne.


Tony WaagTONY WAAG:

Tap it Out; 3-day Continuous (+ Performance)
All Levels
August 28, 29, 30, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Tap It Out is a free, public and outdoor event that will be presented and performed on Granville Street-August 31, at 5:00 pm. Imagine a chorus of tapping feet performing an a cappella choreography, weaving together several tap dance styles and vernacular movement. Festival participants will learn/rehearse during the three classes scheduled in each of the Adult and Youth programs - to create this explosion of tones and rhythms. Tap It Out is created and staged by Tony Waag. Your tuition fee includes Festival T-shirt and tap board. Once you enroll, you will receive detailed instructions. Each dancer will dance on their own platform, which will be supplied by the festival and, will learn their part of the presentation in advance via YouTube. Group rehearsals will take place during the 3 days of the festival-August 28,29, 30 with a short rehearsal scheduled at the end of the Day, August 31 and a performance that day on Granville Street at 5:00 pm.
SHOWCASE CLASS - Participants will be invited to perform work from this class in the Aug. 31, 2014 Showcase - 8pm.

Tap & Uke and That's No Yoke!; 2-day Continuous
All Levels
August 30, 31, 9:00am - 10:30am

Learn a few standard Ukulele chords to strum while also attempting to tap dance. We will definitely have fun trying! Ukuleles provided at no cost!


Jessie SawyersJESSIE SAWYERS:

Analyze This!; 2-day Continuous
Advanced Beginner
August 28, 29, 9:00am - 10:30am

What are your burning questions about tap technique that you'd like to put under the microscope? How to get a better sound, how to execute a certain step, how to move your body effectively, how to prevent injury, how to feel like you're really dancing? Jessie is obsessed with clarity, loves to talk nuances of technique, and is passionate about helping students achieve breakthroughs. In this unique 2-day course, Jessie will start by addressing your individual questions, then weave them into a fun combination that will leave your tension at the door.


Michelle DorranceMICHELLE DORRANCE:

Focus; 3-day Continuous (4.5hrs)
Advanced
August 29, 10:45am - 12:15pm

Focus on timing, clarity, and integrity of execution in this 3-day intensive with Michelle Dorrance!

I Take Requests
Intermediate
August 29, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Come with your most burning questions about tap technique - from pullbacks to paddles and we will address it in class!



Jessie SawyersDIANNE WALKER, TERRY BROCK, BRENDA BUFALINO
MODERATOR-JESSIE SAWYERS:

100 Years of Tap; 3-day
All Levels
August 29, 30, 31, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Day One: Their beginnings: talk about early training, inspiration, mentors and influential events.
Day Two: Down memory lane: how and when their personal artistic voices developed to the point that tap was not only their lifestyle, but professional career. What experiences came their way, and what did they cultivate?
Day Three: Here and now: what are they up to today? Do they want to comment on the tap scene as a whole in its current state? Do you have questions? Send us an email, and we will make sure your questions are part of this lively discussion.


Mika KomatsuMIKA KOMATSU:

Essence of Jeni; 2-day Continuous (3hrs)
Advanced Beginner
August 30, 31, 2:15pm - 3:45pm

Dr. Jeni LeGon, passed away December 2012 and we dearly miss her. Jeni was a longstanding friend to VTDS and she made fast friends with Mika Komatsu. Mika assisted Jeni in many of her master classes at our festival, had long "coffee" chats with Jeni, visited her museum home in the West End, listened to the magnificent storytelling that only Jeni could share. This class will pay tribute to Jeni's work, provide insight into her life, and some heartfelt Jeni moments that Mika carries forward as a tap artist.


Lisa LaToucheLISA LATOUCHE:

The Joy of Tap Dancing; 2-day Continuous
Advanced
August 30, 31, 2:15pm - 3:45pm

Spend time with Lisa and her approach to what has been passed down to us all. Students will cover concepts regarding tradition,
music, phrasing, and expression.

 

 



Danny NielsenDANNY NIELSEN:

LOVE. Be.Best.Free;
Advanced
August 28, 10:45am - 12:15pm

An inside look into the workings of LOVE.Be.Best.Free and an opportunity to learn part of this body of work.

Time Steps
Advanced Beginner
August 30, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Let's swing, keep it simple and fun! This class will focus on time steps and understanding their value.

Payton's Place
Intermediate
August 31, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

This class will use the music of trumpeter Nicholas Payton. A short combination will be taught encompassing Payton's melodies and brilliant phrasing.


Nicholas YoungNICHOLAS YOUNG:

Groove Class;
All Levels
August 28, 2:15pm - 3:45pm

Come have fun in Nicholas' Groove based tap class, based on creating grooves and musical phrases that tend to be more open and focus on layering multiple parts. Work on developing listening skills and poly-rhythmic sensibilities.

Technique and Rudiments
All Levels
August 29, 2:15pm - 3:45pm

This class works through a progressive set of rudiment based exercises, many on transcribed rudiments for drum studies. Working from single stroke exercises to advanced paddle structures and phrasing this class is focused on developing strength and clarity.


Travis KnightTRAVIS KNIGHTS:

Body Language;
Intermediate
August 30, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Learn techniques to improve learning and picking up steps. Learn Travis Knights "Top down" approach. His method will enable you to gain a better awareness of your body to learn steps more efficiently. A full-bodied experience, guaranteed.

Tap Dance to Any Tune
Advanced
August 31, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Gain more freedom in your practice so that you can dance to whatever moves you. In this class, we explore different musical genres and their related percussive phrasing.


Gene MedlerGENE MEDLER:

Teacher Class;
August 28, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Gold standard, sets the bar, visionary, leader are a few of the descriptions we hear about Gene Medler, A.D., North Carolina Youth Ensemble. He provides a platform for his dancers that is fertile breeding ground to develop magnificence and technical prowess. This class will give teachers insight to Gene's methodology.



Surprise!!!
GUEST TEACHER:
All Levels
August 30, 2:15pm - 3:45pm
- SPECIAL PRICING - $15
At The Vancouver Tap Dance Festival, you are never sure who is going to walk through our doors. A Fun exciting surprise class with a guest teacher of our choice will have everyone partying. Celebrate 15 years with us!


John, Mackenzie and Allison
:
TRI Improv Class;
All Levels
August 30, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- SPECIAL PRICING - $15
The amazing trio of dancers of the Tri Rhythm Initiative, always have something unique and surprising up their sleeves to feature in this Jammin session...


Karida GriffithKARIDA GRIFFITH:

Express;
Advanced Beginner
August 31, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Classes will focus on rudiments and technique, then move onto dance combinations then switch to artistic expression and quality
of the dance.

 

 

 

 

YOUTH CLASSES
Note all youth classes are delivered to an intermediate level


Nicholas YoungNICHOLAS YOUNG:

Music Appreciation and Discovery; 3-day Continuous
Aug. 28, 29, 30, 8:30am - 9:45am

This class is focused on exploring musical styles and rhythms from varied sources, regions and cultures. Paddle and roll exercises to electronic or house music. A wing and time step exercise to a classic bebop legend or a combination exploring the rhythms of Brazil or Cuba.
SHOWCASE CLASS - Participants will be invited to perform work from this class in the Aug. 31, 2014 Showcase - 8pm.


Tony WaagTONY WAAG AND/OR SUSAN HEBACH:
Tap it Out; 3-day Continuous
Aug. 28, 29, 30, 2:30pm - 3:45pm

Tap It Out is a free, public and outdoor event that will be presented and performed on Granville Street-August 31, at 5:00 pm. Imagine a chorus of tapping feet performing an a cappella choreography, weaving together several tap dance styles and vernacular movement. Festival participants will learn/rehearse during the three classes scheduled in each of the Adult and Youth programs - to create this explosion of tones and rhythms. Tap It Out is created and staged by Tony Waag. Your tuition fee includes Festival T-shirt and tap board. Once you enroll, you will receive detailed instructions. Each dancer will dance on their own platform, which will be supplied by the festival and, will learn their part of the presentation in advance via YouTube. Group rehearsals will take place during the 3 days of the festival-August 28,29, 30 with a short rehearsal scheduled at the end of the Day, August 31 and a performance that day on Granville Street at 5:00 pm.
SHOWCASE CLASS - Participants will be invited to perform work from this class in the Aug. 31, 2014 Showcase - 8pm.


Gene MedlerGENE MEDLER:
Form Follows Function - finding the dance in tap dancing;
2-day Continuous

Aug. 28, 29, 11:30am - 12:15pm

This is your class from the master of developing young dancers You will leave with a little more understanding of what you can do to enhance your talent and skill.



Allison ToffanALLISON TOFFAN:
You've Got a Friend in Me; 2-day Continuous
August 30, 31, 10:00am - 11:15am

Allison will guide young dancers in developing an authentic relationship with tap dance. Starting with common steps and rhythmic ideas, she will provide the opportunity to develop original ideas from a familiar framework, and then advance forward with new steps, combinations, and rhythmic concepts.


Ryan FoleyRYAN FOLEY:
Syncopation; 2-day Continuous
August 30, 31, 11:30am - 12:15pm

Ryan's class will challenge you in picking up original choreography and help to enhance your musicality. Using syncopated rhythms and thoughtful steps, he will share with you his love for good music and good dancing.



Johnathan MorinJOHN MORIN:
Rhythmic Ideas; 2-day Continuous
August 30, 31, 1:00pm - 2:15pm

Johnathan's class will push you to explore and manipulate foundational steps and techniques. These ideas will then be put into rhythmical context by learning a selected piece of original choreography.


David CoxDAVID COX:
Funky and Fun;
August 28, 10:00am - 11:15pm

Upbeat, Funky, and Fun! David will teach a quick series of steps to act as a warm up and then a combo. Very energetic, well broken down, yet challenging.



Terry BrockTERRY BROCK:
Sas n Strut;
August 28, 1:00pm - 2:15pm

Discover why the Golden Age of Hollywood was when tap dance ruled the silver screen. Emphasis on style, refinement and clarity of sound and movement. Legendary tap dance stars are reflected through Terry Brock's classes.



Elizabeth BurkeELIZABETH BURKE:
Clarity;
August 29, 10:00am - 11:15am

Clarity - how to achieve those clear sounds!!




Karida GriffithKARIDA GRIFFITH:
Express;
August 29, 1:00pm - 2:15pm

Classes will focus on rudiments and technique, then move onto dance combinations that focus on artistic expression and quality of the dance.



Lisa LaToucheLISA LATOUCHE:
Joy, Joy, Joy;
August 31, 8:30am - 9:45am

"The Joy of Tap Dancing Spend time with Lisa and her approach to what has been passed down to us all. Students will cover, concepts regarding tradition, music, phrasing and expression.

Mackenzie GreenwellMACKENZIE GREENWELL:
Get Down;
August 31, 2:30pm - 3:45pm

Mix together some Tap, Break Dance, and Up-Rock elements as you explore the music to find that inner groove! Be ready to sweat!


2014 Holiday Inn Hotel Accommodations

Rate: $152.00-Single/ Double Occupancy (Valid from Aug 27- Sept 1, 2014)
Code: TAP
Hotel Toll Free: 800-663-9151 (Canada & US)
Holiday Inn: 800-HOLIDAY (toll free)
Phone: (604) 623-6866
Fax: (604) 684-4736
E-Mail: reservations@hivancouverdowntown.com
Web Booking: http://www.holidayinn.com
Location: Hotel is located at 110 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC 1 block from the Scotiabank Dance Centre where the classes are held. Limited block of rooms guaranteed to August 1, 2013.
More info: See the VTDS Festival Hotel page

2011 Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival