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The Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival

2016 Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival
SEPTEMBER 1 - 4, 2016


Welcome to the 17th annual Vancouver International Tap Festival!

Sept 1- Thursday -- OPENING RECEPTION - WELCOME - see Events
Sept 2 - Friday -- AND STILL YOU MUST SWING at the Norman Rothstein Theatre - see Events
Sept 3 - Saturday -- TAP MASTERS at the Norman Rothstein Theatre - see Events
Sept 2 - 4 - TAP SUMMIT - comprehensive master class program for youth and adults - see Events

For all Adult and Youth Classes see below

2015 Vancouver International Tap Dance FestivalWelcome to the 17th annual Vancouver International Tap Festival.

Now recognized as one of the premier events of its kind, our history is one of dedication to the wonderment of the Tap art form. We have so many stories of how wishes, dreams and hopes have been realized and shared with renowned dancers, appreciative students and a supportive community.

Here are just a few examples from this year's exciting, ambitious program. For years we hoped to have Ted Louis Levy participate in the VITF. So we are thrilled to now present his masterful nine-hour residency,” Swinging and Singing.” As well, we have long wished for the honour of featuring Billy Siegenfeld's invigorating and lasting impact of Jump Rhythm Tap. That is another one of our wishes being granted in 2016.

I confess to having a producer's dreams of igniting our audiences. Dream Big! This year the world’s most influential ambassadors of tap - Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Jason Samuels Smith and Derick Grant - will be featured in “And Still You Must Swing.”

Our second major presentation responds to many requests.“Master of Tap” will showcase the stellar talents of Ted Levy, Terry Brock, Billy Siegenfeld, Travis Knights, Claudia Rahardjanoto, Andrew Prashard, and Joel Hanna, amazing innovative artists on their own, joining forces to take us on a unique, electrifying rhythmic journey.

Diverse, complex master class programming is also part of the 2016 mix of hopes and wishes, come to fruition in classes designed to meet adult and youth demand and desires alike.

Hold on! We're far from finished. Earning Canada Council funding is enabling us to host Conference workshops on such essentials as creating a show, bringing your unique self to the stage, marketing tap dancers, touring, and much more.

The festival opening - a welcome reception with appetizers and no-host bar - features keynote speaker, Ted Louis Levy and a don't-miss conversation with Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards.

Please join us in sharing our wishes, dreams, hopes and Tap wonderment, when we roll out on the red carpet this September.

Sas Selfjord ~ Producer.


We will be posting information as it becomes confirmed as part of the 2016 Festival so check back to this page periodically for 2016 Festival updates.


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 - 3 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 - 16+ Years

Please note: Advanced and Advanced Pro classes are fast paced.

TED LOUIS LEVYTed Louis Levy:
9 hour Residency-Swinging and Singing
Advanced
DATE: Sept 2-4 @ 1:30 to 4:30
Read Ted’s bio in this brochure and you can only begin to imagine the richness of this residency. You will also become aware that it is a 9-hour gift, beyond glorious. “After several years of wishing and hoping Ted would grace one of our festivals…he is here, at last!”
-Sas Selfjord, Producer

Direction, Tone, Counting
Advanced Pro
DATE: Sept 2 @ 9:00 to 10:30

Dormeshia Sumbry EdwardsDormeshia Sumbry Edwards:
2 day continuous - Choreography Lab
Intermediate/Advanced
DATE: Sept 3-4 @ 9:00 to 10:30


Clarity Clarity Clarity
Intermediate

DATE: Sept 2 @ 9:00 to 10:30

Clarity, clarity, clarity. Let’s be very clear…it's all about clarity!

Derick GrantDerick Grant:
2 day continuous - A masterful guide down the classical lane
Advanced
DATE: Sept 3-4 @ 10:30 to 12:00


Improvising
Intermediate

DATE: Sept 2 @ 10:30 to 12:00

Develop rich techniques and an improved understanding of
improvisational methods.

Billy SiegenfeldBilly Siegenfeld
3 day continuous - JUMP RHYTHM® TAP
All Levels
DATE: Sept 2-4 @ 12:00 to 1:30
“Full-bodied rhythm-making.” To play the music we’re making with our taps, we use our feet as “drum-beaters” to knock out swing, funk, and Latin rhythms against the “drum-head” of the floor. We also utilize our hands, head, and voice to hit rhythms with these other “drum-heads” on our bodies.

“Billy's unique perspective is to teach rhythm from the inside out. It's not all about the steps, but also how you get there. His class was fun and informative, so I can't wait to take another.” (Anna Kramer)

Space
Advcanced Pro

DATE: Sept 3 @ 9:00 to 10:30

An insight into space and movement capacity within, and methodology to enhance your strengths as a performer, choreographer and teacher.

Allison MillerAllison Miller:
Music
Adv. Pro
DATE: Sept 4 @ 9:00 to 10:30

A unique opportunity to work with an amazing percussive artist-with a finely honed lens-working with leading innovators that make our art form so beloved.


Music
Intermediate
DATE: Sept 4 @ 10:30 to 12:00

A unique opportunity to work with an amazing percussive artist-with a finely honed lens-working with leading innovators that make our art form so beloved.

Jason SamuelsJason Samuels Smith:
2 day continuous - Going the extra Mile(s)
Advanced-fast pace
DATE: Sept 3-4 @ 10:30 to 12:00

Explore the intricacies of Miles' iconic jazz composition in combination with Jason’s deep improvisational capacity. This is for those who can and want to go the extra mile.

Sweat, Sweat, Sweat
Intermediate
DATE: Sept 2 @ 12:00 to 1:30

Towel, water and gusto.

Risk it
Advanced Pro
DATE: Sept 2 @ 10:30 to 12:00

Be brave, jump into this class, after all it could be your take home from this festival!

Andrew PrashardAndrew Prashard:
3 day continuous - Theatrical Tap
Intermediate
DATE: Sept 2-4 @ 12:00 to 1:30
Faking it to the stage and what you require to get there. Lights, camera, action!

Joel HannaJoel Hanna:
World Fusion
Advanced Beginner
DATE: Sept 2 @ 10:30 to 12:00

Using the innuendos of African, Spanish, Cuban, Japanese and the Irish, expressed through the language of Tap. We'll layer and build a combination that’s as enjoyable to watch and hear, as it is to dance.

World Fusion
Intermediate
DATE: Sept 2 @ 1:30 to 3:00

Using the innuendos of African, Spanish, Cuban, Japanese and the Irish, expressed through the language of Tap. We'll layer and build a combination that’s as enjoyable to watch and hear, as it is to dance.

Travis KnightsTravis Knights:
3 day continuous - Connecting to Music
Advanced Choreography
DATE: Sept 2-4 @ 12:00 to 1:30

improve your approach and ability in choreography and performance with a focus on feel and intention.

Improvisation
Intermediate
DATE: Sept 4 @ 1:30 to 3:00

Unlock your potential in speaking the language of tap.

Claudia RahardjanotoClaudia Rahardjanoto
3 day continuous - Tap dancing the music
Adv.Beg./Intermediate
DATE: Sept 2-4 @ 9:00 to 10:30
Explore music through choreography-dance from the melody and structure, to the feel of each song and possible improvisational moments within them.

Musicology
Intermediate
DATE: Sept 3 @ 1:30 to 3:00

It's Prince all the way!!! His music will be featured throughout the class. How many Prince songs will you know and dreamed of dancing?

(S)wing it!!!!
Advanced
DATE: Sept 2 @ 1:30 to 3:00

Get ready to really swing with wings.

Terry BrockTerry Brock
3 day continuous -Style and Sound
Adv.Beg./Intermediate
DATE: Sept 2-4 @ 1:30 to 3:00
Emphasis is on classy stylistic choices and clarity in sound through the essential elegance and relevance of the masters.

Vocal Choreography - JOY "Get Ready"
All Levels

DATE: Sept 3 @ 10:30 to 12:00

Cholly Atkins was a tap dancer, jazz dancer and choreographer extraordinaire who created and defined the legendary Motown moves. His vocal choreography helped< catapult countless stars to fame. Learn one of his signature dances from Terry, who was mentored by, and performed with the man himself. J O Y!.

 

 

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


Terry BrockTerry Brock:
"Hold your feet to the Fire"
DATE: Sept 4 @ 11:30 to 12:45

Learn how to really make a point with them.

Claudia RahardjanotoClaudia Rahardjanoto:
Slides
DATE: Sept 3 @ 11:30 to 12:45

Fun and challenging exercises and combinations to incorporate slides into musical contexts.

Travis KnightsTravis Knights:
2 day continuous -Time & Space
DATE: Sept 3-4 @ 9:00 to 10:15

Reach new heights and explore movement through time and space.

Billy SiegenfeldBilly Siegenfeld:
Inner Rhythm
DATE: Sept 4 @ 10:15 to 11:30

Move around, feel the rhythm, from the inside out.

Joel HannaJoel Hanna:
World Fusion
DATE: Sept 3 @ 10:15 to 11:30

Instruction of African, Spanish, Cuban, Japanese and Irish innuendo, expressed in the language of Tap.

Derick GrantDerick Grant:
2 day continuous -Improv Games
DATE: Sept 3-4 @ 12:45 to 2:00

Using games, rhymes, riddles, quizzes to improvise with ease.

Andrew PrashardAndrew Prashard:
2 day continuous -Career

DATE: Sept 3-4 @ 3:15 to 4:30

The classes are a culmination of Andrew’s careers, from teaching and choreographing, to appearances with Riverdance and other musical theatre. What a finale to our festival!

Dormeshia Sumbry EdwardsDormeshia Sumbry Edwards:
Drills
DATE: Sept 3 @ 2:00 to 3:15

Drills, pull backs, wings, exercises to enhance your art.

Jason SamuelsJason Samuels Smith:
Look Out!!
DATE: Sept 4 @ 2:00 to 3:15

Sweat, Sweat, Sweat. Towel and water are absolute essentials!



2016 Holiday Inn Hotel Accommodations

Rate: (2 queen beds) $166 (2 person), $176 (3) $186 (4)
(Valid from Aug 31- Sept 4, 2016)
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