Age ranges are only a guideline. Class leveling truly depends on individual skill level to be determined by teachers in first class
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Tap Dance Classes at Dance Centers of Orlando are determined by placement
Strengthening of basic tap technique and terminology highlighting the importance of rhythm and sound. Tap focuses on rhythms and intricate footwork, creating a percussion instrument out of the dancer's feet. Rhythm tap and Broadway styles will be executed. Sounds are made not only with the bottom of the shoe, but also with the back, sides, and tip.
Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by a tapping sound that is created from metal plates that are attached to both the ball and heel of the dancer's shoe. These metal plates, when tapped against a hard surface, create a percussive sound and as such the dancers are considered to be musicians.
Miss Laura toured nine seasons as a Radio City Rockette. As a member of Actors Equity and American Guild of Variety Artists she has performed in scores of musicals including Beauty and the Beast, My One and Only, 42nd Street, Pajama Game, and Evita. Her training includes scholarships to studios in LA, Broadway Dance Center (NYC), and graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University.
She has performed with dance companies, industrials, and musicals in Texas to as far away as Malaysia and Singapore. Her work in New York includes workshops at Radio City, Lincoln Center, and the National Tap Extravaganza with Buster Brown, Jimmy Slyde, and Savion Glover. Laura has taught over twenty "Rockette Experiences" and "Rockette Intensives", presented by NYC's Broadway Dance Center and Madison Square Garden Entertainment. Now residing in Orlando, Laura teaches, sets choreography, and directs shows for several universities, high schools, and dance studios across the country.
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