Tap Dance

Learn Tap - an expressive dance, where you make the music with your feet

Next round of classes
28/10 - 12/12

Registration
Registration will open in mid-October

Price
Regular: 690 kr for 7 classes of 1 h 15 min
Student: 540 kr for 7 classes of 1 h 15 min

Location 
Happy Feet Studio,
Ørnevej 33, København NV


Class Schedule

Next Round of Classes
28/10 - 12/12
Registration will open in mid-October

Current Courses (September - October)

Wednesday
Smalls Paradise
Tap 1 Early 17:30 - 18:45 Javier Students: left 1
Tap 1 Late 19:00 - 20:15 Javier
Tap 2 20:30 - 21:45 Javier

Wednesday

Smalls Paradise

  • Tap 1 Early 17:30 - 18:45
  • Tap 1 Late 19:00 - 20:15
  • Tap 2 20:30 - 21:45

 

Level Description

Tap 1

Level Guidance
No previous experience required. We go through basic steps, we dance some nice choreographies, and we introduce you to the very beginning of improvisation.

Tap 2

Level Guidance
This is for you who already have tried tap, and you feel confident in executing basic steps as shuffles and flaps. You can follow the music and maybe you want to bang the floor by your own.

Tap 3

Level Guidance
You have already tap danced for one good year, and you want to improve and try different styles and rhythms. You have a basic understanding of tap musicality and improvisation.

How and where to buy tap shoes?

Best tap shoes models:

Our teacher, Xavier, recommends the Capezio cg55 for it is a good and reliable start shoe. In “Dansemessen” the Capezios are 650kr. Capezio is discontinuing this model and it will be replaced by the “Cadence
Tap Shoe CG19”.
In "Stræk og Bøj" the Blochs Bloch BS0301M (male) and Bloch BS0301L (female) are also a good option for 699kr. Cheaper models are not good and cannot be recommended (waste of money).
In "Dansbutiken" (Sweden) they have a more expensive model, which is also very good: Bloch BS0313M (male) and BS0313L (female).

When you buy tap shoes, remember:

  • Choose always shoes in Oxford classic style, like the Capezios and Blochs mentioned above
  • The shoes should feel tight. That means no extra space for your foot inside the shoe
  • High heels taps are not for beginners
  • Sometimes you can get second hand ones on "Den blå avis"
  • Ask Xavier for advice if you find some 2nd hand

Physical Shops in Copenhagen:

Danse Messen
Julius Thomsens Gade 12
1632 København V
info@dansemessen.dk

Stræk og Bøj
Silkegade 7
1113 København K
info@straekogboej.com

Ballet Boutique
Peder Skramsgade 10, 1054 København K.
E-mail: ballet@balletboutique.dk

Web shops:

  • Capezio Europe (webshop)
  • Dansbutiken (webshop)
  • Bloch.uk (webshop)

Custom shoes:

What is Tap Dance?

Tap is perhaps the kind of dance that - thanks to Hollywood's film industry - has created the most dance lovers in the world. Tap comes mainly from the mix of African and European cultures in the United States, and it has developed hand in hand with jazz. It is actually a social dance and we make the music with our feet. Tap community is growing more and more all over the world and there are many festivals year round, where we meet, dance and share our love for tap. Tap is culture, it is art, it is fun and everybody loves it!

Teacher

Xavier Estrela studied tap dance with Michael Sandwick, a member of the "American Tap Dance Orchestra" of Brenda Bufalino and a disciple of hers (Michael S. also studied with Henry LeTang, Paul Draper and Maurice Hines, all legendary masters of this art). After acquiring this solid formation from the best tap dance tradition, he has had the privilege of receiving courses from many of the best artists and pedagogues, including Brenda Bufalino, Michelle Dorrance, Jason Samuels Smith, Sam Weber, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Andrew Nemr, Josh Hilberman, Roxane Butterfly, Chloe Arnold, and Guillem Alonso.
Xavier has danced tap professionally in numerous occasions, in great musical productions and in all kinds of events. He has his own group of dancers and teaches tap classes, courses and seminars constantly.
Xavier has also been a professional dancer in classical ballet, modern dance and jazz, developing his stage work and his pedagogical work in several countries.