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Tap

Tap dance developed in the 19th century in the United States and is now known all over the world. Rhythmic sounds are produced with two metal plates which are attached to the front and rear of the shoes. All kinds of music is used to tap dance to. The «Hoofers» were the first idols, such as The Nicholas Brothers, Bunny Briggs, The Condos Brothers, Arthur Duncan, Jimmy Slide, Dianne Walker. Later, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly. Gregory Hines gave Tap dance new life in the 80s and Savion Glover led it to the present time. Backstage Studio is proud to regurarly invite many of today's greatest tap dancers as guest lecturers.

Levels and experience

Find and choose your level. We recommend the following tap dance experience:

Introductory course (I)

No previous knowledge

Beginner (B)

Introdcutory course completed

Beginner–Intermediate (B-I)

1-2 years

Intermediate (I)

approx. 3 years

Intermediate–Advanced (I-A)

4-5 years

Advanced (A)

6 or more years

Age Group

Tap courses are suitable for the young and old. Depending on your level and your teacher, you can select a course that is more or less physically intense. For children (from 4 years) and teens (from 12 years) we offer special courses and the Cartier Williams Youth Program.

Trial lesson

A trial lesson is anytime possible free of charge. Please check our «FAQ» for further information.

Fees

The courses are paid per trimester. The exact price is listed in the detailled view of every course. It is possible to book single lessons.

Current introductory course

The current tap introductory course will take place from 25 April – 4 July 2019. Get to know the first tap dance steps, cool beats and rhythms. Thursdays 19 - 20 h, 10 lessons (excluding Ascension, 30.5.), CHF 210.-/ students 190.-. Tap dance shoes will be provided free of charge throughout the course. If you are interested please send us an E-Mail.

Next introductory course

The next tap introductory course will take place in August. Get to know the first tap dance steps, cool beats and rhythms. 10 lessons, CHF 210.-/ students 190.-. Tap dance shoes will be provided free of charge throughout the course. If you are interested please send us an E-Mail.

Tap instructors

Backstage Studio: Cartier Williams, Performance Zurich Tap Festival 2013

Cartier Williams

is considered an exceptional talent of the tap scene. With his Dadaist productions «Rhyhtm-Refix» and «Peter & The Wolf», he gets international attention. A new generation of Tap.

Backstage Studio: Daniel Borak performing

Daniel Borak

celebrates national and international engagements. He teaches the latest trends and tricks of the international tap dance scene. Enjoy his musicality and inspiring choreographies!

Backstage Studio: Flavia Gosteli in dance pose

Flavia Gosteli

is a co-choroegrapher and a member of «Tap Dan’s Company», the company of Daniel Borak. She interprets songs in a rhythmically exciting variety, and her lessons are a pleasure for beginner to advanced students.

Backstage Studio: Regine Ochsner in dance pose, one leg raised high in the air

Regine Ochsner

is the founder and director of Backstage Studio. After her long career as a professional dancer, she shares her profound knowledge with children, teens and adults with enthusiasm and motivation.

Backstage Studio: Sabine Bräuer performing

Sabine Bräuer

is a long-term member of the Swiss tap dance scene. She has immense teaching experience. With Sabine, you learn rhythmical diversity, a profound technique and how to dance and swing.

Backstage Studio: Ursina Meyer performing

Ursina Meyer

is already as a child a promising tap talent. She attracts attention from international tap teachers and receives scholarships to the biggest festivals in the USA. She convinces with a fresh, modern tap dance style.

CoursesWeek of 15 — 21 April 2019

Monday, 15 April 2019

18:30-19:30 Tap Beg / Sabine Studio II
19:00-20:00 Tap Beg-Int / Regine Studio I
19:30-20:30 Tap Beg / Sabine Studio II
20:00-21:30 Tap Int / Regine Studio I

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

18:30-19:30 Tap Beg / Regine Studio II
19:15-20:30 Tap Int-Adv / Daniel Studio I
19:30-20:30 Tap Beg-Int / Regine Studio II
20:30-21:30 Tap Beg / Regine Studio II
20:30-21:30 Tap Int / Ursina Studio I

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

18:30-19:45 Tap Int / Regine Studio II

Thursday, 18 April 2019

20:00-21:30 Tap Int-Adv / Regine Studio I
20:00-21:30 Tap Int-Adv/ Sabine Studio II

Friday, 19 April 2019

Due to «Good Friday» Tap Adv / Ursina (19:00-20:00) does not take place

Saturday, 20 April 2019

10:30-12:00 Tap Open / Regine Studio I