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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.


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 introductory course takes place from 23 January to 27 March 2018, Tuesdays 18.30 - 19.30. Tap shoes will be provided during the whole duration of the course. Registration is open. If you are interested please send us an E-Mail.

Next introductory course

The next introductory course will start in April 2018. 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: Silhouette of a dancer

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 January 2018

Monday, 15 January 2018

18:30-19:30 Tap Beg-Int / 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 January 2018

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 January 2018

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

Thursday, 18 January 2018

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

Friday, 19 January 2018

19:00-20:00 Tap Adv / Ursina Studio I

Saturday, 20 January 2018

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