May 2019 News

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It’s the favorite month of tap dancers everywhere… MAY! May 25th is National Tap Dance Day, and tap dancers everywhere celebrate. We will be having our own celebration, so be sure to read this entire post to get all of the details!

Session Break April 29 – May 12

We are currently in between sessions and have adjusted our studio business hours over the break, Online registration is available 24/7, but if you prefer to register for our next session over the phone or in person, please do so during the following hours:

Next Session Starts May 13th!

Our regular business hours will resume on May 13 when our next session begins. This session will run through June 28. We currently have space available in all of our classes. Some of our classes have grown to be quite large and we recommend buying a 7 Week Session Pass and registering for the entire session in advance in order to hold your place in class.

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HeartBeat Tap Ensemble Goes to Vegas!

The HeartBeat Tap Ensemble will be performing in Las Vegas this coming weekend as part of the 7th Annual Las Vegas Tap Festival. In addition to the performance, members of the HeartBeat Tap Ensemble will be participating in classes throughout the weekend. Mary Wall will be teaching a class at the festival on Saturday morning. If you’re in Vegas this weekend, come see the show and take some classes!

HeartBeat Tap Ensemble is Looking for New Members

Do you want to perform? Are your basic tap dance skills pretty solid? Have you completed Level 2.7 or higher? Do you want to join a fun group of adults who love to tap dance? Then the HeartBeat Tap Ensemble WANTS YOU!

The HeartBeat Tap Ensemble Season runs from August to June of each year. During the months of May and June, we like to recruit new members so that they are ready to start in August. During the May-June Session, prospective members can attend HeartBeat classes so they can get a feeling what it’s like and decide if they want to be part of the group. We recommend attending all or most of the HeartBeats classes during this time so you can get the full experience of what it means to be a HeartBeat. If you are interested, please contact Mary for more information.

Summer Schedule and the Rest of 2019

People have begun to ask about out summer schedule. Once we wrap up the May-June Session on June 28, we will be taking some time off and will be closed the month of July. Classes will resume on Monday, August 5. The August-September Session will run until September 20th. The session after that will run October 7 to November 22. We will take a holiday break during the month of December. We may add some special classes and workshops during the down time, but we will not be running regular classes.

Schedule Changes Coming in August

We are planning on making some changes and adjustments to our schedule with the August-September Session. Students who have gone through all of the Level 2s have given us some feedback and suggestions that have led to these changes. We are looking to split what is currently 2.6 into 2 sections, which will mean that we will now have 9 sub-sections for Level 2. We have also had some people complain about how long they have to wait for 2.1 to come around in the schedule once they feel they have mastered the Level 1 skills. In addition to that, we have been told that the jump from 2 to 3 is a leap and some would prefer to be eased into Level 3. So beginning in August, we will offer 3 sub-levels of 2 each session. There will be 1 morning and 1 evening class for each. We will also be adding a Level 3 Prep class. This class will work on the same things that Level 3 works on, but the pace will be slower and more time will be spent breaking down the more difficult combinations. Because there are limited hours each day, we will need to adjust and rearrange some of our current classes in order to make room for these changes. In the coming weeks, we will be surveying our current students to ask for feedback on a few different variations of the schedule.

National Tap Dance Day 2019

Join us on Saturday, May 25 for our annual celebration of National Tap Dance Day! The day kicks off at 11 am with a FREE Never-2-Late Tap Class. This is the ideal class for people who have no previous experience. If you just want to come try a class to see what it’s like, this is the class for you! At 12:15 pm, the HeartBeat Tap Ensemble will preview 2 new number they’ve been developing for our 2019-2020 season. Then at 12:30 pm, we’ll have a FREE Shim Sham Shimmy Class. The Shim Sham Shimmy is a traditional piece of tap choreography that is known as the National Anthem of Tap. We’ll wrap up the day with a prize drawing. Prizes include studio merchandise and free classes.

National Tap Dance Day Sale!

In honor of National Tap Dance Day, we’re having a merchandise sale during the month of May! All merchandise that has the old studio logo is 50% off! Items with the current studio logo are 20% off! We will also have a 2019 Edition of our National Tap Dance Day shirt available when classes resume on May 13. It’s time to stock up on T-Shirts and water bottles!

Tap 24.7 – Master Classes and Tap Dance Show

In addition to our National Tap Dance Day festivities, our friends at Tap 24.7 have a whole weekend of tap dance events planned.

They’re starting the weekend with Tapapalooza! This is a series of master classes with an outstanding faculty. There are classes at the intermediate and advanced levels. All classes are being held at Mesa Community College. For more information or to register, please email Suzy at TapZen24.7@gmail.com.

Then on Sunday, May 26, Tap 24.7 will be presenting their original Tap Dance Show: “Murder at the Tap’Ocho” at the Mesa Community College Theatre. There are 2 performances – 12 noon and 4 pm. Tickets are available at www.MATPhoenix@brownpapertickets.com

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