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R & T (Rhythm & Tempo) – Tap Dance Lecture & Workshop Series


Instructor: Huynh Eric
Live Music: Andy Cheung
(Conducted in Cantonese)

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November 2011
6, 13, 20 December 2011
7:30-9:30pm (Tuesday)
Lecture Room, Yuen Long Theatre
Price: $50 per session

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Tapping Fun –It’s all in the rhythm!
R & T (Rhythm & Tempo)
Tap dance, as the name suggests, is about making percussive sounds with the feet. It first emerged in America in the 1920’s, but its origin can be traced back to the Irish immigrants and black slaves of the previous century, who brought their indigenous dancing traditions to America.  Later, through merging other dance forms, a new dance genre was created. Tap dance is a more relaxed dance form, having less formal restrictions and allowing for improvisation. The emphasis is on the technical complexity of percussive rhythms generated by the hoofed tip and sole of the tap shoes banging against the floor. In other words, what the dancer says with the shoe sounds (‘tap’) is more important than the way the dancer looks when executing the movements. Humour, fun and expressiveness are the features that distinguish tap dance from other dance genres. After almost a century of development, it has incorporated other elements such as Jazz rhythms, improvisation etc., making it a physical exercise of great fun. Today, tap dance has also become a good way of self-enjoyment. It has a forthright, vivacious charm, with a sense of lightness of being highlighted by the strong rhythms and tempo.
When metal bangs against rock, there is dynamic vibration in the air. This simple physical phenomenon in everyday life forms the basis of tap dance. Rhythmic and palpable, the tapping of the feet can not only be heard but also be seen. Tap dance is therefore a dance art that springs from acoustics.
If a pair of feet wearing tap shoes is likened to a pair of mallets, and the floor to a gigantic drum, the banging, or tapping, against surfaces of different material would yield different palpable sounds. Mix that with speed control, and you can see in your mind’s eye hands and feet moving in a space that chart tracks and lines. Now add the acoustic effect of tap-tapping to this, and you have tap dance.
'Learning by Appreciation’, 'Learning the Theories’, and ‘Learning through Practicum’
1. ‘Learning by Appreciation’ – In this segment, course participants will see video clips of world famous dance sessions that the instructor has gleaned to broaden their dance horizon. The clips, with their music and movements as well as the guided appreciation by the instructor on dance aesthetics, will allow the course participants to understand the rationale behind the choreography and thereby gain insight into the genre. 
2. ‘Learning the Theories’ – Notes will be distributed to help participants learn more about dance.  By writing down relevant information, the participants will be encouraged to continue learning even after the workshop.
3. ‘Learning through Practicum’ – This is a segment about dance techniques and learning to tell what your body can do: coordination, distribution of weight, balance, aesthetics in form etc.. Course participants will enjoy the physical fun that dancing brings.

Participants please note
1. Always be punctual for class. Please arrive at the studio 5 minutes before class begins to get into the right mood.
2. Participants are requested to wear comfortable, lightweight clothing to class, such as leotards/casual wear/sportswear.  But do not wear jeans.  Take off all your accessories - watch, earrings, bracelets etc..
3. New teaching aids – tap shoe covers will be provided to participants.

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Eric Huynh
Eric Huynh graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), majoring in Musical Theatre Dance. He has attained the ISTD Intermediate Tap Certificate with distinction. During his programme of study, he was awarded scholarships from the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation Scholarships and has performed on a study tour to Kwong Tung. He worked as an assistant choreographer for HKAPA Extension and Continuing Education for Life (EXCEL) Summer Musical School Grease. Eric participated in the performances of Hong Kong Arts Festival Young Friends Scheme and Hong Kong Musical theatre federation - Multi-Arts Residencies and Performance Project and took part in a school touring The Tempest of Hong Kong Arts Festival- Young Friends Scheme and 7A drama group.  He had performed in many musicals including Bye Bye Cinderella, Homo Superus, Peter Pan (Asian tour 07), Oliver!, Annie, Vision Party, Leaving. Eric is currently a freelance performer.

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Course description

This tap dance workshop consists of eight lessons in total. Beginning with the basics, Take Tap, it guides the participants in their first encounter of the dance genre to learn the basic techniques and to appreciate the arts of tap dance. Each lesson may be a self-contained module but may at the same time be viewed as part of a whole. The instructor will end each lesson with a footwork routine, and all eight routines can be freely mixed and matched so that at the end of the course, each participant can come up with a dance that is totally his or her own.

1, 8 Nov
Finding the body rhythm-Basic techniques in tap dance

15, 22 Nov
Synchronising your body-Basic rhythm technique in tap dance

29 Nov, 6 Dec
Talking through your body-Basic techniques in tap dance

13, 20 Dec
The aesthetics and stylistics of tap dance-Basic rhythm technique in tap dance

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Programme Length

Running time of this workshop is about 2 hours

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Ticketing and Discount Schemes

Tickets available from 3 October onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by credit card telephone booking

Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).
Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission.

Group Booking Discount
10% off for each purchase of 4 sessions or more standard tickets

For every purchase, only one of the above discount schemes applies.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

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Participants are strongly advised to arrive punctually.
Participants of age 6 or above are welcome.
The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

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