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R & T (Rhythm & Tempo) – Tap Dance Lecture & Workshop Series: Star Grade Tutor's Version


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Date, Time and Venue

(Conducted in Cantonese)

Cultural Activities Hall or Exhibition Gallery
Tsuen Wan Town Hall

2 October, 2012 (Cultural Activities Hall)
9 October, 2012 (Exhibition Gallery)
16 October 2012 (Cultural Activities Hall)
13 November, 2012 (Cultural Activities Hall)
20 November, 2012 (Exhibition Gallery)
27 November 2012 (Cultural Activities Hall)
4 December 2012 (Exhibition Gallery)
18 December 2012 (Exhibition Gallery)

7:30-9:30pm (Tuesday)

Price: $50 per session

All tickets for the Class are SOLD OUT. Thank you for your support!

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Programme Introduction

"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.

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Lecture and Workshop Introduction

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.

Each session of the workshop will be conducted under the following four main themes: ‘Feel the Moves’, ‘Feel the Beat’, ‘All That Tap’ and ‘Tap Jam Fun’.

Feel the Moves
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.

Feel the Beat
The last half-hour of each session would be devoted to rehearsing a dance routine. They will be taught in four-session cycles, making up a total of 16 8-beat routines which will make up a course-end dance show.

Tap Jam Fun
‘Tap jam’ is a highly popular social activity in the US, UK, Korea, Taiwan and Japan, in which tap dancers gather informally and make the ground an ad hoc arena to show their creative best. Since there is no preparation or staging, the occasion allows for a pure tap dance experience, one that is uninhibited by any show trappings, rehearsed choreography etc., as the dancers show, share and explore new physical techniques and interpretation of rhythms. The tapping dialogues form a language of their own.

All That Tap
This will be a talk given by a seasoned dancer in the genre as an analysis of the theories and things behind the rich tapestry that made up tap dance. The presentation, in texts and videos, will cover the history, structure, techniques, music, add-on elements such as costume, image, lighting, background etc. of tap dance.

Participants please note
1. 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..

2. New teaching aids – tap shoe covers will be provided to participants.

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Ken Kwok
Ken Kwok graduated from the School of Dance of the Hong Kong Academy for Performance Arts (HKAPA), majoring in Musical Theatre Dance. He joined the Hong Kong Dance Company from 2001 to 2004. In 2005 and 2007, Kwok attained Australia’s Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) Gold Star Tap Certificate with Honors and CSTD Teacher’s Certificate. In 2006, he was awarded the Honors Award (Tap Dance Category) at the Kangaroo Cup. Kwok is now the founder and core member of R&T (Rhythm & Tempo), a freelance dancer and choreographer. He is also a dance instructor at the HKAPA (EXCEL), CCDC Dance Centre, Hong Kong Dance Company Evening Course and other schools.

Hida Yoshiko

Yoshiko Hida is originally from Tokyo Japan. She started tap dancing when she was 6 years old. she also trained Jazz dance and Electric Organ at the same time.

When she was 18 years old she had seen broadway musical 'Bring in da noise Bring in da funk' in Japan. she inspired from that musical a lot. after one year later, she had a opportunity to join 1st annual LA tap festival in 2002.

In 2004, she came in NY by herself to started to train her Tap career. she learned from Savion Glover, Derick Grant, Jason Samuels Smith, Roxane Butterfly, Ayodele Casel, Michelle Dorrance and more great tap dancers. She was one of crew for Roxane's show 'Hoofalogies' at Duke theater in New York in 2005. She performed with Derick Grant at tap city 2005. She went to San Diego to do WS also.

After she went back to Japan, she worked great Japanese tap dancer who is SUJI, RonⅡ, Yukiko Smilie Misumi, etc. She got offered to join Taipei tap festival in 2008, also joined Hong Kong tap festival in 2011. She was in short film of 'Tap Dreams in Japan' which is Chloe Arnold's projects. she could get to scholarship to went to join the LA tap festival to perform in 2009.

Recently, she was working with Japanese taiko player. and tour with them in East side of Africa. She is working with SUJI and Shoko Taniguchi these days a lot. she is one of crew of 'women in tap' also 'Traveling Souls' She still wants to train her tap career to try to come to US as much as possible.

Ki Wong
Ki Wong, graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performance Arts, is currently working as a dancer, choreographer, multimedia designer and dance teacher. He is one of the founders of “Tap Ensemble” and “NEO Dance HK”. Besides, he is the awardee of the Hong Kong Dance Awards in 2011. His choreographies, mainly, are: Pulsate, Galatea and Pygmalion, Pause, etc. for Hong Kong Arts Festival 2011; Angel #666 vs Demon #999 for Hong Kong Dance Festival 2006, IndepenDance; A Serpent Eating Its Own Tail for the City Festival 2007 held by the Fringe Club; Dance Machine and A Place for Us for a showcase of Asian Dancers, Under The Hood and BeatMeTap (produced by Wong and R&T). His recent performances of multimedia design include: Six Degrees (choreographed by Xing Liang, City Contemporary Dance Company); As Time Goes By (Hong Kong Dance Federation Limited) and Give Me A Chance (Breeze Across Us).

Live Music - Charles Teo
Charles Teo, born in Malaysia, started his creative life with music, completing several levels of study, and won a distinguished award at a major arts festival in Kuala Lumpur in 1995. He entered The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1995, majoring in Musical Theatre, and attained an Advanced Diploma, thanks to the generous support of an IFDA scholarship and graduated in 1999.

In 2001, Charles was invited to perform with The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, performing the Morton Gould's Tap Concerto and it was broadcasted live on TVB. In between 2002 and 2005, Charles was awarded three times on the 1st, 2nd Runner-up and Champion of the 14th, 15th and The 17th CASH Song Writers Quest. On the same year, Charles produced and released his first music album 銘想.

Year 2008, Charles composed the theme song for an animation picture, Blue Elephant by The Weinstein Company (USA).

Year 2009 & 2010, he musically directed the Louie Castro’s latest EP and “Louie Castro’s 30th Celebration Concert” part I & II, arranged and directed more than 30 pieces band, orchestra and choir.

Charles has recently finished his master piece, written, directed and performed the musical, MJ Relived I (2011) & MJ Relived 2 (2012) featuring songs and dance of the legendary king of pop, Michael Jackson with EXCEL, HKAPA.

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Workshop Information

Instructor of Lesson 1 - 3: Ken Kwok
Lesson 1 (2/10/2012)
Basic techniques in tap dance

Lesson 2 (9/10/2012)
Basic rhythm technique in tap dance

Lesson 3 (16/10/2012)
Synchronising your body

Instructor of Lesson 4 - 6: Hida Yoshiko
Lesson 4 (13/11/2012)
Finding the body rhythm

Lesson 5 (20/11/2012)
Basic techniques in tap dance

Lesson 6 (27/11/2012)
Basic rhythm technique in tap dance

Instructor of Lesson 7 - 8: Ki Wong
Lesson 7 (4/12/2012)
Synchronising your body

Lesson 8 (18/12/2012)
Finding the body rhythm

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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 NOW 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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