The cornerstone event for Tap Dance Freedom is a one-week 50-hour intensive. Every July, tap dancers from around the world convene in New York City to study with Andrew Nemr and a select group of guest teachers. Past teachers have included vernacular dance artist Nathan Bugh, tap dancer and historian Jane Goldberg, Grammy Award winning musician Shane Shanahan, Moth Champion Storyteller Peter Aguero.
Over the course of the week participants learn new ways to interact with the following topics:
- flexibility and strength
- tap dance history and traditional steps
- rudiments and progressions
- learning and understanding choreography
- music theory
In addition to the unique learning experience and special events, each participant takes home a package valued at more than $200.
Cohort size is limited to 12 participants to insure an intimate atmosphere that promotes individual attention and growth.
The environment that was created for and during the Tap Into Freedom intensive was one full of enthusiasm, passion, hard work, love, and a huge sense of appreciation for both each individual in the room and the huge wonder that is tap dancing.”
– Kirsten, USA
As someone coming from a place where there isn’t an established tap culture or even awareness amongst the general pubic on what the dance form is, the Tap Into Freedom Intensive introduced me to a new perspective on tap dancing. I left with a new approach on how to interpret and work on not only the steps and progressions, but also musicality and rhythm. One of the things I enjoyed most of all was the dynamic within the group. Led by Andrew’s knowledge and patience, the studio was the ultimate safe place, a space where we could just go for it, focusing on improvement and not having to worry about competition. This supportive and productive work environment provided a throughly positive and inspiring experience that I’m excited to repeat in the future.”
– Sandra, Puerto Rico
For me as a tap dancer/choreographer/instructor and educator, the tap into freedom intensive was truly a “tap dance educational experience” because it was multi-faceted. The experience wasn’t just about learning steps, but about the history behind the steps and the people who created them, understanding music theory, rhythmic changes and patterns to improve your choreography and improvisational ability, and looking at steps that I have done for so many years from a different angle to attack them from another perspective.”
– Donna, USA
Bring the Intensive to You
We know that traveling to New York City is often quite challenging. Here’s one solution: Bring the Tap Into Freedom Intensive to you! Locally hosted Tap Into Freedom Intensives can be customized to fit your dancers, with focuses on choreography, improvisation, individual learning, and more! Are you interested? Contact us to start the conversation.