Time: Tuesday and Thursday evenings in June, from 6pm to 7pm: Tuesdays (June 5,12,19,26) Thursdays (June 7,5,21,28) Instructor: Heidi Malnar Location: NOCCA, 2800 Chartres Street Tuition: $150 ABOUT THIS CLASS Beginner Adult Tap is ideal for the absolute beginner, tap veteran, or anyone looking to begin or continue their journey into the art of tap dancing in a fun and relaxed environment! The class emphasizes core tap fundamentals, proper technique, and tap vocabulary. In a moderately paced class, students will learn to rhythmically shift weight and dance in time; proper placement and weight distribution in their tap shoes; how to accurately articulate all parts of the foot; and of course the ABCs of tap vocabulary, i.e. “the steps”. Much time will be spent on weight shift (e.g. step, hop, leap, ball change, and skip); articulating the separation between the front and back tap (i.e. toe and heel); and basic gestures that combine with weight shifts (e.g. shuffle, slap and flap). Once we establish “the basics,” we'll build on them through time steps, progressions, exercises, and combinations. We will learn historical tap choruses, such as “The Shim Sham Shimmy”, as well as original combinations created by the instructor. Dancers will also develop an appreciation and understanding of basic music theory, as they will experience first-hand the deep connection between tap dancing, ear training and feeling and performing music. REQUIREMENTS No prior experience is required. If you have never taken a tap dance class, or have had fewer than six months of classes, this is the class for you. This is a high-energy class and an engaging workout for the mind and body! Please wear tap shoes and comfortable clothing for moving with ankle visibility.. NOTE A minimum number of students must enroll in this class for it to "make". If fewer students enroll than are necessary, the class will be cancelled and full refunds will be issued. If we have to cancel the class, we'll make every effort to notify students at least one week before the first class meeting. Also note that... Students must register for the full eight-week session. Drop-ins/pay-by-the-class will not be permitted. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Heidi Malnar is an Emmy Award- and Big Easy Award-winning dancer and choreographer from Chicago who has been living, tap dancing, and choreographing in New Orleans for the past seven years. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Gulf Coast Theatre on Tap--New Orleans’ premier rhythm tap company--producing works such as Love Taps and Hoofing for Heroes, and appearing at Jazz Fest for the second consecutive year. Heidi also operates HeidiTAPS, Theatre on Tap's tap dance training program for adults and teens living in New Orleans. She is currently on faculty at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, teaching in the Dance and Musical Theatre departments. Heidi is also the resident choreographer at The National WWII Museum’s BB’s Stage Door Canteen and has choreographed productions for Le Petit Theatre, See ‘Em Onstage Theatre Company, and Rivertown Theatres. Before coming to New Orleans, Heidi performed with Chicago-based Jump Rhythm Jazz Project and Chicago Tap Theatre. WAIVER, RELEASE, AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT By registering for this class ("the Activity"), which is offered by The NOCCA Institute, you represent, covenant, and agree, on behalf of yourself and your heirs, assigns, and any other person claiming by, under, or through you, as follows: 1. You acknowledge that participating in the Activity involves certain risks (some of which you may not fully appreciate), and that injuries, death, property damage or other harm could occur to yourself or others. You accept and voluntarily incur all risks of any injuries, damages, or harm which arise during or result from your participation in the Activity, including any associated travel, regardless of whether or not caused in whole or in part by the negligence or other fault of The NOCCA Institute, NOCCA, and/or its or their departments, trustees, affiliates, employees, officers, agents, or insurers ("Released Parties"). 2. You waive all claims against any of the Released Parties for any injuries, damages, losses, or claims, whether known and unknown, which arise during or result from your participation in the Activity, regardless of whether or not caused in whole or part by the negligence or other fault of any of the Released Parties. You release and forever discharge the Released Parties from all such claims. 3. You agree to indemnify and hold the Released Parties harmless from all losses, liabilities, damages, costs, or expenses (including but not limited to reasonable attorneys' fees and other litigation costs and expenses) incurred by any of the Released Parties as a result of any claims or suits that you (or anyone claiming by, under, or through you) may bring against any of the Released Parties to recover any losses, liabilities, costs, damages, or expenses which arise during or result from your participation in the Activity, regardless of whether or not caused in whole or part by the negligence or other fault of any of the Released Parties. 4. You have carefully read and reviewed this Waiver, Release, And Hold Harmless Agreement. You understand it fully, and you execute it voluntarily by registering for the Activity. This class is hosted by The NOCCA Institute, NOCCA's nonprofit support and advocacy organization. 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