We know it can be hard finding the right level but please use the descriptions to guide you and don't hesitate to contact us if you feel the need. Being an international festival with students from all over the world, levels at STF are usually higher than at your local dance studio. And, it takes in general at least a couple of years of regular tap training before moving on to the next level.
Whatever level you are considering please read the level descriptions and carefully select the appropriate group.
There has been some issues previous years with students signing up for a too high level and the whole class gets slowed down, and that's not a good learning situation for anyone in that classroom. Our main concerns are that those taking the correct level may otherwise not receive the appropriate training, as well as a lack of training for those struggling too much with the material taught.
The teachers will be instructed to maintain the assigned level for each group, rather than adjusting to less experienced dancers.
We want the teachers, fellow students and YOU to have the best time possible and get the most out of the classes :-)
We do offer the possibility to change level/track through the first day of the Main Schedule. Changes will only be made where groups are not already full. (If there is a switch to or from Beginner level your payment will be adjusted accordingly.)
NOTE 1: Some levels have two separate tracks named by color. The level of these two tracks is exactly the same.
Beginner (Level 1)
This group is for newcomers who want to start tap dancing and also for those of you who have done a little bit of tap dance before but still are learning the basics. Tap shoes are recommended, but it also works fine with most shoes with hard leather soles.
Beginner Intermediate (Level 2)
You have been tap dancing for a couple of years and are comfortable with simple shuffle, flap and paddle combinations.
Intermediate (Level 3)
You have a solid vocabulary of steps and can execute different time step variations in various tempos. Improvisation is not new to you and you have a basic understanding of music and how to use it in your dance.
Intermediate Advanced (Level 4)
Your technique, basics, jumps should be at the level where you can use different rhythmical variations and steps with ease, and you can quickly learn new material and techniques. You are used to improvisation and can make clear musical choices like phrasing, dynamics, setting grooves, etc.
Advanced (Level 5)
At this level, self-criticism may be your strongest asset. If you with good conscience can admit that you without a problem have surpassed the above level descriptions and need that little extra something to reach total perfection, this is the level for you. Improvisation comes with ease, in various tempos and musical styles.
Professional (Level 6)
The professional track is set at a very high level, appropriate for professional tap dancers with the highest level of experience and competence. In this level you very quickly learn and understand new movements and musical concepts, but even more so, also can use all your skills to develop your own artistic ideas. Improvisation is like breathing, and you do it with ease in any tempo and musical style.
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