The Festival

Melbourne

Sep 25 - 2 Oct, 2021

The Australian Tap Dance Festival (ATDF) is about bringing the tap community and public together to learn, share, meet and enjoy all things tap.

In 2021, the festival will expand across more cities and online with the main event culminating at one of Melbourne’s best arts venues, Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance.

The epic faculty will be revealed in March and each carefully selected faculty member will be offering special 5-day residencies teaching full performance routines from September 25 – October 2.

“The art of tap dance is always evolving and still thrives across the globe since its early American roots in the 1900’s,” says festival producer and dancer Ella Lehaf. “tap dance continues to be rich with possibilities and new techniques which we strive to showcase at the festival,” says Ms. Lehaf. “Furthermore, the festival aims to provide a platform and support for the art form all year round.”

This year’s line of up exciting events will include a free Never Tapped Before (beginners class), Tap Trivia Night, Talking Tap (faculty Q&A), Rhythm Creation (improvisation night with live jazz band), the Future of Tap presented by Capezio (artist showcase), Cutting Competition  (tap battle), Learn the Famous Shim Sham and BS Chorus (lesson), Panel discussions about making your way in the industry, international online masterclasses and the penultimate event, the Australian Tap Dance Festival Gala, showcasing the superb skills of a cavalcade of Australian tap dancers.

The Australian Tap Dance Festival (ATDF) is about bringing the tap community and public together to learn, share, meet and enjoy all things tap.

In 2021, the festival will expand across more cities and online with the main event culminating at one of Melbourne’s best arts venues, Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance.

The epic faculty will be revealed in March and each carefully selected faculty member will be offering special 5-day residencies teaching full performance routines from September 25 – October 2.

“The art of tap dance is always evolving and still thrives across the globe since its early American roots in the 1900’s,” says festival producer and dancer Ella Lehaf. “tap dance continues to be rich with possibilities and new techniques which we strive to showcase at the festival,” says Ms. Lehaf. “Furthermore, the festival aims to provide a platform and support for the art form all year round.”

This year’s line of up exciting events will include a free Never Tapped Before (beginners class), Tap Trivia Night, Talking Tap (faculty Q&A), Rhythm Creation (improvisation night with live jazz band), the Future of Tap presented by Capezio (artist showcase), Cutting Competition  (tap battle), Learn the Famous Shim Sham and BS Chorus (lesson), Panel discussions about making your way in the industry, international online masterclasses and the penultimate event, the Australian Tap Dance Festival Gala, showcasing the superb skills of a cavalcade of Australian tap dancers.

FAQs

What are Masterclasses?

In masterclasses you will learn from our selected tap masters on the faculty who will share with you tap warmups, techniques, new steps and combinations and their approach to the dance which is quite diverse across the faculty. Each masterclass is totally separate from each other, and all run for a jam-packed 90 minutes each! 

How do I know what level to register for?

If this is your first festival experience and you are unsure which level to register for, please contact the organisers and they can assist. Please note the level of classes at the festival are higher than regular studio dance classes you may take. We do encourage you to challenge yourself to get the most benefit from the experience. 

What if one of my classes are cancelled?

If cancellation or change of teacher occurs, you will be notified and have the option of booking an alternative class or obtaining a refund.

What is the refund policy?

There are no refunds, except if the organiser cancels or changes your class. You can transfer your tickets to another person.

What is a Residency?

A residency is a 90 minute class each day for 5 consecutive days with the same teacher, where you work on techniques and a routine, building on it each day. At the end of the 5 days you have the opportunity to perform the piece you’ve learnt alongside the faculty and in front of an audience. It’s an opportunity to create a stronger bond with your teacher and connections with fellow students. It’s a memorable and unique festival experience that stays with you for a long time! 

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

The event is an all ages event and there are no restrictions on any of the scheduled events – Everyone welcome! We’ve have participants from 6 – 90 years of age, there are no limits!

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No you do not required a printed ticket, you can download the Humanitix app to store your tickets electronically. You will receive instructions on this with your ticket that is sent once purchased.

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