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TAP TEACHER TRAINING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM


The American Tap Dance Foundation’s innovative Tap Teacher Training Program, based in the Copasetic Canon, provides the essential skills needed to teach rhythm tap. The program is designed for experienced tap dance teachers as well as dancers who wish to become teachers. The Training gives a comprehensive approach to teaching tap technique, repertory, and performance skills, and culminates in a Certificate awarded by the ATDF.

Tap Teacher Training Certificate Program includes:

tap technique

Copasetic Canon repertory
Bufalino repertory and exercises

Classic repertory and execises

pedagogy

jazz music concepts

tap composition & improvisation

tap history


And an expert faculty including: Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Thelma Goldberg, Susan Hebach, Lisa La Touche, Margaret Morrison, Toni Noblett and guest artists
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The Copasetic Canon is rooted in the tap technique and repertory, the musical and compositional concepts, and the jazz culture passed down to us from the Copasetics, an ensemble of tap soloists of the Golden Age of Tap. The Copasetics were a performance group and social club, formed in memory of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, who coined the phrase “Everything is Copasetic.” This material, combined with the artistic vision and teachings of Brenda Bufalino, has been adapted by Susan Hebach into a clear approach to teaching youth, teen and adult students at the American Tap Dance Center. Under the direction of Margaret Morrison and Hebach, the Copasetic Canon curriculum is now available to teachers who want a technically solid approach to teaching rhythm tap that provides a rich immersion in swing and bebop jazz musicality and a foundation for 21st century tap dance explorations.

 

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Teacher Training Workshops

Short enrichment workshops open to all Tap Dance Teachers. Join us for a sampling of Copasetic Curriculum and new rhythm tap ideas to bring to your tap students. Recommended for Intermediate and Advanced tap dancers who teach.


FOUNDATIONAL TRAININGS

 

Level 1 Training and Certificate

Covers foundational concepts of the Copasetic Curriculum for all rhythm tap teaching, with a focus on teaching beginning tap students (children age 6+, teen and adult students). Applicants are accepted based on video sample and application.

Dates for the 2020 Level 1 Training:

Monday, July 13 – Sunday, July 19, 2020: Intensive week at the ATDC in NYC
Fall 2020 – Spring 2021: Trainees complete mentored independent work in their home communities.


*NEW IN 2020*

Pre-Tap and Early Tap Curriculums

Meet the Beat (3-4 year olds)

Shout, Shuffle & Swing (4-5 year olds)

Innovative “music first” curriculums for children ages 3-5, emphasizing creative movement, rhythm games, music exercises, and tap technique to prepare and introduce young dancers to the art of tap dance. All dance teachers with some tap experience welcome, no pre-requisite.


1-Day Training Sunday, July 12, 2020


UPPER LEVEL TRAININGS

All new Trainees in the Copasetic Curriculum start with Level 1. Upper level Trainings are not sequential. A different upper level Training is offered each year. After completing Level 1, all participants may attend any upper level Training, in any order.

 

*NEW IN 2020*

Rhythm Tap is Music

Tap Composition & Music Training & Certificate

Our newest Training gives an immersion in music, composition, and improvisation skills needed to teach rhythm tap students, from Advanced Beginner through Intermediate to Advanced. The 2020 Training focuses on rhythm-rich music forms as the basis for solid exercises and exciting dances. Bufalino Repertory, guided composition assignments, and improvisation provide deeper exploration of tap artistry and expert rhythm tap teaching. Pre-requisite: the “Rhythm Tap is Music” Training is open to all students who completed the Level 1 Training. 


Training dates:
Tuesday, July 14 – Sunday, July 19, 2020
: Intensive week at the ATDC in NYC
Fall 2020 – Spring 2021: Trainees complete mentored independent work in their home communities.


Level 2 Training and Certificate (Not offered in 2020-2021)

Covers teaching fast beginner to advanced beginner tap dancers (children, teen and adult students). Trainees learn Copasetic Canon, Brenda Bufalino repertory, and Classic Tap material for a deeper exploration of tap artistry and expert rhythm tap teaching skills. Pre-requisite: the Level 2 Training is open to all students who completed the Level 1 Training. 

 


Level 3 Training and Certificate (Not offered in 2020-2021)

Covers skills for teaching intermediate tap dancers and provides deeper exploration of repertory, composition, and rhythm tap artistry. Trainees learn Copasetic Canon Repertory and develop their own original tap choreography. Pre-requisite: the Level 3 Training is open to all students who completed the Level 1 Training.