Australian Tap Dance Festival Now Open!

Posted: 4th April 2019 by MelbourneTapDance in members

Screen Shot 2019-04-04 at 12.32.52 pmWe are excited to announce that the Australian Tap Dance Festival which we help organise annually is now open for bookings!  To find out more visit the website.  www.australiantapdancefestival.com.au

 

 

 

New teacher on board!

Posted: 4th April 2019 by MelbourneTapDance in members

Please welcome Garry Stocks to our teaching team!

Garry grew up in Bathurst NSW and began tap dancing at the age of 7. After discovering ballet at 14 decided to pursue this style further and moved to Melbourne to study at the Australian Ballet School for 4 years upon graduating he was offered a contract with The Australian Ballet Company. He danced with the Australian Ballet for 10 years.

Having performed all over Australia and in iconic theatres on the world stage in places such as London, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai and New Yorks’s Lincoln Center it was time to put his tap shoes back on.  Garry has reconnected with his love for tap dance and has since performed at the Australian Tap Dance Festival and on corporate gigs with TDC productions and Melbourne Tap Dance.

 

 

 

 

2019 Tap Dance Classes Begin!

Posted: 6th January 2019 by MelbourneTapDance in members

Happy New Year everyone :)

Weekly classes run for one hour each and comprise of 20minutes of technique then 40minutes of a fresh new combination (new style of music each week!).

Join anytime!  All classes are for adults unless otherwise specified.

To begin, please send Winston a message on 0413083053 .

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Here are how some of our students have been enjoying their classes:
(click here to read more 5 star reviews from Google ):

I started taking classes in October with no prior experience. I have done several musicals before, but nothing tap related. I started off with a couple private lessons just to get a feel of things and then moved into a class and I can say the only regret I have is not starting earlier. I highly recommend this to anybody regardless if you want to pick up a new hobby, or looking to add a new set of skills to your repertoire, this is a great place to take classes and the people are also fantastic as well.

- Joseph Lanciana

Winston’s classes are very enjoyable – he really knows the art form and his passion shows. He encourages your body to move naturally with the steps and also encourages you to create shapes that improves your style and also makes it easier to achieve the techniques. I always walk away from each class with a new technique and combination. It’s challenging and fun, i will continue my tap education with Winston.

- Mixers and Shakers

Absolutely love the classes at Melbourne Tap Dance. I originally just thought it would be a fun way to exercise. But it’s become so much more. I have developed such an admiration for the art form itself and I know I’m still at the tip of the iceberg in understanding all of its complexities. Winston is such an inspiring teacher and we as the students encourage and support each other. It’s challenging and varied as we are constantly learning new steps but it lots of fun. So happy I found this class.

- Pam O’Dal

My tap dance experience began with Melbourne Tap Dance in 2016 and I have enjoyed every class. I started as a complete (adult) beginner and thanks to Winston’s patience & faith in his students, along with his musical knowledge and dance expertise, my love of tap has magnified. His passion for tap is clear as he makes every lesson fun, diverse and challenging. The dedication and commitment he puts into keeping tap dance alive through the Australian Tap Dance Festival is inspirational. Watching Winston tap will electrify you and to have him teach you will give you wings! Haha…

- Chrissie Lau

I’ve been taught directly by Winston, and he really endows the art he represents with breadth and depth. This is for both tap and piano. His classes carry practical and intuitive wisdom and experience and he is adept at transferring it to each individual through a tailored approach, in good taste, style, and musicality. He is equipped to acknowledge you at all levels of skill and capability. I’ve been his student for just over a year – and my deepened awareness and appreciation of sounds, colours and rhythms – its nuanced subtleties and intricacies – have permanently enrichened my life. I’ve also found that I’m learning things quicker and more joyously, and I daresay there is a direct correlation between my improved quality of life and the inspiration that is invaluably drawn from his teachings. Winston will accept you as much as he will both critically assess and openly judge you, of which, for me anyway, is enabling me to own the artist I am/aspire to uncover. From a combination of his group and private classes over the year, I am encouraged to be more courageous as a dancer, performer and person. Growing has been fun!

- Feng-Quan Liu

I admit I first began taking classes at Melbourne Tap Dance with Winston primarily as a way to avoid the gym but still squeeze some cardio into my week. The classes quickly became much more than just exercise, they are challenging, fun, exciting and a great way to keep fit, usually while having a laugh or two. I love that the casual nature of the classes allows you to focus on improving your skills and techniques without the pressure of tests or exams. Winston is a fantastic teacher and the classes are such in a friendly and non-judgmental environment. Five years later I’m still tapping and loving it! I encourage anyone who has ever been tempted to give tap dancing a go to start by signing up to a class at Melbourne Tap Dance

- Vanessa Nolan

I have been attending Winston’s classes in both Mulgrave and Thornbury since August 2017. I was looking for a school that offered casual, yet challenging tap classes for adults with no obligation of performance or end of year concert! I hadn’t tapped for over 8 years and wasn’t sure where my skills fitted in, but Winston is patient, supportive and makes sure everyone in class gets individual assessment and feedback when learning a new combination or step. Every class I have attended is filled with friendly students of all ages who encourage each other to become better dancers. I believe the mix of age makes a lot of difference to the dynamic of each class that is unlike any dance school I’ve attended previously. Winston is also the director of the Australian Tap Dance Festival held annually every September. He encourages all students to attend the affordable workshops with international tap professionals that further build confidence and skill among us all. This year I attended workshops with Peta Anderson and Shane Preston and they were FANTASTIC! Not only is he a great teacher, but he has kept the spirit and joy of tap dance alive in Melbourne and I look forward to many more years attending his classes.

- Meg C

Tap Dance Festival Show now on sale

Posted: 8th September 2018 by MelbourneTapDance in members

The annual Australian Tap Dance Festival gala show titled “Play the Floor” held in Melbourne (Lauriston Girls School, Armadale) is now on sale!    Featuring international guest Melinda Sullivan (So You Think You Can Dance USA Top 10, La La Land, James Corden Late Show choreographer), and Australia’s best tap dancers this show is one to make you groove in your seats and feel inspired!

Pick you seats now at this link!  www.tapdanceshow.com

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Australian Tap Dance Festival registration now open!

Posted: 26th April 2018 by MelbourneTapDance in members

Check out exciting new flyer for our Australian Tap Dance Festival featuring our headline artist Melinda Sullivan (So You Think You Can Dance USA Top 10 Finalist, La La Land) all the way from USA!

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FESTIVAL LINKS:

- FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

- DISCOUNT PACKAGES for the ultimate festival experience!

INDIVIDUAL class bookings, to create your own festival experience!

 

Australian Tap Dance Festival faculty announced!

Posted: 19th April 2018 by MelbourneTapDance in members

The faculty (pictured below) has been released for the 2018 Australian Tap Dance Festival held on 29 Sep – 6 October!   To register for classes and tap events please visit www.australiantapdancefestival.com.au

For fun tap dance posts you can also follow on Facebook and Instagram!

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Tap Dance in Herald Sun and Leader!

Posted: 11th September 2017 by MelbourneTapDance in members

Melbourne Tap Dance director / teacher Winston Morrison, and Brianna Taylor being photographed to spread the word about our 6th annual Australian Tap Dance Festival in Sep/Oct!

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Article here

 

Tap Dance Show tickets now on sale!

Posted: 17th August 2017 by MelbourneTapDance in members

Our Australian Tap Dance Festival show tickets are now on sale.
For a night of great entertainment featuring Australia’s best tap dancers and internatioanl guest Roxane Butterfly,
book now to get the best allocated seats at www.tapdanceshow.com


Rhythmic Kaleidoscope the show of the Australian TAp Dance Festival 2017

Winston Morrison’s tap dance reel!

Posted: 22nd July 2017 by MelbourneTapDance in members

Featuring clips from New York City Tap Dance Festival, Montreal Tap Dance Festival, Australian Tap Dance Festival, Channel 9 Kids WB, ABC3 and Beacon the Musical.

Australian Tap Dance Festival adult classes!

Posted: 22nd July 2017 by MelbourneTapDance in members

This year at our 6th annual Australian Tap Dance Festival we have added new  tap dance classes for Adults (open / beginner level).  On the schedule below they are indicated in orange.

Click on the schedule image to view it enlarged.
For any registration enquiries please email directly to info@atdf.com.au

australian tap dance festival schedule

australian tap dance festival schedule