Toronto Celebrates NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY 2013
…And Why This Award-Winning Choreographer Gives FREE Tap Dance Classes To The Public
Toronto, ON: Time to grab your tap shoes. Because on Saturday May 25th,
dancers across the city will eagerly celebrate National Tap Dance Day.
The date honours the birthday of famous tap dancer and film star Bill
“Bojangles” Robinson (born May 25, 1878.) Bojangles was famous for his work
teaching and performing with Shirley Temple, and had a charming stage presence.
Bojangles is far from forgotten. This year, Canadian Choreographer Shawn
Byfield hosts an afternoon of fun tap classes.
“As a kid, I never wanted to dance” shares Byfield, who’s dance career was
inspired at six years old. “But once I saw the magic of tap dance and felt those
rhythms, it changed my life.”
Byfield is a Dora Award winner, a Gemini Award nominee, and veteran of
stage, TV and film. He’s worked with Gregory Hines, Zac Efron and others, and
will be featured in an upcoming movie alongside Derek Hough from Dancing With
The Stars, and Nick Gonzalez from So You Think You Can Dance.
On Saturday May 25th, Byfield will host FREE tap dance classes for dancers
aged 16 and up, at Byfield Dance Experience, 819 Yonge Street, Toronto.
- 4pm Dancers with lots of tap training
- 5pm Dancers with a bit of tap training
- 6pm Dancers with very little tap training
Limited Spots Available, CALL 416-917-1169 to Register
Byfield promises a fun afternoon and encourages all levels of hoofers to
participate and not miss out.
“Dance is a way to escape daily stress, have fun and get energized. I want
everyone to feel the joy of tap dance, without worrying about your wallet.”
But if you’re feeling generous, he adds: “I must however, respect tap dance
tradition and will happily accept tips! I always accept big bills.”
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