THE PLAYGROUND a musicality workshop for dancers

There’s live music at The Rhythm Room and you get to bring your tap shoes!

In this workshop we will dive into the relationship between live music and tap dance. Bring your questions  about how to communicate with musicians,  how to choreograph with live music, how a jam works and what it means to improvise.  We’ll break down terminology, do some musicality exercises and learn how playing with musicians is FUN!  

Susan Nase has been a leader in the dance community, always endeavouring us to reach back to our music roots and connect with live music.  She is joined by prominent local bass player, Michael Rush 

Susan Nase is a tap dancer, singer, and Scottish highland dancer born and raised in Saskatoon SK. After a brief career as a chemical engineer in Calgary AB, Susan took her artistic talents to New York City in 2008 where she was selected to perform with 7 other world-class tap dancers in the US tour of "Thank You Gregory! A Tribute to the Legends of Tap" featuring Maurice Hines. During her 4-year stay in NYC she had the pleasure to perform with some of the city’s top choreographers, including 2015 MacAurthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance, Max Pollak and his troupe Rumba Tap, and Fred Astaire Award winning Lisa LaTouche. Susan has traveled to international festivals in the France, Spain, Turkey, Italy, USA, Brazil and Greece to perform and study tap, world and body music and was a regular guest tap dancer with NYC based band, Banda Magda. She was featured in a video for Congahead with Banda Magda, produced by Martin Cohen, founder of Latin Percussion (LP).  

As an arts educator, Susan regularly teaches tap and highland dance classes and has presented many master dance and music workshops across Canada and the US.  


The Musicality tap dance intensive with Susan was amazing!  Susan is such a wonderful instructor, and led the class through a fascinating week exploring tone, phrasing, improvisation, distinct rhythms from around the world, and the complex intricacies of using our feet as a musical instrument.  It was a great experience working with live musicians throughout the week, being encouraged to step outside our comfort zones, and all the while learning a lot and having a really fun time!! 

                                             - Jocelyn Pettit (tap student and professional musician)

Susan’s class was a game changer in not only how I approach tap, but helped me rediscover what drew me to tap in the first place. As a new dancer, I tend to dwell on learning technique and executing choreography. Taking Susan’s class helped me move into a whole other headspace and reconnect with the playfulness and expressiveness of tap. It challenged me to think like a musician, and it helped that we got to practice with live musicians, too! And I really appreciated how we were in an absolutely supportive and encouraging environment to learn how to improv. It was a joy to take -- I can’t wait for your next class, Susan!  

                                              - Anita Chan (tap student)

4:00 - 6:00
at #109 - 3701 Hastings Street
Cost: $75.00

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