Rhythm Tap Workshop Monthly

A 2 hour workshop aimed at those wanting to improve their foundation in rhythm tap dance and musicality.

April – July 2023

Sun 2 April 2023, 4pm – 6pm with Annette Walker
Sun 14 May 2023, 12pm – 2pm with guest teacher, Lee Payne
Sun 4 June 2023, 11.30am – 1.30pm with Annette Walker
Sun 2 July 2023, 12pm – 2pm with guest teacher, Diane Hampstead

Price: £16 per 2 hour session

Workshops held at Pineapple Dance Studios, 7 Langley Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9JA

Book on the Pineapple LIVE app or on their website. Find the day and time to select the class.


What to expect

Learn through call and response, rudiments and drills with fun rhythmical challenges. Improvisation is playfully incorporated to encourage individual expression and style.

Learn from different highly experienced guest teachers who bring their own teaching methods to the workshop.

This class is aimed at those caught somewhere between the advanced beginner and intermediate level who wish to expand their rhythm tap dance vocabulary and work on the fundamentals at a steady pace.

The Rhythm Tap Monthly Workshop is a series brought to you by the Annette Walker Tap Dance Programme – a programme for learning tap dance through a foundation of jazz and rhythm with an understanding and appreciation of its historical context and lineage.

This project was supported by the Changing Times Tap Initiative, a division of Changing Times Tap Dance Company, Inc. New York, NY, USA

Sun 4 June 2023 with ANNETTE WALKER

Head shot photo of Annette Walker with tap shoe
Annette Walker

See also 2 April details below. Expect lots of fun and laughter with challenging exercises and tips on improvisation and jamming. Might even have a musician or two join us! Note the slightly earlier start time.

Sun 2 July 2023 with DIANE HAMPSTEAD

Diane Hampstead
Diane Hampstead

Diane is an experienced tap dance teacher and choreographer who’s previously taught at a number of vocational dance schools. Her London Tap Dance Orchestra performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre in London. Diane is a long time teacher of Associate Tap Dancers but rarely teaches in London so don’t miss this opportunity! More details coming soon.

Sun 14 May 2023 with LEE PAYNE

Lee Payne
Lee Payne

After 7 years of training in the arts and entertainment industry, Lee started working with small rep companies within the swing and Lindy hop circuit. He then ventured onto music videos and stage performances for such artists as Enrique Inglesias, Gabrielle, Wyclef Jean, Brian Harvey, Steps, S-Club 7, The Honeyz, The Appleton Sisters and many more.

With this experience under his belt, Lee was asked to become a tutor in performing arts. He continued working professionally and took the opportunity to head across to stage productions, Singing in the Rain, Riverdance and Magic of the Dance then to work in film and creating and writing music. Staying in the creative field, Lee is now working to create new platforms within all areas in the arts with his own twist.

Sun 2 April & 4 June 2023 with ANNETTE WALKER

Rhythm Tap Workshop Summer 2023 flyer
Rhythm Tap Workshop flyer

Annette is an accomplished, multi-talented performing artist who has appeared in a variety of theatre, film, television and concert productions. Her tap dance features include the BBC Proms 2019 Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music concert at the Royal Albert Hall, Swinging at the Cotton Club (UK tour) and the short film, Dateleap (2022). As an aerial circus artist, she was one of the Mary Poppinses in the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Annette is the founder and the musical director of the band, Rhythmaticians, and headlined the Marsden Jazz Festival with them for her new tap dance show in 2021. She also works as a music director and musician for other dance, music and theatre productions with credits that include Swing Sister Swing (UK tour 2022), Myke Masters Band and Sandi Toksvig’s Mirth Control at the WOW Festival at the Southbank Centre.

Annette’s passion for integrating music and dance continues off stage as a researcher and educator and she has taught at many dance and music institutions including, Trinity Laban, Mountview Academy, Royal Academy of Dance, Brit School, National Youth Jazz Collective and Tomorrow’s Warriors. She led the Renegade Stage (tap improvisation workshop) at the London Tap Jam for over 15 years, and is currently a co-director of Tap Dance Research Network UK.

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