Class Information

Name: Tap IV/V
Time: Thu 07:45 pm to 08:30 pm
Studio: B
Cost: $50.00
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Dance Type: Tap

Description: Tap is an energetic and exciting form of dance where dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats. Tap dancing is enhanced by special shoes equipped with metal plates that produce a tapping when the dancer's shoes touch a hard floor or surface. Early tappers like Fred Astaire had a ballroom look to tap dancing. Gene Kelly incorporated ballet movements into his choreography, leading to a style of tap known as "Broadway style." Many tap styles and steps include the shuffle, shuffle ball change, flap, flap heel, cramproll, buffalo, Maxi Ford, single and double pullbacks, wings, Cincinnati, the shim sham shimmy (also called the Lindy), Irish, Waltz Clog, the paddle and roll, the paradiddle, stomp, brushes, scuffs, and single and double toe punches, hot steps, heel clicks, single, double and triple time steps, riffs, over-the-tops, military time step, New Yorkers, and chugs. Tap dancers develop of a sharp sense of rhythm, coordination, and clarity of sounds. Tap choreography typically starts on the eighth or first beat count. Tap dancers characteristically use syncopation to dramatize their rhythm. Improvisation is another characteristic of tap dancing. Improvision can either be done with music that follows the beats provided or without musical accompaniment, known as a cappella dancing. In advanced tap dancing, basic steps are often combined together to create new steps.

Instructor: Lisa Conlin


Lisa Conlin trained at Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Hubbard Street Jazz Dance & Gus Girodano in Chicago, IL, Steps, and Broadway Dance Center of NY,NY, and on scholarship at Dupree's, in Los Angeles, CA. She danced with ND Jazz Dance Co., Continental Ballet Co., and with several independent choreographers. She is currently a principal dancer with Ballet of the Dolls Dance Theater Company in Minneapolis, MN. Favorite Lead Dance roles include: Goldilocks, Sinderella, and Romiette. Favorite Solo roles include: The stepsister in Cinderella, LIZA, Ms. Santa, Rat Princess, The Martini Girl, and Paula in the Prom. Favorite Ensemble pieces: The Willis in Giselle and The Women in Carmen.

Some of Lisa's favorite projects include: Zhauna Frank's Dream Channel Episode 1 & 2 performed at the Paul Taylor Studio in NY, NY, "Venus"- A Rock and Roll musical, Ballet of the Dolls Fashion Ball, Macy's Midwest Big Life Calvin Klein Tour, and playing the featured tap dancer with her tap partner Vance Holmes in the play musical production of Gianni Sent Me. Other tap credits include tapping with Sweet Feet Tap Company and Keane Sense of Rhythm Tap Company.

Lisa was also cast in several National and Regional TV Commercials for Big Lots, Ordway Theater, Great Clips, Best Buy, Armed Forces, as well as print, runway, and video productions for Target, Macy's and other corporate events.

Lisa conceived the Ritz Theater's RENOVATE-A Choreographer's Evening seven years ago to give Minnesota choreographers a place to create and show their new works and has been curating it for the last seven years. She has presented four full length shows: Sacred, Blue Heaven, The Secret Annex, and Stripped. Most recently, her fourth full length show "Sacred" was performed in Minneapolis in April 2014 at the Ritz Theater. She was a grant recipient of the American Composers Forum's Live Music For Dance Minnesota Program.

She has also showcased her work for the Walker Arts Center, Old Arizona Studios, Patrick's Cabaret, Studio 2A Project, Loring Playhouse, Ritz Theater, Southern Theater, and the MN Fringe Festival. She recently studied with OFF Leash Area in Minneapolis taking a performance artist workshop and studied with Ecclectic Edge Jazz Ensemble and Guest Artists for a week long dance and music study focusing on jazz, hip hop, African, music rhythms, musical theater, and technique.

Lisa directed the Prior Lake Dance School for 12 years as well as directed and choreographed "The Nutcracker" and excerpts from Swan Lake. She has been teaching, choreographing, and directing dance for children and adults in the Midwest for over thirty years at several dance studios, dance workshops & camps, and judging dance competitions at both State & National levels throughout the Midwest. Lisa has been directing and choreographing the Balleraena Winter Show for the past six years including Snow White, Dancing Through Oz, The NUTS Nutcracker, and Aladdin and Jasmine's Dance Adventures.

Lisa and Raena founded LIRA Dance Theatre Company in June 2015. Lisa has been the Co-Artistic Director of LIRA for the last five years.