This is a spirited and fun beginning tap class — in a non-judgmental, loving, and supportive environment! Tap is just fun stuff all around. We will learn all of the basics for a beginning level, and by the end of the week we will be dancing tap routines based on these simple steps. This technique will include Broadway style and Rhythm style with a good dose of syncopation thrown in.
Please wear dance/sport attire and tap shoes. Bring a towel and water.
Meet your Instructor
Jerry & Kimberly Tassin
Jerry Tassin has extensive professional experience in many styles of dance, including theater, jazz, ballet, and tap. He was a principal dancer with American Dance Machine, Spectrum Dance, Folies Bergere, Hello Hollywood Hello, and performed in several musicals, including A Chorus Line at Tacoma Actors Guild, and Guys and Dolls at Seattle Repertory Theater. Jerry has also worked extensively as a choreographer, for his own company and for other companies, and his choreography won first place at the International Dance Open Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Jerry was a teacher at Cornish College of the Arts, Washington Academy of Performing Arts, and he currently works at International Ballet Theater in Kirkland, Washington, where he teaches, directs, and choreographs many original works along with some of the company’s major productions, including Dracula and The Jungle Book.
Kimberly Tassin began her ballet training in Los Angeles and was a member of The Hallmark Dancers, a semi-professional company performing classical and contemporary ballet works. Later she moved to Seattle and danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet. She met Jerry Tassin while dancing at the MGM Grand Hotel in Reno, Nevada. Together, Kimberly and Jerry performed as principal dancers in a stage show touring South America, and later performed with Ray Bussey’s That’s Jazz in Seattle, and in cabaret performances with The Jerry Tassin Dancers. Kimberly taught ballet and jazz for many years.