Theater Dance is a delightful blend of all forms of dance. The movement is mostly based on the social dances from the 1920s to the present. We will use a basic jazz dance warm-up then introduce theater dance port de bras (arm movements). We will work on across-the-floor movements and short dance combinations, including walks from social dances, jitterbug, Charleston, African, as well as from styles of famous choreographers.
The best shoe for this class is a jazz dance shoe; however, a ballet shoe or tennis shoe will work. Please wear dance/sport attire, and bring a towel
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.