Percussive Dance for Musicians
This class is for any musician looking to learn how to make music with a new instrument…your body (specifically your feet!)! Through the African American art form of tap dance technique, we will learn how to create percussive rhythms and phrases that will feel similar and brand new at the same time. We will start by going over a few basic tap steps in order to build a foundation of vocabulary and then move towards making phrases and improvisation games. Have you ever wondered how a tap dancer approaches a 32 bar chorus? Well, you’re about to learn! Do you play percussion and have wanted to better communicate with tap dancers? Well, this is the class for you! Come with an open mind, willingness to have fun, and be ready to sing! This class is also open to any dancers that are new to tap dance (but not new to music theory) and want to work on their understanding of building phrases, musicality, and improvisation skills. No tap shoes required.
This class will be held OUTSIDE of the Dance Collective in the parking lot behind the building. We will be practicing strict social distancing guidelines. Please wear a mask!
Free/donation based. Any proceeds collected will go towards ImmaCare (homeless shelter in Hartford): http://immacare.org/
Alexis Robbins is a choreographer, teaching artist, and dancer originally from Wakefield, RI. She graduated magna cum laude from Hofstra University with a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Exercise Science. She has been an adjunct professor at Hofstra University teaching tap and has taught tap, contemporary, and jazz at several studios and guest workshops in NYC and New England. Since relocating to New Haven, CT, Robbins has introduced rhythm tap dance to New Haven by offering weekly, affordable drop in adult classes, as well as jams with live music, for beginner and intermediate dancers which has gained a wide range of attendance from the community. She has performed as a soloist at the Ely Center for Contemporary Art, the Friday Pop Up Series on the New Haven Green produced by the Proprietors of the Green, and the Atelier Florian Thursday night jazz series produced by the New Haven Jazz Underground. Robbins is also the Artistic Director of kamrDANCE, her project based tap and contemporary dance company. kamrDANCE has performed at venues across the East coast, including the Southwest Arts Center (GA), Arlington Center for the Arts (MA), Hudson Guild Theater, Triskelion Arts, Actors Fund Arts Center, Dixon Place, SMUSH Gallery (NJ), Center for Performance Research, Highline Ballroom, Symphony Space, AS220 (RI), the Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn, and more. kamrDANCE has self produced two dance films which have been screened in New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Bergen, Norway. Most recently, Robbins was selected to create a new dance film for One Day Dance Season Two and was a 2019 commissioned choreographer through Artspace New Haven for City Wide Open Studios. Alexis is pumped to be teaching and dancing the The Dance Collective! For more information go to www.kamrdance.com