Established in 1985, TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater offers multi-arts classes and workshops and enriches the lives of individuals and communities.
The Company offers year-round tap dance classes for ages 8 – 80+, workshops by visiting artists and reaches out to diverse groups of students.
The organization is a place for serious instruction in rhythm tap, focusing on technique, choreography and improvisation in at atmosphere of respect and fun. Group and private lessons are offered for students ages 8 to adults of any age.
Instruction emphasizes the musicality of tap dance, tap’s rich traditions and rhythmic possibilities. Tap dance is a complex, challenging, and surprising art form. Developed from a blend of African polyrhythmic movement and music, Irish step dance, influences of Afro-Cuban and North American dances, tap dance is an original North American art form. Jazz music and tap have traded measures since the beginning, with each of these arts form, in turn, assimilating twists of time, phrasing and rhythm.