2016 marks the 5th Australian Tap Dance Festival!
The event brings together the tap community and public to learn, share, meet and enjoy all things Tap.
What makes it special?
The ATDF selects a high calibre faculty from across Australia & around the world to fly in to conduct one jam-packed week of tap masterclasses, 5 day choreography residencies, and special events, ensuring there is something for everyone!
The ATDF is the only one of its kind in Australasia where participants travel from overseas and interstate to take part and takes place centrally in one of Melbourne's most cosmopolitan districts - Chapel St Precinct within the City of Stonnington - well serviced by transport, food, entertainment, retail & accommodation!
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Special events go on sale in June.
Are you a tap dancer?
There are from beginner to advanced levels, for a range of ages.
The festival is a once-a-year chance in Australia to experience something different and expand your style and techniques at an accelerated rate, in a high immersion environment, in a short span of time.
The intensive nature, and access to our faculty artists at the top of their field, at this one place and time, plays a big part in the amazing experience you will enjoy at this festival.
Being surrounded by like minded people who love tap as much as you do will really give you a sense of belonging and family here at the festival.
...or do you just love watching dance?
We believe everyone should have the experience of the incredible feeling of watching and/or participating in tap dance. There are public evening events to watch including the Tap n Show - a showcase of what tap shows and repertoire is being created, Jam Night with live musicians, Cutting Contest, Capezio Dance Off and of course, the Festival Gala.
If you've never tap danced before, there is a !
How do I get involved?
Check out the Schedule page at www.atdf.com.au for everything on offer.
Places are limited so register early to ensure you don't miss out!
Festival Packages are on sale now - click 'Register' above to book!
Early Bird prices end Sunday 1st May.
Individual class registration will open mid April.
Evening events will go on sale in May.
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Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
The event is an all ages event and there are no restrictions on any of the scheduled events - Everyone welcome! We've have participants from 6 - 80 years of age, there are no limits!
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
The location of all the venues are conveniently near tram and train lines. There is limited parking in the area with time restrictions until 6pm except on Sunday when there are very few restrictions. There is all day paid parking close by, but we recommend using public transport during the weekdays. For more information on tram and train lines, visit 'Where' at www.atdf.com.au.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
The organisers can be contacted anytime via email firstname.lastname@example.org and between the hours of 9am - 5pm on 0403 138 275.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Once purchased tickets are transferrable.
What is the refund policy?
There are no refunds, except if the organiser cancels or changes you class. You can transfer your tickets to another person.
What if one of my classes are cancelled?
If cancellation or change of teacher occurs, you will be notified and have the option of booking an alternative class or obtaining a refund.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No you do not required a printed ticket, you can download the EventBrite app to store your tickets electronically. You will receive instructions on this with your ticket that is sent once purchased.
How do I know what level to register for?
If this is your first festival experience and you are unsure which level to register for, please contact the organisers www.atdf.com.au and they can assist. Please note the level of classes at the festival are higher than regular studio dance classes you may take. We do encourage you to challenge yourself to get the most benefit from the experience. Please note, for residencies, if on the first day you find you have registered for an incorrect level (too easy/too hard), you can switch on the first day to an available alternative. Places are limited so book early.
What is a 5 day Choreography Residency?
By registering in residencies, you will do a progressive, intensive 90 minute classes everyday for 5 days with the residency teacher/s of your choice.
Technique and drills will also be covered at the beginning of each 90 minute class. At the end, students will have the opportunity to perform this routine on stage at the 2016 Australian Tap Dance Festival Show on Saturday 1st October (this bonus performance opportunity will be invite only at the discretion of the faculty).
At the end of the five days all students will have a polished routine - something memorable to walk away from the festival with, in addition to enhanced technique and relationship building.
Due to the consistency and intensity of these residencies you will enjoy building strong connections and relationships with your teachers and fellow dancers in these residencies.
To get the most out of the festival, we encourage you to take as many residencies as possible (maximum of 4 per dancer) so that you can benefit from a range of teachers, each with their own gifts, inspiration and style you can incorporate into your own tap style and repertoire. Residency experiences are something you will remember the most, long after a festival is over. If you get to perform your residency piece in the Festival Show, you will be backstage for the duration of the concert so please do not purchase a show ticket for yourself.
What are Masterclasses?
In masterclasses you will learn from our selected tap masters on the faculty who will share with you tap warmups, techniques, new steps and combinations and their approach to the dance which is quite diverse across the faculty. Each masterclass is totally separate from each other, and all run for a jam-packed 90 minutes each!
Taking place on the festival weekend (Saturday, Sunday) choose which teachers you would like to learn from. When registering for Masterclasses (maximum 4 per day available), choose no more than one per time slot and according to your level. Places are limited so book early.
Where can I learn more about the faculty and their style of Tap?
We encourage you to check out the Faculty page on our website: www.atdf.com.au for biographies of each faculty member including video footage.
I have more questions to ask, who can I speak to?
Ella, our Event Manager is available to answer any questions you may have. Please email her at email@example.com.
We look forward to welcoming you to the festival!