TDRN UK Research Festival 2023

Wed Jun 21 2023 at 07:00 pm to Sat Jun 24 2023 at 08:30 pm

The Dancehouse | Manchester

Tap Dance Research Network UK
Publisher/HostTap Dance Research Network UK
TDRN UK Research Festival 2023
The TDRN UK Research Festival explores 'UK Tap Stories' through a fantastic programme of online and in-person workshops and discussions.
About this Event

The TDRNUK Research Festival is back for a 2nd year! This year’s theme is ‘UK Tap Stories’. We have a fantastic range of online and in-person events that combine discussion, information sharing, and lots of opportunities to get on your tap shoes in practical workshops. 

 We celebrate the performer, educator and choreographer Tobias Tak. Join us as we discuss his contributions to the UK tap scene and how he influenced a whole generation of UK tap dancers. The archives of Tak and bebop jazz hoofer Will Gaines will also be shared alongside oral histories and unique insights from those who were mentored by them. We go in search of the legendary William Henry Lane ‘Master Juba’, exploring the events of his time in 19th Century Britain and the mysterious circumstances of his death and burial in Liverpool. 

 As well as looking back to retrace our steps through UK tap history, we also shine a spotlight on the ‘UK Tap Stories’ of today with an exciting array of UK-based artists and educators. Choreographer and artistic director Jack Evans shares his journey to take new tap musical Feet Keep Me Flyin’ from initial concept to a fully produced stage show. Simeon Weedall leads a practical workshop where you can try out ideas from his recently published book Solos That Speak. For those interested in tap dance education and training opportunities, you can learn about a range of community, vocational and pre-professional training routes that are currently available in the UK. Learn how different expert educators embed creative and cultural learning when sharing tap dance repertoire to create UK tap dancers of the future. 

 The Festival is also an opportunity to bring tap dancers from around the UK and the globe together, make connections, and enjoy this dynamic and ever-growing community. We close the in-person day with a live music tap jam and improvisation workshop for beginners. 

At a glance -

Online event 1: Tap Tak and Swing: Tobias Tak’s Legacy in the UK Tap and Swing Scene. Wednesday 21st June 19:00 - 20:30 £6

Online event 2: In Search of Master Juba in Britain. Thursday 22nd June 19:00 - 20:30 FREE Network Session

In-person day: Saturday 24th June 2023. The Dancehouse, 10 Oxford Rd, Manchester, M1 5QA

10:30 - 17:30 Workshops, discussions, presentations.18:00 - 20:30 Renegade stage and live music tap jam.

Tickets: 20% discount for students and those with low income on all tickets. Type 'Student' or Low_income' in the 'Promo code' bar when purchasing ticket to receive discount.

Research Festival ticket includes all online and in-person events £40

Online ticket £6 for both event links (In Search of Master Juba in Britain Network Session is FREE)

Tap Jam ticket £5


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

The Dancehouse, 10A Oxford Road, Manchester, United Kingdom


GBP 5.00 to GBP 40.00

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