Tap Dancing Classes
Tap dance is characterized by a tapping sound that is created from metal plates attached to the ball and heel of the dancer's shoe. When tapped against a hard surface, these plates create a percussive sound and as such the dancers are considered to be musicians. Tap dancers make frequent use of syncopation and improvisation, following the beats provided or without musical accompaniment, otherwise known as a cappella dancing.
This class is for beginners who wish to master the basics of Tap.
Beginner Age 8 to 18
Tap intermediate/ advanced
This class is for students who have been studying Tap for at least 2 years. Students at this level should be enrolled in a Ballet or Jazz technique class in order to maintain and excel to the next level.
Must Be 12 Years or Older
teen/ Adult Tap
This class is for beginning and intermediate adults who wish to master the basics of Tap.
18 and Older
Tap Instruction by Keyla Christian
Keyla Christian began her dance career at the age of 3 in Puerto Rico. When she moved to California with her family she studied the Cecchetti method of Ballet, Jazz, and Tap at Sierra Dance Academy under the instruction of Jean Fulton, Darcy Sellers, and later Felicia Flores.
Keyla started participating in comeptitions at age 10. She was chosen to perform as a soldier in the Sacramento Ballet Company's holiday performance of the Nutcracker Ballet. She danced at the California State Fair twice as well as the Sacramento Country Fair. She also danced at the Mondavi Center in 2008.
At age 14, she moved to NCDC where she started training with Jen Bradford, Thedore Constant, and Kelli Leighton. She took a master class with Sytycd Mia Michaels and master tap dancer Carlos Jones. Over the years she participated in multiple workshops including SADA and multiple competitions that required traveling to different parts of California.
Christian studied dance at Off Broadway under the instruction of Tony Crane, Norine Brown, Lena Logan and Lisa Wickwire. With Tony Crane she studied the Al Gilbert style of tap and continued the Cechetti stye of ballet while still at Off Broadway dancing.
In 2009 she started dancing at Hawkins School of Performing Arts and joined Sound Out Tap Company under direction of Alyson Meador and also takes classes with Tony Nguyen.
In December 2009 she went to New York and performed in the annual tap show "Tappy Holiday" with the Sound Out Tap Company where they took home the title of New York's Favorite Tap Group.
Keyla is currently a student at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA. and plans to transfer to San Diego State University (SDSU) and study dance. She is aiming for Bachelor of Arts in Dance.
"We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams." - Albert Einstein