STL  Rhythm  Workshop

We're very excited to present our first annual Rhythm Workshop!  We are honored to host classes led by guest professionals and the extraordinary choreographers working with the moSTLy TAP Ensemble on the Fall 2021 premiere performance of "In Due Time."

July 24, 2021

9:00-3:30pm

Dance Productions Unlimited

3805 Vogel Road

Arnold, MO 63010

Three Levels of Classes:  Advanced-Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Classes/Activities:

Tap Dance

Lindy Hop

Body Percussion

Drumming Technique

Faculty Forum

Face masks are required for all activities.

All students should bring a lunch and water bottle.

Spaces are limited!

Walk-up registrations may not be available on the day of the event.

Level  and  Class  Descriptions

Advanced - Beginner Level:  Recommended for students with at least 3 years of previous regular tap dance training.  $105 per student by July 1, 2021 / $115 per student after July 1, 2021 / $35 per class or activity

Intermediate Level:  Recommended for students with at least 5 years of previous regular tap dance training.  $140 per student by July 1, 2021 / $150 per student after July 1, 2021 / $35 per class or activity. 

Advanced Level:  Recommended for students with at least 7 years of previous regular tap dance training.  $140 per student by July 1, 2021 / $150 per student after July 1, 2021 / $35 per class or activity. 

Tap Dance:  In all levels, students will work on tap dance technique, execution, performance, improvisation. 

Lindy Hop:  In the intermediate and advanced levels, students will work on Lindy Hop technique and stylized movement sequences.  Students can take class in tap shoes or flat, soft-soled shoes such as a pair of sneakers.

Body Percussion:  In all levels, body percussion combinations and exercises will be incorporated into tap dance class. 

Drumming Technique:  Students will learn drumming technique and rudiments for practice.  Students will enjoy experimentation with polyrhythms and improvisation.  Students will receive their own pair of drumsticks and practice mat to keep.  

Faculty Forum:  Students will eat lunch, listen, and ask questions as the workshop faculty members discuss topics like their performance career, current projects, advice for aspiring artists, their passion for their art, and interests outside of their performance career. 

Meet The Faculty

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Sydney Burtis

Born and raised in Central Florida, Sydney has been dancing for 17 years. She has performed in works by artists Michelle Dorrance, Derick Grant, Max Pollak, Lisa La Touche, Sarah Reich, Danny Wallace, and more.  At 12, Sydney traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada in the National Broadway Tour of Billy Elliot. In October 2018, Sydney was featured on the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine and later was a featured contestant on Season 16 of “So You Think You Can Dance.”  Sydney has performed at the YoungArts New York Gala held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, directed by Michael McElroy, and was the understudy for Dorrance Dance’s “Nutcracker Suite” at the Joyce Theater. She is a YoungArts Silver award winner in dance, a Presidential Scholar in the Arts semi-finalist, an alumnus of the Jacob’s Pillow Tap Program, a co-founder of the Orlando Tap Festival, and a professional assistant for Adrenaline and Revive Dance Conventions.  Sydney is a part of tap companies including Nick Dinicolangelo’s Hands Down Tap Project and Demi Remick’s Demi Remick and Dancers.  She has taught and performed at tap festivals throughout the country, and continues to choreograph and teach at multiple studios.  Sydney attends Pace University Pforzheimer Honors college in NYC, and is very excited to share her artistry with the St. Louis tap community.

Christian Frommelt

Christian Frommelt is a swing dancer and musician from St. Louis, Missouri. As a teacher, organizer, and social dancer, Christian has dedicated his life to bringing people together through music and dancing. His unique style blends an emphasis on traditional African-American vernacular movement and personal expression. In addition to his renown as a lindy hop and solo jazz dancer, Christian is the foremost aficionado of St. Louis Shag, which he learned in his hometown from original swing-era dancers. Some of Christian’s proudest accomplishments include winning the 2014 and 2015 Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Battles in New Orleans, Louisiana and placing 1st in the Open Showcase contest at the 2015 International Lindy Hop Championships with partner Jenny Shirar. Christian is the co-organizer of the Nevermore Jazz Ball & St. Louis Swing Dance Festival and Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl, and you can find him playing jazz piano in various haunts throughout the city.

Scotti Iman

Scotti Iman grew up in the small Missouri town of Salisbury.  After reconnecting with his love of drumming in high school, Scotti enrolled at Central Methodist University as a Music Education major.  After spending time in the education field & studying with Loyd Warden, he left CMU for the McNally Smith College of Music where he graduated with a degree in Percussion Performance.  While at McNally Smith, Scotti studied with Dave Stanoch & Marv Dahlgren. Seeking the exact opposite of Minnesota winters, Scotti then moved to Austin, Texas.  There he toured all over the state & country with Gary P. Nunn, Horse Opera, Leo Rondeau, The Jon Napier Band, Gumbo Ce Soir, Loves It! & The Rollfast Ramblers.  In 2015, Scotti decided to move back to Missouri & settled in St. Louis.  Continuing in the belief that musicians are constantly progressing as students, he still continues his education by studying with Daniel Glass.  When he's not teaching at his own studio, Scotti can be seen touring with the following acts: Jack Grelle, Cara Louise, Cree Rider Family Band, moSTLy TAP, Spatula, & many more!

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Faculty Bio Coming Soon!

Chris Rutledge

Chris Rutledge s​tarted his dance training at 19 in Alabama, by the renowned Lisa Lyndon. He has training in Tap, Jazz, and Ballet, but his Professional Career is mainly TapDance and Body Percussion. Chris has Co-choreographed/performed in tap shows for both Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland. He also helped co-write, co-produce, and co-choreograph performances and full length stage shows, for the leading step/body percussion group MOLODI(mo.lah.dee), out of Las Vegas. He choreographed and was featured in a body percussion number for Italian pop star, Tiziano Ferro, called ‘Per Dono’, for his world tour. ‘Hines/Pollock’ is an award winning Performance Art act he created in 2010 as ‘the TapArtist’, where paintings are made by tap dancing in paint, on a canvas! He wrote a full stage show called FootPrints of a TapDancer, which was seen with his company theFYVgroup, around LA and in the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Chris is a premier performer in the new Holiday Tap Show based out of Minneapolis, MN called “Who Brought The Humbug!?” In the summer of 2019, he spent 4 months in Turkey with All Stars Entertainment for a 5-Star Resort touring show as a performer. He has been a judge/instructor for over 10 years with companies such as DEA, Dance Olympus, Canadian Dance Teachers Association, Starquest, Dance Talent Challenge, and Spotlight! For 20 years, Chris has been sought-after internationally as an instructor and choreographer for competition, concert, and film purposes.

Chris is extra excited about his new position as TapMaster at the world famous Columbia Performing Arts Center, where he will add his style and technique to an already stellar faculty.