Tac-au-Tac Community

Tac-au-Tac Dance Theatre runs creative contemporary dance classes and workshops in Oxford.

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Tac-au-Tac Dance Theatre
Contemporary Dance Classes in the Community

An imaginative approach to dance which develops confidence, musicality and appreciation of the Arts Ö

Tac-au-Tac Dance Theatre was founded in 1999. It is a professional contemporary dance company based in Oxford and directed by JoŽlle Pappas. Tac-au-Tac dancers collaborate with musicians, artists and film makers to create shows performed locally and abroad. Tac-au-Tac runs extensive education and community programmes.

Tac-au-Tac is a French expression which implies a quick response to a stimulus. Dancers are encouraged to respond to music, stories, adventures, emotions but predominantly to their imagination. They develop a movement repertoire from inner impulses. They learn how to structure movement phrases into choreographic works which they perform at regular intervals with the support of a team of experienced dancers, musicians and artists. In this context, Tac-au-Tac Dance Theatre is committed to nurturing the creative potential within every dancer.

Tac-au-Tac runs classes in Oxford as well as residencies in educational settings and provides INSET training for teachers and educators.

Classes for young people aged 3 - 14
Children are streamed in 3 level classes according to age and experience. In these classes, children develop an awareness of anatomy in relation to the safe training of the body, they learn simple technical movement sequences which encourage them to dance with accuracy, musicality and build their stamina and general fitness. Each child has the opportunity to dance with confidence. Every class participant plays an essential part in group choreography. Tac-au-Tac celebrates each individual difference. The choreographic style of Tac-au-Tac teachers allow each class participant to flourish both as a soloist and as a responsible and supportive member of the group.

The Young Dancers Workshop provides an opportunity for children considering vocational training in dance to work more in depth on technique and choreographic skills.

Older children and teenagers attend youth groups such as Staccato and Frisbees where they perfect their technique and develop the skills of improvisation and collaborative choreography.
At the age of 15, Tac-au-Tac dancers are encouraged to join Oxford Youth Dance Company.

Adults
Tac-au-Tac also runs short courses in contemporary dance technique and creative and choreographic workshops for adults. These are open level classes and beginners are always welcome!

Tac-au-Tac Dance Theatre is committed to enhance the quality of life and to answer the holistic needs of every class participants. We believe that everybody has the right to an effective education in dance and we fully recognise our responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young and older dancers. We provide an inclusive environment where curiosity, creativity and respect are fostered regardless of culture, colour, ethnic or national origin, race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, religious or political beliefs or family circumstances. We actively discourage discriminatory behaviour or practice and we do not tolerate bullying.

We dance in bare feet and wear comfortable clothes (T-shirts and leggings/ tracksuit trousers are ideal).
All our artists have a DBS enhanced disclosure.

Email for more information and enrolment.

Xeris Ltd (04219502) trading as Tac-au-Tac Dance Theatre