Tap Workshop

Intermediate to Advance Tap Workshop for all ages - featuring Chicago area performer, educator, and choreographer, Annie Jo Ermel.

In this workshop, basic vocabulary is necessary to understand the more complex rhythms and combinations we will be exploring. Classes will move at a quick pace, using short but challenging phrases and sequences to test our brainpower, discovering new techniques for picking up choreography quickly along the way. Using our understanding of weight shift and complete body commitment, we will focus on the proper execution and technique of grab-offs, wings, and pullbacks, as well as traveling patterns and turns. Using all of that information, each class we will work to build a character in each new choreographed combo.

Workshop Details

  • 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • February 27, March 6, March 13 and March 20
  • West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Road, Highland Park
  • $15 + $2 service fee per class (Service fee only applicable if paying online)
  • You may also pay in person with cash or check
  • Classes start promptly at 8:30pm so please arrive early to stretch/warm-up.
  • Bring water
  • This workshop is not cumulative - drop-ins are encouraged!


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Annie Jo Ermel Biography

Annie Jo is a Chicago area performer, educator, and choreographer. She began her training as a child in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin with Riederer School of Dance, dancing on scholarship at various NADAA dance conventions and performing on her high school dance team. She now holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. AJ has studied on scholarship with the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project of Chicago and performed professionally at The Marriott, The Paramount, and most recently in 42nd Street at Drury Lane Theatre, as well as on various other suburban theatre stages. She’s choreographed over 50 musicals on numerous Chicagoland stages as well as taught various styles of dance at studios, schools, and in master class workshops, specializing in tap, jazz, and musical theatre. AJ considers herself a high energy artist who believes that a bold, polished, engaging finished product is best achieved through a collaborative, committed, and positive environment and process