Amy Burns: Tap Instructor

Amy Burns

Amy trained and performed extensively in tap, jazz, ballet, modern, contemporary and lyrical from a young age and has been teaching and choreographing tap full-time for many years throughout the Lower Mainland, northern British Columbia and on Vancouver Island. She has a long list of accomplishments and award-winning performances in Canada and the U.S.

Her passion for tap leads her to train extensively each year in advanced and accelerated workshops and festivals throughout the United States and Canada. To name a few: Tappin With the Masters 1993, Portland, Oregon; The Seattle Tap Festival 1994 & 95, Washington; Minneapolis Tap Festival 1998, Minnesota; BC Festival of the Arts Tap/Stage Workshop 1998, Powell River; The Edge 2002, Los Angeles, California; The New York City Tap Festival 2004, New York; Edmonton Tap Giants Festival 2005, Alberta; Maui Tap Festival 2006 & 07, Hawaii; and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project 2007, Illinois.

All these festivals gave her the privilege to train with world-renowned tap masters including Lane Alexander, Chloe Arnold, Cholly Atkins, Terry Brock, Brenda Bufalino, Heather Cornell, Skip Cunningham, Lynn Daly, Barbara Duffy, Acia Gray, Abron, Savion Glover, Nicole Hockenberry, Lisa LaTouche, Jeni LeGon, Mark Mendonca, Jimmy Payne, Leelah Johnson Peters, Petronio, Robert Reed, Jason Samuels, Yukiko Sashimi, Jimmy Slyde, Bruce Stegman, Grant Swift, Dianne ‘Lady Di’ Walker,  Chester Whitmore and Mark Yonally among many others.

Amy has participated in the Vancouver Tap Dance Society Tap Festival since its inception and was privileged to perform in their 2003 Festival Finale It’s About Time, It’s About Tap at the Vancouver Playhouse. Amy has participated with her students in every International Tap Day Performance in honour of the birthday of the legendary 'Father of Tap' Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson.

In July 2009, Amy and twenty-two of her students attended the New York City Tap Festival where they trained with world-renowned masters and were chosen to perform their award-winning routine Off Broadway to a sold-out theatre. Amy was chosen as the recipient of the 2009 NYC Tap Festival Outstanding Teacher/Choreographer Award for her outstanding dedication and commitment to the art of tap dancing. In July 2012, Amy attended the Third Coast Rhythm Project in San Antonio, Texas along with twenty of her students to train with various tap masters.

It is with great joy and pride that Amy can nourish her own passion and love of tap by performing professionally as a member of Vancouver’s Urban Tap Squad Company across British Columbia. In 2006, they performed Urban Interludes to sold-out audiences in Vernon and the Vancouver Roundhouse.

It is Amy’s desire to share her diversified training, technique, musicality and rhythm and genuine love and passion for tap dance with students of all ages. Her renowned and unique choreography comes from within her soul and captures the very essence of tap and its beautiful rhythms. With her love of teaching children of all ages and adults, she encourages fun and embraces the love and joy of tap with patience and positivity. Amy teaches students to ‘un-tap’ the joy of this wonderful instrument and music within them to truly hear and articulate their own joyful noise.

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