Derek Hartley, MA (Performing Arts), is a professional dancer/choreographer and tap teacher since the early 1980’s.
Derek has earned a glowing reputation for innovation and design, as reflected in his work for film, television, theatre, cabaret, festivals and dance academies globally.
Derek is an international authority on the perception, presentation and performance of tap dancing as a contemporary modern dance form, paying tribute to the great performers of the past while continually exploring the form's potential for the future – as demonstrated in the show, 'Tap 2000', which was performed at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London's West End in May 2000.
Derek is a leading lecturer in theatre arts, choreography and jazz and tap history, as well as a writer of original staged material for musical theatre.
Derek Hartley uses his 'addition' method and his own 'rhythm clock' idea, based on an African American 'rhyhm tap' style but with jazz and other influences added.
His classes are always fresh with consistent changes of music.
At beginner level Derek is very thorough and patient but does expect determination and effort. At the higher levels he is testing and provocative.
Saturday classes require students to know more speedy and recognizable steps. You should be able to pick up choreography without too much problem. It is assumed that students in the Saturday classes will know a lot more technique.
If you do not know much tap technique, then you should choose one of the weekday classes, where you will be taught tap technique.