Shannon Swift

Intermediate Tap Teacher 


This class is for students who have a basic foundation in tap, and want to challenge themselves to take their skills to the next level. I plan to cater this class to the level of the students who sign up, and expand on their abilities throughout the year, building up from there. My main goals are to make this a collaborative experience between myself and students, and of course to have fun making some cool beats!

Some examples of things we will be using frequently are flaps, shuffles, toe stands, paradiddles, and other foundational tap steps. I would like to work on basic pick-ups also being an elemental step in choreography, so we will probably practice these in class exercises and combinations.


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Name/Nickname: Shannon Swift

Year and Program: Second year, Arts, Classical Studies Major

Hometown: Courtice, ON

What is your favourite part of QDC?

My favourite part of QDC is the aspect of diversity among students. There is a wide range of age, background and experience in each class, and it is so fun to get to know people as individuals through something that commonly unites everyone in the room: dance. Each class is such an inviting, supportive environment, where students can feel free to express themselves and explore their passion free of judgment. Everyone is welcome in QDC, and it really shows in the studio atmosphere.

What is your favourite place to travel to? Syros, Greece

What is your favourite Netflix show? The Office

Which Harry Potter house would you belong to and why? Ravenclaw, so I could be best friends with Luna Lovegood.

Dance Background/Experience

Before Queens, I was a competitive dancer at Hoofers Performing Arts for as long as I can remember up until my twelfth year of high school. I took classes as well as competed in the styles of tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and ballet. During that time I was trained in the ADAPT syllabus, and completed all standard levels of examination in both jazz and tap. I was also trained in the RAD syllabus and completed ballet examinations up to the level of Advanced One. Additionally, I was in the Performing Arts Dance program at my high school in both my grade nine and ten years. In 2012 I had the opportunity to travel to Germany as a member of the Junior Canadian National Tap Team and compete against other teams from various countries all over the world. It was an incredibly enriching experience and allowed me to gain insight into a unique perspective on the dance world. Competing internationally truly enhanced my appreciation for other cultures, and taught me that dance really is a universal language.

Check out this example of Shannon’s choreography to see if Intermediate Tap is right for you!