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Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center

JCC's fall Tap classes start Nov. 2

Adult Tap Dance classes are returning to the JCC of Syracuse after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The JCC’s Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center will hold weekly adult Tap Dance classes on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings this fall starting Nov. 2 at the Center on 5655 Thompson Rd. in DeWitt.

The Advanced Tap Dance class will be offered on Tuesdays from 6:30–8 p.m. starting on Nov. 2. It will be taught by longtime JCC tap instructor Barry Shulman. On Wednesdays starting Nov. 3 Angela Saturno will teach a Beginner Tap Dance class from 6:30–8 p.m. followed by an Intermediate Tap Dance class from 8–9 p.m. The cost is $5 per person each night. The classes are scheduled to run through at least December, although there is no set end date yet.

The Beginner class is for newcomers and teaches steps like shuffle/ball change and easy dances such as the Waltz Clog/Soft Shoe and Military Tap. Intermediate Tap is for learning combinations like shim sham, time steps and more complicated soft shoe. Advanced Tap is for learning at a faster and more complex pace, the deconstruction and reconstruction of combinations.

All classes are taught “New York City” style. Students do not need to commit to every class and can attend as much as they’d like. A limited number of tap shoes are available to borrow at no cost each night on a first come, first served basis.

The JCC’s Tap classes are open to anyone age 12 and older. No prior dance experience is necessary. Proof of COVID vaccination and wearing a mask is required to attend. Maximum 25 people per class and registration is required for every class meeting by calling 315-445-2360. Plenty of free parking is available. Tappers are asked to arrive early to sign in.

Shulman, a local attorney and choreographer, has held Tap classes at the JCC for many years. He's a partner with the law firm Mackenzie Hughes LLP, and has taught principal dancers on Broadway and with national tours. Shulman received the JCC’s Kovod Gadol award in 2014 for his extraordinary commitment, energy and loyalty to the Center.

Saturno is a native of Syracuse and studied at the Center of Ballet & Dance Arts under the direction of Deborah Boughton. She taught dance as an adjunct Professor of Dance at Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ. She's been teaching for 35 years and has judged numerous dance competitions. Saturno received a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Geneseo and has a Master’s degree in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis from The Sage Colleges (MS). She is currently the director of ABA and School Consultation Services at The Kelberman Center.

For more information about the JCC's adult Tap Dance classes, contact Patrick Scott at 315-445-2040, ext. 144, or