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JCC tap dance classes start Feb. 26

If you’ve ever wanted to try tap dancing, now is a great time. The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse will hold weekly adult tap dance classes on Tuesdays this spring starting Feb. 26 at the JCC on 5655 Thompson Rd. in DeWitt. Four class levels will be offered each evening: remedial starts at 6:30 p.m., beginner at 7:00 p.m., intermediate at 8:00 p.m. and advanced at 9:00 p.m. (ends at 9:45 p.m.). The weekly group sessions will run through May 21.

The JCC’s tap classes are open to anyone age 12 and older. No prior dance experience is necessary. The cost is $5 per person each night. Registration is not required, although tappers are asked to arrive early to sign in. Plenty of free parking is available.

The remedial and beginner classes are for newcomers and teach from the beginning. A limited number of tap shoes are available to borrow at no cost each night on a first come, first served basis.

Local attorney and choreographer Barry Shulman will once again lead the classes. Shulman, who has held the tap classes each spring and fall at the JCC for many years, teaches “New York City” style. Students do not need to commit to every class and can attend as much as they’d like.

“We’re always excited to have Barry back teaching tap each spring,” said Patrick Scott, JCC sports & fitness director. “He’s an excellent teacher and makes the classes lively and entertaining. From beginners to more seasoned dancers, Barry does a great job of getting everyone moving and having fun each night.”

Shulman, a partner with the law firm Mackenzie Hughes LLP, has taught principal dancers on Broadway and with national tours. He keeps the cost of the tap classes to a minimum and donates the proceeds to the JCC of Syracuse. Shulman received the JCC’s Kovod Gadol award in 2014 for his extraordinary commitment, energy and loyalty to the center.

For more information about the adult tap dance classes, contact the JCC’s Sports and Fitness Center at 315-234-4522 or email