Tricky Techniques

Course with Daniel Luka

Combi Classes offer the highest flexibility to you and to us. If possible, this course will take place on site at tanzhaus nrw. But, as long as we are not allowed to let any visitors into our studios, we will continue this class online via ZOOM. The limited number of participants guarantees for personal feedback online as well as in the studio.

This course is a continuation of the previous Online Tap course. It is possible to join without having taken the first course.

Daniel teaches the origins, musical influences and the fascinating and numerous tap variants that make the body resonate in his class. Daniel feels that tap is not only contemporary dance art but rather a way of life. “Every day, every step we do produces a sound and a rhythm without us being aware of it. And: Tap dancers are, essentially, musicians,” he says, after having blown the cobwebs from the tanzhaus tap dance department, significantly rejuvenating it in the process. Daniel also puts an emphasis on quickly creating a good feeling of togetherness and community within the group.

Portrait Daniel Luka

Daniel Luka

When Daniel Luka, aged five, watched a TV show featuring tap dance, he was quick on deciding: “I want to do this, too!” His mother enrolled him in a dance course, and his love for tap dance was burning brightly. He started teaching in his hometown of Wuppertal when he was only fourteen, living and dancing in New York and Barcelona a few years later. Today, Daniel is a versatile performer collaborating with top-class artists from the international dance and music scenes. All the while, he likes pushing boundaries, experimenting with hip hop music or electronic beats, looking for any entanglement with video or digital art and absorbing impulses by vastly different cultures. Among his inspirations are masters of the genre like Chuck Green, Jimmy Slyde and Sarah Petronio, in whose performances he participated internationally and also at various times during the tap dance days at tanzhaus nrw. He is the choreographer and producer within his own company “Daniel Luka & The Tapengers”, roles he also fulfils for shows like “Feel The Tap”, “Tap A Tune” and “Resonance”. He danced as a soloist with the WDR Big Band at the Cologne Philharmonic and is the founder and host of “Tap Jam Düsseldorf”.