They’ve Got Rhythm – Tapping up a storm at Ballarat University

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David Wynen

Witnessing a hoofer performing a well executed tap routine is just about as good as it gets. There is something so sexy, so suave and so exciting about the way a really great tap dancer moves…

If you have ever wanted to learn to tap, or just brush up on your skills, a brand new tap teaching tool will be on the market from this Friday 20 April, and it’s all thanks to one man – David Wynen.

David Wynen, lecturer at the The University of Ballarat’s Arts Academy will launch his new project Tap Rhythm – an new innovative tap dancing tool for the music theatre market –  this Friday at the historic Her Majesty’s Theatre, Ballarat, in a showcase set to burn the floor.

“Some years ago I was injured and could not teach, so I looked at other videos and courses to fill the gaps my students needed” Wynen explained.

“The instructional videos out there offered little inspiration”, he lamented.

Tap Rhythm was created out of a need to unleash the secret of learning tap and refining a complete warm up technique system inspired by the best.

“I started working with Jazz Musician Christopher Prank on ways to unleash the music skills so many theatrical performers have. The results have been outstanding. So we then decided to release it as an online dance program- the first of its kind”, said Wynen.

From 16-21 April, masterclasses and performances from USA tap stars Thelma Goldberg and Josh Hilberman as well as rare performances from Wynen himself will take place in Ballarat to showcase the exciting new Tap Rhythm Syllabus. Masterclasses are open to students, professionals and dance enthusiasts.

Wynen describes Tap Rhythm – which will launch its interactive website on Friday 20 April to coincide with the special showcase launch concert – as “a frequently updated complete learning tool”.

For more information about the special Tap Rhythm showcase, presented by the University of Ballarat, or to learn more about the brand new interactive online program, visit
To book tickets to the concert visit
For more information on the Arts Academy view their showreel


Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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