This class, taught by NYU alumna Karissa Royster (CAS ’16), is a beginner's exploration of tap dance, using a traditional "soft-shoe" technique. Students will learn to approach tap dance with a musical mind, as they embody different grooves & rhythmical patterns. No tap shoes required; any hard- or soft-soled shoe is recommended for class.
Karissa Royster is a NYC-based performer, choreographer, and educator. Originally from San Antonio, Karissa is a graduate of NYU, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and was a Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar. In April 2016, she made her Broadway debut as the Dance Captain and as a member of the dance ensemble in Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 & All That Followed, choreographed by Savion Glover and directed by George C. Wolfe. Karissa performed at the 70th Annual Tony Awards with the company of Shuffle Along, nominated for Best Musical and Best Choreography, as well as on ABC’s broadcast of “Taking the Stage: Changing America”, in which she had the honor of performing with Savion Glover and fellow cast members for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. She teaches workshops at various institutions across the United States and is passionate about preserving and sharing the beautiful tradition of tap dance, as well as exploring its roots in American history & vernacular music.