Today we’d like to introduce you to Dennis Severson.
Dennis, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
During my college years, I got interested in old movie musicals, jazz and Broadway, deciding I wanted to learn to tap dance. So I started taking classes here and there sporadically for a number of years. Then one year the CU Dance Festival in Boulder featured a tap dance reunion where I could take classes and workshops by some of the old masters, and I was completely hooked. There, I met a former Broadway tapper who was teaching in Boulder and I drove up from Denver every week, eventually started performing at various opportunities in around Denver, landing more permanently at a couple of dance studios in Denver who were looking to expand their tap programs. I met and danced with Aubree, who had grown up doing competitive tap and was getting back into it. I started to teach as a substitute and eventually, we both ran our own classes.
When the studio we were working at closed down about four years ago, Aubree and I decided to start our own tap school, gearing it for adults, who were usually underserved in most studios. We quickly found that there are a lot of adults who wanted to start tap but were intimidated having to dance with kids and teens at most schools. We started small with just a single class, but quickly added more as the demand rose. My wife and I started ballroom dancing 16 years ago, and I have added couples dance instruction to my career as well, working out of a previous career in retail management, dancing into my dream job full time.
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been a pretty happy journey. How can you not be happy when you are tap dancing? The struggles for me in the earlier years were gaining confidence since I had not grown up dancing as a kid, having to learn some other styles of dance for shows, bombing in some routines but learning from the failures.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Tap Dance Denver – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We specialize in adult tap dance classes for adults. Because we get student at all levels of experience, I feel we have become very good at being able to give all students the level of attention and support they need. We have a lot of fun and don’t take it too seriously. We do some informal performing for those that want to participate, but our focus is on making everyone a better dancer, not a stage or even YouTube star.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the variety of big city/small city cultures we have here! I commute by bike a lot, so I love how bike-friendly our city is! I’ve seen our arts community expand over the years, and that’s great. What I like least is the fast growth – seems there’s a new towering condo going up in every neighborhood.
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Dennis Severson, Aubree Thayer