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  Derek Hartley-Expert Dance Professional

"Tuition and Choreography in a Dedicated Performance Style"

Derek's new book is out!!!

Finally after many hours of hard work Derek's new book "The Essential Guide to Tap Dance" has now been launched.

"From the propulsive rhythm of the African dancer, to the swinging ragtime of the American jazz age, tap dancing has evolved into a unique blend of cultural expression, improvisation and creativity, open to all ages and abilities. With clear step-by-step instructions, The Essential Guide to Tap Dance covers basic steps such as the shuffle, pick up and paddle, before building these into traditional combinations such as the time step and shim sham. Additional material includes the history and development of tap dancing; rhythm and musicality; learning the language of tap dancing; the role of improvisation and choreography and finally, the basic steps to advanced techniques. This is the perfect companion to instruct the beginner tap dancer and expand the more experienced dancer's technique, offering full-colour pictures, helpful instruction and essential notes on this vibrant and accessible dance form."

Its is available to buy from amazon Now!

Hartley and Hitch's latest performance - maidenhead 2017

On 4th November Hartley and Hitch had their best performance yet!

At Norden Farm Theatre in maidenhead.

They performed to a SOLD OUT theatre.

Take a look at this video to see how well they did! 


Its that time of year again!

Derek Hartley's pre-Christmas tap masterclass

This years theme is "Singing in the Rain"

We will be putting together a completed performance piece within the 4 hours 

Details as follows:


Sylvia Young Theatre school, 

1 Nutford Place, 

London, W1H 5YZ

Date: Sunday 3rd December

Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Price: £45.00

places are filling up fast, so to avoid disappointment book your place now by contacting Derek on:

[email protected]

07810 562581

Teach Yourself Tap Dancing

 Hodder Education (publishers) commissioned me to write a 'Teach Yourself' book on, guess what ... Tap Dancing.

So, I said yes, and 4 months later it was done. Actually it’s really very good! I mean to say that it’s really very explanatory – lots of detail, and written with an easy entertaining style. It’s got a CD too AND my original invention – a RHYTHM CLOCK as a means of counting (or 'seeing') Rhythm! I think it’s useful for this aspect alone. Anyway, look for it – buy it – and if we meet, I will SIGN IT! Book Reviews (from buyers on Amazon):

"Having attended Derek's classes, I was interested to see how the book measured up. There is an impressive and interesting background to all aspects of Tap, with easy-to-follow exercises. The style of writing is natural, relaxed and encouraging. You can't beat one of Derek's classes, but for those thinking about giving Tap a go, or as a reference guide, this is an excellent book."

"Learning tap just by reading about it in a book is really hard. But Derek's book makes it worth having a go! Definitely worth buying if you're interested in starting to learn tap. There is useful information on tap shoes, for example, that I wish I'd known before buying my first pair! The chatty style and anecdotes are very 'Derek' and really help to keep you motivated. The descriptions of the steps are very clear and act as a useful reminder if you've just started to learn a particular step. The later chapters giving instructions for complete routines are harder to follow but are worth persevering with."

Available to buy from AMAZON. Please use the link below: