Session: Winter 2022
Chapter:  Portland
Location:  Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus
Time:  5:30pm - 7:30pm
Day:  Thursday
Starts:  01/06
Ages:  12-18
Tuition:  $215.00
Open Spots:  0

This class is full!


Tony Award winner Charles “Honi” Coles, along with partner Charles “Cholly” Atkins, were a dynamic tap duo famous for performing fast-paced song & tap numbers. Starting in 1940 their partnership lasted for 19 years, showing off their skills not only in tap, but swing dance & soft shoe as well. Honi’s signature piece, "The Coles Stroll", is famous all around the world. Teacher, Suz Ruddock, was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to take master classes from "Honi" for 3 summers, before his death in 1992. This term CYT students will have the chance to learn his signature piece, “If You Can Walk, You Can Dance”. This historical tap number starts out by simply walking and ends with a rhythmic syncopation that challenges every tapper. Any CYT student ages 12-18 is welcome to join in this "once in a lifetime opportunity" regardless of tap experience.  This class will take your tap skills to a whole new level!


Suz Ruddock

Susan Ruddock began dancing at age 16, taking an Interpretive Dance class from Sr. Jeanine Therese. She found her passion & escalated her talent by taking thousands of diverse dance classes: modern, ballet, tap, jazz & musical theatre. Tap dancing so fascinated her that she dedicated 35 years to The Skylark Tappers dance company, retiring in Dec 2018. In 2010, Suz was chosen as a local Rockette to open the Radio City Rockettes’ show in Portland. Over the years, Suz honed her tap skills by interacting with taps masters Cholly Atkins, Brenda Buffalino, Honi Coles, Linda Sohl-Elison, Fred Strickler, Portland’s own Terry Brock & countless other tap masters. Suz enjoys engaging in theatre as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer or assistant director with over 40 shows to her credit. A recent venture was choreographing Disney’s The Lion King for Kids.


13405 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard, OR 97223