Tap dancing is considered to be the most American of all dance forms. It’s also one of the most fun forms of dance. The only requirement is the ability to make sound from your feet! Anyone can do it. It just takes a couple of classes to be able to put a few basic steps together and you’re dancing!
It is so important for any dance student because it develops rhythm, timing and phrasing. And gives rhythmical co-ordination of mind and body.
This form of dance is defined by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. The tap shoes have taps on the toes and the heels with two distinct sounds for each. Two major styles exist. There is rhythm (jazz) and there is the classic Broadway style. The Broadway style focuses on dance and movement. The Broadway style is widely performed in musical theater.
Rhythm tap focuses on musicality.
In level I students learn basic terminology, timing, style, and clarity of sound. This is where the student starts to enjoy the ability to make sound and rhythm with their feet. They will begin to learn the names of the basic tap sounds and steps. Knowing the terminology is as important as executing the steps.
In level II students will advance to more complicated combinations of steps. Their vocabulary will now include single, double, and triple time steps, riffs, pull backs, and upper body style.
In level III students will explore advanced techniques and different styles from Broadway, to low into the ground Hoofing style. They will also explore the more contemporary strong modern styles of Rhythm and Jazz styles. By the end of this advanced level class they will be ready for any Broadway show audition.
If you’ve always wanted to tap, but just didn’t know how to get started this is your chance! It’s a fun way to get in to shape and who knows possibly lead to a dance career!