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Tap Classes

Tap has evolved as an American dance form, popularised throughout the world, with debate about its origins coming from African dance, Irish dance and/or clog dancing. The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out different rhythms, with dancers wearing tap shoes which have small metal plates on the toe and heel to give the distinctive sound. Tap dance is a theatrical art form often seen on stage in musicals.


This form of dance incorporates metal taps on the bottom of the shoe to create complex, rhythmic percussion.

There are two basic variations of tap dance: Rhythm (jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap, or show tap, is lighter and uses more arm work. It has been influenced by ballroom dancing and ballet.

It is usually performed in theatrical dance routines. Rhythm tap focuses more on the sound of the footwork.

Tap dancing originated in the United States and is thought to have begun in the mid-19th century, with the rise of minstrel and vaudeville shows.


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