Tap Dance can be defined as a step dance tapped out audibly by means of shoes with hard soles, or soles and heels, to which taps have been added. These taps are usually made from metal pieces which give the shoes their unique sound. Tap dance classes have been hugely popular for many years.
Tap is believed to have begun during the mid-1800s by slaves from Africa who had been taken to America. They combined a style of European dancing with African rhythms whilst using their feet to create the percussive sounds. Tap dancing continued to evolve and started being used as part of minstrel shows, vaudeville acts and in the circus.
The emergence of ragtime music in 1920s America meant tap was then infused with jazz. Over the next few decades, different styles were created with differing emphasis on speed, precision and execution. By the time the 1950s was ending, jazz and tap dance were declining in popularity with the rise of rock and roll. A new form of jazz emerged during this time called jazz dance which evolved out of tap dancing. Over the years, there has been a revival in interest in tap dance and it continues to be a popular form of dance today.
There are a number of different variations of tap dance with the two most popular being rhythm and Broadway:
The Lodge School are excited to be able to offer a wide range of tap dance lessons regardless of your level of skills and experience. Our expert team willteach you a variety of different styles and techniques as well as being a fun and exciting form of dance to learn. Many of our students enroll at the Royal Academy Of Dance (RAD) after training with ourselves.
Call us on 07758 412854 to speak to one of our staff about the tap classes we can provide or to book your free trial class today. Alternatively, you can email us at email@example.com
- Julie Hammerton -
The Lodge School of Theatre Dance
8 Holmes Road
07758 412 854
07758 412 854