StagePro Academy have tap dance classes for beginners, juniors and seniors.
Whether you are just starting out in tap dance, want to take up a new hobby or looking to brush up your skills, this is the class for you. Release some energy, keep fit and have fun with tap dancing.
The Tap Dance Beginners Class will, show your the basics of tap dance, the esssential steps, and understanding the moves and sounds of the tap dance.
Note: Tap shoes are necessary for rhythm and sounds and overall feel and sound for tap dance. Hard bottomed shoes are acceptable for first few weeks, but tap shoes are highly recommended.
Tap dancing is most generally associated with the films and musicals of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly but is becoming more and more propular with the likes of Adam Garcia in the film Coyote Ugly and featuring on Got To Dance Series.
Once you have learned the basic of tap dancing at StagePro, its time to move to the next level where you will learn tap routines and perform in groups…. a fun and friendly atmosphere is always the way at StagePro so come along and join us – whatever age, size and ability, dance is about enjoyoing yourself !
Some of the terms used in Tap Dance include:
- Tap – a sharp single beat with the ball of the foot
- Heel – a sharp single beat with the heel of the foot
- Hop – from the ball of the foot, hop into the air and land on the same ball of the foot
- Spring – jump lightly from the ball of the foot landing on the ball of the other foot
- Toe tap – strike the toes of one foot to the floor
- Step – transference of weight to the ball of the foot
- Touch – place the ball of the foot on the floor without transferring weight
- Step heel – step onto the ball of the foot then drop the heel down
- Tap step – strike the ball of the foot on the floor followed by a step transferring weight
- Flap – as the tap step, however, transfer the weight onto the whole of the foot making a louder 2nd beat
- Tap spring – strike the ball of the foot on the floor and then leap onto it
- Ball change – transference of weight on the balls of the feet any direction (two steps)
- Stamp – transference of weight to the whole foot
- Stomp – lift the heel and lower it while shunting forward on the ball of the foot, can be performed on one or both feet
- Forward tap – strike the ball of the foot on the floor in a forward motion
- Backward tap – strike the ball of the foot on the floor in a backward motion
- Shuffle – forward tap followed by backward tap. Counted as “and 1” this can be performed forward, to the side and backwards
- Pick up – raise the toe of the foot keeping the heel on the floor, strike the toe backwards while picking the foot up underneath or behind you
- 1 foot pick up – all on one foot, hop into the air, perform a backward tap and land on the ball of the same foot (2 sounds; pick up & land)
- Pick up change – as the 1 foot pick up but landing on the ball of the other foot