What do you learn from a Tap class?
Tap teaches Rhythm and Musicality. Dancers who can Tap have a much better sense for accent, dimension, and shading in their other styles of dance. This is because in Tap class, you are learning about music, how to make music, and how to listen to music. Your tap shoes are your instrument, and you are the musician playing your instrument. By learning to dance as both a dancer and a musician, you will start to find your inner rhythm and you’ll have a better sense of the beat of the music.
Tap class also explores how to count in different notes; quarter notes, eighth notes, triplets, and sixteenth notes. Tap dancing teaches basic music theory, and the better we understand the music, the better we can dance to it!
If your goal is to become an employable dancer or succeed in a college dance programme, there is a chance that you’ll have to tap dance! We encourage all young dancers that wish to pursue dance as a career to get into tap class!
Tap dance has influenced dance, film and music. As dancers, we should want to learn our history in order to understand where we come from, and tap dancing is a part of that history! Tap dancing will teach you rhythm and musicality, how to listen to the music you’re dancing to, and will make you a more well-rounded dancer, which in turn will make you a more employable dancer!