Tap @ Theatrebox is a fun style of dance that anyone can learn, regardless of previous dance experience.
Tap dance is a performance art that relies on dancers creating catchy percussive tapping sounds/rhythms with their feet. This is made possible by attaching metal taps to the toes and heels of wooden-soled tap shoes. The style is known for its syncopated, catchy beats and improvisational choreography, which links it to jazz music. The upper body plays a big part in the visual expression of the dance too, combining graceful movements of their arms and torso with the footwork. Notable tap dancers include, Fred Astaire (Top Hat, Swing Time), Gene Kelly (Singing in the Rain), and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.
Benefits include increasing cardiovascular conditioning, strength, flexibility, and coordination. Tap dance combinations build strength in the legs and feet in addition to increasing flexibility in the hips, knees and ankles. Cognitive abilities are also enhanced, as tap dancers must develop both mental and muscle memory to become proficient. Engaging in tap dancing also develops a great sense of rhythm and timing.
At TheatreBox, our tap instructors help students focus on music awareness while incorporating tap steps and combinations. Routines are taught regularly, and dancers are given opportunities throughout the year to perform, as well as being featured in our end of year production in the Theatre Royal. Tap shoes are needed for this class, but we can loan you a pair to get you started. When you’re ready to get your own, they can be purchased within the school at cost price.