A style of dance where the feet are the instrument, developing rhythmic understanding through the percussive movement. This exciting form of dance has two major styles; Broadway Tap and Rhythmic Tap.
Broadway Tap incorporates elements of jazz dance and is often seen in musicals, film and vaudeville such as Singing in the Rain, 42nd Street and Anything Goes. Famous Broadway tappers include, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly.
Rhythmic tapping is often referred to as hoofing and was made famous by the likes of Sammy Davis Jnr and the master Steve Condos. The Australian film Happy Feet is a perfect example of this style of Tap.
At EDA we study both styles of Tap through the Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD) syllabus for ages 5 and up. Students begin with basic techniques and rhythm that develop through the levels into strong Tap technique and difficult complicated rhythmic patterns.
Students have the opportunity to participate in examination for Tap to encourage further development.
For more information on ATOD syllabus please follow the link below.