Tap Dance Lessons in Butler NJ!
Tap tap tap! Tap Dancing Classes in Butler NJ!
With St. Patrick’s Day upon us, we know that one of the best dances taught throughout music studios is, of course, tap dancing! Tap dance is rooted in Irish step dancing as a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one’s tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussion instrument. Most people seeking out dance lessons, old and young, usually start with this form of dance. Rhythm tap and Broadway tap are the different kinds of tap studied today that stress musicality.
Tap dance also has its history in English clog dancing and African drum rhythms and is synonymous with jazz music. Dance itself was little studied in a serious way and tap was no exception. It is a peculiar form in that it is both movement and music. Most other kinds of dance can be described as being performed to the music but tap also makes its own music. Tap creates not only a visual experience for the audience watching a dance performance but an audio experience as well.
Tap dance is embedded into dance history.
It was created by extremely poor people (Irish and West African) with no other means to entertain themselves but their own two feet. Historically, tap took on different versions such as Irish step dancing or the flamenco. Today tap is widely sought after, making it the most desirable choice when deciding to take dance lessons.
Two major variations on tap dance are rhythm (jazz) and Broadway tap. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality while Broadway tap focuses on dance (widely performed in musical theater). The sound is made by shoes that have a metal “tap” on the heel and toe and depending upon brand, will make the sound differ. Tap dancers who dance primarily closer to the floor are known as “hoofers” and they use mostly footwork and not showing very much arm and body movement. This kind of tap dancing is known as rhythm tap and is the style of dance that influenced the work of such greats like Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis.
Ballroom Dancing and Ballet
Early tappers like Fred Astaire developed a more ballroom look to tap dancing while Gene Kelly introduced ballet elements and style to the dance. This style of tap led to what is today known as Broadway tap, which is very popular in American culture. Broadway tap involved high-heeled tap shoes and show music and is usually the type of tap first taught to beginners.
Learn to Tap Dance
At King Centre Dance, tap is one of our most popular dance classes. We highly encourage it and have different levels in which we teach it. We teach a Kinder Formal Two class which is for students ages 6-8 who have had a couple of years of dance lessons. We then move to levels 1 – 4, which increase in difficulty as you work your way up. Our level one reinforces basic technique learned at the formal level and each level progresses until level four in which you reach an increased difficulty and speed to tap. This is where you are taught to execute Broadway and Rhythm tap.