• Tap

  • Tap has evolved as an American dance form, popularised throughout the world, with debate about its origins coming from African dance, Irish dance and/or clog dancing.

    The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out different rhythms, with dancers wearing tap shoes which have small metal plates on the toe and heel to give the distinctive sound.

    Tap dance is a theatrical art form often seen on stage in musicals

    History of Tap at the ISTD

    The glossary and tap technique were originally compiled by the founder Zelia Raye for what was then known, in 1932, as the Stage Branch. The work was developed and adapted further by Janet Cram and Tom Parry, Marjorie Davies, Gwen Carter and Moyra Gay, whose publications Modern Tap Technique and The Basic Technique of Tap are the standard text books.

    Tap for all

    Apart from being an essential skill for the professional dancer, tap dance is one of the most enjoyable and rhythmic forms of recreational dance.

    The examinations..

    This school offers a series of examinations from Children's grades through to Majors

    The syllabus

    We teach the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) syllabus of Tap, you can find the syllabus outline, on the ISTD's website http://www.istd.org/tap-dance/