Adult Tap Class: Session Information

Fall Session:

Session B: October 24th - December 23rd

Thanksgiving Break: November 21 - 26

Winter Session Dates
Session A:  Jan 15 - April 1 (11 weeks)

Session B: April 16 - June 3 (7 weeks)

Registration for the full session is required! Open enrollment, pro rated after session start date.

Adult Dance Classes: Tap 1

Adult Tap 1 is for absolute beginners or dancers with some tapping experience.

Tap dance is simultaneously music and movement. This class draws on a diversity of approaches to integrating the basic fundamentals of these two elements. The emphasis will be on establishing a strong technical foundation of vocabulary, execution, clarity, and time.

Through warm-up exercises, improvisation, and choreography, students will learn how to shift weight, execute motions efficiently, recognize styles of music, and express rhythm through sound and movement.

DRESS CODE

Comfortable clothing required and tap shoes.

Registration required, classes are once a week

Adult Dance Classes: Tap 2

Adult Tap 2 is a continuation class from Beginner.

Tap dance is simultaneously music and movement. This class draws on a diversity of approaches to integrating the basic fundamentals of these two elements. The emphasis will be on establishing a strong technical foundation of vocabulary, execution, clarity, and time.

Through warm-up exercises, improvisation, and choreography, students will learn how to shift weight, execute motions efficiently, recognize styles of music, and express rhythm through sound and movement.

DRESS CODE

Comfortable clothing required and tap shoes.

Registration required, class is once a week

History of Tap

Tap originated in the early 19th century from African-American and Irish dance forms. As enslaved peoples had traditional African percussion instruments taken from them, they created rhythmic dances with percussive sounds to maintain their traditions. This style merged with wooden clog dancing brought to America by Irish immigrants, and thus the art of Tap dancing was born. 20th century Tap was pivotal in American culture, ranging from Vaudeville acts and the Harlem Renaissance, all the way to Hollywood and Broadway. Tap dancing is characterized by shoes with metal on the toes and heel that create the percussive sounds highlighted by the rhythmic motions of the feet.