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Tap training helps to increase leg and core strength, musicality and rhythm, and showmanship. Tap class is a fun and exciting way to explore dance movement and learn basic through advanced steps. It also helps to improve coordination and teamwork skills. Tap dancing is a great compliment to any dancer wishing to perform in musicals or play a musical instrument because of it's important concentration on musicality and rhythm. Tap dancing helps students to find their inner performer and challenges the student to open up and become a versatile performer. Tap dancing focuses on learning complex patterns of foot movement, changes in tempo and different methods of weight transfer while dancing in order to produce a certain sound or look that accompanies the type of choreography or steps that the students are working class. Tap dancing is a great form of dancers for students of all ages to learn.
Tiny Tappers is an excellent introduction to tap dancing. First time Tap Students will explore rhythms and sounds with their new tap shoes. They will be introduced to the basic elements of the tap movements. Main goals of the program are following directions, building a basic tap dance vocabulary that will help the students form a solid foundation of tap technique, exploring tap dancing as an entertaining/acting form through age appropriate tap music. Students will be challenged in class by learning short combinations, creating combinations on their own, learning basic tap counts and how to apply them to their tap dancing steps and by playing fun games to help students remember their tap vocabulary. Next:
This level introduces the Students to fundamental tap techniques arranged in combinations and performed in class as solo or group demonstrations. The Students take an active part in the creation of combinations. They will learn how to perform with energy and how to bring their own personality to each and every performance. The main goals in the beginning tap levels are identifying, utilizing, and demonstrating tap terminology as well as understanding tap as a form of entertainment. Students will learn different elements of classical, rhythmic and modern tap dancing. Next:
The junior level of tap begins to create more complex sounds and combinations while incorporating challenging temp and rhythm changes to the students’ movements. The class will become more fast paced as students develop more speed and control of their footwork allowing them to experiment with different counting patterns and level changes. Next:
The Students in this level continue to develop their tap technique by enriching the vocabulary and improving the quality of the techniques already introduced. The Intermediate technique builds upon rhythms with more complicated, but repetitive sound elements that require the Students’ to have a higher level of concentration and self- awareness. Following the example of great tap dancing pioneers like Savion Glover, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and Gregory Hines, the Students learn to utilize the performing techniques in original choreography from age appropriate Broadway shows while also continuing Next: