Our tap classes are separated into 6 unique levels to best help our dancers build their sense of rhythm, timing, style, and most importantly, ankle strength. While we primarily teach rhythm tap, some teachers may also choose to introduce Broadway tap as well. Lesson plans are developed in advance and are adjusted based on students’ progress. Our beginner classes will focus on learning basic steps and developing coordination and rhythm through dance as well as games using various instruments and props. As dancers progress to the intermediate classes, they will focus on mastering rhythm and coordination while also focusing on style, musicality and weight transfer. Our advanced tappers will be pushed to quickly pick up choreography and execute it with clean sounds.
A typical tap class will begin with exercises to get the knees, ankles and feet warmed up. The class will then work on short combinations in the center as a group to focus on specific skills such as paradiddles or cramp rolls. Students will then work on traveling steps individually across the floor. The end of class will focus on learning combinations and experimenting with tap improv (intermediate and advanced classes only). The instructor will also use some class time to work on choreography for the annual recital.