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.
Click here to download our Tap Dance syllabus outline.
Below is a video of tap demonstration by Eilidh Ross and two ISTD students at Move It 2015.
Film produced by Deborah Foote and Sue Passmore
ISTD uniforms for the Classical Greek, Modern Theatre, National Dance, and Tap Dance Faculties are now available for dance teachers and schools to purchase through International Dance Supplies. To open an account, or shop now if you already have an IDS account, call +44 (0)1626 36 3232 or visit www.ids.co.uk.
Parents and students can purchase the ISTD Uniform directly through www.danceandshop.com.
Please note: The Tap Dance Faculty Committee is up for re-election this year. Anyone wishing to be nominated should contact Dawn James.
The ISTD celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2014
Please click here to download a fascinating new history of the Tap Dance Faculty, written to mark the occassion.
13 AprHeather Rees looks at this musical accompaniment pattern
07 AprDance Proms registration is open until Tuesday 5 May