Tap Dance is an exciting, percussive, rhythmical dance form. The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out a melody, with 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 screen and stage in musicals.
History of the Faculty
Tap dance is an American art form, born of the fusion of cultures on American soil. Influenced by African rhythms, Irish stepping, and English clogging, it developed in the late 19th century and by the early 1900s was firmly established in the vaudeville of America and in the music halls of Britain. Its popularity spread even more widely in the 1930s when it became a significant component of musical films.
With close ties to the profession, the Tap faculty have a diverse and exciting range of events and courses running throughout the year. Highlights of the event programme are the Star Tap Challenge and Tap Bursary Awards.