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Tap Dance

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.

Download a history of the Tap Dance Faculty. If you would like to find out more about ISTD history you can order your copy of 100 Years of Dance from our online shop.

Recent Faculty Notices   Requirements for the Free Time step Section in Advanced 1 Tap
Clarifying information can be found here

Vocational Graded Examinations and QUEST (August 2019)
The new syllabus can be booked on QUEST as TAP INT REV. 

Some adjustments have been made to the components wording and mark allocations for Tap Advanced 1 and Advanced 2. 
Important updates can be downloaded here

Licentiate and Fellowship Entry and Requirements
Changes (with effect from January 2016) and clarifying information can be found here

Are your playlists up to date?
For Grade 4, Grade 5 and Intermediate Playlists please contact the Faculty Coordinator.

ISTD Syllabus Outlines   Tap Dance Syllabus Outline

Download the Tap Dance syllabus outline from the theatre dance syllabus page.
IDS logo   ISTD dancewear for the Tap Dance Faculty is 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.


Video demo
A Tap demonstration by Eilidh Ross and two ISTD students at Move It 2015.
A film produced by Deborah Foote and Sue Passmore.


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