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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.

Bursary Awards Information
Bursary Award competitors will be drawn from the winners of the Tap Challenge 2017 upon recommendation from the Tap Dance Faculty.

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.

Changes to Licentiate and Fellowship Entry and Requirements (with effect from January 2016)

For Grade 4, Grade 5 and Intermediate Playlists please contact the Faculty Co-ordinator. 


Tap Faculty Committee Elections

Election for the Tap Dance Faculty Committee opens this year. If you would like to be nominated or know of someone who should be nominated, please contact the ISTD Senior Administration Officer, Georgia Hussey (ext. 806), email: pa@istd.org. Those with Fellowship status only may apply. The deadline for applications is 1st May 2018.

ISTD Syllabus Outlines  

Download the Tap Dance syllabus from the theatre dance syllabus page.

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ISTD dancewear for the Classical Greek, Modern Theatre, National Dance, and Tap Dance Faculties 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.

ISTD dance teachers lead the way  

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Video demo

A video of a Tap demonstration by Eilidh Ross and two ISTD students at Move It 2015.

Film produced by Deborah Foote and Sue Passmore.


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