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 the Tap Dance syllabus from the theatre dance syllabus page.
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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 dancewear for the Classical Greek, Modern Theatre, National Dance, and Tap Dance Faculties is 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 ISTD dancewear directly through www.danceandshop.com.
The ISTD celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2014
Download a fascinating new history of the Tap Dance Faculty, written to mark the occasion.
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.
16 DecWith immediate effect the Grade 6, Intermediate and Advanced 1 Free Rhythm will ...
03 OctThis replaces any previous criteria (with effect from January 2016)
Sunday 07 February
Tap Amalgamations Grade 4, 5 (excl. Beguine and Quick Jazz) and 6 with Intermediate Amalgamations time-permittingSunday 17 April