Style Spotlight: All About Tap

Tap is one of the most well-known and easily recognisable styles of dance. It was one of the earliest forms of dance as we know it today to emerge, but continues to stay relevant by adapting to contemporary trends.

Tap dancing involves dancing using metal taps on the bottom of the shoe to create complex rhythmic percussion. There are two basic forms of tap dance: rhythm tap and broadway tap. Broadway or show tap uses more arm work and was influenced by ballroom dancing and ballet, while rhythm tap focuses on the sound of the footwork and is more rooted in jazz music traditions. 

The style originated in the United States around the time of the mid-19th century, with the rise of minstrel and vaudeville shows. What emerged from these cultural practices was tap dance – a unique combination of Irish and British clog dancing and African Juba dance.

Did you know?

  • Tap dancers are actually considered to be musicians because of the metal attached to the shoe which creates a rhythmic sound
  • Tap dancing was originally done in wooden sole shoes before the metal on the bottom of the shoe was popularised
  • National Tap day is celebrated on May 25th every year

Dance Factor offers a variety of tap classes on our timetable throughout the week. We offer classes suitable for any age or ability. Enquire about an obligation free trial lesson today, by emailing

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28 Apr 2021