TITLE OF COURSE : Basic Tap Dance
TYPE : Studio
This course offers students experience in an alternative dance style with an emphasis on rhythm
and footwork. Tap dance requires relaxation in the knees and ankles, while maintaining the
same basic principals of stance and style as used in other dance forms.
On the completion of the course, the student should be able to:
• Perform basic tap dance steps with appropriate dynamics, speed, and rhythm.
• Tap dance in synchronization with other dancers.
• Amalgamate simple tap dance steps with varying rhythms.
• Articulation of the foot and correct use of the tap shoe.
• Relaxation exercises to encourage the use of plié and working into the floor.
• Fundamental Tap technique.
• Arm carriage and footwork.
• Development of style in the upper body, as dictated by the musical rhythms
• Musicality - even and accented rhythms, syncopation and simple doubling-up.
• Simple turning steps both en dedans and en dehors.
• Shuffle and pick-up time steps and breaks, progressing from single, to double and
TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODOLOGIES
Studio classes, demonstration, verbal instructions; individual and group feedback, peer
review and group discussion. Movement analysis, verbal cueing, tactile guidance, as well
as imagery are used to facilitate learning.
Assessment will be referenced against the following criteria:
1. Technical accuracy and Performance .
2. Rhythmical awareness and musicality.
3. Professional and Learning Attitude.
INDICATIVE READING AND RESOURCES
Gay, M. Modern Tap Technique. London: ISTD, 1976.
Johnson, A. Jazz Tap: from African Drums to American Feet. New York: Rosen Publishing, 1999.
Knowles, M. Tap Roots. North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2002.
Marx, T. Tap Dance. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1983.
Perry, D. Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs. Sydney: Warner Music Australia, 1996.
Rees, H. Tap Dancing: Rhythm in Their Feet. Wiltshire: Crowood Press, 2003.
Reed, L. Leonard Reed’s Shim Sham Shimmy. Los Angeles: On Tap! Enterprises, 1995.
Washbourne, D. Basic Tap Dancing. Lichfield: W. Russell Turner, 1979.