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					TITLE OF COURSE               :      Basic Tap Dance
TYPE                          :      Studio


COURSE DESCRIPTION

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.


LEARNING OUTCOMES
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.


INDICATIVE CONTENT

•      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
       involved.
•      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
       triple.


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 CRITERIA
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.

				
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Description: Tap tap tap means there is a modern dance style. Formed in the 20th century, 20 years in the United States. At that time the Irish immigrants and African slaves to their folk dance to the United States, and gradually fuse to form a new dance form. This more open form of free dance, not a lot of formal restrictions. Dancers do not pay attention to the body of the dance, but rather focus on tiptoe and heel of the combat skills of rhythmic complexity.