Tap Dancing classes London

So, to conquer my childhood nightmare, and half-inspired by the all-singing, all-dancing TV phenomenon Glee – in tonight’s episode the cast perform a Singin’ in the Rain routine with (inexplicably) Gwyneth Paltrow – I decided to try tap again.

You don’t have to be pre-adolescent to unleash your inner foot-tapper – in fact, the older you are, the better. “Tap is a form of dance that one can take into old age, ” says Heather Rees, fellow at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, and author of Tap Dancing: Rhythm In Their Feet. “Most of the old masters have continued to dance well into their seventies.”

As an exercise, tap is strengthening for feet, ankles and thighs, and good for improving balance. For older beginners, tap can also help retain mobility. It is, however, important to – excuse the pun – take it one step at a time. “Beginners should build up strength gradually and older people in particular should work sensibly within own limitations, ” says Heather.

Inspired, I went along to an adult beginner class at Dance Attic in west London, and was struck by the varied backgrounds of the students and their differing reasons for wanting to learn. Rachel, a fellow newcomer, told me: “I wanted to fulfil my ambition that I’d had since I was a child, but without the snideness of little girls’ dance schools.”

“I get a lot of adult learners who did tap as a child and then gave up, but always kept a fond memory of it, ” said Chris Ernest, tap dance teacher at Dance Attic. “And then there are those who have always had a love for it but never built up the courage to take lessons. Increasingly, people see it as a way of combining a hidden passion with keeping fit. It’s moved away from top hats and tails.”

What keeps people coming back, however, is simpler: tap is noisy, energetic and fun.

After a simple warm-up of “step-tap” sequences, Chris took us through basic steps increasing in difficulty. First, there was the classic shuffle, backbone of Broadway-style tap, and then a more challenging shuffle-ball change, in which the shuffle is followed by a step onto the other foot. These steps were repeated over and over again, so even the most inexperienced beginner feels as if they’re tapping away in no time.

One surprise was the mental exertion required. I found that my feet could do the steps but my poor brain wouldn’t always follow. As Heather says: “Tap is an excellent way to learn rhythm and timing. It’s like the percussion section of an orchestra.”

Eventually, with my heart pounding and my head spinning, we moved on to some travelling steps – used by performers to glide around a stage. Once we got to the “time step”, I didn’t want to stop.

There is nothing quite as satisfying as getting a tap sequence right, down to the last beat of the music. I felt like singin’ and dancing all the way home.

* For details of tap dancing classes at Dance Attic, call 020 7610 2055 or visit To find an adult tap class in your area, visit


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2006-04-05 08:20:47 by October_NYCBride

I've been here a lot bc I'm always looking to provide advice while procrastinate writing my dissertation! Yes, I'm a loser :)
I dance here in NYC at two places--my gym at Columbia U., where we have classes, and Manhattan Motion, a smaller studio. Mostly hip-hop now, but have recently also done ballet, tap, and jazz/fun. A great time!
Now, should I go back to writing, or shop for shoes online?

Um

2011-03-25 11:42:46 by kjeltring

Ballet and tap - childhood
ballroom - foxtrot - charleston - pre-deb
club dancing - too much time at Limelight, Webster Hall, Club USA, Palladium, Save the Robots & raves
salsa & swing - as both dance crazes hit NYC - supper club & midsummer night swing & various underground places
clogging - after tons of scotch
hiphop dancing - dance classes with choreographers at gym
tango - w/ bf

All year round

2008-11-28 17:22:53 by -

It is VERY hard to become a Rockette. Toughest dance gig in NYC.
They are best know for their Christmas and Easter shows but they perform year round.
They do multiple performances per day.
They have smaller troupe breakouts that travel (USO tours, benefits, tv appearences ets.)
The must know jazz tap and ballet and constantly take classes. (they sing too - or lip sync anyway)
They have height, weight requirements that are non negotiable.
it's a tough gig.

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