Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by a tapping sound that is created from metal plates attached to both the ball and heel of the dancer’s shoe.
These metal plates, when tapped against a suitable surface, create a percussive sound and as such tap dance is both a form of dance as well as the act of playing a musical instrument.
The influences of tap dancing may include:
- Juba dancing, a very quick and competitive dance involving intricate foot work, stomping, hand clapping and slapping and patting parts of the body.
- Predating tap, there seems to be no historical evidence of percussive (on the heel and toe) dance footwear in this culture.
- Lancashire clogging, a dance using percussive shoes.
- Early english “tappers” nailed or tacked copper pennies to the undersides of their shoes to create a light clicking sound, the triangular configuration used by these early dancers was the original inspiration for “three-screw” tap shoes – now the most commonly available tap shoe in Dance Stores.
- Freeform solo Sean-nós dancing.
- Irish stepdancing.
- Step dancing in general.
- Stomp dancing, where the percussion of other objects are used to enhance the percussion of the shoes and feet.
- Masters would often challenge each other to see who would be the best dancer and win students.
- Flamenco dancing.
Tap is an always popular form of dance that never fails to impress a crowd. Providing it’s own rhthyms and sounds makes it extremely fulfilling and enjoyable for all those who come along to be apart of it!
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