The ISTD Tap syllabus was totally re-created in 2008, with some of the higher grades still being re-vamped now. The new syllabus is completely up to date with current styles of Tap, and offers an exciting way to learn Tap - through the use of rhythm, fun exercises and upbeat music.
Children can start Tap from the age of 5, and like Modern, start with the Primary syllabus. Tap dance offers a chance for pupils to develop their sense of rhythm and timing, work to create clear sounds, gain accurate placing and technique, and the most important part for children...Be loud without being told off!
Tap requires the dancer to use their feet to strike the floor, beating out different rhythms, with dancers wearing tap shoes which have small metal plates on the toe and heel to give the distinctive sound. Tap dance is a theatrical art form often seen on stage in musicals.
Tap dancing helps develop a sense of rhythm and timing which benefits all types of dance, and is fun to learn!
Tap dancing also helps increase flexibility and co-ordination, as well as strength in the legs and feet increased flexibility in the hips, knees and ankles. Tap dancers also develop both mental and muscle memory to become proficient at tapping.