Tap dance originated in the United States in the early 19th century at the crossroads of African and Irish American dance forms. When slave owners took away traditional African percussion instruments, slaves turned to percussive dancing to express themselves and retain their cultural identities. These styles of dance connected with clog dancing from the British Isles, creating a unique form of movement and rhythm.
Tap dancers began collaborating with jazz musicians, incorporating improvisation and complex syncopated rhythms into their movement. The modern tap shoe, featuring metal plates (called “taps”) on the heel and toe, also came into widespread use at this time. Although Vaudeville and Broadway brought performance opportunities to all during a segregated time, helping to create the shows we know and love! This class is for those who know the basics and are wanting to take it to the next level, and apply it to more sequences, training and routines! Come and be a part of the family. Sign up today!
BARCLAY Performing Arts produces children’s, community, and professional theatre as well as offering performing arts classes and camps for all ages.