A rhythmical and percussive dance form attained by the dancer from the small metal plates on the dancer’s shoes. Tap dance is often characterized by syncopation and improvisation.
The action of tapping your foot to a song is an almost subconscious response to a ‘beat’. Tap dancers present an awareness of the pulse of life, an urge to express music through dance.
Since the heyday of the glossy Hollywood musical, tap has been associated with screen greats such as Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and the Nicholas Brothers.
The American tradition of tap has its historical roots firmly intertwined with the development of blues and jazz music in the 20th century.