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Tap Dance Classes: Children’s Tap Dance Classes Dublin

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Children’s Tap Dance Classes Dublin is also for young people and NPAS has become increasingly popular again over the last few years. One of the reasons for this is that it is so much fun, and along with creating some wonderful choreography and rhythms the young dancers get to make lots of noise!! But what is Tap Dance Classes Dublin. This form of dance recreates lively rhythms using the feet whilst wearing a pair of hard soled shoes which have some metal taps on the tip and the heel. It is one of the  most iconic styles of dance and has made worldwide dance superstars from the likes of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Gregory Hines. Even Michael Jackson’s routines owe a lot to the look and feel of a tap dance routine.


Tap is often described as the dance form of jazz music and has been around more or less since the late nineteenth century. Unlike jazz music and the study of the history of Jazz music, very little is written about the history of tap dance. It’s not hard to see why. Dance itself, because it mostly went unrecorded, was little studied in a serious way, and there was no reason that tap should have been an exception. Tap Dance Class Dublin is an unusual dance form in that instead of working and flowing with the  music, Tap is often in a battle with the music. Most other kinds of dance can be described as being performed to the music, but tap, like other foot stamping forms of dance, like flamenco and Irish Dancing, makes its own music. Even if there’s a whole orchestra on stage with the tap dancers, the most important sound at any tap concert is the one being made by the dancer’s feet. Tap Dance tells a story through the dancers feet, and at our classes we try to get across this ability to form a dramatic narrative with the movement of the children and young people. Our tap Tap Dance Classes Dublin at The Lir Academy in Dublin are part dance, part theatre and all fun!


Tap dancers make incredible use of rhythm, with routines being broken down into 8 counts. However this is not always the case as improvisation plays a huge part in the ability to work with music, and especially jazz music. Another aspect of tap dancing is improvisation. Tap dancing can either be done with music following the beats provided, or without musical accompaniment; the latter is known as “a cappella” tap dancing. Hoofers are tap dancers who dance primarily “closer to the floor”, using mostly footwork and not showing very much arm or body movement. In our classes we teach American tap mixed with a form of tap dance called Street Tap. Street Tap is a combination of Tap Dancing and Hip Hop, and is sometimes referred to as “show tap” or “Broadway Tap”  because it uses more arm movement. This form evolved because show tap was thought to be more exciting to watch and became famous when show tap was put on Broadway.


Tap Dance has always been open to being combined with other forms of dance. From Ballet and Jazz to Musical Theatre and Funk, Tap can be added and moulded into any piece to increase the dramatic content and theatrical experience. Early tappers like Fred Astaire provided a more ballroom look to tap dancing, while Gene Kelly introduced ballet elements and style into tap. This style of tap led to what is today known as Broadway style, which is popular in American culture. It often involves high heeled tap shoes and show music, and is usually the type of tap first taught to beginners. Examples of this style are found in Broadway musicals such as Anything Goes and 42nd Street. Theses are staples of Tap Dance Classes Dublin at NPAS, and huge favourites with children and young people. Tap Dance will be an important element of our Show in The Olympia Theatre this year with fully choreographed group tap dances. In these set pieces the steps are typically kept simple and easy to control, becoming more intricate as the routine goes on. The group of dancers work together to create the sound keeping their steps together to perfectly match each other.


Common tap steps include the shuffle, shuffle ball change, double shuffle, leap shuffle, hop shuffle, flap, flap ball change, running flaps, flap heel and the cramproll. There are many many more which you will become expert at in your classes with us. Your teachers are, as always, fully trained dance professionals who will love sharing the world of Tap Dance with you and your fellow students. Children’s Tap Dance Classes Dublin, your way through life with classes at NPAS in Dublin. NPAS – B Who U Want 2 B ! T Tap Dance Classses Dublin