What is it?
Tap originated in the United States through the fusion of several ethnic percussive dances, primarily African tribal dances and Scottish, Irish, and English hornpipes, clog dances and jigs. It then developed in more urban environments as the Five Points District in New York City, and was one of the first types of street dance. It uses taps to beat out rhythms and can be danced either without music.
At Dance City we teach a variety of tap styles incorporating musical theatre, street, traditional and American style. We cover all the basic steps, learn how to dance in time to music and how to memorise and perform routines.
Who is it for?
For anyone aged 16+ who has little to no experience of tap dancing.
What should I wear?
Loose comfortable clothing and tap shoes if you have them. If not you can hire them from Dance City (on a first come, first served basis). In case there is no availability bring comfortable, clean shoes which will not damage the floor, for example trainers. It is recommended that if you want to attend on a regular basis you hire or buy tap shoes.
What shall I bring?
A bottle of water, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn!
Teacher Jill Boos
Jill Boos is an experienced and established teacher who has worked in the Creative Industries for many years. She has a BA Hons in Contemporary Dance and is also an Associate member of the IDTA and NCDTA exam boards. Professional contracts have allowed Jill to work extensively throughout the UK and overseas as both a performer and choreographer. More recently she has taught students training on Btec, A Level and Degree courses and currently delivers classes to students throughout the north east that range from 18 months to 99 years of age!
If you have any additional needs please let the ticket office know when booking, if you feel comfortable to do so.