Primary to Level 9 Tap
Primary – 6 Years Old – Full Year Program – 30min Class
Level 1 – 7 – 7 -17 Years Old – Full Year Program – 45min Class
Level 8 & 9 – 15-18 Years Old – Full Year Program – 30 min Class
Tap Dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one’s tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument. As such, it is also commonly considered to be a form of music. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (Jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses more on the ‘dance’ and is widely performed as a part of musical theatre. Rhythm tap focuses more on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the jazz tradition.
North London Dance Centre staff teach a blend of these two traditions, emphasizing rhythm, coordination, musicality and technique. Our tap program incorporates work from the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association (CDTA) and the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT) syllabi. CDTA examination preparation is offered for students from our Grade One level and upwards, and students are invited to take their CDTA exams at the discretion of the instructor. Students who wish to be considered for tap examination entry must also take at least one ballet class per week. We do not enter students who we believe would be unsuccessful with an examination. Examinations are not mandatory, but offer an exciting goal for many students and are an internationally recognized standard.
Successful completion of examinations at any grade level is not a pre-requisite to progress forward with their class at North London Dance Centre. Class enrollment for all of our tap classes is limited to a maximum of 12 dancers to ensure adequate individual attention is provided to each dancer. All tap students perform in both our December and June performances.