Tap Dancing

Author: DanceWeb
Danceweb Australia Australia

Tap dancing is great for improving co-ordination and musicality. A style similar to that of the infamous Fred Astaire, it focuses on timing and beats. Tap is constantly becoming more popular due to groups such as the Tap Dogs and the Australian movie Bootmen.

Tap dance originated in the United States in the nineteenth century, and is popular nowadays in many parts of the world. The name comes from the tapping sound made when the small metal plates on the dancer\'s shoes touch a hard floor. This lively, rhythmic tapping makes the performer not just a dancer, but also a percussive musician.

The Encyclopedia Britannica definition for tap dance is: A style of American theatrical dance using precise rhythmical patterns of foot movement and audible foot tapping.

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