Tap

WHAT TO EXPECT

Work out your legs at our all-levels Tap Tonic fitness program or build up a vocabulary of sounds, terminology, timing and rhythm in technique classes (when offered).

LEVEL

Beginner to Intermediate

INTENSITY

Low to Moderate Low Intensity

WEAR

Comfortable workout attire and tap shoes. If you don’t have taps, sneakers can work for Tap Tonic fitness.

Stomp, shuffle and spin into shape!

Whether you tap danced as a kid or never set foot in a tap shoe, if you want to tap, our Tap Tonic fitness class is the place to be. You don’t even need tap shoes, though we can’t promise you won’t buy a pair once you get hooked.

Class begins with fast-paced, continuous movements to loosen up the legs. Expect lots of hops, shuffles, stomps, runs, fa-laps and more. If you don’t know these terms, don’t stress — you’ll just follow along. The steps are basic enough for most beginners to pick up, yet fast enough to challenge those with tap experience. Expect an upbeat, exhilarating aerobic workout, with the additional benefits of toned leg muscles, improved balance and tightened glutes.

Because we tend to get a number of experienced tappers in this mixed-levels class, we encourage beginners not to compare themselves with other students, hard as that may be. As with our other fitness programs, we’re more concerned with how much you’re sweating and smiling than how well you’re executing each move. Nobody minds if your sounds don’t match or you miss a few steps — we promise.

Just to reconfirm: No, you don’t need to have tap danced before. No, you’re not too old. No, you don’t need tap shoes. No, you won’t look silly. So, let’s tap that, yes?

Tap Technique

For those looking to dig (pun intended) deeper into technique, we offer private lessons and, on occasion, leveled classes, mini-series or “Tap Bootcamps.” We require a minimum of four participants to hold small-group technique classes. If you have a group of friends who’d like to get a session started, please contact us and we’ll be happy to see if we can get something scheduled!

Here’s a sample of some of the technique levels we’ve offered in the past:

Tap Technique – Absolute Beginner: For those brand new to tapping, this is where to start. After a methodical breakdown of the basic steps, you’ll drill through a series of exercises to polish each sound. Finish up by piecing together a few short routines.

Tap Technique – Beginner I: Build up from the basics as you practice a variety of technical exercises and apply them to musical concepts. In addition to breaking down sounds, you’ll also travel across the floor and learn short combinations. No experience required, however the pace of instruction is designed to accommodate a range of beginners: brand-new tappers as well as those returning to tap after some time away.

Tap Technique – Intermediate: Time to get dancing! Utilize your tap skills to learn rhythmic phrases and practice them with many different styles of music. Participants should have at least 6-12 months of prior experience and feel comfortable with movements such as fa-laps, shuffles, brushes, digs and time steps.

Love TAP? You might also enjoy our JAZZ or POUND classes.

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