Tap dance is one of the most enjoyable and rhythmic forms of recreational dance. Tap is excellent for developing a sense of rhythm, coordination and musicality and children have great fun making different sounds with their feet!
Children's Tap is taught following the syllabus of the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing), one of the world’s leading dance examination boards.
Students from 3 years can learn Tap. At this age Tap is combined with Ballet in our Preparatory Ballet & Tap class and from 5-6 years in Pre-Primary Ballet & Tap. From 7 years, children can progress to individual classes and follow the grade system. The Grades (from Primary) have been devised to provide a worthwhile sense of achievement for children and young people who dance for recreation and for children hoping to pursue a career in dance.
Children wishing to take Grade exams must attend at least two classes a week in the term before their exam.
Dance classes are unlike schools, students do not move up a grade once a year, but when they have achieved the knowledge, safe understanding and developed the necessary skills and performance quality.
Age ranges are always just guidelines for dance classes. Students will be placed in the perfect class for them to reach their full potential after their class trial.
Although children are offered the opportunity to take exams, there is no pressure and students can just dance for the love of it!
Having dance uniforms encourages students to develop a sense of pride and belonging. It also ensures all children are equal and allows the teacher to clearly see how the body is working in order to safely teach and guide the dancer.
Children are expected to have proper uniform if they are to be entered for ISTD examinations. Students are not expected to come in the correct uniform right away but must be in the correct uniform by their second term.
Adults are not expected to wear a particular uniform, wear what you feel comfortable in but make sure it’s not restrictive.
Please visit Damsell Dancewear for all uniform, dancewear and accessories. Damsell is a friendly, family run business located on Farsley Town Street and will give professional help and advice.