Tap sometimes gets a weird reputation. People think it’s a strange dance form, they might find it on the kitschy side, and it feels like a dance form of long ago — not something that’s current in the dance world.
K2 Dance Studios is here to dispel fact from fiction, and to debunk the myths that surround tap dance classes. We offer ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and, of course, tap classes for a variety of levels, for anyone to enjoy. Learn more about tap, and sign up for dance classes with K2 Dance Studios in Corona!
Myth #1: Tap is old-school.
Many people think of tap as something performed by Fred Astaire and other dancers of old, in black-and-white musicals that happened several decades ago. While tap did get its roots in the United States a long way back (more on that in a minute), it’s a dance form that, like anything, has evolved and can absolutely stay relevant. For some fun inspiration, check out this video of a high-energy tap routine to the Prince classic “When Doves Cry.”
Myth #2: Tap was created only for musicals.
Tap has some pretty historic and amazing roots. It’s believed to have influences from African tribal dances, as well as jigs and dancing from Great Britain. However, most historians agree that tap became popular from dancer William Henry Lane (stage name Master Juba) during the minstrel scene of the mid-19th century. He was one of the first African American dancers to perform with a white troupe, which was a bit of a historic first. Most troupes at the time did not allow dancers of color to join.
From there, tap continued evolving alongside jazz, making it “part of America’s social fabric,” as written by Karen Frances Eng in a TED Fellows piece.
Myth #3: There are cooler forms of dance than tap.
Truth is, none of those “cool” types of dance would exist if it weren’t for tap dancing. As reported in the TED Fellows article, “In the 1930s, tap dancers would gather on city street corners to trade steps and challenge one another, in a precursor to the B-boy battles of later decades.” Hip-hop and breakdancing drew a lot of inspiration from the origins of tap.
Myth #4: Tap is challenging to learn.
Every dance class is going to have its challenges when you’re first starting out, but that’s true with everything new that needs to be learned. But in terms of other forms of dance, tap is known as being one of the fun dance classes to take. Tap is one of the only dance types where you get to make sounds while using your body as a percussion instrument. Plus, whereas other dance forms (specifically ballet) focus a lot on technique and form, tap has a little more versatility.
Myth #5: Tap shoes are expensive.
They’re a different shoe than what people are used to wearing, it’s true, but that doesn’t make them expensive. You could likely find a pair for under $30 to bring to dance class!
Myth #6: You should know other dance forms before trying tap.
No matter where you’re at in your dance experience, you can start tap. And specifically at K2 Dance Studios in Corona, we meet with each student before they take their first lesson to see where their skill levels are at. Our dance instructors do this to ensure that each student is placed at an appropriate level, where dance classes are not too challenging, but not too easy, either.
Whether you’ve been curious about tap for awhile, or it’s a dance form that’s started to pique your interest, our dance studio is the perfect place for you to bust out the tap shoes! Contact K2 Dance Studios to get started.