Tap dance is a style that uses the sounds of tap shoes striking the ground as a form of percussion and timing. The sound is made by shoes that have metal taps on the heel and toe. Each part of the shoe makes a particular beat and sound, allowing the dancer’s foot and shoe to essentially act as a drum. The two variations of Tap are Rhythm (Jazz) and Broadway. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the Jazz tradition. Meanwhile, Broadway tap focuses on dance, and is widely performed in musical theater.
Tap dancing is a fun style of dance that anyone can learn, regardless of previous dance experience. The benefits of tap dance include increased cardiovascular conditioning, strength, flexibility, and coordination.
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