If you believe that tap class is a powerful tool for every dancer, then I am right there with you! When I was growing up, tap class was the only option offered to the preschoolers at the studio I attended. Ballet and jazz were reserved for ages 6 & up, but we could begin tap at 3 years old. It was the first class I took, and it is the style of dance I have loved ever since.
Looking back, it is easy to see all the benefits that tap had on my training, and how tap informed everything I did as a dancer. Tap taught me to:
Did I know any of that, at 3 years old (or even 13 years old, for that matter)? Nope. But I did know this ---
Tap dance made me feel good. Tap dance was something I could feel with my body, see with my eyes, and hear with my ears all at the same time.
In 25 years of teaching, tap has always been on my roster and I have had the pleasure of seeing how tap class has positively affected my students of all ages, in every style of dance that they take. Here are the benefits I've seen, in action!
For preschool age dancers, tap class provides:
For elementary age dancers, tap class:
For middle school and high school dancers, tap class:
Not everyone is going to love tap the way you do (and that's ok!). But I am on the pro-tap bandwagon, because in the same way that classical styles of dance train the body to move well across all dance forms, tap dance has the same power to positively transform the whole dancer (and the whole person, for that matter)!
I am sharing link to the Benefits of Tap poster with you, so that you may share it and spread the love and benefits of tap in your own community. Hang it in your studio or post it on your social media to help promote the benefits of tap!