Beginning Tap Dance introduces students to tap dance technique and assists students in cultivating an appreciation of tap dance as a performing art. This text details etiquette, class expectations, health, and injury prevention for dancers. It also covers history, major artists, styles, and aesthetics. An accompanying web resource supports learning with more than 70 video clips.
As part of the new Interactive Dance Series that includes resources for ballet, tap dance, modern dance, and jazz, we bring you Beginning Tap Dance. This book helps students learn tap dancing and appreciate it as a performing art. Lisa Lewis, an experienced tap dancer and dance instructor, focuses her book on novice dancers. Her step-by-step instruction will help beginning tap dancers match the beat of their enthusiasm to the rhythm of their feet!
Designed for students enrolled in introductory tap dance courses, Beginning Tap Dance contains concise descriptions of exercises, steps, and techniques. Featuring more than 70 video clips of tap steps with verbal cues, the web resource helps students review content learned in class or other beginning steps. The web resource also contains learning features to support and extend students’ knowledge of tap dance, including assignments, e-journaling prompts, tests of tap dance terminology, a glossary, and links to further study.
The book introduces students to the dance form by detailing its physical and mental benefits. With Beginning Tap Dance, students also learn about etiquette, proper attire, class expectations, health, and injury prevention for dancers. After basic dance steps are introduced, tap steps are presented in groups with one, two, three, and four or more sounds. Chapters also introduce students to the history, major works, artists, styles, and aesthetics of tap dance as a performing art.
As teaching tools, Beginning Tap Dance and the accompanying web resource support both academic and kinesthetic learning. Instructions, photos, and video clips of techniques help students practice outside of class. The text and web resource complement studio teaching by providing historical, artistic, and practical knowledge of tap dance plus activities, assessments, and support in skill acquisition. With Beginning Tap Dance, students can learn and enjoy performing tap dance as they gain an appreciation of the dance form.
Beginning Tap Dance is a part of Human Kinetics’ Interactive DanceSeries. The series includes resources for ballet, tap, modern dance, and jazz that support introductory technique courses taught through dance, physical education, and fine arts departments. Each student-friendly text includes a web resource offering video clips of dance instruction, learning aids, assignments, and activities. The Interactive Dance Series offers students a guide to learning, performing, and viewing dance.
How to Use the Web Resource
Chapter 1. Introduction to Tap Dance
Defining Tap Dance
Benefits of Studying Tap Dance
Basics of Tap Class
Expectations and Etiquette for Students
Structure of Tap Class
The Learning Process
Appreciating Tap Dance as a Performing Art
Chapter 2. Preparing for Class
Dressing for Class
Foot Care and Personal Hygiene
Carrying Dance Gear
Selecting Tap Shoes
Preparing Yourself Mentally and Physically
Chapter 3. Safety and Health
Preventing and Treating Common Dance Injuries Maintaining Good Posture
Getting Proper Nutrition, Hydration, and Rest
Chapter 4. Learning and Performing Tap Dance
Languages of Tap
Learning Tap Steps
Learning Tap Technique
Applying Aesthetic Principles to Tap Dance
Preparing for Class Performance Testing
Chapter 5. Tap Dance Steps
Foot Positions and Symbols
Locomotor Movements With Even Rhythms
Locomotor Movements With Uneven Rhythms
Basic Dance Steps
Tap Steps With One Sound
Tap Steps With Two Sounds
Tap Steps With Three Sounds
Tap Steps With Four or More Sounds
Chapter 6. Developing Tap Technique
At the Barre
Across the Floor
Chapter 7. History of Tap Dance
English Step Dance
Native American Dance
Artists in Tap Dance
Styles and Aesthetics in Tap Dance
About the Author
Primary textbook for beginning tap dance courses in dance, fine arts, physical education, and general education programs in colleges or universities as well as K-12 magnet arts schools and advanced high school dance programs.
Lisa Lewis, PhD, is an associate professor in the health and human performance department at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. Originally from North Carolina, Dr. Lewis started her professional dance training under master teachers Mallory Graham and Danny Hoctor, and later she studied in New York City under the legendary jazz teacher Frank Hatchett and tap professional Maurice Hines at Hines-Hatchett studio (currently Broadway Dance Center). Dr. Lewis developed online tap dance components for beginners while instructing tap dance at Middle Tennessee State University.