Tap is a style of dance characterized by the sound of the metal tap striking the floor. Tap utilizes rhythm, syncopation, and sound in addition to movement. An emphasis is placed on musicality, expression, and improvisation. Adult/Teen tap is offered in three levels; class placement is determined by skill level and students may repeat levels until they have achieved mastery. Adult/Teen classes may choose to perform in the annual recital. Registration is offered as a standard (year) offering or on a drop-in basis.
This class is a wonderful entry or reintroduction to dance for teens and adults who have little tap experience or who have not taken a tap class since their youth. Dancers will learn basic rhythmic tap skills, and terminology. Dancers will participate in warm up, center, and traveling exercises. Fundamentals such as balance and general alignment are also introduced at this level. (No prerequisite.)
This class is an extension of our tap program for those who have more extensive experience. Complex combinations are added to the warm up and traveling exercises. Musicality and phrasing are emphasized, as are clean sounds and proper body alignment. Our adult/teen tappers may choose to perform in the annual recital. (Dancer should have completed Beginner Tap or have permission of the instructor to register.)
Musicality is stressed while teaching the student to count their sounds between the beats to create more complex rhythms. More intricate variations are added at this level. As the complexity of the steps increases, it is necessary for the student to focus on body alignment to maintain balance and build strength. (Dancer should have completed Advanced Beginner Tap or have permission of the instructor to register.)
Prerequisite: See class descriptions.
Ages 13 - Adult
Any sort of leotard/t shirt and jazz pants/athletic pants.
Hair must be tied back off of the face.
Any type of tap shoe. In the past, many participants have chosen to wear black, lace up tap shoes (oxfords). Black, lace up tap shoes are typically chosen if the class opts to perform in the annual recital.
Offerings in Ballet, Jazz/Hip Hop, Modern, Tap, and Senior Tap.
Seasonal offerings for dancers at all levels in multiple styles.
An audition only team that competes at regional and national dance competitions.
The West Windsor Plainsboro Dance Company provides opportunities for seasonal performances beyond a traditional recital.