What the Heck is… “Tap Dancing?”


Tap dancing is a form of jazz dance that gets its name from the special metal plates attached to the ball and heel of the dancer’s shoes. The sounds that these plates make act as percussion that gives tap dancing its distinct sound. Tap dancing has influences from Ireland, Africa and the West Indies. During its hey day in the ’30s-’50s, some of the best revues could be found on the stage, in the theater and eventually in film.


Fred Astaire in Royal Wedding

You know that crazy sound that tap dancers make when they really go at it? That’s called syncopation, which is a music term that describes a variety of rhythms arranged in unexpected beats. Tap dancers make frequent use of syncopation when dancing, which is usually created with a lot of improvisation and can be done with music or a capella.

Now onto the best part! Our favorite tap reviews from White Christmas

…and Singin’ in the Rain!

For more information on tap dancing, check out this great blog!


2 Responses to “What the Heck is… “Tap Dancing?””

  1. 1 Ashley Klinger
    October 14, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Good Mornin’ in my opinion is one of the greatest movie musical numbers, what are some other tap numbers like that?

  2. 2 Allison
    October 21, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Love this post, think it is wonderful! Feel free to check out my blog that focuses on different aspects of tap dance… http://aschueb3616.wordpress.com/.

    I will definitely be coming back to check this out! Great work!

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