What is Tap?

Tap dance is a uniquely American art form, with roots in African, Irish, and English dance forms. Before it was known as "Tap" dancing, earlier varieties of percussive dancing using wooden-soled or soft shoes began appearing on stages in the 1800's, featuring prominently in minstrel shows, before gradually coalescing into the metal-soled style that exploded in popularity on vaudeville stages and, later, the big screen. Today, the art form has evolved in technique, style, and variety to become a versatile and sophisticated form of percussion and dance. Whether your inspiration is Fred Astaire or Gregory Hines, Eleanor Powell or Chloe Arnold, our Tap program will get you started on the right (or left) foot!

Listed below are the Tap classes we offer. We don't always offer every class, so make sure to check the Class Schedule to see what is offered each session.

Class Instructors: 

Classes We Offer

Tap 1a/b

(Tap 1a and 1b can be taken in either order.) An introduction to the basic techniques, focusing on Shuffles, Flaps, Paddle Rolls, Riffs, and Cramp Rolls. Emphasis on repetition, introducing some variation and alternation toward the end of each session. This class is best suited for the complete beginner or anyone wanting to brush up on their basics.

Tap 2a/b
Tap 1a AND 1b

(Tap 2a and 2b can be taken in either order.) Expands on the basics introduced in Tap 1, focusing on increasing speed and variation. Introduces buffalos, drawbacks, timesteps, and basic combinations.

Tap 3
Solid, consistent execution of material in Tap 2a AND 2b

For the intermediate tap dancer. Introduces turning techniques, open/closed thirds, pullbacks, and timestep variations. More complex combinations and rhythms.


915 E Pine
2nd floor
Seattle WA 98122
Century Ballroom
(206) 324-7263

The Tin Table
(206) 320-8458