Beginning Tap Dance

Beginning Tap Dance

by Lisa Lewis

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492581802
Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc.
Publication date: 11/15/2018
Series: Interactive Dance Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 136
File size: 9 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

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

Studio Safety

Personal Safety

Basic Anatomy

Basic Kinesiology

Preventing and Treating Common Dance Injuries Maintaining Good Posture

Understanding Fitness

Getting Proper Nutrition, Hydration, and Rest


Chapter 4. Learning and Performing Tap Dance

Languages of Tap

Learning Tap Steps

Learning Tap Technique

Understanding Musicality

Understanding Artistry

Applying Aesthetic Principles to Tap Dance

Preparing for Class Performance Testing


Chapter 5. Tap Dance Steps

Understanding Movement

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

Centre Floor



Chapter 7. History of Tap Dance

Irish Dance

English Step Dance

African Dance

Native American Dance

Minstrel Shows


Motion Pictures

Artists in Tap Dance

Styles and Aesthetics in Tap Dance


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