Updated: Aug 5, 2021
Tap dance is steeped in history. American masters such as Harold Nicholas (The Nicholas Brothers), Chuck Green, Jimmy Slyde, Sandman Sims, Leonard Reed and Bill Robinson shaped the dance form into what it is today. Tap dance is very much an oral and demonstrated tradition with skills, steps and choreography passed from teacher to student for generations. There is a certain reverence for the masters that motivates and inspires students even today. The legendary Shim Sham Shimmy has been done by tap dancers for over one hundred years… and still entertains and inspires those who see it as it did in Vaudeville times.
Tap dance is music making. It makes you smarter. Tap dancing consists of learning rhythm patterns. Learning and memorising patterns is a great workout for your brain. And it’s all math. Repeating, reversing and counting the rhythm patterns reinforces math concepts that younger students are learning in school. And for the adults and seniors… we all know that mental exercise promotes healthy brain activity and can help ward off disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. So get tapping!