6 Reasons to Try Tap Dance
Tap dancing has had a resurgence in recent years, with exciting film musicals like Greatest Showman and Lala Land inspiring dancers of all ages to give this unique style of dance a try. Read on to find out six benefits to learning tap dance!
1. It’s great fun!
In tap you get to stomp your feet, get involved with the music, and create your own loud simple or complex rhythms to perform to – sounds fun right? Unlike other styles of dancing such as ballet, tap dance can be a lot more casual, allowing you to be more free and expressive with your body. In tap you get to perform to all sorts of music (or even a Capella), whether funky and modern, or traditional musical theater classics!
2. Tap improves your balance & coordination
In tap you’re constantly shifting your weight from one foot to the other, or from your toes to your heels. This helps improve your overall balance and coordination, so it’s a dance style
with benefits for young and old alike.
Many of the ankle and foot movements in tap are unique to this style of dance, so even experienced dancers will love the challenge that tap brings!
3. Anyone can do it!
Unlike some other forms of dance, tap doesn’t require you to leap or kick. This means it’s a great option for many students, regardless of age, fitness, or prior dance experience. Whether you’re 7 or 70 you’ll be able to jump into a tap class and pick it up in no time!
4. It’s a workout
Getting up and moving with tap dancing will help to improve your cardiovascular fitness – what an easy way to incorporate some creativity into your weekly exercise regime! Tap dance will also help strengthen and tone those legs and feet,
so consider your weekly tap class a fun form of “leg day”.
5. Tap is just as much a mental workout as a physical one
For both kids and adults, tap dancing is extremely beneficial to cognitive function! It will not only help improve your memory by remembering steps but will also help improve your sense of rhythm and timing. At WAPS our tap classes start from kindly age, and the benefits that this style has on young, growing brains are wonderful to watch.
6. Tap is part dance, part music
Tap dancing is basically like having an percussive instrument strapped to your feet. By taking tap dance, you will give yourself the opportunity to improve not only your dance skills but your musicality too. Concepts like keeping a
steady beat, basic and advanced rhythms, syncopation, counting, and accents are all covered at various levels of tap dancing and are vital to musicians as well as dancers. You’ll find the musical benefits will crossover to any other styles of dance that you learn too!