Rich in American history! Tap dancing originated with African-American slaves determined to hold onto their traditional drumming rhythms - by transferring those rhythms to their feet. Later, Irish and British clogging was added to these intricate foot rhythms creating a style called "Buck and Wing", and then with the influence of jazz dance, would later evolve into what we now call "Modern Tap Dance".
Tap dancing or "Clack It", as we call it here at Studio Sharise, is a fun-filled way to develop rhythm, co-ordination, balance, style and musicality! And is necessary to the development and versatility of the Musical Theatre student!
Students will learn to understand, to hear, and produce rhythmic patterns necessary in tap dance. Student improvisation, exploration and choreography are encouraged, and steps and rhythms are combined to create fun and exciting tap routines.
We offer excellence in tap training through the Adapt syllabus and the Al Gilbert technique. The technique that Valerie Rockey from SYTYCD Season 11, Mallory Hagen, Miss America 2013, and some of today's top Tap Choreographers all have in common - and which allows students the holistic approach to training with our hear, say, see and do method of learning.
Students age 7+ start in our Foundations Class.
Once a student is approved, they may audition for our Professional Training Program
The Broadway Dance Elite Program
Students who are serious about their dance training and are committed to pursuing their personal best, will enjoy the challenge of our intensive Broadway Dance Elite Program. Dance Elite students with 2 or more years of training at Studio Sharise (or upon approval) participate in our Performance Awards Program
furthers the skills of the tap dancer
Dancers pursue their personal best in our professional
Dance Elite Program
Round out your training in our DRAMA CLASSES