Professional dancers sure make tap dancing look easy. And if you are just starting out you can become easily discouraged if not given some quality direction and advice. Just remember that every professional dancer started with no experience as well. And with some determination, and these easy to follow beginner tips below, you can be dancing like Fred Astaire in no time.
Wear comfortable tap shoes
When you’re starting out you don’t need to have top-of-the-line shoes, but you do need comfortable and well-fitted tap shoes. Specialty dance stores can help you find the appropriate size and style for your foot size and type, or ask your dance instructor for a recommendation.
Focus on your legs
Many people think that the tap steps are produced mostly from the ankles but your legs should be doing most of the work. Instead, relax your ankles and let your feet follow your legs.
Start with the basics
As a beginner, it’s best to start with the beginner moves first and then graduate to more advanced moves when you have mastered the basics. The ball heel and shuffle are two of the first dance moves that you should learn.
Produce slow combinations
First, focus on individual tap steps and slowly move into the combinations. If you move into the combinations too quickly the sounds will blend together instead of forming clean flowing sounds.
Balance on the balls of your feet
When distributing your weight in tap dancing, you should be balancing on the balls of your feet and leaning slightly forward. This way your centre of gravity remains in the middle so you can easily move between the steps.
Tap dance isn’t just about moving to the music, it’s also about creating sounds in time with the music. Focus on learning timing and finding the rhythm of the music when you dance.
Find the right class
Each dance studio is different, so make sure to do enough research to find the right class for your skill level and needs. Also, you should review your dance instructor’s qualifications, and make sure they have both the experience and training that’s necessary. When you take classes at a reputable, established dance school, you can trust that the instructors are fully qualified and up to the task.
Watch famous tap dancers
Watching the pros can help you learn better techniques. Also, it can help you pick up new dance moves and get a feel for the way your body should transition throughout the movements.
The more you practice, the faster you will be able to pick up the steps and advance to the next level. Practice at least three times a week for optimal results.
Tap dance is both fun and rewarding, but it takes a lot of work to become a professional dancer. Follow these beginner tips, stick with it and you will be surprised at how quickly you can be up and dancing like the pros.