I decided to come up with this list of great things about tap dancing to share with anyone who might be considering taking a tap class. If anyone would like to add more “great things about tap” please feel free to do so by posting a comment below! Without further delay: Here is the list!

  1. Tap dancing is a lot of fun! – Have you ever watched any of the great tap dancers perform? They always look as though they are having the time of their life. That’s because they are. When I teach tap classes, I try to keep them from becoming too serious. Time and time again I have seen that the students that allow themselves to relax and have a good time do better in the class than those of us that are too serious.
  1. It will help you lose weight! – Everything about tap dancing is aerobic, whether you are learning it or performing. It takes energy and concentration to execute all of the sounds and movements in time with the music. Let’s face it…legs are not the lightest parts of the body…in fact, they are often the heaviest.
  1. It develops your balance! – Since becoming a tap dancer I have noticed that I am more able to maintain (and regain) my balance. When you first start taking classes, one of the most important things you do is start balancing yourself on the balls of your feet. Doing this while executing the other movements is a little tricky at first, but in time you will see a noticeable difference in your balance.
  1. You’ll learn to keep rhythm with your entire body! – This is a skill that is useful, not only for dancers, but for musicians, and athletes as well. Many famous boxers have taken up tap dancing to further develop their timing and coordination. The same can be said for many musicians…particularly drummers. In fact, many tap dancers are also skilled drummers.
  1. You get to dance and make music simultaneously! – This is one of the things I love most about tap. With most other dance forms, you are dependent upon some external source for the music. This is not true for tap as the visual and auditory elements are combined. In tap you can take the musical ideas in your head and communicate them through your feet.
  1. It’s an American Art Form! – I am fond of saying that tap dancing could not have been born anywhere but here in the good old U.S. of A. It was the interaction of Irish, African, English, and Native American influences that led to the creation, over time, of this beautiful art form. It also grew up alongside another American art from…jazz!
  1. It can aid you in learning many other dance forms! – Who has more complex footwork than a tap dancer? Tap dancers use our footwork to create sound which has to be executed with precise timing to be correct. Training as a tap dancer develops the communication between the brain, legs, and feet. This ability is a key to learning about every other form of dance…especially those with swift footwork!
  1. It’s mysterious! – I can imagine that you are wondering what that even means. Let me explain…I did not start tap dancing until the age of 19 (Ten Years Ago). Thus, I can still remember what it was like to see people tap dancing and have no idea of how they were making those sounds. To me, it was like magic! Maybe this one doesn’t impact you, but it certainly impacted me.
  1. You can express yourself! – True of tap and any other form of dance. Dance is a way of expressing yourself. You can sometimes say things with a step or a combination that you are unable to express with words.
  1. It relieves stress! – Remember that old advice about punching a pillow when something upsets you? Tap allows you to strike the floor instead! Ok, not quite the same thing. As stated earlier, tap is a form of expression. As you study it, you will find that tap steps and combinations can have moods and ideas associated with them. This can be an excellent way to relieve stress through expressing those emotions!

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  • September 16, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    Tap dancing combines the visual and the auditory senses in ways some other dances don’t. (Ballet, for example, is mostly visual–the auditory part of the dance comes from the music that is played.) With tap, you don’t always need a mirror to tell you whether you are doing it right during practice time. Your own built-in percussion section lets you know.

    Some of us, as “auditory learners,” really appreciate this percussive quality in tap dancing. This is probably why as a child I looked forward to tap-dancing on TV more than almost anything else. I even waited for a certain cold-medication commercial to come on because it featured a team of girls in rainwear tap-dancing and singing about how important it was to “take good care of yourself.” Unfortunately, the commercial was cut down to a shorter version after the first few airings. Why? I have no idea!!

  • September 16, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    Someone needs to post that commercial to the Internet somewhere!

    Tap dancing is unique in that sense! I like to say it’s twice as entertaining as any other form of dancing.

  • October 21, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    tap dancing is fun. i did tap dancing before.

  • November 22, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    Tap dancing is a good way to build bone and prevent osteoporosis. Bone requires a weight bearing activity in order to stimulate the building of more bone. Tap is something you can continue or begin into your senior years. I dance with a vibrant group of women in their 70s and 80s who are a testament to this. And most importantly, tap brings out a feeling of joy in the heart!

  • January 17, 2008 at 6:09 am

    Tap dancing has become the number one hobby for me! I´m a musician, pianist, and I see many similarities in playing the piano and in tap dancing. The rhythm shoul really be IN the body in both art forms, and also to be able to play or dance fast you must be relaxed. So you must learn to know your own body, and that´s where these two art forms help each others! I warmly recommend to everyone, and besides, after having started tap dancing I feel that I enjoy my whole life much more!!!

  • January 19, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks Marja… Tap Dancing does is similar to playing music in many ways. In fact, I often find that students with a musical background have an advantage on those with a dance background in my tap classes!

    Thanks for contributing.

  • October 29, 2010 at 1:09 am

    I am a dancer; dancing is my life. These 10 reasons for tap dancing are spot on, and this is why I dance as much as I do. The first reason is definitely one of the most important ones, that it is a lot of fun. This is an obvious reason that most people could see by watching someone tap dance, and I’m not saying that it is not important, but as we go down the list there are ones that stand out to me more.
    One of those is number 10; that it relieves stress. As a high school student, I am very busy and find myself getting stressed more and more as the week goes on and the work pile up. Tapping, and other forms of dance, help me to break through this stress, and escape from the world for a little while. Also, it is so true that tap is a perfect was to get out your stresses. I mean, who doesn’t want to stomp around when you are angry, but as a tap dancer you can do that in a cool rhythm.
    Then there are number 2; that it helps you to lose weight. This is a very true statement and I am a perfect example. A couple years ago I gained a lot of weight and was out of shape. Then I started tap dancing, and dancing in general, more intensely every year until I got to the point I am at today where I have lost nearly all the weight that I gained.
    Number 7 says that it can help you learn many other dance forms, and I know that this is true from experience. When I first started dancing I caught onto tap pretty quickly and really started to understand rhythm, music, dance, and how my body moves. Then I really started to branch out and I found that the dance and the determination that tap helped me learn translated to other forms and helped me to start to pick those up quicker than I would have without tap.
    Then we get the most important reason, and that is number 9, that you can express yourself. Dance, especially tap, is the only way that I feel i can express who I truly am without any worries about what people think of me. Tap dance, and all forms of dance and other arts, are perfect outlets for any expression, and that is a necessity in everyone’s life. Having a place you can go where you can just be who you are without others pulling you down are so important, and tap dance is a great place to be able to do that.
    Tap is challenging is so many ways, difficult rhythms, moves, speeds, and musicality, but it is such a rewarding experience. Once you start you will be hooked and these 10 reasons sum up the reasons why this happens perfectly.

  • October 29, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Awesome reply Mumble…thank you for contributing!

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