By definition: Tap dance is an example of a non-partnered dance that is generally choreographed, with one or more participating dancers. A rhythmical tapping sound is attained by the dancer from the small metal plates on the dancer's shoes. It is in his way that the dancer also becomes a percussive musician. Tap dance is often characterized by syncopation and improvisation. Tap can also be performed without music, known as ‘Capella’ dancing. The nature of the tapping in this style of Tap is more leisurely and smooth, and there is generally an element of humour within the dance routines. JAM begins tap for children at age 5.
Ages 5-7: Any style leotard, jazz shorts, jazz pants, sweats or legging, black Mary Jane tap shoe with buckle, NO BOWS (no preferred brand). Hair must be up in a pony tail or pulled off of face.
Ages 8 and Up: Any style leotard, jazz shorts, jazz pants, sweats or legging, black tie tap shoe (no preferred brand). Hair must be up in a pony tail or pulled off of face.