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Welcome to our dance school – learn to dance, make friends and have fun.

I am sure that you would agree with me that deciding on the best dance classes for your children in the Harlow area is very difficult.

You have probably been overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of schools out there offering ballet, tap, hip-hop, modern and jazz dance lessons. Not to mention singing and performance classes!

 

Lorraine Hodges Tap and Ballet Dance Teacher Dance Scene Harlow

Hello, I am Lorraine, let me try and save you some time!

If you have a minute, I would like to help make your choice easier by providing key information about Dance Scene.

My aim is to help make it easier for you to commit, we all have enough to do without the added hassle of surfing the web for “the best dance classes in Harlow”!

So welcome to my friendly dance school, where I employ highly qualified, enthusiastic teachers promoting a very friendly learning environment. All staff undergo DBS checks, so your children will be in very safe hands.

“Enthusiastic teachers are here to make sure that you and your children have a fun and enjoyable experience!”

 First thing first -"how do I get my child started?"

The first thing I would suggest is that you bring your son or daughter along to one of our classes, such as ballet, to see if it is what they expected and whether they would like to continue with that class.

If you would like to discuss further you can email me directly by

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You can find our full contact details here. Alternatively, check out our timetable, decide the time and place which suits you and just drop in.

Because, there is absolutely no point spending any of your hard-earned money on dance clothing, tap or ballet shoes etc. until you know for sure that joining a ballet or dance school is really for your child.

You won't have to travel far if you are in Harlow or the surrounding areas

We have been teaching dance classes for many years at two great venues in Harlow. The Churchgate Primary School, Hobbs Cross Road, Harlow and the fantastic dance studios within Harlow College, Velizy Avenue, Harlow.

Established in Harlow for many years we are here to help make dancing dreams reality and of course, to have lots of fun! Providing dance classes in Tap, Modern, Jazz, Street and Ballet for many years.

More recently we have added Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Singing and Piano lessons to our repertoire. So we are not just about dance classes! Drop me an email for more information.

In summary, if your child wishes to start dancing - here's my advice:

 

1.  or phone me for a more detailed chat;
2. or check our timetable and drop in (maybe worth a call to double check we’ll be there);
3. Come along and try some classes for free;
4. Sign up for further lessons or additional dance classes in person, when you meet us and have seen how cool our dance school is.

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Find out for free!

Find out exactly what's involved before you fully commit to a full term of dance classes.

Lorraine Hodges 07711 745193
Kate Tozer   07843 274221

Kids will gain a fantastic grounding in dance

Our teaching methods give a fantastic grounding in all aspects of dance, many of our students go on to further education in dance and performing, and enjoy great success.

Your kids will love our ballet and tap School, we think we're the best in the Harlow area and bet you will too!

Excellent ballet and tap exam success rates

Every year our students have excellent success rates with  "Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing" (ISTD) ballet, tap and modern examinations.

There are many Ballet and Tap Dance Schools to choose from in the Harlow area and you will ask Google: "who provides the best ballet or tap dance classes for children in my area?"

Rest assured, our experience, vast range of dance classes and friendly welcoming atmosphere will really impress on you and your children. We know that you will definitely want to stay! Come and try us out!

Offering classes in hip hop, commercial, ballet, tap, contemporary, modern and jazz with regular performances and as mentioned ISTD exams during May/June each year.

In 2016 our ballet students enjoyed a 100% exam success rate!

 

Each and every child should be given the opportunity to thrive and achieve to the very best of their abilities. Every dance student deserves to have equal opportunities and experiences.

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"Helping create a new generation of dancers "

Students are encouraged to try various dance styles

Prospective students are always encouraged to try different dance styles and classes to make sure that they join the lessons most suited to them and experience as much diversity as possible.

Your children may really want to try tap dancing, but have they ever tried ballet, modern or jazz styles of dance.

Try our classes Before You Buy!

 

You may decide that you would like your kids to learn more than one style of dance, as many of our students do. With this in mind, we have always offered the first dance classes free of charge.

If you need to know more, feel free to contact either Kate on the mobile number provided or if you prefer to, send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you very soon!

A diverse range of dance classes.

Ballet lessons are one of our most popular classes, however, we provide access to a diverse range of dance lessons and classes, including hip-hop, street dance, ballet, modern, theatre performance and tap.

Recently we added some more diverse performing skills including piano and singing coaching.

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Our classes are extremely friendly, social events. Whether you would like to get fit, try out a new hobby, or even make some new friends; our school will suit you down to the ground.

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We put on regular dance and singing performances

There is a huge amount of interest in ballet and tap dance classes in Harlow at present.

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The current trend has been driven and inspired by the dancing shows on TV such as Got To Dance, Ashley Banjos Secret Street Crew, and Strictly Come Dancing.

We produce at least one major performance every year to show off the hard work and effort all of our students and teachers have put in throughout the year.

You can watch our under fives and primary ballet classes performing in our last show "Dance It Out!" by clicking here.

In 2014 our show was called “First Impressions” was presented at the Glass box Theatre, Harlow College.

"One of the most important aspects of dance is the performance and we love to give students as many opportunities to perform, in front of family and friends, throughout the year as possible."

 

Often we are asked, for example, to put on a few little performances at the Churchgate School fete in the summer.

This has always been a lovely way to showcase our exemplary students. We also enter local competitions such as Rhodes Got Talent at the Rhodes Center, Bishops Stortford and Evoke Dance Competition, Chelmsford.

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Fantastic venues

We are very lucky and thankful that we are able to run our dance lessons from two fantastic venues in Harlow.

We teach ballet, tap and more from the new and exclusive dance studios in the Harlow College on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

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Our classes at the Churchgate School are on Wednesday evenings and during the day on Saturdays. Check our timetable for more details, or contact us on the phone numbers provided.

If you are seriously looking for the best ballet and tap dance school in Harlow Essex, your search is over. You will be delighted with our friendly, inclusive school!

Our dance school is in easy reach of Harlow and surrounding villages

As we have said, we have two fantastic venues in Harlow for our dance lessons. So if you are in Matching, Bishops Stortford, Sawbridgeworth, Little Hallingbury, Nazeing, North Weald Bassett, Moreton, Sheering, Hatfield Broad Oak, Matching Green, Roydon, Church Langley, Hoddesdon, Stanstead Abbotts, or Thornwood our dance school is ideally located for you.

Some students travel as far as Chelmsford to get to our dance school and attend classes!

So: "Why don't you come and join us !-?-!"

 

"Which is the best dance school in my area?"

 

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About Lorraine Hodges

Lorraine-Hodges-Dance-Scene-TeacherLorraine Hodges has been teaching for 30 years in Harlow Essex and the surrounding areas. Her vast experience in Ballet, Tap, Modern and National has given many students the opportunity to train as dancers from 18 months to adult! Lorraine started out with Brenda Taylor school of dance in Harlow.

Many students have gone on to vocational performing arts colleges and are having very successful dance careers.

Lorraine trained at The Arts Educational School in London where she gained her professional teaching qualifications.

Lorraine’s career started as a professional dancer. Her professional credits include various pantomimes in the UK as well as being dance captain on various touring shows.

Lorraine founded Dance Scene to share her experience and knowledge of dance with everyone who comes through her doors from children to adults.

One of Lorraine’s greatest achievements is her adult tap class that she has been running for 30 years and it’s still going strong!

Lorraine Hodges ISTD DDE

07711 745193

lorraine@dancescene.me.uk

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Jazz Dance Lessons

The Swing, the Jitterbug, and the Boogie Woogie

A brief article on the Jazz style of dance, our Jazz dance lessons are designed to suit all ages and levels of ability.

These are all classic and familiar types of dances classified under the popular Jazz dance.

Characterized by its fun and energetic moves, it is a type of dancing wherein each dancer’s original style and individuality is showcased as they execute and interpret steps in their own manner and fashion.

A melting pot

 

The Jazz dance is a melting pot of various dance styles and techniques and has been influenced by a broad range of dance forms ever since its birth.

This is due to the fact that throughout its history, it usually evolves and develops in parallel to popular music.

Harlow Dance Scene provides all the necessary facilities and resources to ensure that you can accomplish your Jazz dance goals.

It was only during World War I that the term “Jazz” was coined to describe a certain style of music and dance.

Jazz dance’s unique history

The Jazz dance’s unique history however originally stems from the African American vernacular dance, before the 1950’s, when the African slaves were brought to America on ships.

Dances in Africa during that time were done in celebration to the different life cycles such as birth and death, puberty and marriage.

From the young to the old, they all utilized dance as a form of expression of their cultural beliefs.

The beats were set by various drums, chimes, string instruments, reed pipes and other percussion instruments for the dancers.

Permission to dance

Despite being captured, the Africans carried on with their expression through dance. During the slaves’ travel, they were given permission to dance so that they would remain fit, and this continued until they arrived on American soil.

It was in New Orleans, Louisiana, the center of the southern slave trade, that the dance form developed along with jazz music in the early 1900s.

Needless to say it was the black Americans who lead the jazz movement and through jazz dance lessons it spread like wildfire throughout the country.

Dances such as the Boogie Woogie, the Jitterbug, and the Charleston began to develop.

From the 1930’s to the 1960’s

Jazz dance evolved from its original vernacular form to a type of dance that required a highly trained dancer.

It was in this period that choreographers from ballet and modern dance experimented and incorporated the jazz style to their performances.

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Choreographers such as Agnes de Mille, Jack Cole, and Michael Kidd influenced jazz by instructing dancers that are highly trained to perform a fixed set of movements,.

Straying away from the original colloquial form that came from New Orleans.

No jazz dance performer isn’t familiar with the name .

This is because he is one of the greatest influences of jazz dance.

Born in 1911, this choreographer and theatre director is sometimes even referred to as the father of jazz dance.

Jack Cole Jazz Dance Lessons Harlow Dance SceneHis contribution of various ballet-based movements and theatrical expressions became the foundations of contemporary jazz dance.

Another great name in jazz dance is Bob Fosse.

Influenced by the work of Cole, he himself had a great influence in the growth of the style by the latter part of the 20th century.

As a young dancer, he refused to conform to the stiff forms of ballet, causing him to integrate hunched shoulders, inward turned knees and a sensuality that is burlesque-inspired into his choreography.

The use of bowler hats, chairs and canes often characterized his unique style.

In the time that the jazz dance was developed, European dance, known for its stiff upper body, was poles apart from the African American’s social dancing that was characterized by a looser, more relaxed and fluid type of dance.

Here are a few types of jazz dances that were developed and became popular among its audience:

 The Black Bottom

The name of this type of jazz dance was earned from the act of slapping the bottom during the dance.

Either danced in as solo or as a couple, performers hopped back and forth, stomped their feet and gyrated their pelvises while slapping their own bottoms.

This dance became popular in the early 1920’s and originated in New Orleans.

 The Cakewalk

Developed in the days of slavery, Cakewalk was the socially accepted manner in which slaves made fun of their owners (other names for this dance included “chalkline-walk” or the “walk-around”).

These dances were in fact performed in the master’s house and were sometimes even held as a competition.

Winners received cake as the reward, hence the name “cakewalk.” The slaves were required to line up in a straight line, and the person who had their turn should mimic their master or other aristocrats.

By the 1920’s, this style had died out.

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The Charleston

Another jazz dance that became popular in the 1920’s, this style is still being performed until this day.

It is named after the harbor city of Charleston, South Carolina in which the rhythm was made popular in the United States by a song called “The Charleston,” composed by pianist James P. Johnson.

It is characterized by its basic step wherein the feet is being pivoted in and out while the knees are being straightened and bended.

From foot to foot, the weight is shifted, and the foot without weight is being kicked out at an oblique angle.

The Jitterbug

The Jitterbug is associated with other types of swing dances including Jive, the Lindy Hop and East Coast Swing. In the 20th century, “Jitterbug” was used as a slang to refer to alcoholics who suffered a case of the jitters.

Swing dancers performed without any knowledge or any control of the dance, and in pop culture, the jitterbug was generalized as a type of swing dance.

The Boogie-Woogie

Under the classifaction of the Jitterbug, the term Boogie-Woogie is used in Europe mostly, whereas in the United States it is called the East Coast Swing.

Dance Scene Logo Harlow Ballet ClassesIn the 1950’s, the Boogie Woogie would have been the people’s “rock’n’roll.” It may be danced to a musical style called boogie woogie, however it is more commonly danced to different kinds of rock music.

It is in general a fast swing style that involves feet flying, stomps, hops and jumps.

In other parts of the world the boogie woogie is usually in danced as a competition, but in Europe it is performed as a social dance.

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Throughout the years, jazz dance has become one of the most popular forms of dancing.

It can be seen in so many movies, TV shows, commercials and music videos. Because of its fun and animated moves, it is no wonder that people are highly entertained when watching jazz dance.

So come and join us in our Jazz dance lessons in Harlow, give it a try.

Lorraine Hodges:       07711 745193    lorraine@dancescene.me.uk

Kate Tozer:                 07843 274221    kate@dancescene.me.uk

 

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As we have said, we have two fantastic venues in Harlow. So if you are in Matching, Bishops Stortford, Sawbridgeworth, Little Hallingbury, Nazeing, North Weald Bassett, Moreton, Sheering, Hatfield Broad Oak, Matching Green, Roydon, Church Langley, Hoddesdon, Stanstead Abbotts, or Thornwood we are ideally located for you.

Come and join us!

Modern Dance Classes

cropped-IMG_93041.jpgHere at Dance Scene Harlow Essex we provide modern dance lessons for all ages and ability levels, this includes our modern dance classes.

Modern dance discipline

 

Modern dance is a discipline that started to flourish and thrive in the 20th century. Changes brought about by world events like wars, communism, and dictatorship, year after year, decade after decade, resulted to choreographers and dancers alike seeking for new disciplines to further express their inner selves.

It is solely a term to distinguish it from classical dances. It may often be mistaken as ballet since both have the same soft and gentle movements but in actuality, ballet and modern dance are two different disciplines.

Modern dance is less structured and formal compared to ballet. Ballet focuses on leaps, kicks, and specific hand movements. Modern dance on the other hand centers on drops, recovery and lingering near the floor.

 

Who knows yourself better other than you?


Most often the not, in doing the modern dance, the choreographer is the same with the dancer. This happens since this dance focuses on emotions, psychological state, and passion. Who knows yourself better other than you? 

Modern dancers need to create their own techniques and style to express their feelings. They have to draw out the emotions from within, hence the self choreography.

Though a choreographer is needed for dancers in pair or in group. This is to have a third person perspective to ensure that dancers will not bump into each other causing chaos instead of art. That dancers would have proper blocking and placing while executing their choreography freely.

Stage orientation

Another factor that differentiates modern dance from ballet is the stage orientation. Ballet usually follows the conventional style of facing the audience while keeping a stiff posture and specific hand positions.

Most of the time ballet dancers enter the stage or start moving as soon as the music starts or when the curtain rises. As soon as the music stops, their routines stop as well. Modern dancers on the other hand assume multiple dimensions on the stage. From the floor, to mid air, even up to carrying their partner up in the air.

They also turn at different directions, even to a point that they have to turn their back to the audience. They may start their dance from any part of the stage.

They may also end their dance anywhere in the stage. While ballet tends to defy gravity with its leaps, kicks, twists, and turns, modern dance is very distinguishable with its sudden drops or falls.

That is why this discipline encourages male dancers to join as it also involves lifting.

Modern dance classes are very versatile

Regarding music, modern dance is very versatile that it can be danced in almost any kind of music.

From classical, to ballad, even up to modern or pop music. The tempo of the music does not matter even. So long as it goes back to the basic discipline of conveying emotions.

For some, even the absence of music or a pin drop silence serves as the “music”. Choice of music, just like the dance, doesn’t have a specific rule.

It is also not necessary that movements should be parallel with the rising and the dropping music.

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For the costume, to connote freedom, most of the dancers prefer to dance barefoot. Some opt for foot undies for extra support.

For the top, flowing sheer material (like that of Greek sculptures) is used, for the dancers to freely move their torsos and arms.

Some dancers settle on tights for it is more comfortable for them. Leggings for both male and female are also used for extra support for floor movements. Just like the dance, no strict rules on costume.

At Dance Scene in Harlow we encourage this diversity in our performances, including our last show at the Play House Theatre, First Impressions. You can see some examples of this on our YouTube channel.

 

Development of modern dance

Some of the remarkable names for the early part of the development of modern dance include Isadora Duncan and Mary Wigman.

Isadora Duncan, from an American descent, was born May 27, 1897. She started her career as early as six years old.

Though she was an American, majority of her career in dance and choreography was spent in Europe.

She broke convention by making her own discipline, Greek culture inspired. In fact, she was known for dancing in long flowing Greek robes.

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Expressionist dance

Mary Wigman, a German, was born on November 13, 1886. She was known for expressionist dance.

She was regarded for not using shoes in dancing. She went to New York to spread her discipline and she got noticed right away by some communist dance troupes there. She died at the age of eighty six.

Martha Graham is one of the notable names of late modern dance. She, together with other modern dance choreographers did not stop in developing the dance.

She went back to basic movements done by humans such as breathing, turning, and walking. She integrated those natural movements with the dance and made it into actions for modern dance.

Also, the drop and the recovery from the fall was incorporated.

Why should you go into modern dance?

Aside from self expression, modern dance lessons have a lot of benefits for the dancers, the choreographers, and the audience.

Dancing in general is a calorie burner. For modern dance, with the drops, recovery, and lifting, burning calories is faster. It also promotes good balance especially those who dance in pair.

It is a skill and an art at the same time. Since you have to keep your balance in modern dance, your posture becomes better unknowingly.

All in all, modern dance promotes strength for upper and lower body, better stamina, and higher endurance. Just like any other exercise, it is very beneficial to your health.

Since you will look good, you will also feel good. For the audience, watching a dance full of emotions and feelings would actually help them be relaxed more.

Also, it draws out that liberating feeling of just moving freely.

Liberate yourself

When should you start? Now! Start as soon as possible. Liberate yourself from the emotional baggage that’s stopping you from expressing yourself.

This type of dance will bring you closer to yourself and your emotions.

Who can do the modern dance? Everyone except for those with physical conditions that are specifically prohibited due to medical reasons.

Everyone can do the modern dance. It can be done by both male and female of all age and all walks of life. That’s how flexible modern dance is.

So contact us by phone, text or email and come and join us:

 

Lorraine Hodges:       07711 745193    lorraine@dancescene.me.uk

Kate Tozer:               07843 274221    kate@dancescene.me.uk

 

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As we have said, we have two fantastic venues in Harlow. So if you are in Matching, Bishops Stortford, Sawbridgeworth, Little Hallingbury, Nazeing, North Weald Bassett, Moreton, Sheering, Hatfield Broad Oak, Matching Green, Roydon, Church Langley, Hoddesdon, Stanstead Abbotts, or Thornwood we are ideally located for you.

Come and join us!

Basics of Tap Dancing Classes – Dance Scene Harlow

Tap Lessons – The Basic -An Introduction

Tap dancing lessons, an indigenous dance form, usually in complex, syncopated rhythms and executed audibly with the toes and heels of the feet in specially designed shoes.

Dance Scene here in Harlow Essex provides classes for students of all abilities, don’t be put off if this all seems to complex, we’ll soon have you creating a real dance fusion!

Learning how to tap dance shares similarities to learning a new language. Often when first learning a new language, one starts by learning the alphabet of that language — we will do the same thing here for tap dance.

Here are the essentials of tap dancing a beginner should know about.

Dance Scene in Harlow Essex has available great resources and facilities to ensure that any class you join will give you the best possible chance of success, no more so than tap dancing, and that’s from toddler, to adult.

1. Step

Place all of your weight on the ball of the foot striking the floor. Heel does not touch the floor (sneaking it down with no sound is ok).
A Step as one of their first tap steps, because it is something that most of us do daily – that is, walk.

The two keys to tap dance are weight and rhythm. Learning a Step teaches you the ultimate basics in both of these concepts.

Only the ball of the foot comes down on a Step (the heel should not touch… that is a different move.)

Another important concept on this one is to make sure that you fully commit your weight 100 %instantly when you do a Step.

People think doing a Step is super easy, and it is – but, what gets people in trouble is establishing bad habits on tap basics, such as gradually shifting your weight to the other foot, rather than shifting it over instantly.

2. Touch

Touch the ball of your foot to the floor, making a sound. No weight is placed on your foot. Heel does not touch the floor.

A Touch is basically Step’s cousin. This is same as a Step, except you don’t put any weight onto your foot.

That means a Touch stays on the same side – if you did eight Touches in a row, they would all be with the same foot you started with.

To execute a Touch, pick one foot up and touch the ball of the foot to the floor. Sound simple? It is!

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3. Ball Change

Here two steps squished together into one count. Heel does not touch the floor on either sound. Rhythm can be straight or swung.

A Ball Change is used quite often in tap dance. To execute a Ball Change, you Step twice, either R-L (right foot, then left) or L-R (left foot, then right), and you do this very quickly.

The rhythm usually depends on whether the music is ‘swung’ or ‘straight’.

4. Hop

Standing on one foot, a Hop is executed by jumping into the air and landing on the same foot you were standing on. One sound (the sound occurs when you land). Heel does not touch the floor.

There are a couple of very specific rules about Hops that I will discuss here.

(1) You must take off and land on one foot–the same foot you took off from returns down to the floor. So—as an example, if you are standing, pick up your right foot.

(That means you will be standing on your left foot).

To do a Hop, jump into the air (doesn’t have to be a big jump, should stay close to the floor—but make sure your foot leaves the floor), and when you return to the floor, land on the same foot—the left foot.

(2) Hops should land with only the ball of your foot touching the floor. This gives a cleaner sound. Cleaner sounds = better tapping.

(3) Hops should stay low to the ground (while still leaving the ground). This allows you to stay in control of the step, rather than having the step control you.

5. Leap

Standing on one foot, a Leap is executed by jumping into the air and landing on the opposite foot you on which you were standing.

One sound (when you land). Heel does not touch the floor.

The main and really only difference between Hops and Leaps is, with a Leap, you land on the opposite foot off which you jumped.

I think Leaps are trickier than Hops in some ways, simply because most people have done more Hops than Leaps in their childhood. You will learn more at our tap dancing classes.

6. Step Heel

As the name implies, you do a Step, and then a Heel. Usually this is done within the same count of music.

A Heel is also known as a Heel Drop and the two terms are used interchangeably.

Two sounds. Heel touches the floor on the second move (the Heel Drop).

7. Shuffle

Here two sounds are made with the ball of the foot with a dropping and lifting motion of the leg. Sounds complicated, we’ll make it simple when you come along to our tap lessons.

One sound occurs on the way down, and one on the way up. Heel does not touch the floor.

A Shuffle is probably the most famous and widely-used tap step out there. It is essential for dancers to have good Shuffles in order to be a good tap dancer.

When first learning Shuffles, your motion will probably be too big. Your leg and foot will probably be doing a lot of work that, later on, will ideally turn into less and less work.

When first learning Shuffles, many teachers teach a ‘front to back’ Brushing motion with the foot.

8. Flap

Two sounds, both made with the ball of the foot. You place your weight on the second sound of the Flap.

Ballet dancer A basic way to think of this step is as a Brush forward with the ball of the foot, and then you Step onto it. Heel does not touch the floor.

As you do your Flaps, think about focusing not on your ankle or foot, but on your knees, and really try to straighten your leg all the way.

A straight leg is a relaxed leg, and we want to stay relaxed in tap. Relaxation = less effort = faster sounds. Tension = effort = slower sounds.

9. Flap Ball Change

As the name implies, it is small grouping of two basic steps: a Flap followed by a Ball Change. 4 sounds need to be produced here. Heels do not touch the floor.

Flap Ball Change is a tap essential comprised of two basic building blocks.

The building blocks in this step: Flap and Ball Change, have two sounds each, for a total of 4 sounds.

The rhythm on Flap Ball Change should be identical: the Flap should sound exactly, or close to exactly, like the Ball Change.

Flap Ball Changes travel. If you do a bunch of them, you will most likely travel across the floor.

The step can be done in place, but we do not see this often. A Flap Ball Change exercise is a great ‘across the floor’ exercise for dancers. At our tap classes we’ll explain more.

It is used commonly in combinations.

10. Paddle

4 sounds need to be produced here. A speed step made up of 4 basic steps; all four sounds are made with the same foot:

(1) Heel Dig (heel touches floor with no weight),

(2) Back Brush,

(3) Step,

(4) Heel.

Another way to break this step down is Scuffle, Step, Heel.

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A Paddle is a speed step. Meaning, we want to do this step very fast. That is when it is most impressive.

More important than going fast, however, is learning Paddles correctly, and then building up speed after that.

11. Stamp

Full foot is brought to the floor, weight is placed on your foot. Both the heel and ball taps hit the floor at roughly the same time to create one sound.

Stamps are another tap essential and, like several other steps, deceptively tricky to get right.

Placing your foot down with a full foot (meaning, the entire foot hits at once) sounds easy, right?

Well, the #1 error that I’ve seen when students are learning Stamps is that many people end up bringing their foot down flat, creating a THUD kind of sound, rather than a nice ring sound that fills up the room.

12. Stomp

Full foot is brought to the floor, no weight is placed on your foot. Both the heel and ball tap hit the floor at roughly the same time to create one sound.

Stomps, like Stamps, are another tap essential, and for many people are a bit trickier to master than Stamps.

All of the rules and tips for Stamps apply to Stomps.

The only big difference between the two is that Stomps do not take your weight.

Meaning, when you bring your foot to the floor, don’t put your weight on it. Stamps take your weight, Stomps do not.

For more information on Dance Scene’s Tap dancing lessons in Harlow, Essex, contact us:

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As we have said, we have two fantastic venues in Harlow. So if you are in Matching, Bishops Stortford, Sawbridgeworth, Little Hallingbury, Nazeing, North Weald Bassett, Moreton, Sheering, Hatfield Broad Oak, Matching Green, Roydon, Church Langley, Hoddesdon, Stanstead Abbotts, or Thornwood we are ideally located for you.

Come and join us!

 

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