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Tap in the UK
By Red1980
On Fri May 18, 2012 02:36 AM

Hi,

I have been a keen tap dancer and teacher of the art (including other forms of dance)for a long time. I keep looking on this section hoping for something that is UK based! I know in USA Tapping is massive and I wish it was as big here.

Please say hi if your from either side of the pond but I'd like to see what the tap world is like in the UK currently. My tapping is done in a localised circuit and mainly for shows and exams etc.. I'd love to know of workshops I could bring my tappers to or comps, event days etc... do we even have them?

All replies welcome...

Happy tapping and dancing - Red x

7 Replies to Tap in the UK

re: Tap in the UK
By Laura_H1996
On Sat May 19, 2012 12:42 PM
Hi i'm from the UK and have been doing tap for 11years. I have to agree that there aren't many tap comps, workshops ect. I live in Yorkshire and there are a few festivals, however they aren't specialised in tap. There are many tap workshops down in London, whether you want a beginners one or a more experienced one at Pineapple Dance Studios ect.
Hope this helps :)
re: Tap in the UK
By TheCoachmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Mon May 21, 2012 03:47 PM
I would love to perform in England one day.
re: Tap in the UK
By Dancing_Pigletmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Tue May 29, 2012 07:27 AM
I'm from the UK (Scotland). It's my sons that compete. We only have about 7 festivals a year in Scotland which is a shame and again they are stage festivals not solely tap.

Marnie
re: Tap in the UK
By Ballet_Baibemember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Mon Jul 09, 2012 07:55 AM
Hi, I tap in the UK. I teach and perform but I haven't ever competed in tap, I'm finding that older tappers are dropping out. There's recently been a load of new little tappers starting which was a group of friends where one started then they all did. But all I have are Loads of primary tappers, one grade six and seven adult tappers. Tap seems to be falling from popularity, I think maybe it got hard so they stopped trying which is such a shame. We need to find a way to boost the popularity of tap dance.

BB
re: Tap in the UK
By tapattack
On Fri Jul 27, 2012 01:12 AM
We do workshops around the UK, we tried to take them to different locations so you don't always have to travel to London. We also have a company and an associate training program.
I have spent a lot of time in the states and know tap is so much more popular there but we do have it in the UK and doesn't have to be just grades :)
We have a website and anyone can join our mailing list for details of what we do
re: Tap in the UK
By LunaNyteskye
On Wed Aug 15, 2012 09:31 PM
My DD age 7 does tap. We are in the north east of Scotland. The tap classes at her school are probably the quieter ones, which is a shame as they are great fun and far less rigid than say ballet or highland, which my DD also does.

We have never heard of any tap competitions or workshops up this way. To be honest though, her teacher concentrates mainly on the disco team, so that may have something to do with it.
re: Tap in the UK
By adageacemember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Thu Aug 16, 2012 01:27 PM
I tap in the south of England. There are tap categories at dance competitions around here, and some of our dancers have done very well in them. We also have a couple of girls who're involved in Tap Attack.

A revamped ISTD syllabus is currently being introduced from the bottom up, a couple of grades at a time. It's a lot more 'American' in style, and at our studio at least it's proved very popular among the little ones. I'm looking forward to seeing the higher levels, and might even go back and do some of them for fun once I've got my Advanced 2.

Meanwhile although tap isn't quite the most popular subject at the school, it has a pretty steady flow of students! Most girls who stick around after age 7 or so (the age I've noticed that a lot seem to drop out of dance because they lose the fairy princess infatuation with ballet and things start to get harder) take tap as well as other subjects, though every so often someone will drop it because they struggle too much.

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