From Fred Astaire to Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, some of the greatest tap dancers of all time have probably inspired you to give tap dancing a try. But you’ll quickly notice that even though the greats make it look simple, there’s a lot more to tap dancing than meets the eye. If you want to get better at this type of dance, try out these tips:
- Relax your ankles—It may feel awkward to let your ankles go loose when you’re tap dancing, especially if you’re trying to keep up with the music. But in order for you to get those complex moves, you have to relax your ankles and let your feet do all the hard work.
- Go slow—If you’re struggling with a particular combination, take it slow. Start by doing each individual step on a very slow basis. Then, speed things up gradually as you get more comfortable with each move.
- Keep the rhythm—Tap dancing is all about rhythm, and you want to keep up with the rhythm as you dance. Listen to the music before you get started to determine what the rhythm is, so you can have it in your head before you get started.
- Take a class—Just like with a lot of skills, the best way to get better at doing something is to take a class. If you’re new to tap dancing, or you want your child to try tap dancing, contact us at Carolina Dance Capital to find out more about our tap dancing classes.