Tap Grade Classes

Tap 1

From around 7 or 8 years, children with the right dance experience can start to work towards ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance) Graded examinations.  Students without previous tap experience can join Grade 1 Tap from about 10 years.

In all classes, we encourage the children to develop artistic quality and musical awareness, alongside learning correct technique and improving strength, flexibility and stamina. Children who show outstanding potential, may be asked by the Principal to commence work on Major examinations (beyond Intermediate Foundation) alongside continuing working through the ISTD Graded syllabi.

Students can study tap up to ISTD Advanced 2 level.  Rhythm is fundamental to tap dancing, and students are encouraged to develop a good musical understanding and neat, clear beating derived from correct technique.  Tap is introduced at Preparatory level to develop a basic understanding of rhythm and timing.  Tap classes continue alongside modern at Pre-Primary, Primary and Grade 1 levels (with the exception of boys focusing on modern and street dance only).

Then, to reach their potential in tap, it is essential that children in Grade 2 tap and upwards also learn modern (and commercial / street  dance) and / or ballet (and National) in order to develop the necessary strength, coordination and understanding of line.

Prospective students with previous tap dancing experience will need an assessment to find an appropriate level class. The assessment fee is £10 for Grades 1-4 and £15 for Grades 5+. Please bring relevant examination reports.

Class Times

Please refer to our timetable for class days and times for various levels.

Uniform for Grade 1 Tap

Girls Uniform

  • ISTD ‘Molly’ style by Roch Valley in lavender cotton lycra (not RAD or Katz)
  • ‘Nicky’ style crossover by Roch Valley in lavender cotton lycra 
  • Pink ballet socks
  • Katz ‘character’ or ‘buckle bar’ tap shoes in black with teletone ball and heel taps

Uniform notes for girls 

  • Vests and pants should not be worn under the leotard
  • After an initial period of half a term, your child must be wearing correct uniform
  • Long hair should be neatly tied back in a pony tail
  • Any hair band should match the leotard and should be kirby gripped on otherwise the band will slide off
  • Any hair elastic should match hair colour  
  • No jewellery allowed (including earrings)
  • Dance shoes should not be worn outdoors
  • Please ensure your child’s name is on each piece of clothing

Boys Uniform

  • White Royal Academy of Dance leotard or plain white vest/tight fitting t-shirt
  • Black shorts
  • Short white ballet socks
  • Boys black leather tap shoes with laces and teletone ball and heel taps

Uniform notes for boys

  • After an initial period of half a term, your child must be wearing correct uniform
  • No jewellery allowed (including earrings)
  • Dance shoes should not be worn outdoors
  • Please ensure your child’s name is on each piece of clothing

Where to get the uniform

Most uniform items and all dance shoes must be purchased from a specialist dance shop.  ‘Duo Dance’ in Herne Hill is the closest – 020 7274 4517.  

‘Dancia’ in Covent Garden and ‘Julienne’ in Beckenham also stock some items of our uniform.

Uniform for Grade 2 Tap

Girls Uniform

  • ISTD ‘Molly’ style by Roch Valley in lavender cotton lycra (not RAD or Katz)
  • Black cotton lycra leotard by Capezio – own choice of style but without crossed straps (only required for examination)
  • ‘Nicky’ style crossover by Roch Valley in lavender cotton lycra
  • Pink ballet tights without seam 
  • Black hipster bootleg jazz pants by Tappers and Pointers and black socks (only required for examination)
  • Katz ‘character’ or ‘buckle bar’ tap shoes in black with teletone ball and heel taps

Uniform notes for girls 

  • Pants should not be worn under the leotard
  • After an initial period of half a term, your child must be wearing correct uniform
  • Long hair should be neatly tied back in a pony tail or other suitable style for tap dance
  • Any hair band should match the leotard and should be kirby gripped on otherwise the band will slide off
  • Any hair elastic should match hair colour  
  • No jewellery allowed (including earrings)
  • Dance shoes should not be worn outdoors
  • Please ensure your child’s name is on each piece of clothing

Boys Uniform

  • White Royal Academy of Dance leotard or plain white vest/tight fitting t-shirt
  • Black Jazz pants or trousers
  • Dance support
  • Black socks
  • Boys black leather tap shoes with laces and teletone ball and heel taps

Uniform notes for boys

  • After an initial period of half a term, your child must be wearing correct uniform
  • No jewellery allowed (including earrings)
  • Dance shoes should not be worn outdoors
  • Please ensure your child’s name is on each piece of clothing

Where to get the uniform

Most uniform items and all dance shoes must be purchased from a specialist dance shop.  ‘Duo Dance’ in Herne Hill is the closest – 020 7274 4517.  

‘Dancia’ in Covent Garden and ‘Julienne’ in Beckenham also stock some items of our uniform.

Uniform for Grade 3 Tap Plus

Girls Uniform

  • Black cotton lycra leotard by Capezio – own choice of style but without crossed straps
  • Black cotton lycra crossover
  • Black hipster bootleg jazz pants by Tappers and Pointers
  • Black socks
  • Capezio ‘premier’ tap shoes in black

Uniform notes for girls

  • After an initial period of half a term, your child must be wearing correct uniform
  • Long hair should be neatly tied back in a pony tail or other suitable style for tap dancing
  • Any hair band should match the leotard and should be kirby gripped on otherwise the band will slide off
  • Any hair elastic should match hair colour  
  • No jewellery allowed (including earrings)
  • Dance shoes should not be worn outdoors
  • Please ensure your child’s name is on each piece of clothing

Boys Uniform

  • White Royal Academy of Dance leotard or plain white vest/tight fitting t-shirt
  • Black Jazz pants or trousers
  • Dance support
  • Black socks
  • Capezio ‘premier’ tap shoes in black

Uniform notes for boys

  • After an initial period of half a term, your child must be wearing correct uniform
  • No jewellery allowed (including earrings)
  • Dance shoes should not be worn outdoors
  • Please ensure your child’s name is on each piece of clothing

Where to get the uniform

Most uniform items and all dance shoes must be purchased from a specialist dance shop.  ‘Duo Dance’ in Herne Hill is the closest – 020 7274 4517.  

‘Dancia’ in Covent Garden and ‘Julienne’ in Beckenham also stock some items of our uniform.

Please ensure your child’s name is on each piece of clothing.

Fees

30 minute class £64 12 week term
45 minute class £78 12 week term
60 minute class £99 12 week term
75 minute class £120 12 week term

Please note, the following additional fees:

  • Annual membership (Autumn term – all current students) – £10
  • Registration fee (Autumn Term  – new students) – £10
  • Registration fee (Spring Term – new students) – £7
  • Registration fee (Summer Term – new students) – £5

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