Primary Tap

Information for boys & girls over 6 years

Please note: if you are enquiring for more than one child, you will need to complete and submit separate forms for each child.

Tap 2

Children from around 7 years with experience in tap dancing, and complete beginners aged 8 and 9 years, can join our energetic and funky Primary tap classes.  Building on what they have learned in Preparatory and Pre-Primary tap, children develop correct stance, musical timing and the ability to dance a given number of steps in a sequence.  We focus on clear and rhythmic beating, coordination and nurturing a sense of performance.

Our students have the opportunity to enter ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance) class examinations.  The teacher accompanies a group of three or four children into the examination for support and reassurance, but is not permitted to join in or lead the children in any way.  The children must have a complete knowledge of the steps and exercises, and be able to recall them from memory. Students can study tap up to ISTD Advanced 2 level.

For Primary tap classes, it is compulsory to learn another genre of dance to help with strength, placement and understanding of line.  Please refer to the ‘Class Times’ bar below to view linked classes.

Class Times

Saturday 3.30-4.15
4.15-5.00
Studio 2&3 Grade 1 modern (Ia)
Primary tap (a)
Saturday 1.55-2.40
2.40-3.25
Studio 2 Grade 1 modern (1b)
Primary tap (b)

Please note: breaks will be supervised and will take place in the waiting room

Uniform

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
  • Roch Valley black leather tap shoes with laces or Tappers & Pointers black leather tap shoes with velcro fastening and standard ball and heel taps

Uniform notes for girls 

  • If very cold, girls can wear tights but must be convertible (i.e. feet can pull up over ankles) so can have bare feet for modern
  • 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 standard 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.

Fees

30 minute class £66 12 week term
45 minute class £80 12 week term
60 minute class £102 12 week term
75 minute class £124 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