What is Tap? Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. TSD's Tap dance training exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. As TSD students progress through each level, the curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.


As you may know, Tap is a style of American theatrical dance using precise rhythmical patterns of foot movement and audible foot tapping. We at TSD love to share to our young dancers Tap's rich history having derived from the traditional clog dance of northern England, the jigs and reels of Ireland and Scotland, and possibly the rhythmic foot stamping of African dances.

We help our TSD Tappers understand the roots of their dances to, especially Tap, to connect with spirit and natural nuances originally which were intended. A great example of that is Tap's popularity in 19th-century minstrel shows that relied heavily on versions such as "buck-and-wing" (danced vigorously in wooden-soled shoes) and "soft-shoe" (shoes) developed as separate techniques; by 1925 they had merged, and metal taps were attached to shoe heels and toes to produce a more pronounced sound. The dance was also popular in variety shows and early musicals.

Includes beginner through advanced level classes.

Beginner Tap 1 – Ages 4-6 / 0-2 years experience

Beginner Tap 2 – Ages 7-11 / 1-2 years experience

Intermediate Tap – Ages 10-14 / 3-5 years experience

Advanced Tap – Ages 15+ / 5+ years experience

Terry's School of Dance & Gymnastics

8730 Richmond Highway

Alexandria, Virginia 22309


Email: terrysdanceandgym703@gmail.com

Hours of Operation

Monday - 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday & Wednesday - 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday - 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Staff appointments are available on request.