Frequently Asked Questions
I want to try a tap class before buying special shoes, what should I wear?
You can lend shoes from us free of charge, size availability permitting, or you can wear your own shoes so long as they have a reasonably firm sole with a flat or very low heel.
What clothes should I wear to a class?
We recommend you wear something comfortable that you can move in. Some suggestions are; jogging bottoms, jazz trousers, leggings, t-shirts.
How old do you have to be to attend a tap class?
Anyone can tap from 3 years old and upwards, our adult classes have an age range from 16 years old and upwards beyond 60.
Do I need any previous dance experience to start tap?
It is not necessary to have previous dance experience. Although we recommend you start at a beginners level if you have never tap danced before.
Do I have to participate in shows and public performances?
We encourage all our students to participate in shows and public performances for experience and enjoyment. However, we understand it is not for everyone and there are other ways to be involved should you want to be.
How much are classes and do I have to pay for a term in advance?
Our adult classes are £5 cash for a 1 hour class on a pay as you go basis, our beginners classes are payable by the half term, but you are welcome to come along and try the class and pay for 1 week to decide whether you like it or not. Anyone who attends more than 1 class a week can pay weekly. Please check our classes page for up to date information.
Where is the best place to buy tap shoes from?
Any good dancewear retailer or online, it is helpful if you can try them on first. The online store 'Dance Direct' has a good selection of 'Bloch' and 'Capezio' tap shoes at www.dancedirect.com just click on Footwear. We hold a selection of rentable tap shoes which you could try on to give you an indication of make and size.
What type of tap shoes should I buy?
If you are new to tap we recommend a low heel black leather shoe with adjustable heel and toe taps. If you are used to wearing higher heels you can opt for an Oxford shoe or a shoe with a cuban heel. Please don't hesitate to contact Tracy if you would like any further help and advice.