Tap dancing is a fun form of dance where you make sounds and rhythms with your feet by wearing specialist tap shoes with metal on the heel and toe. The dance style originates from a variety of places – the American African Jazz age, Irish Jigs, English Clog Dancing, etc. It became popular when danced by Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in numerous famous musicals. Tap has been revamped recently by shows like Stomp and Tap Dogs.
Pupils at Spotlight Birmingham start off in Beginner Tap and progress through the tap grades to professional performance and teaching examinations.
Spotlight pupils —including those from Birmingham — have experienced great success in tap. They have appeared in professional productions of 42nd Street (Alexandra Theatre) and have been accepted onto a variety of prestigious tap training programmes most notably the famous Tap Attack company.
Spotlight Stage School has won the 9 Years & Under Tap Group world title for the last 3 years at the Dance World Cup; Romania (2015), Jersey (2016) and Germany (2017), as well as gold and bronze medals for Tap Quartets in all age groups.
Government-recognised tap exams are offered with the International Dance Teacher’s Association (IDTA). The vast majority of pupils from Birmingham gain the top Honours / Distinction mark. The top mark received by a Spotlight pupil is 96% which is shared between Nathan Parkinson & Sophia Tejero. Pupils have been nominated for numerous tap scholarships due to gaining some of the top marks in the country for their examinations.