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Beginning Tap Dance eBook With Web Resource

Beginning Tap Dance eBook With Web Resource


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    As part of the new Interactive Dance Series that includes resources for ballet, tap dance, modern dance, and jazz, we bring you Beginning Tap Dance. This book helps students learn tap dancing and appreciate it as a performing art. Lisa Lewis, an experienced tap dancer and dance instructor, focuses her book on novice dancers. Her step-by-step instruction will help beginning tap dancers match the beat of their enthusiasm to the rhythm of their feet!

    Designed for students enrolled in introductory tap dance courses, Beginning Tap Dance contains concise descriptions of exercises, steps, and techniques. Featuring more than 70 video clips of tap steps with verbal cues, the web resource helps students review content learned in class or other beginning steps. The web resource also contains learning features to support and extend students’ knowledge of tap dance, including assignments, e-journaling prompts, tests of tap dance terminology, a glossary, and links to further study.

    The book introduces students to the dance form by detailing its physical and mental benefits. With Beginning Tap Dance, students also learn about etiquette, proper attire, class expectations, health, and injury prevention for dancers. After basic dance steps are introduced, tap steps are presented in groups with one, two, three, and four or more sounds. Chapters also introduce students to the history, major works, artists, styles, and aesthetics of tap dance as a performing art.

    As teaching tools, Beginning Tap Dance and the accompanying web resource support both academic and kinesthetic learning. Instructions, photos, and video clips of techniques help students practice outside of class. The text and web resource complement studio teaching by providing historical, artistic, and practical knowledge of tap dance plus activities, assessments, and support in skill acquisition. With Beginning Tap Dance, students can learn and enjoy performing tap dance as they gain an appreciation of the dance form.

    Beginning Tap Dance is a part of Human Kinetics’ Interactive Dance Series. The series includes resources for ballet, tap, modern dance, and jazz that support introductory technique courses taught through dance, physical education, and fine arts departments. Each student-friendly text includes a web resource offering video clips of dance instruction, learning aids, assignments, and activities. The Interactive Dance Series offers students a guide to learning, performing, and viewing dance.


    Primary textbook for beginning tap dance courses in dance, fine arts, physical education, and general education programs in colleges or universities as well as K-12 magnet arts schools and advanced high school dance programs.

    Table of Contents

    How to Use the Web Resource

    Chapter 1. Introduction to Tap Dance
    Defining Tap Dance
    Benefits of Studying Tap Dance
    Basics of Tap Class
    Expectations and Etiquette for Students
    Structure of Tap Class
    The Learning Process
    Appreciating Tap Dance as a Performing Art

    Chapter 2. Preparing for Class
    Dressing for Class
    Foot Care and Personal Hygiene
    Carrying Dance Gear
    Selecting Tap Shoes
    Preparing Yourself Mentally and Physically

    Chapter 3. Safety and Health
    Studio Safety
    Personal Safety
    Basic Anatomy
    Basic Kinesiology
    Preventing and Treating Common Dance Injuries Maintaining Good Posture
    Understanding Fitness
    Getting Proper Nutrition, Hydration, and Rest

    Chapter 4. Learning and Performing Tap Dance
    Languages of Tap
    Learning Tap Steps
    Learning Tap Technique
    Understanding Musicality
    Understanding Artistry
    Applying Aesthetic Principles to Tap Dance
    Preparing for Class Performance Testing

    Chapter 5. Tap Dance Steps
    Understanding Movement
    Foot Positions and Symbols
    Locomotor Movements With Even Rhythms
    Locomotor Movements With Uneven Rhythms
    Basic Dance Steps
    Tap Steps With One Sound
    Tap Steps With Two Sounds
    Tap Steps With Three Sounds
    Tap Steps With Four or More Sounds

    Chapter 6. Developing Tap Technique
    At the Barre
    Across the Floor
    Centre Floor

    Chapter 7. History of Tap Dance
    Irish Dance
    English Step Dance
    African Dance
    Native American Dance
    Minstrel Shows
    Motion Pictures
    Artists in Tap Dance
    Styles and Aesthetics in Tap Dance

    About the Author

    About the Author

    Lisa Lewis, PhD, is an associate professor in the health and human performance department at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. Originally from North Carolina, Dr. Lewis started her professional dance training under master teachers Mallory Graham and Danny Hoctor, and later she studied in New York City under the legendary jazz teacher Frank Hatchett and tap professional Maurice Hines at Hines-Hatchett studio (currently Broadway Dance Center). Dr. Lewis developed online tap dance components for beginners while instructing tap dance at Middle Tennessee State University.


    Beginning Tap Dance Web Resource offers more than 70 video clips of tap dance instruction plus verbal cues to support acquisition of tap dance skills. This online tool includes assignments and prompts for e-journaling, glossary terms with and without definitions, a quiz of tap dance terminology, and links to further study. Designed for university, college, and K-12 fine arts magnet school learning environments, the web resource offers supplemental, interactive instruction to support students in learning to perform, understand, and appreciate tap dance as a performing art.

    All ancillary materials for this text are FREE to course adopters and available online at