Growing up I wasn’t a big fan of tap. I mean, I would probably rank it above hip hop… so there’s that. If I’m being honest, I’m really not that bad at tap dancing. It does take me a little longer to remember the combinations and my left foot is slower than my right, but with a little practice I can perform a combination fairly well. Tap was required at my studio in order for me to compete and I’m so glad. Being a well rounded dancer is extremely important to me. And now that I am older, it is a challenge I welcome and accept.
With that being said, I think tap gets kind of a bad rap. I mean, how many “famous” tap dancers can you name? I know dance and I still can only name a handful. Think Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Bojangles, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly. Of course… there’s some Broadway stuff too like the Rockettes and the freaking awesome dancing in 42nd Street like this scene:
There have been some steps to embracing tap dance again – like National Tap Dance Day (May 25), performances on shows like So You Think You Can Dance or World of Dance, and of course HAPPY FEET!
Honestly, though, even with the recent reprise of tap dance in today’s culture there is still this stigma that tap isn’t cool or entertaining. Or maybe, like me, people just think its hard. A great tap dancer is really a musician. They are percussionists who can create rhythms and melodies with their freaking feet! The challenge is never quite comparable to a more traditional dance technique so on shows like World of Dance, tap dancers struggle. But I say, lets bring tap dance back! Ya know… without having to include it in a Beyonce music video. #MakeTapGreatAgain