Tap is an exciting form of dance in which dancers wear special shoes equipped with metal taps. Tap dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats. The term “tap dancing” is derived from the tapping sound produced when the small metal plates on the dancer’s shoes touch a hard floor or surface.
Tap dance has roots in dancing such as the Irish step dancing, English Lancashire Clog dancing, and Juba Dance. It is believed to have begun in the mid-1800s during the rise of minstrel shows.
Tap dance has its roots in both Irish step-dancing, and black slave dances, such as the Juba. During the early slave trade in America slave-holders began to panic when it was discovered that Africans could communicate with each other – over long distances and in code – through the use of drums. Drums were subsequently banned, however African-Americans held on to their traditional rhythms by transferring them to their feet and so tap was born.By the mid-nineteenth century, African-Americans had combined their footwork with Irish clogging steps to create a style called “buck and wing.” which became Modern Tap Dance.