Beginning Tap Dance With HKPropel Access
Author: Lisa Lewis
Beginning Tap Dance With HKPropel Access introduces students to tap dance techniques and cultivates an appreciation of tap dance as a performing art. Focusing on novice dancers, experienced tap dancer and dance instructor Lisa Lewis offers step-by-step instruction to 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. Related online tools delivered via HKPropel feature more than 70 video clips of tap steps with verbal cues to help students review content from class or learn other beginning steps. It 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 the dance form by detailing its physical and mental benefits. Students 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.
Beginning Tap Dance is ideal to support both academic and kinesthetic learning. Instructions, photos, and video clips of techniques help students practice outside of class. The text and online learning tools 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, modern, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and hip-hop dance that support introductory dance technique courses taught through dance, physical education, and fine arts departments. Each student-friendly text has related online learning tools including video clips of dance instruction, assignments, and activities. The Interactive Dance Series offers students a collection of guides to learning, performing, and viewing dance.
A code for accessing HKPropel is included with all new print books.
Textbook for beginning tap dance students in dance, fine arts, physical education, and general education courses in colleges or universities as well as K-12 magnet arts schools and advanced high school dance programs.
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
Preventing and Treating Common Dance Injuries Maintaining Good Posture
Getting Proper Nutrition, Hydration, and Rest
Chapter 4. Learning and Performing Tap Dance
Languages of Tap
Learning Tap Steps
Learning Tap Technique
Applying Aesthetic Principles to Tap Dance
Preparing for Class Performance Testing
Chapter 5. Tap Dance Steps
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
Chapter 7. History of Tap Dance
English Step Dance
Native American Dance
Artists in Tap Dance
Styles and Aesthetics in Tap Dance