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Beginning Tap Dance With HKPropel Access

Beginning Tap Dance With HKPropel Access

$57.95 CAD


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    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

    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


    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.