It’s name comes from the tapping sound made when metal plates on the dancer's shoes touches a hard surface. Because tap dancers use their feet like drums to create syncopation - rhythmic patterns and timely beats - they are also considered a percussive musician. They can improvise by following the beats from music, but many dance a cappella. Their are many forms of tap dancing. “Rhythm tap” is used by hoofers who dance primarily with their legs, making a louder, more grounded sound. Clogging involves double-time stomping and steps executed with the body held straight and upright. Clogging is performed to the downbeat of the music, usually with the heel keeping rhythm.
Tap dancing has also always been very popular around the world. From Spanish flamenco dancers to Stomp dancing in Ireland tap dancers perform in many shows, festivals, and tv dance competitions like So You Think You Can Dance.
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