Even though it is not everyone’s favorite genre of dance, tap dancing is a gorgeous, fun, and valuable member of the dance family. The skills learned in tap dancing can be applied to many other genres of dance, and the small habits developed through tap dancing can make other genres of dance easier to perform.

Improve Ankle Shape

Tap dancing, of course, requires a lot of focus on foot movement and strength, and because of this, a developing tap dancer will begin to develop highly coordinated and strong ankle muscles early in their tap career. This is useful to all dancers because increased strength alongside the careful attention to small movements and rhythms also required of tap dancing allows dancers to make more precise movements. Regardless of a dancer’s focus, tap dancing will give them increased agility and a keener ear for moving their feet in time with the music.

Poise and Symmetry

Because a tap dancer primarily dances with their feet, they have to learn to pay more careful attention to their arm movements than dancers whos arms are already incorporated into their routines and combinations. This focus will allow dancers with focuses in other genres to incorporate graceful movements more easily and with less effort.

Balance and Coordination

In order to move quickly and efficiently when performing highly rhythmic tap moves, tap dancers have to have impeccable coordination and balance. One misstep will not only ruin tap dancer’s form, but it will also disrupt the rhythm they have put in place with their steps. A dancer with a focus in other genres but knowledge of tap dancing will be more coordinated and balanced because of this and less likely to misstep even when performing complicated maneuvers.

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Veronica Good has been with Showstopper Magazine since 2016. When she isn't keeping you updated on the latest trends, she is at home with her many pets or probably playing The Sims 4. Veronica has a BA in English and an MA in writing from Coastal Carolina University. She is also a writer of fiction and poetry, and her work can be found in Archarios, Tempo, and Scapegoat.