Tap dancing has been around since people could move their feet. Born out of African culture in America, the fun, expressive dance grew in popularity during the jazz era. This theatrical dance is fun to watch, hear, and do. The added benefit is that it is a great way to add exercise to your life that doesn’t feel like a chore. Looking to learn tap dancing? Metroplex has plenty of locations where you can tap your feet to a different beat.
Contemporary Ballet Dallas
5400 E. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 821-2066
www.contemporaryballetdallas.com

Whether you are a child or an adult, Contemporary Ballet Dallas has a tap dancing class for you. For children, they offer six different levels. Starting from first grade going through to adult, children are taught technique and performance skills. They learn alignment, coordination, flexibility, strength, endurance and rhythm. For adults, the classes help improve articulation of steps at a faster pace from beginner to intermediate and, in advanced tap, adults learn how to improve in your technique and rhythm, as well as increase the speed of the execution of your techniques.

Ms. Patti’s Dance Classes
3204 Skillman St.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 341-1023
www.mspattisdance.com

Held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Dallas between Mercedes and Monticello streets, Ms. Patti’s Dance Classes are a fun way to learn tap dancing. Ms. Patti has been a dance instructor in the Lake Highlands/Lakewood neighborhoods for over 25 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the field of dance and helps children and adults feel at ease in learning tap dancing. Her students learn coordination, get some exercise and might even enjoy a laugh or two.

Gotta Dance
3131 Custer Road
Plano, TX 75075
(972) 769-0017
www.gottadanceplano.com

Gotta Dance offers lessons to children at little as age 3. Classes for 3- to 4-year-olds are combination classes that consist of 30 minutes of pre-ballet and 30 minutes of tap. This helps plant the seed of expressive movement, coordination and discipline. There are eight more levels for children all the way up to age 18 and then there are adult classes. The dress code is relaxed so that adults can feel comfortable trying something new without the concerns of stringent dress requirements.

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Toby’s School Of Dance
635 W. Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 235-0514
www.tobysdance.com

According to Toby’s School of Dance, the quickest and surest way of developing coordination and rhythmic ability is through tap dancing. Through their classes, they have reported that children that are trained in tap dancing develop self-discipline, are better enabled in math, sports, and social activities. Toby’s offers fun pre-school combination classes and that continue through into the adult classes.

Park Cities Studios
7979 Inwood Road
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 357-8888
www.parkcitiesdance.com

Park Cities Studios offers combination ballet/tap dance classes for children ages 3 to 5. For adults there are a variety of fun, high-energy classes that provide a great workout while learning coordination and rhythm. Through incorporating African-American and Irish-American folk dances to create contemporary American musical theater, students learn coordination and rhythm while enjoying a challenging and engaging workout.

Dance Axiom
1009 Cheek-Sparger Road
Colleyville, TX 76034
(817) 957-1040
www.danceaxiom.com

Dance Axiom offers beginners to advanced classes for children and even offers a hip hop/tap combo class for 5- to 7-year-olds. For parents that want to revisit their days as a youth, Dance Axiom offers drill team classes twice a month.

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