age 4 years

Monday 4:30 - 5:10p.m. | Ms. Sara
Tuesday 6:15 - 6:55p.m. | Ms. Emily
Thursday 5:00 - 5:40p.m. | Ms. Lindsay

Little movers can make some NOISE in this class with special tap shoes! Dancers can instantly become a percussive musician through the metal taps on their toes and heels, and have fun learning rhythms and patterns of tap dance. The other part of the class will be spent dancing like a ballerina, with soft flowing arms and graceful feet. Dancers will learn the introductory steps of both Tap and Ballet. A step up from "Creative Movement" class, this class is just for 4 year olds, who are ready for a little more technique. They will begin to link more steps together for short dances, develop coordination, and the poise of a dancer's posture. Special dance games, activities, and songs similar to the Creative Movement class will continue to make learning new movement especially fun for these curious preschoolers! 
The adult who takes a 3-4 year old to class is required to stay in our waiting area in the hallway during the 40-minute class to be available for your little on should they need assistance going to the restroom, etc. Thank you! 

While all our other dance classes do not require shoes, our Tap Combo classes are the only ones that need a special shoe.
As we aim to make finding tap shoes as easy as possible for you, here are a few ways to acquire your shoes for this class:

1). Buy gently-used tap shoes through West Active for $10.00 - $12.00. Styles vary and limited sizes available. Email  
     info@westactive.org to ask us what we have!
2). Find gently-used tap shoes at Once Upon A Child, Goodwill, or summer garage sales! We do not require a specific style. 
     However, we suggest finding a tap shoe with a "non-skid rubber patch" under the top tap to prevent slips and falls. 
     *Please note that every brand has its own size chart. Even though it may say "size 10", it could actually fit like an 8. It is
      best to bring your dancer with you to try on, or bring one of her regular shoes with you to see if the soles match up
      could also help determine the fit. 

3). Buy brand-new at Payless for $27.00 (Tippecanoe mall). If they do not have your size, the store will order what you need
     and you can come pick it up. We recommend calling first to ask what is in stock. 
4). Buy brand-new at Target for $25.00 (shoes can be found in the girls department). We recommend calling first to ask what
     is in stock. 
5). Buy brand-new sold online:
     - Discount Dance Supply store at
www.discountdance.com. Search “Child Velcro Tap Shoes” for $21.25 + shipping.
       This shoe has a comfortable padded heel collar to prevent rubbing and a Velcro strap for easy on and off (great for kids
       who are learning to tie). Or find several other styles and brands at this site like Bloch, Capezio, Theatricals.
       **Read sizing carefully. Some brands suggest to size up 1/2 - 2 sizes from your regular shoe size/street shoe.
     - Amazon offers several tap shoe options. Brands like Capezio and Bloch are quality brands.