Tap Shoes - Choose the right pair

Learning to tap dance is a great way to keep fit. It will also no doubt lead you to making loads of new too!

To get the most out of your tap dance classes it’s really important to make sure you choose a suitable pair of tap shoes. Choosing the right pair is slightly different to buying a pair of regular shoes or trainers because there are a few things you need to know so you can ensure you purchase the shoes that suit you best.

Firstly, it’s highly important to invest in a pair of tap shoes that are good quality. You can ensure this by buying from a reputable dancewear brand such as Roch Valley, Dance Gear, Capezio, So Danca or Leo’s Dancewear. A pair of shoes from any of these suppliers will stand the test of time and ensure that you get the most enjoyment possible out of your tap dance lessons!

If you have the ability to pick things up quickly, you may consider teletone taps. These are the most common type of tap shoe but are usually for those who have a little experience. The benefit is that they enable you to tune the sound of the tap they make with small adjustments to the screws that hold them to the sole.

Just like any style of dance such as ballet, jazz or modern there are different types of tap shoes designed for different abilities. It’s therefore important that you purchase a pair that match your level of skill. As a beginner, it’s advisable to use a full sole with either a flat or low heel as this will make it as easy as possible to master new moves making learning as enjoyable as possible. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can learn more advanced steps and choose tap shoes with a split sole or slightly higher heel.

If you’re a little unsure about which shoe to go for, then you could go to a local dance shop to get your tap shoes fitted by a professional. However, the internet offers you a massive choice of dance shops where you can purchase your dance gear such as tap shoes. It’s a good idea to shop around because prices often vary. Make sure you also take into account the cost of postage, their returns policy, and also check out the dance shop’s terms and conditions to ensure you get the best possible service.

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