Shan-Yee Poon School of Performing Arts Tap Dance program

This class focuses on building a strong foundation in rhythm tap technique. Students will be challenged in a variety of styles from Broadway to improvisation. Broadway tap utilizes jazz and ballet technique, so concurrent training in ballet helps develop clear articulation and beauty in movement and carriage of body. This class holds a strong emphasis on rhythm, musicality and smoothness in motion. The goal of the class is for students to learn how to work in a wide range of styles and gain confidence in their ability to use their feet as instruments. Dancers learn fun tricks of advanced tap and intricate steps and rhythmic sounds/patterns. 

Ballet technique develops clear articulation and beauty in the movement and carriage of the body. Concurrent ballet training with the Shan-Yee Poon Ballet School is highly recommended.

  • Lower Division (Age 5-7)

  • Middle Division (Age 7-11)

  • Upper Division (Age 9-Teens)


Junior Tap (5-7 yrs. old)

This high-spirited class is filled with happy feet! It introduces students to the playfulness of rhythm and motion by incorporating exciting rhythmic dance movements and percussive sounds. By studying the fundamentals of tap technique, children develop a love for rhythm. Students begin their training with basic Shuffles, Time Steps, Shim Sham Shimmy and more. You can expect to see a mini Shirley Temple dancing around your house in no time!


Beginning Tap and Tap 1 (7-11 yrs. old)

Our budding tappers have tapped their way up to the next level of complexity, this tap class is even more fun as they explore intricate footwork and more complex rhythms. This class focuses on quickening the students’ footwork while building clean and rhythmically accurate sounds.

Students begin to explore the creative world of improvisation while having fun creating their own rhythms.


Tap 2-3 (9-18 yrs. old)

Our advanced tappers have now developed an excellent musical ear and can perform intricate rhythms and choreography with quickness and ease.

As they advance they are deepening their knowledge and skill while honing their own rhythmic improvisations and choreographic ideas