Even if you haven’t seen the film, you can’t have missed the hype around La La Land. TV, radio and newspapers have been buzzing about the film and, particularly, about its effect on the popularity of Tap, which is where we come in.
For the past few weeks, our phone has been ringing off the hook with press enquiries all eager to chat about Tap.
First to get in touch was Jennifer Reoch from STV Glasgow’s Live at Five. She wanted to find out more about the La La Land effect and even popped into the studio to take a class with our Director and Tap Specialist, Susan Elena. See the final result here in one of our latest blog posts.
More recently, we received 2 calls in quick succession. The first from The Sunday Mail, who quickly sent round a photographer to catch Susan and The Glasgow Lindy Hoppers in the studio.
This was quickly followed by a call from the producers of BBC Scotland’s Kaye Adams Programme, keen to chat to Susan on air about her experience of the La La Land effect.
Tune in to the last 10 minutes of the show to hear Kaye & Susan discussing a film that neither of them have seen!
So if all this talk of Tap has got you inspired, here are our top tips to get tapping!
Find your level – Tap, like Ballet, is a style that you really need to learn at your own level. An open level class won’t be able to cover the basics and challenge more experienced dancers at the same time so it’s essential you find a class to suit your ability or risk either being bored in a class that’s too slow for you or feeling like Monica from Friends when she was flung in at the deep end!
If in doubt, get in touch with the studio or tutor to determine whether or not the class will be suitable for you.
Get a shoe in – You don’t need to spend a fortune on Tap shoes to get started. Anything with a smooth, hard sole will work and will help you find your feet without having to make a big financial commitment to begin with. Once you’re hooked (and it won’t take too long!) you’ll want to hear your footwork and that’s when it’s time to invest in some Tap shoes. Shoes start from around £20 for adults and can rise to an eye-watering £350 for a custom designed, handmade pair of specialist Tap shoes.
You’ll be happy to hear that you can get good quality hardwearing shoes for around £45 with toe and heel taps included that should last for 4 or 5 years, depending on how often you’re dancing each week, so the cost per wear is minuscule.
Stick with it – Starting any new hobby can be daunting and, with so many technical terms to remember, Tap can be quite tricky to get the hang of initially. Our best advice is to keep at it. The move you are struggling with this week will be a lot easier next week and the combination you can’t remember will start to sink in with practice.
Find a class that allows you to revise steps each week and gives you something new to work on. Learning a dance routine, rehearsing for a performance or working towards grade exams are all great ways of making sure you develop and build on technique rather than just copying the tutor.
There you have it, our top 3 tips to get everyone tapping. Why not join a class and see what all the fuss is about for yourself.
Dance HQ has a new 8 week block of Beginners Tap starting Tuesday 7th March 7.30pm-8.30pm.
More experienced dancers can drop in to our Intermediate Tap class on Wednesdays 6.30pm-7.30pm with the opportunity to perform with us at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in June.
Or, really get into the nitty gritty in one of our Adult Graded classes, suitable for beginners through to prospective teachers.