Sole Songs Dance Academy

Sole Songs Dance Academy

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What You'll Get

Choose from Three Options

$55 for one month of summer dance classes ($115 total value)

  • One month of dance classes ($65 value)
  • Registration fee ($50 value)

$85 for a full summer session of dance classes ($170 total value)

  • Three months of dance classes ($120 value)
  • Registration fee ($50 value)

$80 for a five-day summer camp ($165 total value)

  • Five-day summer camp ($115 value)
  • Registration fee ($50 value)
  • Begins June 9
  • 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Monday–Friday

Tap Shoes: Making Music, Step by Step

Before you shuffle off to your first tap class, you’ll want to secure the proper footwear. Use Groupon’s study of tap shoes to ensure your feet can keep the beat.

It's hard to imagine Bill “Bojangles” Robinson dancing across the silver screen in 1935 with bottle caps nailed to his shoes, but that might have been the case if it weren’t for a breakthrough in dance just a decade earlier. Modern tap shoes—with their smooth, endlessly customizable metal plates in the toe and heel—made their mainstream debut in the 1925 show No, No Nanette, and within a few years, most Broadway-style dancers were amplifying their steps with the help of metal plates. The style known simply as tap existed before that, of course, but tappers had to practice their craft wearing clogs, boots, or hard-soled shoes outfitted with hobnails or bottle caps. Like many American styles, the moves were a fusion of different cultures, combining irish clog dancing and english step dancing with the improvisational, rhythmic dances passed down through generations of African Americans. The dance quickly spread throughout social clubs, street corners, and eventually traveling minstrel shows before hitting Broadway and, from there, Hollywood.

Today, men’s tap shoes echo the black, Oxford-style shoe worn by Robinson himself, while women's tap shoes often mimic the girlish, Mary Jane flats of his frequent dance partner, Shirley Temple. Women’s shoes are also available in heels, though beginners may find them too difficult to use at first. Most tappers recommend leather shoes with metal plates, but more affordable options made of PVC or polyurethane make for a decent starter pair. Some vendors may sell the taps separately from the shoe; these require professional attachment, though they allow dancers to loosen or tighten the plates at will to customize their individual sound.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires May 31, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Please call before class before purchase to confirm availability of desire class. Valid only for option purchased. One Month of Summer Classes is valid for 1 class a week for a total of 4 classes. The 3 Month Summer Camp Classes start on 6/9 and end on 8/15. The 5 Day Camps allow customers to choose between Ballerina Dreams, Art & Dance, Tap/Tumble/Tippy Toes, or Broadway Bound Classes for any session during the summer (see attached schedule for more information). Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Sole Songs Dance Academy

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