Friday, August 19, 2016

New Zealand Tap Dancing Organizations, Dancers, and Classes

Information about tap dancing resources in New Zealand.  Includes tap organizations, articles about tap dancers, and where to find tap dancing classes in the cities of Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington.

If you know about any tap dancing events, organizations, dancers, or classes not included here, we will add them if you send a note to or post a note in our Tap Dancing Friends Facebook Group.

Tap Organizations in New Zealand:
Dunedin Tap Dancing Society
- New Zealand Association of Modern Dance

Tap Dancers in New Zealand:
- Bayley Graham Wins Top NZ Dance Title
- Sintes Brothers Bring New Life to Tap Dancing

Tap Dancing Classes in New Zealand:
- Auckland: Auckland Central Dance Studios
- Auckland: Candy Lane Dance Studios
- Auckland: Carter-Chan Dance Performance Centre
- Auckland: DanceBeat School of Dance
- Auckland: Neverland Dance Studio
- Christchurch: Stage Door Dance Studio
- Wellington: Full Swing Vintage Dance

Schedule of 2017 Tap Dancing Festivals Worldwide

Tap dancing festivals in many parts of the world are starting to announce the dates of their 2017 events.  If you know about any 2017 tap festivals we have not listed, we will add them if you send email to or  - even better - post an event announcement in our Tap Dancing Friends Facebook group.
- 2017 Tap Dancing Festivals by Location
- Calendar of Upcoming Tap Festivals by Date

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Meet 85 Year Old Tap Dancer Arne Mayala

United States Navy veteran Arne Mayala took up tap dancing very late in life.  He went to his first tap dancing class at the Dance Tech Studios in Forest Lake Minnesota at age 85!

International Federation for Competitive Tap Dancing

The International Dance Organization (IDO) was established in 1981 to sanction, organize, and govern competitions in tap dancing and other forms of dance not covered by the World Dance and Dance Sport Council, the World Dance Sport Federation, or the World Rock 'n Roll Confederation. Dancing styles represented by the IDO include acrobatic, ballet, bellydancing, bollywood, break dancing, contemporary, electric boogie, flamenco, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, oriental, show dancing, street dancing, tap dancing, techno, and large dance productions.
More About Competitive Tap Dancing
Other Types of Tap Dancing

Tristan Bruns Talks About Taps for Tap Shoes

This article by Tristan Bruns on the Dance Advantage Web site is entitled "Confessions of a Tap Geek".   The article discusses the history of taps for shoes, including wooden taps and split sole clogs, the placement of taps on the soles of shoes, how to deal with tap screws coming loose, and information about specific brands of taps including Capezio's TeletTone,  Leo's UltraTone, and SoDance taps.
- Read the Full "About Taps" Article at Dance Advantage Dot Net

Introducing Jason Samuels Smith Professional Tap Shoes

In 2010 the Bloch Dance Shoe Company of Australia introduced their SO313  professional quality tap shoe co-developed and endorsed by Emmy winning tap dancer and choreographer Jason Samuels Smith. The shoe is available in both black and white and there are separate models for men and women.
- Dance Magazine "Bloch Launches Jason Samuels Smith Tap Shoes" Article
Facebook "Jason Samuels Smith Professional Tap Shoes" Page
- Men's Jason Samuels Smith Tap Shoe
- Women's Jason Samuels Smith Tap Shoe

Tap Dancing News Sources on the Internet

- Huffington Post Tap Dance News
- International Tap Association News
- Melbourne Australia Tap Dance News
- Finding Dulcinea Tap Dancing News