Adult Tap Dance Classes

About Our Adult Tap Dancing Classes Ages 15 & Up 

We can get those two left feet moving like they were a right and a left. Our adult tap dancing classes focus on developing all the elements of tap dance. This includes movement vocabulary, musicality (rhythm, timing and phrasing), and individual style.

As soon as the tap shoes go on, you'll begin exploring the sounds and rhythms of this wonderful dance style.

Adult Cardio Tap:

Looking to get your daily steps in? Get your brain moving? Cardio Tap is a quick paced, no stress class where we use the basics of tap dance to get our bodies moving. Shuffles, spanks, flaps and digs will all be there to help you sweat it out and get your tap heart happy!

Tap Dress Code

Any comfortable dance attire, black tap shoes, hair should be pulled back or pulled away from the face.

Tap shoes can be purchased at Center Stage, 5261 University Way NE. (206)-527-4697

Class Schedules & Studio Locations

Summer Session Classes

Session Dates: July 1, 2024- August 29, 2024

  • Greenwood

  • Shoreline

  • Wedgwood

  • Magnolia

Spring Session Classes

Session Dates: March 24, 2024- June 20, 2024

Winter/Spring Session Classes

Session Dates: February 12, 2024 - June 20, 2024

  • Greenwood

  • Shoreline

  • Wedgwood

  • Magnolia

Six spacious dance studios in four locations including Greenwood, Wedgwood, Magnolia, and Shoreline.

Click on any red flag above to learn more about our studio locations.

     Meet Your Tap Dance Teachers

Olivia Fink teaches for the American Dance Institute

Olivia Fink

ballet & tap

I am originally from Denver, Colorado and moved to Seattle to pursue my undergraduate degree. I graduated this last Spring, and now I'm looking forward to this new adventure of teaching. I have 15 years of dance experience within the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. My two favorite styles of dance are jazz and tap. Other than dancing, I enjoy rock climbing, reading, and hanging out with friends and family."

Donny Gersonde

Tap & jazz

Donny attended Coronado School of the Arts: Musical Theatre,
high school in San Diego, and he holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the
Hartt School of Music in Connecticut 

After college, he returned to San Diego and became the lead dance teacher for the Coronado School of the Arts-Musical Theatre High School, his alma mater. 

Donny says his love for teaching is equal to his passion for dancing. All levels and all bodies, it brings him joy to get people moving! 

We have evening and weekend classes, but we will add weekday morning classes in the Fall.

Elana Skeers, Dance Teacher, The American Dance Institute

Elana Skeers

ballet, tap & creative Dance

Since she started dancing at 2 years old, Elana has had many opportunities to follow her passion and grow as a dancer through her home studio and the Joffrey Ballet School.

She has attended many dance intensives, conventions, and competitions over the years to expand her dance training.

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She loves sharing her education and passion for dance with young dancers. Elana is continuing her dance education as a dance major at the UW; taking classes and participating in many performance opportunities.

On top of dancing, Elana enjoys camping with friends, family, and her dog, spending time at the beach, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

What Are Tap Dance Classes Like at American Dance Institute?

These tap dancers are from our Intermediate class. They are performing in the May 2018 Phinneywood Art Walk. 

These tap dancers are from our Adult Tap II class. They are performing in the May 2018 Phinneywood Art Walk. 

This clip is from one our Intermediate level tap dance practices. 


Are there any tap dance studios in or around Seattle, WA?

Yes, there is the American Dance Institute that offer tap dancing lesson

Is there a specific age group for these tap dance classes?

Age groups depend on each the American Dance Institutes policy. We offer a range of classes suitable for different age groups from children to adults. Its recommended to check with each age group class page directly.

What level of experience is required for these classes?

The level of experience required will depend on the specific class; many studios offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of instruction. Its best to discuss your prior experience (if any) with the school or instructor so they can recommend appropriate classes.

Are there tap dance classes available near Shoreline, Washington?

Yes, American Dance Institute offers tap dance classes in Shoreline, Washington.

Is it possible to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on tap dancing in Washington?

Yes, certain universities like University of Colorado Boulder and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington offer Bachelor of Fine Arts programs where you can major in Dance which includes learning styles such as ballet, jazz and tap.

Additional Information

Tap dance classes are a vibrant and dynamic world, especially in cities like Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York City. These classes blend the rhythmic intricacies of music, from the sultry saxophone of jazz to the energizing beats of hip hop and even the intense rhythms of heavy metal. In places like Arizona State University or secondary schools in Portland, Oregon, students learn not just the footwork of tap but also the creativity and problem-solving skills inherent in dance choreography.

The history of tap dance is rich, harking back to Vaudeville and Broadway theatre, where legends like Steve Condos, Sammy Davis Jr., and Gregory Hines honed their craft. Today, in studios across the United States, from California to Kansas City, Missouri, and even in international locations like Nancy, France, tap dance is taught as a skill that strengthens both the body (skeletal muscles and feet) and the mind (critical thinking and emotional expression).

Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram play a crucial role in connecting tap enthusiasts, sharing videos of intricate routines, and even discussing the legacy of famous routines like the Shim Sham or shows like "Guys and Dolls." Students in places like Ferndale, Michigan, or Albany, New York, can find tap classes through hashtags and community groups, or they might receive newsletters via email about upcoming workshops.

Tap dance extends beyond the studio into the broader community. In cities like Detroit, Michigan, or Los Angeles, California, tap is often part of larger performances in theaters or with orchestras, showcasing styles from the elegant waltz to the lively swing. This performance aspect underscores the importance of group dynamics and improvisation, skills nurtured in every tap class.

Colleges and universities, like those in Kansas or Arizona, offer more structured programs where students can delve deeper into music theory, the history of tap, and even the influence of tap on other dance forms like hip hop. For the younger generation, in places like St. Louis or Phoenix, Arizona, extended family members often introduce children to tap, encouraging them to express emotion and develop their creativity.

The physicality of tap dance, with its emphasis on footwork, heel, and toe movements, is also an excellent form of exercise. This aspect is particularly beneficial in fields like nursing and pediatrics, where understanding the connection between physical activity and health is crucial.

Finally, tap dance classes are about community and shared experiences. Whether through in-person classes or online forums, people of all ages and backgrounds come together to share their love for this art form, building a supportive and dynamic community.

Tap dance, an exhilarating form of performing arts, thrives in various studios from Los Angeles, to Seattle, and to Detroit, offering a blend of rhythm, movement, and expression. In places like the Bender Performing Arts in Los Angeles, tap dance classes are not just about learning intricate footwork but also about immersing oneself in a rich cultural tradition. These classes, available for all levels from beginners to advanced, cater to a diverse range of students, including enthusiastic kids who are just starting their journey in dance.

In studios like the American Dance Institute, tap is taught as more than a dance form; it's an artistic expression that combines elements of ballet and other dance styles, creating a unique and dynamic experience. Dance schools across various cities emphasize not only the technical skills of tap dancing but also its historical and cultural significance. This comprehensive approach helps students appreciate tap dance as part of the broader tapestry of performing arts.

In cities like Detroit, known for its vibrant arts scene, tap dance classes are a gateway for kids and adults alike to explore their creativity and physicality. These classes are often part of larger dance schools where different forms of dancing, such as ballet and contemporary, are also taught, providing students with a well-rounded education in the arts.

The environment in a tap dance class is one of energy and enthusiasm. Instructors at studios like Bender Performing Arts and Wood Tap focus on building a foundation for beginners, gradually introducing them to more complex rhythms and techniques. As students progress, they often have opportunities to perform in recitals and join tap companies, where they can showcase their skills and continue to grow as dancers.

Learning tap dance is not just about mastering steps; it's about becoming part of a community that celebrates the joy of movement and the art of storytelling through dance. Whether it's a child taking their first class in Los Angeles or an adult exploring a new hobby in Detroit, tap dance offers a unique and enriching experience for everyone.

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