Today we are talking tap shoes, from the tiniest of tap dancers to professionals.
When I was growing up, the progression of tap shoes was: (1:47)
For my students now, I recommend: (3:45)
Brand Recommendations: (5:30)
I do not recommend any certain brand or model of tap shoe. As long as they are Black Single Sole Oxford Tap Shoes, they look exactly the same from the stage, no matter who makes them. Some studios choose to require a specific brand because they sell those shoes out of their boutique. If you are choosing to sell those shoes yourself, try to keep your retail price in range for your students, and also make sure the quality of the product is solid. You endorsed it by selling them or making them a required purchase for your students.
Where to Purchase Tap Shoes? (7:55)
Your local dance boutique will often offer a discount if you talk to them. It is important that we support small businesses. Don’t forget that YOU are a small businesses (studio owners, artists, contractors…). It is also nice for the parents for you to extend a discount on the price of a rather expensive shoe.
When to recommend a professional tap shoe? (9:20)
How about the colors? (11:07)
I do not require my dancers to wear all black tap shoes. Individuality is something that I love to embrace and their funky colors of tap shoes do not bother me at all!
Which professional shoe do I usually recommend? (12:00)
I Want To Hear From You!
Which shoes do you recommend for your students? Which shoes did you grow up wearing?