Equipment

Equipment and Gear

You will definitely want to invest in tap shoes however most studios will allow you to get away with sneakers for at least the first class. Generally, you want more tight fitting clothing to show off body lines however being comfortable and appropriate is key to feeling your best in class. See the apparel section for more details.

Gear

  • Water bottle (Stay away from sugary sports drinks!)
  • Towel
  • Ponytail holder to pull your hair back out of your face
  • Band Aids to help break in those new tap shoes

Apparel

Body

Generally anything that shows off your body lines in an appropriate way works for tap class. You will see everything in class from long flared dance pants with a loose top to a leotard and tights. In some cases you can even show up to tap class in street clothes but wear something that stretches and bends with your body. You want to be comfortable but still look like you meant to show up to class that day and didn’t just walk in off the street. Also, depending on the style of the teacher or class you might want to choose a different outfit.

For example, if a choreographer has more of a “feminine” style class, women might want to wear more tighter-fitting clothes that show off their body lines. If the choreographer has more of a “hoofin” style of tap you will want to dress more like a hip hop dancer with more loose fitting attire. Or let’s say you are taking a “broadway tap” class. You will see more “character clothing” depending on the teacher or the particular dance combination’s style for that day.

For example, Broadway tap might want a sophisticated leotard and tights “look” with low-heel character tap shoes. If you are unsure of what to wear just stick with the basics like I mentioned first and you can’t go wrong. Also, bring a lot of clothing options and layers with you to class so that you can mix and match until you feel confident.

Hair

Whatever you want! If you have extremely long hair you might want to pull it back away from your face to keep it from bothering you and distracting from your dancing. Buns are also accepted and recommended a lot of the times in tap class. When in doubt, check with your studio.

Shoes

You will definitely want to invest in tap shoes however most studios will allow you to get away with sneakers for at least the first class. Basic black tap shoes are a great starting point for any level. Tap shoes come in all colors, styles, and sizes however so check with your studio to see what the “expected attire” is. For a Broadway style tap class, you are going to usually need a character tap shoe with a low heel.