From Shirley Temple to Fred Astaire, the syncopated beats of the tap dancer's metal-plated shoes have always been associated with Old Hollywood.
With more recent box office hits such as "Billy Elliot", however, it appears that tap dance choreography has tap-tap-tapped into our movie theaters - and imaginations.
In Sydney, the aspiring tap dancer has a lot of options. The Sydney Dance Company offers the rare opportunity to study under Tracey Wilson, who choreographed a stage version of "Billy Elliot" in Sydney as well as several musicals performed on London's West End. Trent Kidd, who shares the teaching responsibilities with Ms. Wilson, also possesses West End credentials, acting as Tap Coordinator at DanceWorks in London. Beginner classes are run on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with a going rate of $20 per class.
Touting the health benefits of tap dancing, CityEast Community College also offers a beginners course on Monday evenings. The 8-session course costs $92 and results in a knowledge of basic tap steps and improvisation.
Dance Star in Erskineville also offers a comprehensive range of tap classes for various levels of expertise. Classes run from 45 to 90 minutes and cost a maximum of $21.
For a full list of Ballet, Tap and Jazz Dancing Schools in Sydney, it may be useful to consult the University of Technology, Sydney's website, or your local dance school to find out whether you can pursue your show biz fantasy closer to home.