Tap dance enables a dancer to create a percussive sound with their feet.
Tap classes are offered to students ages 5 and up and focus on rhythm, musicality and timing. All classes begin with an energetic warm-up, across the floor exercises and combinations. Our beginner students explore the fundamental steps of tap dance, learn tap terminology and develop the ability to maintain correct body placement. Intermediate classes further develop skills, focusing on clarity of sounds and increasing speed as well as dynamics and musicality. Our advanced tap dancers are challenged through improvisational exercises, intricate rhythms and footwork. All tap classes are 60 minutes and are offered levels I-VII and levels A-C with an introduction to tap class for ages 5-7.
By popular demand, Man Tap returns! A beginner level tap class just for men, Man Tap guarantees fun and fraternity. Previous experience is not required and is frowned upon! Students must be over 30 (or by invitation) and have a sense of humor.
Not to be outdone by the men, Ladies’ Tap offers adult women an opportunity to learn basic tap steps, terminology and body placement. Ladies Tap provides an excellent source of comraderie and exercise. Previous experience is not required.
FSPA Dance Department Coordinator, Dance Company Director
Kellie Stamp is a graduate of Stonehill College where she was an active member of the Stonehill Theater Company. She served on their Board of Directors and competed at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. After receiving her Masters of Performing Arts Education from Emerson College, she continued her tap and jazz training at the On Stage Academy for the Performing Arts, as well as with Rosemarie Boyden and at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Kellie has also studied Dance for Musical Theater with Broadway actress and choreographer, Leslie Woodies. In addition to teaching dance classes as FSPA, Kellie choreographs for Electric Youth, Broadway Bound, Broadway Light and many FSPA and FPAC productions. She is also the Director and choreographer of CenterStage and Next Step. Kellie first joined FSPA in 2001. Her performing credits include lead roles in 42nd Street, West Side Story
and Sweet Charity
, as well as many roles in FPAC productions including Addams Family
, Anything Goes, Into the Woods, Humbug!, The Miracle Worker and Little Shop of Horrors
. Her choreography credits include FSPA and FPAC productions of Humbug!, Anything Goes, 'Tis the Season, Cabaret
and many others.
Instructor of Tap
Charlie Holbrook joined the FSPA dance faculty in 2008. With years of teaching experience, he has served as dance instructor at such institutions as Boston Conservatory, University of Rhode Island, Cathy Taylor School of Dance, American Academy of Dance and Dean College. He currently is a teacher and co-director of Krylo Dance Studios in Rhode Island. Charlie's performance experience includes work at The Bonanza Hotel in Las Vegas, The Jimmy Fund Telethon, The Heart Fund Telethon and Leukemia Society Telethon. He has studied with Jack Stanley, Henry LeTang, Danny Hoctor, Ron Daniels, Roy Dodge, Jimmy Sutton, Dean Barlow and Bob Audy.
Instructor of Dance and Musical Theater
Cassie Murdock received a bachelor’s degree in Dance Performance from Rhode Island College. With years of dance performance and dance education experience, Cassie has performed and taught throughout the New England area. She joined the FSPA Dance Faculty in 2013.