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.
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, Director of FSPA Dance Ensembles, Instructor of Tap and Jazz
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
With years of teaching experience, Charlie Holbrook has served as Dance Instructor for Beantown Tap Festival, University of Rhode Island, Dance Masters of America, Boston Conservatory and was a Dance faculty member at Dean College for several years. He is currently on the Dance faculty at FSPA, Cathy Taylor's School of Dance, Elite Dance Center, and Krylo Dance Studios. Charlie joined the FSPA Tap Faculty in 2008.