Tap dancing is a popular way to get fit, learn new skills and make friends in a social setting. Children and adults of all ages are crowding the area’s dance studios and workshops for their variety of class levels that emphasize fitness and fun along with proper tap technique. Whether you wish to someday audition for Broadway or you simply want an affordable family friendly way to get fit, there is a class available for you. Here are five great dance studios to check out for the best tap dancing lessons and classes in Pittsburgh.
Intensity Dance Academy
167 Scharberry Lane
Mars, PA 16046
Dancers of all ages and abilities are welcome to try out the variety of classes at Intensity Dance Academy, located in Mars. Whether your goal is to become an elite competitive dancer or to learn the basics, get fit and have fun, there is a spot for you. Youngsters will fit in well in the pre-dance class level while older children will develop their skills further as a part of the mini company. There are even classes for pre-teens and teenagers with or without prior experience. Tap dancing is a favorite focus of these class levels that incorporate training in ballet, lyrical/contemporary, creative movement, tumbling, hip-hop, pointe and jazz as well to create a well-rounded dance background necessary to advance to Intensity Dance Academy’s level II classes.
Karen Prunzik’s Broadway Dance Studio
4460 Steubenville Pike
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Bring your own little Broadway baby to Karen Prunzik’s Broadway Dance Studio for tap classes guaranteed to establish a strong developmental foundation in dance. Children as young as age three are welcome to participate in one of the studio’s more popular classes that emphasize fun and correct technique. While your child takes tap dancing lessons, you can as well with the studio’s adult tap classes. Dancing will become a favorite family activity when you and your child progress from beginner-level courses to more advanced classes. Karen Prunzik’s Broadway Dance Studio is conveniently located minutes from I-79, I-376 and Route 60.
403 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15223
Tap classes are available for children at the elementary school ages and older at Ideal Dance. From a young age, children are ingrained with correct skills and a love for dance through exciting classes that emphasize musicality, technique and rhythm. Students love working with the knowledgeable and passionate instructors who help dancers master complicated footwork, appreciate teamwork, improve speed and other tap dancing proficiencies. Find Ideal Dance on Butler Street in the city’s Etna neighborhood.
DancExplosion Arts Center
5505 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Take advantage of a free trial class that allows you to tour the studio and learn more about the center’s instructors, classes and disciplines to see if DancExplosion Arts Center is right for your dance goals. Beginner through advanced tap dancing lessons are offered multiple times a week, including adult tap classes. Individual attention is provided to each dancer in classes designed to each student’s experience, age, and ability to ensure proper technique and discipline. DancExplosion Arts Center is located on Babcock Boulevard in the North Hills area.
Improvement Thru Movement
88 Fort Couch Road
Bethel Park, PA 15241
With a focus on heath, fitness and overall wellness, Improvement Thru Movement offers a unique alternative to traditional tap classes with its monthly Tap with Barre Workout workshop. There’s no committing to long-term class schedules—just drop in when you want—for this fun class that mixes barre with tap and stretching exercises. You’ll learn to strengthen your body safely and properly while working up a sweat in what has fast become the region’s trendiest dance craze. No prior dance experience is required. Keep an eye on Improvement Thru Movement’s Facebook page for upcoming Tap with Barre Workout events.
Jessica Wasik is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies. She is also a contributing writer for Examiner.com. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.