Tap is an excellent way to increase coordination of the mind and body and to develop a sense of rhythm, timing, and expression. Tappers develop musicality, rhythm, quick thinking and the ability to “hear” music.
In tap dance, performers wear shoes which have been equipped with metal plates. As the dancer moves, the plates click against the dance floor, creating a characteristic tapping sound. Tappers can create a variety of percussive rhythms with their feet by tapping, sliding, and clicking the metal plates. Observers can enjoy both the movements of the dancer and the sound of the tapping, with tap dancers performing either alone or with musical accompaniment. Some composers have even created compositions for tap dancers and orchestras, using the tap dancers like drummers and other members of the percussion section.
MDA is the home of the 2011 Dancers INC. National winner in the 8 year old and 12 year old overall division.