Every Friday night, for about 4 or 5 years I have helped teach the adult class in my tap group. It is such an amazing feeling to know that you can share your life passion with other people of any age. I have watched so many adult dancers learn one step after another until they have perfected a dance routine.
The unique thing about tap dancing is that you can learn it at any age without any prior dance experience. Teaching adults is different because it is almost a reversal of roles, meaning that an adult usually teaches you new skills or life lessons. But, by teaching the adult class I have learned so many new things like how to teach tap steps in a different way and how to help someone who are struggling to understand a new tap step.
Teaching the adult class had ultimately made me a better tap student because I can understand both point of views as a tap teacher and student. I think that teaching the adult class with other students is a great experience because I can practice tap while also sharing my knowledge of tap dancing with a different generation of people who have had many more life experiences than me.
I have also learned that teaching an adult class is extremely different from teaching a tap class to kids. Adults seem to have a better understanding of the music and the overall structure of the steps. In addition, adults often have more input in the choreography of their dances. Adults may also have a different taste in music than the kid tap class.
By teaching tap dance to the adult class, I have had the opportunity to learn from my mistakes in dance while also becoming a better teacher. Being both the teacher and the student is a great way to learn new techniques in dance while also improving your skill level.
I truly love teaching the adult class because they are so funny and they are not afraid to have fun dancing. I think that more adults should try tap dancing because it is a great interactive hobby and it gives people the chance to perform for others and have fun all at the same time.