Sacramentans love to dance, and there are hundreds of places in the area to show off their moves in tap, salsa, hip-hop and other styles. Tap dancing, involving striking the floor with tap shoes to create sound, is one of the most beloved styles of dance. Michael Jackson, Channing Tatum, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Savion Glover, Christopher Walken and Ansel Elgort are tappers, and numerous movies, including “Chicago,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Singin’ In The Rain” and “Pennies From Heaven” showcase this dance style. These Sacramento studios can help teach and hone tap dancing skills, whether one is a professional or has never tried on tap shoes.
Fancy Feet Dance Academy
712 57th St.
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 451-4900

Any little ones who fell in love with Mumble, the animated dancing penguin from “Happy Feet,” will enjoy Fancy Feet. The academy teaches tap and other dance styles to children from age two through teens, and students on all experience levels are welcome. The introductory tap class includes fundamentals, terminology, class etiquette and some very basic steps. Since tap is a foundation for many other forms of dance, more advanced tap instruction is taught as part of ballet and jazz dance classes. One favorite course includes “princess ballet” and tap, with creative moves and props including teddy bears, scarves and wands. For those closer to Land Park, the Academy has a second location on Riverside Boulevard.

Studio T Urban Dance Academy
6040 Watt Ave.
North Highlands, CA 95660
(916) 760-7917

Studio T offers dance instruction for any age or skill level. There is an open beginners tap dance class, as well as many for hip hop and other styles. Many attendees are there for fun while others wish to be professional dancers; students have gone on to work with stars including Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Chris Brown. Class prices are reasonable and student’s growth in self-esteem, fitness and personal development is extraordinary. Owner Tamaira “Ms. Tee” Sandifer has won dance titles all over the world, but also focuses on helping the community. Studio T partners with nonprofit 3 Point 0, Inc. to help disadvantaged children, and offers the parents of her dance students free classes on topics including budgeting, finding employment and addressing child behavior problems.

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Sunrise Recreations & Park District
Rusch Park Dance Studio
7801 Auburn Blvd.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
(916) 725-1585

The Sunrise District offers tap lessons at a dance studio in Rusch Community Park. Starting as young as age 3-1/2, youngsters can learn tap and ballet techniques during Saturday classes. Anyone over 18 who has some basic tap experience will enjoy the Taptastics program, offering fun, ongoing adult tap classes. Taptastics students work on routines and gives performances year-round. Tommie’s Beginning Happy Tappers class is perfect for people aged 50+ who want to get fit and have fun; those already familiar with basic tap steps can join Sunrise Tappers classes.

Northern California Dance Conservatory
920 Reserve Drive
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 791-2061

NCDC offers classes in tap and other styles of dance to students from age three to young adulthood. Inexperienced students can start with a basic introduction to tap, then can advance to intermediate and advanced classes. Youngsters on various levels will enjoy Happy Feet classes, which include imaginative games, improvisations and other fun tap dances. More advanced dancers may have the opportunity to train and perform nationwide as NCDC Ambassadors, and advanced high school and college students in the school’s Collective get career-focused guidance and instruction. The Conservatory offers free ACCESS Program dance and movement classes for children with autism, cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

Galt Parks and Recreation Department
Galt Dance Center
611 B St.
Galt, CA 95632
(209) 366-7180

Galt residents will enjoy learning to tap dance under the tutelage of Dorothy Delgado, a long-time dancer and dance instructor. Weekly tap classes are typically offered on a schedule of four days a month; separate sessions are held for students ages 8 – 14 and for adults and seniors.

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