Extensions: Dance Classes Chicago

Explore Tap Dance

We offer beginner-level tap classes, as well as intermediate and advanced levels, all taught by world-class instructors.


About Our Tap Classes

The aim of the tap program at Extensions is to develop dancers' connection to and expression of music, meanwhile, exposing them to various styles that have characterized American Tap Dance through its history. 

Beginning Tap

At the beginning level of tap, dancers develop their own senses of musicality through myriad exercises that deepen their relationships to a downbeat or quarter note.

Not only do the dancers learn the foundational tap steps, but they are also guided through choreographing short rhythmic phrases with those steps, commanding a sense of creative ownership over the technical vocabulary.

The class is broken down in short, 5-minute sections, center work, across the floor, improvisation, circle games, rhythm exercises, music lessons, and choreography, so that each class provides a fast pace and various angles through which students can connect to a meticulous curriculum. 

Intermediate Tap

At the intermediate level, the focus broadens to building the students' vocabulary to more complex steps and stitching those together. Students at this level are introduced into a full-body approach to tap & music making.

They learn how to create rhythmic phrases with their feet that are complementary to the performing upper-body. Functional anatomy for tap is key at this level, and students often partner with each other to experience weight sharing and its effect on the sounds they make with their feet.

Steps that require more dexterity are introduced, and students are nurtured through introductions of some trick steps. In intermediate tap, students will learn about the difference between duple and triple rhythmic structures and will be able to identify different 'feels' and perform within those. 

Advanced Tap

The advanced level of tap at Extensions hones in on the power of tap as an instrument in a musical score. While continually building on vocabulary and adding speed and increasing accuracy, dancers learn control through performing long rhythmic sequences that change feel, time signature, and tempo.

Students learn to embody a rhythmic score as a pianist would play a sonata. In this level, dancers learn the history of American Tap Dance and learn to embody different styles of tap that are commonly and historically practiced.

The dancers at this level read musical notation, write it, and then 'play' a score through their bodies. At the advanced level, dancers are exploring the nuances of the different sounds that one step can take on. Longer choreographies are studied & performed at this level, and students are encouraged to express an individual voice through dynamics. 

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Please note: Some classes require teacher approval and others do not allow drop-in students.

Located at 3933 N. Elston Ave., we proudly serve our neighbors in Irving Park, Avondale, Roscoe Village, North Center, Lincoln Square, Lakeview, and all over Chicagoland.

Classes are for ages 3-19. Sign up for the entire session or drop in when you’re available.

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Extensions is a studio of artistry, technique, and exploration for all age groups. Lizzie’s extensive background in the dance field and personalized training for all of her students make Extensions an amazing family to be a part of. The staff is top notch and the students go far.
— Jeff W., Chicago

About Extensions

Our state-of-the-art dance studio offers sprung flooring, top quality sound, high-end marley floors, and 13 years of experience in the industry.

Since 2005, Extensions instructors have worked with students to continue their journeys at institutions such as:

  • Juilliard
  • USC
  • Ailey/Fordham
  • NYU
  • Point Park University
  • Boston Conservatory
  • University of Arizona
  • University of the Arts
  • and others

2018-2019 Session:
September 3, 2018 - June 1, 2019

No classes: 
Halloween: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018
Thanksgiving break: Monday, Nov. 19-Sunday, November 25, 2018
Winter break: Monday, Dec. 24, 2018-Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019
Spring break: Saturday, March 23-Friday, March 29, 2019
Memorial Day: Monday, May 27, 2019

Extensions offers the following classes

• Advanced Ballet
• Advanced Contemporary
• Advanced Hip Hop
• Advanced Pointe
• Advanced Pointe & Variation
• Advanced Pilates/General Care & Maintenance for the Dancers Body
• Beginning Ballet
• Beginning Ballet/Jazz
• Beginning Hip Hop
• Beginning Jazz
• Beginning Pointe
• Boys Class
• Classical Jumps & Turns
• Hip Hop
• Intermediate Ballet A
• Intermediate Ballet B
• Intermediate Contemporary A
• Intermediate Jazz
• Intermediate Hip Hop
• Intermediate Pointe / Variations
• Intermediate Tap
• Musical Theater
• Pre-Ballet (age 3)
• Pre-Ballet (ages 4-5)
• Stretch & Strength


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Dress codes are established to promote learning and unity within a classroom setting. Please read our complete dress code to help ensure your child is dressed appropriately for his or her dance classes.