When it comes to tap shoes it is not as straight forward as it was when Fred Astaire and Grace Kelly were tapping over our screens. Nowadays the tap shoes come in all different shapes and sizes with fixed taps and removable taps and to be honest it all gets a little confusing! So we at Dancemania are here to help with a little advice on what taps you might like……
What type of Taps can I purchase?
At Dancemania we sell a vast range of tap shoes, starting from tap shoes suitable for beginners all the way up to tap shoes suitable for the professionals. Some of our tap shoes come with fixed taps already but there is an option to change these taps, but often people get confused with what sizes they will need for their taps. The extra tap options we sell are Teletone Toe Taps, Teletone Heel taps and the standard toe and horseshoe heel taps.
The Teletone Toe/Heel taps are made from Aluminium and are accompanied with a fibreboard situated underneath the tap to resonate sound. To get the best sound out of your Teletone taps it is advised to loosen the screws slightly so that the tap has the flexibility and movement to make contact with the floor and fibreboard. This contact with the floor and fibreboard is what will give you that rich, full tone that you do not get when the screws are screwed in tightly. On the other hand it is also advised not to loosen the screws too much as after a few times tapping the screws will fall out and can damage the dance floor, can ruin other dance shoes and can be dangerous. For many tap dancers along with their tap shoes they also carry a set of small screw drivers, just in case a naughty screw pops out.
You don’t always have to buy the heel and toe taps together for instance, most Cuban heel taps shoes usually come with a fixed toe tap and but no heel tap. So if you are looking to increase the quality of the sound of your taps, adding a Teletone Heel tap might be just the answer.
The Teletone taps are a great way of making the quality of your taps stand out and sound clearer; but they are really suited more for advanced dancers. This is because it is important to master the basics with standard tap shoes and then you can begin to perfect them with taps such as these. It really depends on how your tutor/teacher feels and what your abilitly level is to whether you can start using them or not.
Roch Valley Taps
Usually the first taps you will add to your shoes will be the ‘horseshoe’ heel tap. The standard toe taps are not usually needed as most of the taps shoes come with these type of taps attached already, but accidents do happen so if you do lose one then you can get a replacement here at Dancemania!
These taps are suitable for younger and more inexperienced dancers as they are secured tightly onto the tap so that the dancer can get to grips with the basic steps without having to worry about how loose their taps are or what tone it sounds like.
The ‘horseshoe’ heel taps are great for those dancers who are at an intermediate level, as they may want their tapping to start sounding fullerbut may not be ready for the Teletone taps just yet. These heel taps can be screwed into any heel, simply by lining it up and attaching with a standard screwdriver.
What sizes of Toe and Heel Taps should I buy?
Now this is where it gets tricky, you have decided that you would either like to add an extra tap or completely change them but what size will you need for your type of tap shoe? At Dancemania this is a common question that is being asked by our customers so we have put together a rough tap guide that points out what Toe/Heel tap sizes you will need for each style of tap shoe that we offer.
How to use the Taps Guide
We have put this guide together so that our customers can work out what size taps they will need to buy for their tap shoes. It is easy to use and will not take long. Here are a few easy steps for using the guide.
Step 1: From the first column named ‘Style of Tap Shoe’ choose the pair of shoes that you own or are planning to purchase.
Step 2: Now scan across the columns to check the size range and what taps can be fitted on your shoe type.
Step 3: Contine to scan across the columns to check what taps you will need and in what size.
Some of the add on taps are not suitable for some styles, but this chart is here to give you an idea of what sizes you would need.
Of course there are other styles out there that may not be on the list, but do not despair because we also have a list below of all the actual measurements of the Teletone taps widths and heights. This way you can compare the measurements of your taps shoes with the measurements of the Teletone taps.
Measure with a normal ruler the width and height of the tip of the tap shoe or the heel, then you simply match the sizes from the chart to your measurements and there you have it!
Yipee! You can now jingle, jangle your way through your tap classes with beautiful sounding taps….Fred Astaire move over!! Once you have picked the correct tap for your tap shoes, you can either attach them yourself or if you are really not confident a cobbler will do the job!
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