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IMPERIAL SOCIETY OF TEACHERS OF DANCINGTap FacultySYLLABUS OUTLINE OF TAP DANCE EXAMINATIONSMay 2021ISTD HEADQUARTERS22/26 PAUL STREETLONDONEC2A 4QETEL: 44 (0)20 7377 1577www.istd.org

2ISTD TAP FACULTYCONTENTSExamination Requirements4PRE-PRIMARY & PRIMARY CLASS EXAMINATIONS5PRE – PRIMARYPRIMARY67TAP AWARDS9BRONZE TAP AWARDSILVER TAP AWARDGOLD TAP AWARD101011ADULT POPULAR TAP TESTS AND MEDALS13LEVEL 1LEVEL 2LEVEL 3LEVEL 4LEVEL 5LEVEL 6ADULT POPULAR TAP BRONZE MEDALADULT POPULAR TAP SILVER MEDALADULT POPULAR TAP GOLD MEDAL141515151616161717GRADED EXAMINATIONS IN DANCE20GRADE 1GRADE 2GRADE 3GRADE 4GRADE 5GRADE 6222225262729VOCATIONAL GRADED EXAMINATIONS IN DANCE34ANALYSIS EXAMINATION ADVANCED 1 AND ADVANCED 2INTERMEDIATE TAPADVANCED 1ADVANCED 235363839PROFESSIONAL TEACHING QUALIFICATIONS IN EUROPE43DIPLOMA IN DANCE EDUCATION: UNIT 443

ISTD TAP FACULTY3PROFESSIONAL TEACHING QUALIFICATIONS OUTSIDE EUROPE46ASSOCIATEASSOCIATE DIPLOMA4648UK, EUROPE & INTERNATIONAL50LICENTIATEFELLOWSHIP5052REASONABLE ADJUSTMENTSRESULTS AND CERTIFICATIONRE-TAKESREGULATION54545555

ISTD TAP FACULTY4EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTSClothingIn order for the Examiner to give a true and accurate assessment, dance attire and grooming should be smart and givea clear view of head, body arm and leg lines.Trousers, if worn, should not be too long or too wide as this could prove hazardous.Shoes must be well fitted with a hard sole and have both toe and heel plates. The heel height should be appropriate forthe age of the candidate.Jewellery or body piercings, if they are unable to removed, should be suitably secured and covered so as not to causeany injury.MusicMusic for the examinations is to be provided by the teacher (unless an examiner is required to supply a piece of music).Teachers are required to provide a music operator unless at an examination centre.Pre-Primary to Grade 3 have set music available to purchase from the ISTD shop and should be used for theseexaminations.Grade 6 has set music available from the ISTD shop which should be used.Grade 4 /Grade 5/Intermediate have recommended playlists available – please contact [email protected] to obtain aplaylist. Teachers should use music from the options provided for examination purposes. Each student should dance tothe same playlist of music when being examined together.Advanced1/Advanced 2 has set music available from the ISTD shop which should be used.For Examination Centres:Pre-Prim-Grade 3, Grade 6, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 : the set music will be used.Grades 4, 5 and Intermediate: where candidates from more than one school are grouped together as a set, the Centrewill provide music from ONE of the recommended playlists. This is to avoid multiple changes of music and devices duringthe examination. Teachers should ensure their candidates are familiar with all options and are prepared accordingly.Candidates timetabled as a sole entry may provide their own choices of music.Please liaise with your Centre or the Examinations department for any further clarification needed.Professional Examinations should use the set/suggested music as above for syllabus work. Candidates are required toprovide their own musical accompaniment for any other work required to be demonstrated.Adult Popular Tap Tests and Medals teachers are required to create their own playlists for each of these examinations.Tap Awards should use the set music which is available from the ISTD Shop.

5ISTD TAP FACULTYPRE-PRIMARY & PRIMARY CLASS EXAMINATIONSINTRODUCTIONRATIONALEThe aim of Class examination is to provide an assessment scheme for dance, which offers a basis for the measurementof an individual candidate's progress and development. There are two class examinations in Tap Dance.ENTRY CONDITIONS AND GENERAL INFORMATIONThe Pre-Primary and Primary examinations have a lower age limit of 5 years and no upper age limit. This is to ensurethat they are physically developed sufficiently to safely meet the demands of the syllabus.Examinations are taken in the form of a class conducted by the teacher, who may not give personal correction, but canoffer encouragement. Each child will receive an individual report and result which will reflect their own achievement.The teacher will conduct the examination and introduce each candidate by name to the examiner.Candidates should be entered 4 at a time. One group of 5 may be entered for class tests if there is one odd candidatewithin the entire session adding a further 5 minutes to the timetable.Time allowances/Number of Candidates1 Candidate2 Candidates3 Candidates4 Candidates20 minutes25 minutes30 minutes35 minutesSYLLABUSPRE – PRIMARYVocabulary of steps: Bounce Jump Skip Stamp Ball tap Ball beat Toe tap StepStep ball changeForward tapBackward tapHeel beatGallop

6ISTD TAP FACULTYWarm Upa)b)Warm up AWarm up BTechnical Exercisesa)Ball Taps/Beatsb)Toe Tapsc)ArmsRhythma)b)Rhythm ARhythm BCentre Exercisesa)Forward & Backward Tapsb)Step Clap Stamp ClapAmalgamationsa)Amalgamation Ab)Amalgamation BThere is no Dance requirement.BowPRIMARYVocabularyAll steps from previous syllabi plus: Bouncy walk Ball change Single paradiddle/paddleWarm Upa)b)Warm Up SongHop Scotch Warm Up.Technical Exercisesa)b)c)Preparation for shufflesBall and Heel beatsParadiddlesRhythma)1/4 notesb)Take a bite of the musicSet Amalgamation

7ISTD TAP FACULTYa)AmalgamationThe FreezeThere is no Dance requirement.BowASSESSMENTMARK SCHEME – PRE PRIMARY AND PRIMARYTitle of componentMarks attainableTECHNIQUEPoise and stance10Clarity of beating10Precision of footwork10Line and co-ordination10Section total40RHYTHMTiming10Rhythmic interpretation10Section total20PRESENTATION, RESPONSE AND KNOWLEDGEResponse10Knowledge of syllabus10Sense of performance10Set amalgamations10Section total40Total100ASSESSMENT GUIDANCECandidates are assessed on their ability to show: technical accuracy with correct placement to the best of their physical facility; appropriate use of limbs showing an understanding of the purpose or significance of each movement or sequence

8ISTD TAP FACULTY of movements;a sense of line and well-co-ordinated movements;an assured performance showing the different qualities of movement required by each section of the examinationstructure;musicality and rhythmic awareness.METHOD OF ASSESSMENTThe Tap Pre Primary and Primary Class Tests are assessed externally by visiting examiners recruited and trained by theISTD. The examinations are divided into Sections and each Section is composed of several components, which areseparately assessed and aggregated to give the Section total. The titles of these components and the marks attainableare detailed above.Candidates must gain at least 25% of the marks attainable in each Section in order to pass the examination overall. Incases where 25% of the marks attainable does not come to a round figure, e.g. 12 ½ , the pass mark for the Section islowered to the nearest round figure, in this example, 12.The Section totals are aggregated and the overall mark is given out of 100. If all Sections are passed, then the overallresult is indicated as follows:GradeMarksDistinction80-100 marksMerit60-79 marksPass40-59 marksNot Attained0-39 marksHowever, if the candidate is unsuccessful in one or more Sections, as explained above, the total mark given out of 100will not correspond to the result indicators in the chart. In this circumstance, whatever the overall numerical mark maybe, the result given will be Not Attained'.

ISTD TAP FACULTY9TAP AWARDSINTRODUCTIONRATIONALEThere are three awards Bronze, Silver and Gold designed to promote an appreciation and enjoyment of tap dance,through both understanding and performances.Each award consists of a warm-up, close work time step, set amalgamations (teacher’s/candidate's choice of two) anda dance. All sections of the examination are danced as a solo and the candidate is given the opportunity to select theirchoice of tempo.The examinations are divided into two sections: Technique; Presentation.TechniqueAt all levels good posture and correct alignment of the limbs is expected. The vocabulary and rhythm complexityincrease at each successive level and there is a progressive combination of tap technique and dance movement. Goodspatial awareness is encouraged at all times.PresentationThe student should be able to present the syllabus with a natural sense of enjoyment and the self-confidence requiredto dance each section as a solo performance.As the student progresses, there is the opportunity to interpret a variety of musical styles through sound, movementand expression.The Tap Awards are suitable for both recreational use and for those wishing to pursue a career in dance.OBJECTIVESThe syllabus seeks to develop the skill and understanding of Tap dance by developing the physical ability tocommunicate through movement, sound and rhythm in an expressive and artistic way.The syllabus aims to: teach correct posture; build a secure tap technique; develop an awareness of tone; promote the understanding and use of dance terminology; gain a good sense of line through body, arms and head; gain an understanding of rhythm and its development; develop an awareness of the use of space; develop an awareness of audience and sense of performance;

10ISTD TAP FACULTY encourage an artistic sense of self-expression;encourage creative use of rhythm and movement;promote self-confidence in the performance of a solo.ENTRY CONDITIONS AND GENERAL INFORMATIONThese examinations should ideally be taken consecutively, however a candidate who already holds the Intermediateexamination may commence at Gold.There is no lower or upper age limit.TIME ALLOWANCES/NUMBER OF CANDIDATESCandidates may be entered in groups of 4 or less as follows.1 or 2 Candidates3 Candidates4 Candidates10 or 15 minutes20 minutes25 minutesBRONZE TAP AWARDWarm UpClose Work Time StepAmalgamationsTeacher’s or candidate’s choice of 2 of the following: Amalgamation A Amalgamation B Amalgamation CDanceNot to exceed 1.5 minutes.SILVER TAP AWARDWarm UpClose Work Time StepAmalgamationsTeacher’s or candidate’s choice of 2 of the following: Amalgamation A

11ISTD TAP FACULTY Amalgamation BAmalgamation CDanceNot to exceed 2 minutes.GOLD TAP AWARDWarm UpClose Work Time StepAmalgamationsTeacher’s or candidate’s choice of 2 of the following: Amalgamation A Amalgamation B Amalgamation CDanceNot to exceed 2 minutes.ASSESSMENTMARK SCHEME – BRONZE, SILVER AND GOLD TAP AWARDSTitle Of ComponentMarks attainableTECHNIQUE AND SYLLABUS KNOWLEDGEKnowledge of Syllabus10Clarity of beating20Rhythmic appreciation and tonal quality20Section Total50PRESENTATIONLine and style10Sense of performance10Set amalgamations20Dance10Section Total50Total100

12ISTD TAP FACULTYMETHOD OF ASSESSMENTThe Tap Awards are assessed externally by visiting examiners recruited and trained by the ISTD.The examinations are divided into Sections and each Section is composed of several components, which are separatelyassessed and aggregated to give the Section total. The titles of these components and the marks attainable for the TapDance Graded Examinations are detailed above.Candidates must gain at least 25% of the marks attainable in each Section in order to pass the examination overall. Incases where 25% of the marks attainable does not come to a round figure, e.g. 12½, the pass mark for the Section islowered to the nearest round figure, in this example, 12.The Section totals are aggregated and the overall mark is given out of 100. If all Sections are passed, then the overallresult is indicated as follows:GradeMarksDistinction80-100 marksMerit60-79 marksPass40-59 marksNot Attained0-39 marksHowever, if the candidate is unsuccessful in one or more Sections, as explained above, the total mark given out of 100will not correspond to the result indicators in the chart. In this circumstance, whatever the overall numerical mark maybe, the result given will be Not Attained'.ASSESSMENT GUIDANCECandidates are assessed on their ability to show: technical accuracy with correct placement to the best of their physical facility; appropriate use of limbs showing an understanding of the purpose or significance of each movement orsequence of movements; a sense of line and well co-ordinated movements; an assured performance showing the different qualities of movement required by each section of theexamination structure; musicality and rhythmic awareness.

ISTD TAP FACULTY13ADULT POPULAR TAP TESTS AND MEDALSINTRODUCTIONRATIONALEThere are six levels of Popular Tap Tests and three medal examinations; Popular Tap Tests Levels 1-6 and Bronze, Silverand Gold medals.These are designed to promote an appreciation and enjoyment of Tap dance in a recreational capacity.AIMSThe syllabus seeks to develop the skill and understanding of Tap dance by encouraging the ability to communicatethrough movement, sound and rhythm in an expressive and artistic way.The syllabus aims to: encourage correct posture; build a sound tap technique; develop an awareness of tone; promote the understanding and use of dance terminology; gain a good sense of line through body, arms and head; develop an understanding of rhythm; promote an appreciation of varying musical styles and their interpretation; develop an awareness of the use of space; develop an awareness of audience and sense of performance; encourage a sense of self-expression; encourage creative use of rhythm and movement; promote self-confidence in the performance of a solo.Each level is divided into two sections: Technique Syllabus knowledge and presentation.TechniqueLevel 1 seeks to introduce a rudimentary tap technique of one and two sounds which is then progressively increased ateach level so that by Level 6 the vocabulary includes more complex steps. An understanding of the use of tone isencouraged to develop the rhythmic quality at all levels, with the opportunity to explore a wide variety of musical styles,available in the medal tests. The emphasis is on a co-ordinating the use of the head, body and arms to create a naturalstyle.PresentationInitially the student should be able to present the syllabus with a natural sense of enjoyment and an awareness of theaudience which is gained by developing the self-confidence to perform in front of others.

14ISTD TAP FACULTYAs the student progresses, they have the opportunity to communicate a growing variety of moods through sound,movement and expression to develop an artistic performance.ENTRY CONDITIONS AND GENERAL INFORMATIONTIME ALLOWANCES/NUMBER OF CANDIDATESCandidates may be entered in groups of 4 or less as follows:1 or 2 Candidates3 Candidates4 Candidates10 or 15 minutes15 minutes20 minutesSYLLABUSLEVEL 11. The Vocabulary2. The Beat3. The Shuffle4. The Line5. The Time6. The Move7. The Sequence - Cane Routine'The sequence may be replaced by teacher's arrangement not to exceed 1.5 minutes.VOCABULARYOne SoundStraight TapForward TapToe TapBall TapHeel BeatToe BeatBall BeatForward BrushTwo SoundsShuffleTap StepBackward TapHeel TapBackward BrushStepStampScuffHopSpringDropJumpBall DigHeel DigFlapTap SpringBall ChangeCandidates will not be asked for free work, but may be asked to show any step used at this level separately.

ISTD TAP FACULTYLEVEL 21. The Vocabulary2. The Beat3. The Shuffle4. The Line5. The Time6. The Move7. The Sequence - Bowler Hat Blues'The sequence may be replaced by teacher's arrangement not to exceed 1.5 minutes.VOCABULARYOne SoundAs for Level 1, plus Stomp and Pick up.Two SoundsAs for Level 1, plus Pick up Step , Pick up Spring , Pick up Hop.Candidates will not be asked for free work, but may be asked to show any step used at this level separately.LEVEL 31. The Vocabulary2. The Beat3. The Shuffle4. The Line5. The Time6. The Move7. The Sequence - One Glove Boogie'The sequence may be replaced by teacher's arrangement not to exceed 1.5 minutes.VOCABULARYAs for Levels 1 and 2, plus 4 Beat Cramp Roll and Pull Back.Candidates will not be asked for free work, but may be asked to show any step used at this level separately.LEVEL 41. The Vocabulary2. The Beat3. The Shuffle4. The Line5. The Time6. The Move7. The Sequence - Spanish Tango'The sequence may be replaced by teacher's arrangement not to exceed 1.5 minutes.15

ISTD TAP FACULTYVOCABULARYAll vocabulary from Levels 1, 2 and 3, plus Pick up on one foot and Pick up change.Candidates will not be asked for free work, but may be asked to show any step used at this level separately.LEVEL 51.2.3.4.5.6.The VocabularyFootlooseTwisterStep in TimeJive at FiveDance teacher's arrangement not to exceed 1.5 minutes.VOCABULARYAs for Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4, plus 3 beat ripples and 4 beat Riffs.Candidates will not be asked for free work, but may be asked to show any step used at this level separately.LEVEL 61.2.3.4.5.6.The VocabularyBuffalo Shuffle Warm upTurning on 6One More TimeFast FinishDance teacher's arrangement not to exceed 1.5 minutes.VOCABULARYAs for Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 plus 4 Beat Ripples, 5 Beat Riffs, Pick up changes, 3 Beat Wing Preparation.Candidates will not be asked for free work, but may be asked to show any step used at this level separately.MEDAL TESTS - BRONZE, SILVER AND GOLDADULT POPULAR TAP BRONZE MEDAL1.2.3.4.5.6.Warm Up (Set)Linking Step ForwardLinking Step BackwardBoogie TimeTwenties Sequence - CharlestonDance teacher's arrangement not to exceed 1.5 minutes.VOCABULARY FOR BOOGIE TIME3 Beat Ripples, Level 3 Shuffles, Single, Double and Triple Pick up Time-steps, 4 beat Riffs, Astaire Open Break (notsyncopated), 4 beat Riff Time step.16

ISTD TAP FACULTY17VOCABULARY FOR TWENTIES SEQUENCE5 Beat Cramp Roll, Suzie Q, Truckin’, Charleston, Black Bottom.ADULT POPULAR TAP SILVER MEDAL1.2.3.4.5.6.Warm Up (Set)Linking Step ForwardLinking Step BackwardRag TimeMamboDance teachers arrangement not to exceed 1.5 minutes.VOCABULARY FOR WARM UPCutawaysVOCABULARY FOR RAGTIMEShuffle Time Steps with pick up change, 5 Beat Riff Time Step, Single Time Step to Double Time Step Rhythm, AstaireBreak - Syncopated (Level 6), Syncopated Time Step (1&2&- &4&).VOCABULARY FOR MAMBO“Maraccas Bend'' (Fwd 1-Bk 3)”,“Mambo Knee Twist”(R-LR: L-RL: S-QQ: SQQ).ADULT POPULAR TAP GOLD MEDAL1.2.3.4.5.6.Warm Up (Set)Linking Step Forward (3/4)Linking Step BackwardTacet & Stop TimeSlow SwingDance Teacher's arrangement not to exceed 1.5 minutesVOCABULARY FOR LINKING STEPSProgressive Taps, 6 beat Riffs.VOCABULARY FOR TACET AND STOP TIMEOne Bar Wing preparation Time Step, Pick up Time Step with Pick up on 1 Foot, Roll Time Steps, Maxi-Ford with toetaps and Maxi-Ford with step turning.VOCABULARY FOR SLOW SWINGPick Up Time Step with pick up on one foot, Cutaways.Candidates will not be asked for free work.

18ISTD TAP FACULTYASSESSMENTMARK SCHEME - ADULT POPULAR TAP TESTS AND MEDALSTitle Of ComponentMarks attainableTECHNIQUEClarity of beating10Precision of footwork10Timing10Rhythmic interpretation10Line and co-ordination10Section Total50PRESENTATIONApproach and presentation10Knowledge of syllabus10Spatial awareness10Sense of performance10Sequence/Dance10Section Total50Total100METHOD OF ASSESSMENTThe Adult Popular Tap Tests are assessed externally by visiting examiners recruited and trained by the ISTD. Theexaminations are divided into Sections and each Section is composed of several components, which are separatelyassessed and aggregated to give the Section total. The titles of these components and the marks attainable are detailedabove.Candidates must gain at least 25% of the marks attainable in each Section in order to pass the examination overall. Incases where 25% of the marks attainable does not come to a round figure, e.g. 12 ½ , the pass mark for the Section islowered to the nearest round figure, in this example, 12.The Section totals are aggregated and the overall mark is given out of 100. If all Sections are passed, then the overallresult is indicated as follows:

19ISTD TAP FACULTYGradeMarksDistinction80-100 marksMerit60-79 marksPass40-59 marksNot Attained0-39 marksHowever, if the candidate is unsuccessful in one or more Sections, as explained above, the total mark given out of 100will not correspond to the result indicators in the chart. In this circumstance, whatever the overall numerical mark maybe, the result given will be Not Attained'.ASSESSMENT GUIDANCECandidates are assessed on their ability to show: technical accuracy with correct placement, to the best of their physical facility;appropriate use of limbs showing an understanding of the purpose or significance of each movement orsequence of movements;a sense of line and well co-ordinated movements;an assured performance showing the different qualities of movement required in each section of theexamination;musicality and rhythmic awareness.

ISTD TAP FACULTY20GRADED EXAMINATIONS IN DANCEINTRODUCTIONRATIONALETap Dance makes a distinctive contribution to the education of all students, through the use of movement, which is oneof the fundamental modes of human expression. It offers a range of learning opportunities and enables participants toenjoy physical expression as well as develop intellectual sensibilities. As they work together in Tap Dance, candidateslearn about co-operation and develop an understanding of the shaping of movement into artistic forms of expression.Candidates develop the skill and understanding of Tap Dance, at the same time as building a sound technique, bydeveloping the physical ability to communicate through movement in an expressive and artistic way. A clearly definedstructure allows learning to take place in the context of safe dance practice. The Graded Examinations build upprogressively, ensuring that steps and skills learned at lower levels prepare for more complex movements as thecandidate progresses. Each examination allows candidates to progress to the next level in the Tap Dance genre. Also, arange of transfers to other dance genres becomes possible as the candidate develops physically and learns commonskills such as running, use of arms, posture, timing and rhythmic awareness. In this way, with additional teaching input,the candidate is able to develop a broad base of dancing skills. Following on from the Graded Examinations, candidatesmay wish to progress to the Vocational Graded Examinations as a preparation for a professional training leading toemployment as a performer or towards dance teaching qualifications.AIMSThe aim of Graded Examinations is to provide an assessment scheme for dance. This gives the basis for themeasurement of the individual candidate's progress and development, whether the candidate is pursuing dance as aleisure activity or as preparation for a professional career as a dance teacher or performer. There are six practicalexamination grades, numbered from 1 to 6, ordered with increased difficulty (6 represents the highest level ofattainment).OBJECTIVESThe objectives of the Tap Dance graded examination syllabus are: to teach correct posture;to build a secure Tap technique;to develop an awareness of tone;to promote the understanding of dance terminology;to gain a good sense of line through body, arms and head;to gain an understanding of rhythm and its development;to develop an appreciation and interpretation of various musical styles;to develop spatial awareness;to develop an awareness of audience and sense of performance;to encourage a sense of self-expression;to encourage creative use of rhythm and movement;to promote self confidence in the performance of a solo.

21ISTD TAP FACULTYENTRY CONDITIONS AND GENERAL INFORMATIONAGE LIMITSThe lower age limit is 6 years for Grade 1. This ensures that the candidate has had sufficient physical development tomeet the demands of the syllabus safely.Children and adults should not be entered in the same set.PRIOR LEARNINGThe Graded Examinations are intended to be taken consecutively and most candidates will wish to progress throughthem in sequence. Teachers are expected to use their professional judgement to commence training at an appropriatelevel for the individual.TIME ALLOWANCES/NUMBER OF CANDIDATESExamination1 or 2 candidates3 candidates4 candidatesGrade 125 minutes30 minutes35 minutesGrade 230 minutes35 minutes40 minutesGrade 335 minutes40 minutes45 minutesGrade 440 minutes45 minutes50 minutesGrade 545 minutes50 minutes55 minutesGrade 650 minutes55 minutes60 minutesCandidates should normally be entered in groups of 4 where possible.

22ISTD TAP FACULTYSYLLABUSGRADE 1VocabularyAll steps from previous syllabi plus: Tap step Heel tap Ball dig Spring Forwards shuffle Heel dig Flaps to the toe Warm Upa) Bouncy Warm Upb) Close Work Warm upTechnical Exercisesa) Shufflesb) Flapsc) Close Work Crawld) ParadiddlesRhythma) Accented Eighths &1&2&3 &5&6&7 &1&2&3 &5&6&7&8b) ImprovisationExaminer’s choice of music 1 or 2Compound Stepsa) Rag – Step Heel Beatb) Jazz – Pick Up Stepsc) Boogie – Tap Step Heels and Tap Step Ball Changed) Swing - Shuffle Ball Changese) Blues - Ball ChangesAmalgamationsTeachers choice of:a) Boogie orb) ReggaeDance CompositionTeachers’ arrangement not to exceed 1 minute.BowStandard flapBasic crawlPick up stepTap step ball changeShuffle ball changeSideways crawl (both feet together)

24ISTD TAP FACULTYGRADE 2VocabularyAll steps from previous syllabi plus: Stomp Drop Side shuffle 4 beat cramp roll Pick up on 2 feet Separated crawl sideways Crawl with 1 foot Pick up springPick up hopShuffle hop step4 beat riffSingle time stepDouble paradiddle/paddleWarm Upa) Bouncy Warm Upb) Close work warm upTechnical Exercisesa) Shuffles ‘round the side’b) 4 Beat Cramp Rollsc) Pick Ups on 2 feetd) Close Work Crawle) ParadiddlesRhythma) Twelfth Notes &a1 &a3 &a5&a6&a7b) Rhythmic ResponseExaminer gives a 1 bar rhythm of either quarter notes or accented eighths, optional use of 1 missed beat.Candidates clap it back all together. Examiner will then clap the rhythm to each candidate individually, theywill respond with audible sound.Compound Stepsa) Celtic – Travelling Pick Upsb) Jazz – Shufflesc) Percussive – Tap Step Heelsd) Double Bass – 4 Beat RiffsSingle Time StepsTurning Step on the diagonalTaken on both sidesAmalgamationsTeachers choice of:a) Tacet and Stop Time orb) GershwinDance CompositionTeachers’ arrangement not to exceed 1 minute.

25ISTD TAP FACULTYBowGRADE 3VocabularyAll steps from previous syllabi plus: Toe flam Back shuffle 5 beat cramp roll 3 beat riff forward Pick Up on 1 foot Shuffle spring Pick up ball change Pick up change5 beat riffBasic waltz stepSingle waltz stepDouble waltz stepDouble time stepWarm Upa) Bouncy Warm Upb) Close Work Warm UpTechnical Exercisesa) Shuffles ‘round the side’b) 5 Beat Cramp Rollsc) 3 Beat Riffsd) Preparation and Pick Ups on 1 foote) Close Work Crawlf) PaddlesRhythma) ¾ Even rhythm 12&3 45&6 1&2&3&4&-&6b) Rhythmic ResponseExaminer gives a 1 bar rhythm using a mixture of quarter notes and accented eighths, with a missed beat.Candidates clap it back all together. The Examiner will then clap the rhythm to each candidate individually,they will respond with audible sound.Compound Stepsa) Celtic – Pick Ups and Shuffle Springsb) Indian – Pick Up Changec) Swing – Riffsd) Waltz – Waltz StepTurning Step on the diagonalTaken on both sidesDouble Time StepsAmalgamationsTeachers’ choice of:a) Beat Box

26ISTD TAP FACULTYb) Percussive 3/4Dance CompositionTeachers’ arrangement not to exceed 1.5 minutes.BowGRADE 4VocabularyAll steps from previous syllabi plus: Double shuffle Flap to toe sideways 3 beat riff forwards and backwards 3 beat ripple Shuffle pick up changePull backBufalino crawlTriple time stepsWarm Upa) Bouncy Warm Upb) Close Work Warm Up 3/4Technical Exercisesa) Shufflesb) Riffs and Cramp Rolls 3/4c) Ripples and Shuffle Pick Up Changed) Pull Backse) Close Work Crawlf) PaddlesRhythm16th Note ImprovisationThe Examiner sets first 2 counts of footwork (&&a1&&a2). Each candidate dances this, then continues to improvisecontinuous 16ths across the room to complete 8 counts, showing a rhythmic change on the last 2 counts.Turning StepTaken on both sides.Teacher’s choice of 1 of the following:a) Turning Step Ab) Turning Step BTriple Time StepsAmalgamationsTeachers’ choice of 2 of the following:a) Soft Shoeb) Musical Theatrec) Funk (formerly known as Urban)

27ISTD TAP FACULTYDance CompositionTeachers’ arrangement not to exceed 1.5 minutes.BowGRADE 5VocabularyAll steps from previous syllabi plus: 3 beat paddle Double shuffle to side Flam Maxi Ford with toe tap 3 beat wing preparation 4 beat wing preparation Separated crawl with double heel beats Toe beat crawl Round the sides 4 beat ripple Single, double and triple pick up time steps Sugars Basic Shim ShamOptional: Double wingsWarm Upa) Bouncy Warm Upb) Close Work Warm UpTechnical Exercisesa) Shufflesb) Wings 5/4c) Double Wings (optional)d) Close Work Crawle) PaddlesRhythmUnaccompanied rhythmic response. A 2 bar rhythm using 1 full bar of 12th notes beginning on the &, (first or secondbar) and a bar of unset rhythm given by the examiner which could include syncopation, quarter notes, accented eighthsand one missed beat.Compound Stepsa) Ripplesb) Pull Backsc) Shuffle Pick Up Changesd) Maxi FordTurning SequenceTaken on both sidesTime Stepsa) Shuffleb) Pick UpAmalgamationsTeachers’ choice of 2 out of the following:

ISTD TAP FACULTYa)b)c)d)29BeguineQuick JazzTangoSwingDance CompositionTeachers’ arrangement not to exceed 2 minutes.Shim Sham BowGRADE 6VocabularyAll steps from previous syllabi plus: 4 beat progressive tap Criss cross shuffle Progressive shuffle 4 beat cramp roll change Double scuffle Twist scuffle 5 beat open riffWarm UpTechnical Exercisesa) Progressive Shufflesb) Double Scufflesc) Wing Preparationsd) RiffsRhythmExaminer gives a 2 bar free rhythm, using note values up to and including 12th notes, syncopation and missed beats.Turning

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