May 25 is National Tap Dance Day and also the birthday of tap legend Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson. National Tap Dance Day was signed into law on November 7, 1989. The art of tap dancing, one of America’s true national treasures, has a rich cultural history.
Renowned choreographer Martha Graham once said, “To learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same.” Dancing, particularly tap dancing, is a great activity for kids. It’s good exercise, and helps develop stamina, coordination, and flexibility. If that’s not enough, here are 15 more fantastic reasons your kid should learn to tap dance.
1. It’s good exercise. Tap gets your feet moving and your heart pumping—and it’s so much fun your kids won’t even realize they’re exercising!