Tap Dance

The important bit!

The Tap Dance Group meets monthly on the third Tuesday of each month at 2 pm.  We normally meet at Watchet Community Hall, but while COVID restrictions are in place, meetings are suspended until at least New Year.  Please remember to check the Calendar in case of any late changes to schedule.

Our group is led by Jane Lay, and she may be contacted at 07966 755542, or by email at tapdance@minehead-district-u3a.org.uk

Latest group news


‘The Tap Dancing Group are keen to get back to dancing when the hall is available for hire again. 

Some of us have managed to continue tapping either on a board indoors or outside when the weather allows. I recommended watching YouTube videos of Jenne Vermes who is an American choreographer and tap dance teacher. She has great tap step tutorials that are easy to follow.

I have been learning new routines and dances to  share with the group when we meet up again. We’ll warm up to ‘Sway’, dance to Frank Sinatra and ‘Star Wars’! Of course we shall reprise our ‘Charleston’ and Country and Western – ‘Dixie Fried’. Looking forward to getting together again.  In the meantime – Keep tapping….’


Watchet Community Hall where this group meets has not been reopened, so it has been decided to put this group on hold  – and restart again in the New Year.  

We have kept in contact through email and WhatsApp.  I videoed some of our favourite dances such as the Charleston, including reminders of steps and techniques, and then posted them on WhatsApp so that the group could try them at home.  In return, some members recorded themselves and shared their performances via WhatsApp, which was a lovely response.  Nearly all of our group are very keen to keep tapping, so we certainly will try to get the group dancing together again.  

The tappers in our WhatsApp group have been following my videos of a warm up to Cliff Richard’s Living Doll, a step demo to Glenn Miller and a dance to Dixie Fried by Carl Perkins.  Some of the group videoed themselves dancing and posted it for the rest of the group to see.  It was brilliant.  The next WhatsApp dance will be the Charleston.  We’re still managing to have fun in lockdown! 

The tap dance group has a number of regulars and new members joining every month.  We have a lively session learning tap steps and routines – having fun while getting some exercise.  Beginners are always welcome.  Come and try out a shuffle!  Discover your inner Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers!  Jane Lay



Learning to tap dance. Photo by Cherrie Temple






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