Tap is a conversation of the feet. Metal taps attached to the toes and heels of tap shoes enable the dancer to make multiple beating sounds in varying rhythms. Tap repertoire grows through the grades enabling the dancer to put more steps together in more complex arrangements and entertain their audience with exciting rhythmical sounds.

The ISTD tap syllabus has just been completely revised and the new grades include a lot of rhythmic work and funky moves and show a strong American Tap influence.