Tap is as much a musical percussive sound as it is a dance as the recent ‘Stomp’ musical theatre group showed. The many origins of this style of dance have been derived from a variety of different sources:  African America, Juba Dance, Irish step dancing and even English Lancashire Clog dancing. It first became famous in the minstrel shows and then with the ballroom style tap dancers Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Tap dancers can freestyle as well as using the more common steps when learning the basics making it fun for both beginners and more advanced tap dancers.