Filtering into the Freemason’s hall, on Edinburgh’s George St, you immediately notice a large screen replaying short clips of eight Tap Kids. The video screen is subsequently used to draw the set and aid the narrative, as we follow the lives of these eight children through their senior high school year up to graduation. The storyline may be simple and will clearly appeal to ‘High School Musical’ fans; however the tap dancing which accompanies each scene is anything but simple.
Tap Kids is an exhilarating 60 minutes of tap dancing, often at breakneck speed. The physical demands this places on the young cast must not be understated, nor must the amount of dedicated effort each member will have put into producing such a polished show.
The first truly great scene of Tap Kids comes at the basketball court, with a ‘head to head’ battle between two of the male cast. The choreography is clever and imaginative e.g. replacing the beat of a tap with the bounce of a basketball. Two standout performances came from the ‘new guy’ and the ‘cool kid’. At times the accuracy and speed of their tap steps was mesmerising; it was easy to neglect anything happening above their ankles.
The show will appeal to anyone with a love for dance. They will appreciate the skill, talent and stamina that goes into a performance of this calibre. For the less ‘dance-minded’, one cannot help being charmed by the energy and exuberance of the young dancers. So a must see for all.
Tap Kids is showing daily until 30th August at the New Town Theatre (George St) daily at 1745.