New Zealand Association of Modern Dance

The NZAMD Tap syllabus consists of the Original Tap syllabus based on the English style, brought to New Zealand by Gladys Tonkins, NZAMD Founder, and the new American Tap syllabus choreographed by Keith Clifton from the USA.

Both syllabi offer students the necessary training and progression to become an accomplished tap dancer.

The new American Tap consists of barre work, centre work, and the teachers own choreographed dances.

The Original Tap syllabus includes barre work, centre components, steps, breaks, and a short routine, finishing with the teachers own choreographed dance.

The Tap grading is as follows:

  • Pre Grade
  • Level 1 (One) through to 9 (Nine)


BAL syllabus offers a sound tap technique building from the basics of shuffles and triples in junior grades, to riffs, wing, pick ups, turns, syncopation, and varied rhythm patterns in senior grades. All grades incorporate slow, medium and fast speeds, and varied styles, equipping the dancer with the background and ability to perform any style of tapping.

The Tap grading is made up of from Beginners to Advanced.

  • Beginners
  • Pre Primary
  • Primary
  • Grade 1 – 5
  • Elementry
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another. ~Author Unknown