Richard Holland
– Tap classes in London

Tap class with Richard Holland at Danceworks in Central London




  • Minimum age: 12
  • Level: Beginner
    • Time: 7pm-8pm
    • Price: £6
    • Studio 1
  • Level: Elementary
    • Time: 8pm-8:30pm
    • Price: £3
    • Studio 1
  • Level: Intermediate
    • Time: 8:30pm-9:30pm
    • Price: £6
    • Studio 1


Richard Holland began studying classical ballet at the age of eight in Australia and before coming to London to continue his studies, danced with the Queensland Ballet Company. Whilst studying in London under John O’Brien at the Dance Centre, he continued getting stage experience as a student extra in the ballet and opera productions at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden before joining The Scottish Ballet, dancing with them while they toured the British Isles, Australia, New Zealand and Spain.
In the 1980s he danced in Wendy Toye’s production of ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’ with Opera North and started studying tap dance with Derek Hartley, joining his tap company ‘Hartley Hot Tap’ as a founder member, dancing in various clubs and schools, appearing on TV in ‘New Faces’; and tapping across the English Channel on the top of a ferry for the Guinness Book of Records. He started teaching other colleagues’ tap classes when they were away and this led to his being asked to start a beginner tap class at Danceworks. He now teaches beginner, elementary and intermediate tap classes there.

Class Description


This is a one hour class which begins with a short warm up to music where the student begins to gently work the ankles , knees and hip joints. Following on, basic tap dancing steps are taught and after practice are then incorporated into a routine.

This half hour class is aimed at those students who are no longer beginners and want to advance to the next level. The vocabulary of steps is increased and various rhythms, turns and time steps are included.

A one hour class aimed at students with a good technique in tap. As well as building speed with technique, more advanced american time steps and syncopated rhythms are included.