Rap 'N Tap School of Dance was established in 1987 by award-winning dancer Carolyn Hanley-Tapley. Now in its second generation of success, Carolyn's daughter, Shantell Sabino, is carrying on Rap 'N Tap's dedication to excellence in dance education. Carolyn and Shantell have a genuine love for their students all while expecting and receiving the very best from each child.
From preschoolers to high schoolers, dancers can choose from a variety of classes, including ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, tumbling, lyrical, acro, ballroom, pointe, modern, contemporary and are welcome to try out for dance companies in order to participate in competitions and other special performances. Students are viewed as individuals, yet taught the importance of being a team. The annual dance recital at the end of the year is a spectacular event that showcases all the students talent and shouldn't be missed.
In recent years, Rap 'N Tap dancers have won numerous regional and national gold, high gold and platinum and High Platinum awards; most recently, at Step Up 2 Dance Competition dancers received 2 Double Platinums, 33 High Platinums, 9 Platinums, 3 Double Golds, Several 1st, 2nd and 3rd placements in solos, duos/trios and groups, Many Overall High Scores and the "Artistic Expression Studio Award"!
*Turn It Up Dance Competition 2018 dancers received 2 Platinum Pros, 24 Platinums, 21 High Golds, Several solos, duos/trios, groups placed in the top 10, many Overall High Scores, Several Team invites for the Nationals, Many Special Awards and the Choreography Award for "Old Blue Chair"!
*Sophisticated Productions Competition dancers received 27 Platinums, 7 High Gold's, Several 1st and 2nd placements, Many Overall High Scores and special awards and the 2 Top Choreography Awards for "Time" and "Rise and Fall".
*Platinum Performance Competition dancers received 7 Platinums, 23 High Gold's, 3 Gold's, Several 1st and 2nd placements, Many Overalls and the 2 Top Champion Overall Highest Scores with "One Day You Will' and "Girl Party".
*Turn It Up Dance Convention several company dancers had the opportunity to train with professional dancers from So You Think You Can Dance!
*Turn It Up Competition dancers received 21 Platinums, 5 High Golds, 1st place soloists in both the 9-11 and 12-14 age division, 1st place duo/trio in both the 9-11 and 15-17 age division, several special awards and we won the 2 highest scoring routines of entire competition with "Brain Damage" and "Fix You".