Q: Has London Tap Jam’s venue Zigfrid von Underbelly changed its name?
A: Yes! As from March 2019, Zigfrid von Underbelly is now called Gigi’s Bar.
Q: What is a tap jam?
A: A tap jam is a jam session with an emphasis on the tap dancer. It is a place for tap dancers to improvise with a live jazz band as well as with other dancers/musicians.
Q: Are only tap dancers allowed?
A: Most people who come to the jam are not dancers or musicians, just those who love to see and hear the performances. If you are a tap dancer, musician or singer you are welcome to join the jam for a discount on the door.
Q: Can I book tickets in advance?
A: Yes. We sell advance tickets through our website. Participating tap dancers, musicians and singers can buy discounted tickets on the door. We recommend arriving early (before 8pm) even if you have booked so you can be sure of getting a seat.
Q: How do I join or unsubscribe from your mailing list?
A: We have two mailing lists, and you can click to subscribe: the general London Tap Jam announcements list, and the special workshops and classes announcements list. We try to send no more than one or two messages a month, but if you want to unsubscribe you can do so from here for the main announcements list and here for the workshops and classes.
Q: What is the renegade stage?
A: The renegade stage is an opportunity before the event starts for tap dancers to try improvisation in a group - in a more low key environment. It's a chance for every tap dancer to have a go at improvising. At 7.15pm, before the main jam gets started, Annette Walker will lead newcomers and the nervous in improvisation exercises.
Q: What time does the jam finish?
A: Depending on the energy on the night, we finish between 10:30pm and 11pm.
Q: Do you have to be a professional to join in?
A: No, the performers at the jam are both amateurs and professionals.
Q: Can under-18s come to the jam?
A: Gigi’s Bar allows under-18s accompanied by an adult, until 9pm.
Q: Is there a dress code?
A: No, wear whatever you feel comfortable in.
Q: Do you supply shoes?
A: Unfortunately, due to cost and practicality, we do not supply or sell shoes. If you are looking for a pair of shoes, feel free to contact us for our recommendations.
Q: Why are musicians/tappers charged entry?
A: To ensure we can afford to support all elements of the London Tap Jam, including including a world-class jazz trio and guest
appearances from internationally recognised tap dancers, we do ask that the tap community pay a reduced rate on the door in order to support this.