TAPfit Review: A Detailed Look

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff
Updated on: Jul 1, 2020

TAPfit is a dance fitness program that utilizes the principles of tap dance to get you moving to a beat—no prior dance experience required.

This innovative fitness program was founded by four Australian sisters, all of whom are tap teachers who graduated from the Les Griffith Tap Dance Academy and have diplomas from the World Tap Dance Championships in Reisa, Germany.

This program purportedly builds on their expertise to give you a full-body workout that combines dance moves with cardio, conditioning, and strength training to get you in shape.

To maximize your experience, you should wear TAPfit’s patented taps that fit over your gym shoes to add a beat to every move you make.

In this review, we take a detailed look at TAPfit to tell you if it works and help you decide if it is right for you.

Pros
  • An innovative way to get in shape
  • Easy enough for dance beginners to learn
  • Both subscription and one-time purchase options available
Cons
  • You likely won’t burn as many calories as the company claims
  • A highly specific form of exercise that won’t appeal to everyone
  • Buying the company’s accessories is necessary to maximize the experience
  • Production quality isn’t always professional-grade

Is TAPfit a Good Way to Exercise?

An instructor guides you through every step of TAPfit workouts to ensure that even beginners can figure out the moves.

The brand claims that all steps are low-impact and safe for a variety of fitness levels while ensuring you get your heart rate up for maximum calorie burning—even up to 800 calories per hour.

That’s a claim that Dr. Aragona, a general practitioner and family doctor at Prescription Doctor challenges. “From a medical and health perspective, tap dancing can be great exercise,” he shared with us.

“On average, tap dancing burns around 315 calories per hour, so a usual 2-hour class would mean you have burned 630 calories. If you take those classes over multiple days of the week, you will have burned a lot of calories overall.

“Unfortunately, the claim that it is 800 calories in one hour is false, even an exercise such as running can only burn around 600 calories an hour, and that is a more intense workout for the body overall.”

Features and Options

TAPfit currently offers two ways to join the experience: an online subscription or a DVD bundle purchase.

TAPfit Online

Access TAPfit’s content anywhere with an internet connection with TAPfit online. You’ll get access to over 100 dance workouts in multiple programs with nutrition plans and recipes that are updated weekly.

The company also shares a schedule of live classes so that you can plan to tap with others in real-time.

Cost: $27/month, all new subscribers receive a seven-day free trial.

TAPFit Transformation System

If you’re not a fan of the subscription model, you can purchase TAPfit transformation systems. You’ll get DVD access to dozens of workouts as well as the fitness equipment needed to get started.

Here are the package deals:

TAPfit Starter TAPfit Deluxe TAPfit Platinum
Cost $97 $167 $249
Includes
  • Slip-on taps
  • Five beginner-friendly dance workouts on DVD
  • Resistance band
  • Limited online access to TAPfit online studio (beginner classes only)
  • Everything in the Starter Kit
  • Rollable, foldable floor
  • Learn to Tap video tutorials
  • Equipment-free fat-burning workout
  • Everything in the Deluxe Kit
  • Full forever access to the online studio
  • Support calls with Kat and Annie
  • Access to new routines and recipes
  • Keepsake storage box
  • 21-day nutrition plan
  • Weight loss roadmap

TAPfit Taps

The company’s patented taps have a non-slip runner grip and fit over the sole of any flat-bottom shoe to turn them into dance shoes. They feature stainless steel taps on the heels and toes to produce a distinctive click with each step.

It’s not currently possible to purchase these taps or floor mat without buying one of these three systems.

My Experience with TAPfit

The sign-up process was very simple and I was ready to go within minutes. The TAPfit online portal has a simple layout, with a welcome message and six weeks of classes available on the main page.

You can personalize an online profile by adding photos, joining groups, and connecting with other members. You’ll also gain access to all seven TAPfit courses:

  • 28-Day Home Health Challenge
  • MOVEnBURN Body Challenge
  • TAPfit Advanced
  • TAPfit Dance Challenge
  • TAPfit Platinum
  • TAPfit Starter Series
  • TAPfit Workouts

I’m a complete beginner to tap dance, so I started with the TAP Basics class. Instructor Kat Johnson introduced the steps slowly and thoroughly articulated every move so I felt comfortable following along.

Honestly, though, the dance routine wasn’t much fun when I performed it barefoot on the carpet; the brand’s tap shoes and dance mat seem essential to having fun with this workout.

The week one tutorial class built on the basics with a simple warmup and pump up music that quickly put me in workout mode.

Kat’s reminder to swing my arms instead of merely focusing on the footwork helped me get my heart rate up quickly, and I broke a sweat during the warmup.

The class became increasingly more fun, even though I didn’t have the right footwear.

Post warmup was another instructional period with Kat to learn more steps. The slower pace and lack of music pulled me out of the moment until round two of the workout started. Again, the total body moves got my heart rate up quickly.

By the end of the thirty-minute class, I was ready to be finished and was left feeling like I could have gotten in a more efficient workout in other ways. While the dance sessions were fun, I found the frequent instructional breaks made things tedious.

I wanted to see how the class structure changed for different courses, so next challenged myself to a week 5 class workout. Despite not being able to keep up with all the moves, I thought the class pace felt more like a traditional workout.

Kat’s instructions weren’t distracting, though the constantly shifting camera angle actually left me slightly dizzy.

Overall, the classes flowed well with an appropriate amount of instruction. But when it comes to getting in an efficient workout, I was left feeling like there was a lot of wasted time where I could have been working.

Analysis of Customer Reviews

More than 30 customers have left reviews for TAPfit on our website. These reviews average 3.2-stars with a 59% recommendation rating. Here’s a snapshot of their comments.

Compliments:

  • Dances are fun and engaging
  • Great way to get in shape, especially for people who weren’t active previously
  • Wide variety of music choices for different tastes
  • Talented, encouraging instructors

Complaints:

  • Poor quality video editing, difficulty navigating the main menu
  • Delayed delivery, the product never arrived in some cases
  • Some users didn’t receive a refund after returning the product

TAPfit vs. Figure 8 Fitness

For those who would instead be dancing at the club than sweating at the gym, another home workout program that promises to get you in shape is Figure 8 Fitness.

Figure 8 Fitness is lead by Latin DanceSport world medal winner Jaana Kunitz. It is offered as a comprehensive program of 14 classes and instructional videos that guide you through progressively challenging your body.

Rather than tap dance, this fitness series focuses on Latin-inspired dance moves to tone your core and get your glutes in gear.

The program is currently offered as a one-time purchase for $47. It’s another $10 if you want to receive DVDs instead of merely having digital access.

It includes all 14 workout sessions, a success tracker, a workout journal, a PDF workout planner guide, a nutritional blueprint, and a faster-paced “Figure 8 Express” series of over 30 ten-minute videos.

As with TAPfit, you can also sign up on a subscription basis. $11.99 per month (or $108 per year) gives you access to more than 100 hours of workout videos, including the full Figure 8 Fitness series and other programs like Figure 8 Ultimate, Figure 8 PRO, and more.

Deciding between these two dance cardio options will likely come down to pricing and your preferred workout style.

TAPfit’s tap dance style workout is more unique, but it’s likely to appeal to a smaller number of people. This program is also more expensive, and frankly, only works if you commit to the company’s patented tap shoes. Without them, the dancing sequences feel lackluster (at least in my experience).

Return Policy

All purchases qualify for a 30-day refund policy for refunds or exchanges. Items are only eligible if they are unused, in the same condition you received it, and in original packaging. Shipping costs are nonrefundable, and in most cases, a restocking fee and will be deducted from the refund.

TAPfit Online membership purchases are ineligible for refunds.

The Bottom Line

TAPfit offers a unique form of exercise that is likely to appeal to those who typically avoid the gym. The engaging dance workouts are easy to learn (even for beginners), and customer reviews indicate that it’s incredibly satisfying to tap along to the beat of the music.

For me, TAPfit wasn’t impressive. The workouts didn’t seem much different than other forms of dance cardio, and I found the classes started and stopped too often to feel like I was getting in the groove. But this is a largely personal opinion, and your experience may differ.

Overall, TAPfit classes will get you moving and burning calories, but you need to be realistic about how many calories you’ll actually burn per session.

In any case, the best kind of exercise is any type that you’ll actually do, so TAPfit is an excellent option if it offers what it takes to get you moving.


Customer Reviews

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  • 33 Customer Reviews
  • 58% Recommend This Brand
3.2 out of 5
5 star: 45% 4 star: 9% 3 star: 3% 2 star: 0% 1 star: 42%

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  • Crazy shipping. Come on!

    • By Stacy G.,
    • Harrison, MI,
    • Jul 3, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    Ordered on May 9th. It’s almost July and it still hasn’t been shipped. It also takes days for them to respond to emails and I can’t find a customer service number anywhere. I’m about to fight this charge one my card.

    Pros and Cons:

    • No “pros” were specified in this review
    • Shipping times
    • No customer service number
    • Scam
    • Never received

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Very fun workout!

    • By Kris B.,
    • Pueblo West, CO,
    • Jun 16, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    It took a while for me to get my taps, board, and DVDs. They explained that they were having shipping issues due to COVID-19. But when it arrived, I have enjoyed the dances and have worked my up to doing the week 6 workout 3 times each day. I will be moving to the more advanced workouts soon. Some constructive criticism: the videos are poorly edited and the menu never worked. I figured out how to move around the workouts, so I didn't have to redo the lessons every time. If the videos were edited properly, I would give them 5 stars.

    Pros and Cons:

    • The fun dances
    • They communicated with me when they were having trouble with delivery
    • The fun dances
    • The poor video editing

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • TOTAL SCAM - product hasn't arrived in a month!

    • By Catherine F.,
    • Atlanta, GA,
    • Jun 16, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    I was so excited to try out this new workout during my time Sheltering in Place. I ordered the $167 "Deluxe System" on May 10th. By May 17th, I had not heard a word about my product being shipped, so I emailed the support contact. I was told I would receive a tracking number in 24-48 hours. It's been 3 weeks, and I have not heard ANYTHING. Worse, I emailed the support contact again on June 7 and 11 and have heard nothing back.

    Buyer, BEWARE!

    Pros and Cons:

    • No “pros” were specified in this review
    • Incredibly delayed shipping (if shipping at all)
    • Poor communication and customer service

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Company wouldn't send refund after I returned product

    • By Patricia P.,
    • Buffalo, NY,
    • Jun 4, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    In February, I ordered TAPfit because I thought it would be a lot of fun to do. My order didn't arrive until late March while I was in lockdown. When I received the product I was disappointed for several reasons. There was supposed to be DVDs, which because I don't have great internet, was important. What I got was rubbers with taps and a wrinkled paper with some web addresses. I requested a return number and got it. Yes, I knew there would be restocking and I would lose $30 for restocking or whatever, but I returned them at my expense - insured and tracked. They tracking indicated they were received, but no refund. So I went through PayPal - dispute denied, then I went to my credit card company - again refund denied. Don't know what they are telling the banks, but they got the return!

    Don't order from these CROOKS. If they say you can return it they give you a return slip and you agree to pay the restocking THEY DON'T MEAN IT. I am now out $74.00 refund and $18.00 for shipping to return the item. The email to me said they would credit me.

    The email said:

    "We just want to let you know that our warehouse already received your returned package. Also, a refund of $74 was already submitted.

    You should receive an email from us regarding the refund.

    If you need anything else, please let us know. :)

    Rea

    TAPfit Customer Support"

    Love the smiley face.

    Don't expect good service from them! I never got my refund even though they said it was processed!

    Pros and Cons:

    • No “pros” were specified in this review
    • They offered a return but did not refund my payment
    • Product was not the quality I expected
    • Product did not include parts that I expected

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Great! Love it, thanks.

    • By Evelyn S.,
    • Wacol, Australia,
    • Jun 2, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 3–6 months
    Overall Experience:

    I’m loving my TAPfit program...it’s so much fun doing it because I feel like a kid again. It’s like working out with a friend...it’s really a lot of fun.

    The moves are easy enough to follow and I’m enjoying the step by step tutorials.

    Thanks team TAPfit!

    Pros and Cons:

    • The program
    • The dances
    • The quality
    • No “cons” were specified in this review

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Dissatisfied!

    • By Nancy L.,
    • Caledonia, WI,
    • May 30, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I am another customer who purchased this product in mid-April and never received it. Many emails stating that my order is being processed and I will be receiving a tracking number in 2 days...never happened! Have contacted customer service 3 or 4 times and my response is always the same - "your order is being processed and you will receive tracking number in 2 days." Must be the famous response they give everyone.

    It would be better if they were just honest and say that they can't process my order now and give me the option of waiting or being refunded!

    Very disgusted!

    Pros and Cons:

    • No “pros” were specified in this review
    • Did not receive product

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • TAPfit - no merchandise

    Overall Experience:

    I ordered my kit for over $200 on April 14th. I received an email on the 21st stating that the COVID-19 was causing a delay in my shipment. It stated that I was now a VIP and my merchandise would ship in two days and I’d get a tracking number. I sent an email the first week of May letting them know that I never received a tracking number. I got an email two days later with an apology and that they would get back to me with details as soon as possible. Another week passed, and I emailed again. A few days later, I received the same email I received on the 21st about being a VIP and that my package would ship in a few days and I’d get the tracking number. After several emails, I have received no response. So I turned to Facebook where I saw the ad. I decided to start reporting the company because I’m not receiving the merchandise. I made comments about my experience and they blocked and removed the comments and made it so that one can only share. That was a big guilty admission because they know this is a scam. I decided to get a refund and I’m currently waiting to see if I get a response. I doubt I will. The refund policy is 30 days from the purchase date, but I never even received the merchandise within 30 days. It hasn’t even shipped within 30 days. During this COVID-19 time, it is sad to see a company take advantage of people. The ladies look so happy and post on Facebook while customers receive nothing. I was asked to be patient because of the delay, but they don’t care enough about the customers who were kind enough to be understanding.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Fun fun fun fitness!

    • By Linda S.,
    • Renfrewshire, Scotland,
    • May 13, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    TAPfit is a very enjoyable fun tap dance fitness. The fee beats are awesome. Loved the different styles that they used, it suits everyone’s taste in music. I particularly like the Latin and the Broadway! You certainly will come out smiling after this class. They do both low and high impact, so you can choose what you want to do. The teachers are excellent.

    I would thoroughly recommend you give it try. You will not be disappointed.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Amazing - my favorite workout

    • By Laura T.,
    • Stafford, United Kingdom,
    • May 12, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I first started taking TAPfit classes at the dance school I attend in July 2016. At the time I was still relatively new to fitness and hadn't ever done any dancing. With TAPfit this doesn't matter as it is suitable for everyone of all ages and abilities. TAPfit gives you a total body workout and is so fun it doesn't feel like a boring workout.

    Sadly my classes finished but I still do TAPfit using the online portal and routines I remember and I can't see me stopping any time soon.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Love the feeling, love the results

    • By Anna D.,
    • Brisbane, Queensland, Australia,
    • May 12, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    TAPfit has been an amazing fitness find for me. I’m not keen on most exercise but with TAPfit you forget that it’s about keeping fit because it is more about having fun.

    The instructions are so easy to follow and I love the drama of the tap attachments and the dance floor.

    Couldn’t recommend more.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • I never thought this would be so much fun

    • By Rebecca M.,
    • Brisbane, Australia,
    • Mar 30, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I am in week 2 of my TAPfit workouts and boy oh boy, I have to say I am really really loving this. I’m in my 60s but finding I’m keeping up a treat. Love the new DVDs - they arrived yesterday. Thank you so much.

    Looking forward to my new dances this week. Especially stuck inside...this has been a wonderful surprise.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


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