Tap Shoes Canada
Tap Shoes Canada concept spurred from a number of reasons, primarily there didn’t seem to be a dance shoe out there that shared our belief in how dance footwear was used and worn.
Why Tap Shoes Canada?
Tap Shoes Canada products spawned from a need to give dancers the best product to complement their artistry. We understand how footwear should enhance the dancers’ genre.
Our passion is to serve the artist like no other company because we understand how shoes are worn and why you purchase them. To have everyone wearing Miller & Ben Dance Shoes.
Our vision is to add elements to your performance beyond the obvious aspirations of superb dance shoes, doing what they are expected to do, using the greatest of materials, craftsmanship and placing our entire attention to detail, that only a Tap Shoes Canada experience can provide.
Tap Shoes Canada’s start.
Originally founded as “Jooba” in 2011 by Cathy Barber. In 2017, she generously passed the thriving business on to Jay T Schramek & Kerry Gage and we are now known as Tap Shoes Canada!
Who are We?
For over 40 years we have been tap dancing, teaching, performing and choreographing. Our work is seen in competitive dance studios and performing and choreographing professionally for Canada’s finest theatre companies. We’ve worked for Mirvish Productions, Stratford Festival, Charlottetown Festival, Drayton Entertainment, Stage West, Capitol Theatre and dozens more. We are passionate about Tap dancing and have worn Miller and Ben Tap shoes for over 25 years. We are dedicated to bring you the finest dancing shoes.
Our shoes are worn by professionals on Broadway, West End – UK and recently worn by dancers in 42nd Street in Stratford. They are also worn by dancers who love to tap in competition and for those who just love to dance.
Who we Think You Are?
Much more important, the shoes are made for you, by hand, with care and precision. We know in fact that you are progressing in your dance genre, and you are ready for the next step. We know that you are seeking the highest quality of dance footwear for your feet. We know that you have a busy schedule and dance is a priority in your life. We know that you live in cities and rural areas and share a passion that started at a young age that has filled your life with joy and surrounded you in a community of people who care deeply for the arts.
How we Do It?
We searched the globe for best shoes to bring to you, the dancer. Miller & Ben shoes are perfected by the dancers themselves. We understand how you dance and why you dance. All designs and creation of each shoe is done at the hand and eye of superb craftsmen. The shoes are hand-made, colours are selected, and leather materials are shined and buffed, given beautiful soles, all chosen to give you the quality you deserve.
How to Order;
- Print off and place foot on foot pattern.
- Stand on foot pattern with full weight
- Consider width room, will I be wearing a sock, tight?
- Have I left room for my toes by ½ inch
- Place order on website, or call your order in.
How are the Shoes Shipped?
Shipped UPS to the location of your choice, awaiting your fabulous feet to begin dancing in them.
Breaking in the Shoes
There is a breaking in period that must be taken into account when breaking in an all leather shoe, sole and upper. We recommend wearing them for 20 minutes at a time, to avoid blisters.
History of the Miller & Ben Tap Shoes:
Avi Miller began designing tap shoes for Israel’s fast growing local tap community in the late 1980′s. The need for local tap shoes arose due to the high cost of import. Those first shoes were developed and created with an Israeli manufacturer, and were sold worldwide. The Israeli-made tap shoes were considered among the best in the market.
Ofer Ben joined the company in 1990. Together Miller & Ben gained experience in fitting, sizing and inspecting tap shoes while personally “shoeing” their students at their studio, Jazz Tap Center, and by performing in those shoes with their company, Tap Tel-Aviv. They continued their studies in shoe development, always striving to improve the quality of their final products. These studies involved all aspects of the art of ‘making shoes from scratch’, measuring, drawing and constructing lasts (the mold that the shoes are built on), cutting upper and sole shapes, as well as experimenting with the use of different components and various materials. By speaking to the cobblers in their own “professional shoemaker’s language” they were able to set the highest standards at the factory.
From the beginning, careful attention was paid to the quality of the sound produced by the footwork. Through the choice of suitable materials and shapes, Miller & Ben were able to achieve the goal of building a superb ‘Musical Tap Instrument’.
In mid-2000, Avi & Ofer relocated their offices to New York City, where they began to present the Tradition In Tap workshops and regularly ‘team-teach’ at Broadway Dance Center. They also teach and perform in workshops and festivals all over the world. In February 2003, they started to manufacture their Miller & Ben Tap Shoes in the Far East and to once again distribute them worldwide. All the models and ideas are personally tested at a tap studio by Avi Miller and Ofer Ben as well as by other tap colleagues. Furthermore, any shoe coming out of the factory is carefully inspected by either Miller or Ben.