About Us

Bali Tap Dance was founded by Edmund G. Gaerlan in November of 2021. He wanted to put up Indonesia’s frist ever Tap Dance Company and Academy and decided to make Bali his homebase, due to the fact the Bali is very passionate about their Arts and Culture. So establishing Bali as the home of BTD was the obvious choise

Our Vision

“To be celebrated Nationally and Internationally as a premier Tap Dance company in the world of dance, recognized for our distinctive multifaceted dancers, rich and diverse repertoire, respected stature, abiding commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels of our organization, and notable impact on Tap dance appreciation and education throughout the community.”


“Our mission is to produce professional Tap Dancers, Performances, Showcases and Workshops.
To provide world class Tap Dance classes and provide competent instruction and instill an appreciation for the art of Tap Dance in a safe, high-quality studio environment.”

Bali Tap Dance (est Nov.2021) Founder = Artistic Director

  • Originally from the Philippines, started learning ballet at the age of 8, Tap Dance and Jazz Dance the following year.
  • Started Teaching at the age of 15.
  • Became a Company member of several professional Dance Companies like Hotlegs Dance Company (Manila), Ballet Philippines (Manila), City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong-Kong)
    Moved to Indonesia as a teacher at Farida Oetoyo’s Sumber Cipta Ballet school. Then he taught at the French International School, JIS Pattimura Elementary School, Montessori in Kemang and Simprug, Global Jaya School – Bintaro, British International School, Eksotika Karmawibhangga Indonesia (EKI) to name a few.
  • Director of High School Dance at the Jakarta International School (JIS) from 2000-2004.
  • Teaches Tap Dance, Ballet, Jazz Dance, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Neo Classic and Broadway.
    A few of his Indonesian Artists Students were: Agnes Monica, Glenn Fredly, Dewi Sartika, Andien, Jane Callista, Kamidia Radisti (Miss Indonesia 2007)
  • Co-Founded: Genecela Dance Centre (Jakarta) now: Genecela Dance and Workout Studio
  • Founder Artistic Director: Bali Tap Dance (Bali), the 1st and only Tap Dance Company & Academy in Indonesia
  • Co Director: Pelangi Dance Studio (Bali)

About Tap Dance

Tap dance is a form of dance that involves creating rhythmic sounds using the feet. It originated in the United States during the 19th century and has since gained popularity worldwide. Tap dance combines elements of African rhythmic dance, Irish step dance, and other influences.

In tap dance, dancers wear special shoes with metal plates on the heels and toes. By striking the floor with different parts of the shoe, dancers can produce a variety of sounds and rhythms. The metal plates create a distinct tapping sound, hence the name “tap dance.”

Tap dancers use their feet as percussive instruments, focusing on rhythm and timing. They often incorporate syncopated beats, improvisation, and intricate footwork patterns into their performances. Tap dance can be performed solo, in duets, or as part of a larger group, such as a tap dance ensemble or a Broadway-style show.

Over the years, tap dance has evolved and branched out into different styles and techniques. Some notable styles include classical tap, rhythm tap, Broadway tap, and hoofing. Each style has its own unique characteristics and emphasizes different aspects of the dance form.

Tap dance has been popularized by numerous influential performers, such as Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Savion Glover. It has been featured in various forms of entertainment, including movies, television shows, and stage productions.

Tap dance continues to be practiced and appreciated by both professional dancers and enthusiasts worldwide. It offers a creative outlet for self-expression, a means of artistic communication, and an enjoyable form of entertainment.