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Post by Garry on Fri 18 Mar 2011, 14:34

Bill [Bojangles] Robinson and Shirely Temple, Stair Dance


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Post by Biggisan on Sat 19 Mar 2011, 13:39

I never had much of an interest in tap dance but after watching the video with Bob Hope and this one I'm finding really interesting, the tap sounds really gets to me Very Happy
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Post by Garry on Sat 19 Mar 2011, 19:17

I'm much the same. When I was growing up 1950's/60s, tap was well past it's prime belonging to my parents generation and faded hollywood stars. It was usually something learnt by girls doing Shirely Temple routines. It was all a bit kitsch and corny.

But when Riverdance started making an impact mid 1990's, the sound of tap, done really well started getting to us. The high level of skill and fresh arrangements gave us idea of what was possible, just using your feet.

Check out these guys, all live, stunning footwork.


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Post by Biggisan on Sun 20 Mar 2011, 02:19

I actually watched this video three times Very Happy
Tap dancing never really caught on at all in Iceland, there might have been a person or two who found it interesting but never enough to start learning it or make anything of it. I think tap dancing might simply be considered silly by most people here, although if a person knew how to tap a little he would probably get a "Wow that's totally cool" or "Haha nice moves) but that would be it.
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Post by Garry on Sun 20 Mar 2011, 08:51

What's sillier is trying to do tap dance moves in a party environment, but we do it Laughing . It's too loud to hear anything other than the sound system, and we wear soft soled shoes that don't tap hehe.

Generally in shuffling we only do a couple of tap steps, the shuffling, and what was originally refered to as soft-shoe, because the soles didn't have taps or hard wooden soles. They work well without the sound they make and fit into electonic dance music okay. Moves like shuffling, spins, whirls, jumps, doing scissor type leg moves etc.

So it's good to remind ourselves that we're actually doing everything wrong, in one sense, so when you get frustrated trying to make your shuffling look 'right', you need see the real thing as in tap, and realise that shuffling modifies it, and it doesn't always work. But the principle of keeping the steps in time with the music is a vital ingredient,

With that keeping in time with the music, your shuffle moves also need to complment the music structure. Build when the music builds, absorb some of the emotion conveyed by the music and generally be in sync with the music so it also compliments your shuffling.


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Post by Biggisan on Tue 22 Mar 2011, 14:21

Hmm...Maybe I should take a few tap lessons then Razz Might help me get my shuffle going Very Happy I noticed on the clips I filmed I need quite a bit of practice scratch

BTW I'll probably be posting a few clips tomorrow in the HSI studio Very Happy
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Post by Garry on Tue 22 Mar 2011, 19:25

yeah tap lessons are a good grounding in the shuffle, mainly because of the focus on feet, it's good strength building and they have helpful exercises to sharpen your timing with the music.

looking forward to seeing the vid

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