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.
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.
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.
BTW I'll probably be posting a few clips tomorrow in the HSI studio
looking forward to seeing the vid