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Get Your Click “On” with Tap!

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Tap dancing is one of the most recognizable forms of dancing, and one of the most fun to learn. It’s danced using the sound if the shoe hitting the ground in rhythm. Different styles of tap are: post-modern, Broadway, Jazz (rhythm), and classical. The post-modern over the last three decades spotlights a narrative in the routine. Tap has roots in clog dancing Irish jigs and African tribal dances. Vaudeville (a form of variety show) is where the style made its mark, but was seen danced in minstrel shows in the 1800’s. In the 1920’s a chorus line entered the stage wearing tap shoes, which defined the dance.

Tap Steps

There are 4 fundamental steps in Tap dancing that any beginner should learn—the shuffle, ball change, single buffalo, step heel, and heel step.

The shuffle:  a two-move combo—the brush and the strike. The brush: stand on one leg and bend and lift the opposite leg off the ground. turn both feet outwards without dropping the raised leg. Swinging your foot forward and pointing your foot so the ball (only) brushes the floor. The strike is performed with your leg swinging backwards instead, still making sure to brush the ball of the foot.

The ball change: Feet parallel but not touching. Rise to the balls of your feet, right foot back staying on the ball, simultaneously lifting the left foot from the floor. Rock your weight to the other side and switch feet.

The buffalo: Step on to the ball of your right foot lift the left foot and do a shuffle, return to original position and hop onto the ball of the foot, placing it behind your right foot, and simultaneously lift your right foot into the air in front of you. Bend the right knee out making your toe end on the opposite of your left foot.

Step heel and heel step: the latter places one foot in front of the other bring the heel down first, bringing down the ball of your foot. Repeat with the other foot and do this move for a few feet. The reverse is the step heel, placing the ball of your foot down before the heel.

Tap is a fun and energetic style of dance for beginners.

Arthur Murray is ready to make you move! Dance on in to our location at: 1711 N College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404, or call us at (812) 334-0553.


Line Dancing Isn’t Just for Cowboys

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Line dancing became most popular in the 1970’s with such dances as the electric slide, and the Cha cha, and the cupid shuffle. However, it all began with the Madison. The height of its popularity was in the 1950’s, and in 1961 The San Francisco Stomp embodied the definition of a line dance. Line dancing is a dance done in a group. Dancers line up in rows doing synchronized moves, often not meeting one another.

Line dancing stemmed from contemporary disco, although country and western line dancing emerged at the same time. “Country line dancing” is what most people think of when they think of line dancing. The most well-known Country line dance songs that helped to bolster the dance were “Cowboy Boogie,” and “Walkin’ Wazi.” Many different musical styles have been inspired by this dance, such as rhythm and blues, disco, swing, and Latin. Country and western line dancing usually includes the two-step, western promenade, and variations of the polka and swing. In the 1970’s the disco version of line dancing brought new life to the style.

Even though in the decades since line dancing has been synonymous with country music, these days that is no longer the case. The versatility of this style is what keeps it going. Pop, rock and hip-hop line dance songs can get people up and moving.

Line Counts

The count for line dancing is either individual-1,2,3,4 or double- 1&2 3&4. There are four categories One step, two step, Waltz or Cha cha.

Some of the basic moves of line dancing are as follows:

One count steps
Step (one count)
Right Vine ( three counts)
Left Vine (three counts)
Touch Tap (one count)
Scuff (one count)
Stomp (one Count)
Double count steps:
Triple step (1&2)
Forward Shuffle (1&2)
Sailor Step (1&2)
Rumba Box (eight counts)
Toe switches (two counts)
Rolling Vine (three counts), just to name a few.

The versatility makes line dancing one of the most popular and fun group dances to date. Whether you are two stepping to “Rock Lobster” by the B-52’S or doing the “Tootsee Roll” by 69 Boyz, there is a version of this dance for all kinds. Anyone can learn to grapevine with their friends.

Arthur Murray is ready to make you move! Dance on in to our location at: 1711 N College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404, or call us at (812) 334-0553.