The Old Soft Shoe by Bunny Clarke

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As a child I was fascinated with tap and soft shoe dancing. As I have mentioned before, I am not graceful enough to pull of the remotest definition of most styles of dancing. I tend to trip over the dust bunnies in the room. My grandson was interesting in tap for a bit, but he prefers the styles of Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. He at least does well with it, except for his fast growth in the last couple of years. He is taller than all of us now at 17 years of age. When I saw Happy Feet, it made me think of how I could put this together. One is showing the other how to do the step. :o)

The rest of the information is from wikipedia:
Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one’s tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument. As such, it is also commonly considered to be a form of music. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (Jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses more on the dance. It is widely performed as a part of musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses more on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the Jazz tradition.

The sound is made by shoes with a metal “tap” on the heel and toe. Tap shoes can be bought at most dance shops. There are different brands of shoes which sometimes differ in the way they sound.

“Soft-Shoe” is a rhythm form of tap dancing that doesn’t require special shoes, and while rhythm is generated by tapping of the feet, it also uses sliding of the feet (even sometimes using scattered sand on the stage to enhance the sound of the performer’s sliding feet) more often than modern rhythm tap. It preceded what is currently considered to be modern tap, but has since declined in popularity.

Tap dance has roots in dancing such as the Juba Dance, English Lancashire Clog dancing,1 and probably most notably Irish stepdancing. It is believed to have begun in the mid-1800s during the rise of minstrel shows. White performers would imitate Southern blacks and satirize their dance forms while incorporating step-dancing. In later minstrel shows, black performers in blackface would play roles in which they imitated the Irish imitation of black dance forms, further mixing the two.

Created in ArtRage from my previous sketches of penguins drawn by hand first and then transferred by sketching again in ArtRage on my iPad. I did a little more work in Photoshop Touch and then finished in Photoshop.

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  • walstraasart
    walstraasartalmost 2 years ago

    Love the colors in this very cute work

  • Thank you so much Thea. I thought as a series, the little faces should match. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • Donna19
    Donna19almost 2 years ago

    Loved you description. These guys are so pretty. Lovely work Bunny

  • Thank you very much Donna. I’m glad you enjoyed this. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenalmost 2 years ago

    Very beautifully done Bunny!

  • Thank you very much dear Ellen. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsalmost 2 years ago

    Very nice indeed!

  • Thank you Trevor. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanalmost 2 years ago

    soft and lovely

  • Thank you Marion. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 2 years ago

    They look so cuddly!!

  • Thank you Shulie. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • James Brotherton
    James Brothertonalmost 2 years ago

    Very cool image Bunny!

  • Thank you very much James. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Strattonalmost 2 years ago

    This is very nice, Bunny. I’m impressed with your skill! :-)

  • Thank you for your wonderful comment Pete. I really appreciate it. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • CarolM
    CarolMalmost 2 years ago

    Your talent shines in this one Bunny! Adorable.

  • Thank you very much Carol. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely creation,…

  • Thank you. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

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