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.
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