The Fundamentals of Tap Dancing

Exceptional dancers can up the ante of their dancing technique still, while making everything look effortless. It is shown by their graceful and water-like movement. It’s just fluid. If ever you’ve seen a seasoned dancer performing a tap dance, then you’ll be left in awe by the time they start tapping their feet.

At times, the tap effects they make from their shoes are creating its music.

This is one of the good reasons why a lot of people are inspired to be a good dancer and train their feet to create a unique combination of music and motion.

In that regards, the next steps can improve your tap dancing. It is not easy but with constant practice, you’ll reach your goals.

#1: Shuffle

This is among the first techniques of tap dancing you must learn. It serves as the foundation and can open new opportunities and expose you to greater dance styles and techniques. Basically, this is a combination of moves that are more basic than you thought which are:

  • Brush and;
  • Strike

Begin with Brush by standing on one leg while bending the other. Do this as you are lifting your foot off of the ground. Then do a brush as you swing the foot forward. The moment when it passes the standing foot, slightly point it so the ball brushes quickly against the floor. But remember, never allow your heel to touch the floor.

After a successful execution, follow it up with Strike. Simply speaking, it’s the same movement but done in reverse.

#2: Ball change

In tap dancing, there are multiple ways of shifting your body’s weight from one foot to another. However, ball change is the most common among others.

To pull this thing off, see to it that only your toe taps. First things first, stand with your feet but don’t let them touch each other. Lift your heels so by that, only the balls of your feet have contact in the floor. Then, put your right foot behind and use the ball as support. While doing so, free your left foot to leave the floor for a brief moment. After doing that, switch feet and replicate the process.

You can make phonecalls among different dance studios that can teach you the way on how to do this. Or if you are preoccupied with your schedule, you may instead do research and visit several websites which can take you to different styles of dancing as well.