• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Saint Paul, MN
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    Aurora, CO
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Intro to Dance: Entry 2

Today I want to talk about another form of dance that many have seen and heard of, but very few feel that they can actually do.  Don’t know what it is?  It’s tap dancing.  A large amount of my training in dance has actually been specifically in tap, and while it may seem like some complicated mess of movements, the technique in and of itself is actually rather basic.  It focuses on numerous small, simple steps that are then repeated and built on to one another in different combinations to create routines that are of course challenging, but not nearly as complex as you would imagine.

Some of the key movements:

Flap: Taking a step while brushing the floor (many instructors will actually rhythmically count flaps by using the term, i.e. “Flap, Flap, Flap” instead of “1,2,3!”

Brush: Brushing the floor with the ball of your foot to make a “swiping” sound

Shuffle: Brushing your foot in both directions (both outward and inward) in one movement

Ball Change: Taking one foot, bringing it behind you and taking a step while lifting up the other foot in front of you (essentially it acts as a weight shift)

Wing: Brushing both feet out to the side while jumping and brushing them back into the starting position

Time Step: This is the step that is so classically and historically tap.  It consists of stomping on one foot, hopping on the other foot, shuffling with the starting foot, stepping, and then flapping and taking two steps with the opposite foot to begin again.  Sounds complicated…but much easier to do when seen!

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