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02 January 2009 @ 09:04 pm
tap steps  

This morning Mom IM’d me to ask if I knew the name of the combination step flap toe heel heel slap-back slap-back shuffle ball change flap, so naturally I got up and did it. My feet didn’t recognize it; they wanted to do slap-heel slap-heel, which I reported. She said that was more accurate, so I got up and did it again several times. Ted, sitting on the other couch, looked over at me curiously and I explained that Mom wanted to know if I knew if the step had a name. He laughed out loud and said, “I love my family.” :)

It turned out my feet did recognize it, but I didn’t have a name for it. And it turned out Mom wanted to know because another friend of ours from Kenai had emailed her to ask if *she* knew a name for the step. We think it doesn’t have one, and that it’s just one of the nameless steps that our dance teacher’s old hoofer teacher taught her. The thing about tap, anyway, is that beyond the very most basic time step, everybody calls everything different names anyway, so it hardly matters if a step’s got a name.

miles to Dunharrow: 100.1

(x-posted from the essential kit)
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Shannachieshannachie on January 2nd, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
It's been 25 years since I did any tap dancing, but you just got me up to try.
That was NO success. :-))
kitmizkit on January 2nd, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Try again now that I've fixed it to be the actual step! And the flap-toe-heel-heel is done on a hop, if that helps. You have to get right up there on your toes to make it work. :)
Harry_Markov: boo boodaydreammuse on January 3rd, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
This si completely weird for me, since I know nothing about tap and imagening you doing tap is like surreal for me. I am stunned and speechless... So you tap huh?
kitmizkit on January 3rd, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
I am, in fact, a quite good tap dancer. :)
Harry_Markov: black magedaydreammuse on January 3rd, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
I bet you can tap down any kung fu master. In my opinion tap dancers although not the most exciting from the bunch, have the deadliest footwork. Some intentional killing intent and you would be straight to the infirmary.
Brian: evil kitty laughlogrusboy on January 3rd, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
Of course you are. Overtalented nerfherder! (What? I didn't call you scruffy-looking!)