For my fifth post of module two, I have found a website that is a dictionary and if you press on a certain step, then it will show a few videos and the counts of that step. For example, there is a step called a wing and when you press the word wing in the dictionary, it will show a video of how to do a wing and give the counts which is, &a1 and will explain how to do the step. For example it says, “tart on the balls of the feet with feet together, scrape both feet outwards and into the air, then spank both feet inwards at the same time and land on the balls of the feet with your feet together”. I think his website is good because if you need help on a steps you don’t know, then you could just go to this website and watch the video.
For my third website of module two, I have found a website that is more visual, so instead of text explaining steps, there are instructional videos. The steps that are explained in this website are all riffs. There are videos that explain riffs from 3 beat riffs to 9 beat riffs. I think these videos are very good because some people learn better through visuals and this is exactly what the videos demonstrate an even with the counting.
For my second post of module two, I found a website that is basically a dictionary of tap steps with counting and movement descriptions. In this website, it explains how to do different steps while stating what the steps are and how to do them.For example, there is one step called a toe stand and in order to do that step you have to jump up onto the tip of your toes and balance there. I think this website is very useful is because if during dance class, there is a step that you don’t know, then you can go to this website and see how do a certain step.
For my first post of module two, I decided to narrow down my topic to the counts in different steps. In this website, it talks about how a step called a time step starts on the count 8 and then continues on with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and then 8 again. The website also explains how when dancers first learn time steps, the steps are broken down into phrases. Another thing that this website said was that the footwork of these steps are usually more flat footed and swinging. I think this website is very helpful because if someone wants advice about how to figure out how to do a time step, then on this website it can give them some tips.
For my eighth website, I have found a website that explains how to do certain steps with a written example and a video as an example just in case some people don’t understand. The steps that they explained were shuffles, ball changes, buffalo’s, toe-heel heel-toe. I think this website is very helpful because for those who just want to see how to do a simple step and practice until they understand it. They can also just watch the video as an example if they really don’t understand the explanation.
For my second website, I chose one that explains what the types of steps are, how you do it, and the counts for it. I think this website is good for beginners so that they can get the basic steps and learn from that. The website is dance syllabus. Relating tap dancing to math is simple because in tap, you have to use counts which include numbers that you can add up so you know how many counts a phrase is. When you dance to certain genres, there are different counts that you are supposed to use. An example is that when you are dancing to waltz, you would use the counting 1,2,3-1,2,3-1,2,3 and so on. When you are dancing to pop music or for tap, jazz, lyrical, or ballet, you would be using 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 etc.
Tap is a very interesting topic and I have been tap dancing for about ten years and now, I want to expand my knowledge on it with math. In order to find out more about tap, I have to find good websites to use, so my first website I found is History of tap. In this website, it explains about how tap was populated in different parts of the world.
Tap originated from the Africans in early Africa. These people were then called the Levee dancers. Tap dance and Irish clogging are very similar and share deep roots. Irish clogging is mostly fast and complicated foot movements with a rigid upper body. This trait is called the, Black “Buck and Wing” style.
This website talks all about the types of shoes used, for example not until 1910, tap shoes had no aluminum on the soles and heels. Many years before that, tap dancer and used soft shoes which are pretty much jazz shoes. To actually make a sound, they would put sand on the the floor and when they shuffle, you can hear the sounds that they make.