Dance Type: Tap
Tap is an energetic and exciting form of dance where dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats. Tap dancing is enhanced by special shoes equipped with metal plates that produce a tapping when the dancer's shoes touch a hard floor or surface. Early tappers like Fred Astaire had a ballroom look to tap dancing. Gene Kelly incorporated ballet movements into his choreography, leading to a style of tap known as "Broadway style." Many tap styles and steps include the shuffle, shuffle ball change, flap, flap heel, cramproll, buffalo, Maxi Ford, single and double pullbacks, wings, Cincinnati, the shim sham shimmy (also called the Lindy), Irish, Waltz Clog, the paddle and roll, the paradiddle, stomp, brushes, scuffs, and single and double toe punches, hot steps, heel clicks, single, double and triple time steps, riffs, over-the-tops, military time step, New Yorkers, and chugs.
Tap dancers develop of a sharp sense of rhythm, coordination, and clarity of sounds. Tap choreography typically starts on the eighth or first beat count. Tap dancers characteristically use syncopation to dramatize their rhythm. Improvisation is another characteristic of tap dancing. Improvision can either be done with music that follows the beats provided or without musical accompaniment, known as a cappella dancing. In advanced tap dancing, basic steps are often combined together to create new steps.
Instructor: Rebekah Merriman
Rebekah has been dancing for over 20 years. She grew up studying jazz, tap and ballet. Rebekah attended the University of Sioux Falls where she majored in theatre. It was during her time there that her love of musical theatre dance grew. After graduating in 2008, Rebekah began to choreograph shows for the University of Sioux Falls, Olde Towne Dinner Theatre, the Dakota Academy of Performing Arts at the Washington Pavilion and the Sioux Empire Community Theatre. Some of the shows include Little Mermaid Jr., 9 to 5, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Cinderella, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and West Side Story. Rebekah also worked with Broadway star Ken Ard to choreograph Guys and Dolls in 2011.
Rebekah is passionate about dance and theatre and is excited to have the opportunity to share this passion with the students at Balleraena.