Final SIPS Blog Post

1) I learned about different famous tap dancers; how they go their start, what moves they created, and why they are famous. Then I took their moves and created my own tap dance.

– I chose this project because I like to tap dance and I wanted to learn more about the tappers before.

– I hope I inspired someone through my dance. I want to show people that we can do hard things if we work for it. I also wanted to teach people about tapping through my dance and slide show because its becoming a lost art.

– I did my research at school along with my choreography. I practiced my dance at home and made my slide show there as well.

– Yes, my dad and mom helped me cut my music so the dance would flow even better. I made it a lot easier and the cut offs weren’t just irrupt, we made them smooth.

2) At some points it was hard to find rhythms that went with the music. I kept working to get an intro, but I just couldn’t find anything. So I decided to cut the music. Also the chorus was super weird with its rhythms; I found some eventually but sense it was hard to find I repeated the same steps in the second chorus instead of having new choreography. All of this made me a little bit upset because the last time I choreographed a dance everything came really easy and naturally. For this one I really had to work because it was harder to find things that matched. In the end though it was worth it because it felt right to do what I did.

3) I think my biggest success was my dance. Like I said before it didn’t come naturally but the pay off was totally worth it. The dance came together in a way that made me happy with what I had created. Through out the experience I was just really frustrated thinking “oh no that didn’t work, what if I tried this, why won’t anything work.” but in the end it did work so that was a big payoff. it just came together so beautifully. My parents kept telling me how good it was. I got a lot of compliments, so I think that it turned out well.

4) I learned that if you were black but you could pass as a white then you could work with them. Leonard Reed was someone who passed. He is famous for creating the Shim Sham Shimmy. He was 95 when he created it and the dance has lived on. I also learned that George Murphy didn’t actually dance. He was an athlete, but there was this girl he like who danced. She was moving away. Murphy asked her if he created a dance team would she stay, she said yes. And he created a dance team and went on to become a very famous tapper; all because of a girl. The project was worth my time. I loved learning about all the tapper that came before us. Yes, I do think I gained some English skills. I had to read and research to be able to get the information, like we do in English. I learned how to be less nervous in front of a crowd. I’m getting a lot better at performing by myself for people.

5)I was able to attend the showcase. Everything was so cool and everyone put a lot of work into what they wanted to learn about. I thought the whole thing was so cool. I loved how everyone learned about something different. No one (unless they were partners) learned about the same thing.


1) I finished choreographing my dance. I’m only doing the first two verses and choruses, but I finished!

2) I’ve liked that we got to choose what we work on. And I like how it’s not every day. I wish we could have worked on it longer. I didn’t thoroughly enjoy writing the blogs, but I understand why we need them; so we can show are progress.

3) Choose something you love because it will be a lot of fun. Also you shouldn’t goof off; getting the work done is more rewarding then talking to your friends. Have fun.

4) Yes, I understand.


1) I found good rhythms and I choreographed the chorus.

2) Good, 85%, not really.

3) To finish the chorus and the next verse. Then my slide show.


  1. I finished choreographing the chorus for my dance and the beginning of the second verse.
  2. 4.5 I worked hard and got a lot done. I found good rhythms. Kelty, Blake and I showed each other our projects and we probably could have focused  a little more.
  3. Yes it will.
  4. I just need to finish my slide show and the second chorus of my dance. If I have time I will choreograph more but for now that is my goal.

SIPs #6

1)  I choreographed the first verse for my dance.

2) I will have a slide show about all the different tap dancers I’ve learned about. I’ll take the moves they created and put it into a dance of my own.

3) 48%

4) I just need to finish learning about a few more tap dancers and then finish my dance. I worked on it at home. I made my slide show, and that helped a lot so I will work on it more at home.


1)  I learned that it can be hard to choreograph a tap dance. I’ve done it before but that time it came so naturally. Sometimes you really have to stop and listen to the rhythms and take it slow. When I slowed it down I was able to come up with what I needed. I learned a relearned some tap moves to try and get inspiration for my dance.

2)  I would rate how I used my time as an 8.5. I could have tried to dive deep into the choreography. Next time I shouldn’t warm up as long. Warming up is good though because then I won’t hurt myself.

3)  My project it progressing good. I just need to create my power point. Study tap dancers a little more and finish my dance. I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress. I’ve learned about so many dancers I didn’t know existed.

4)  My next step is to read my book at home so I can create my power point. Next SIPS I think I will continue to choreograph.


1) I learned about two more tap dancers today. Ruby Keeler was the first tap dancer to appear in film. She admits that she is not a s good a Ginger Rogers or Eleanor Powell. She also admits that she is not a tap dancer, she’s a Buck dancer. Buck dancers are a lot like tap dancers but they leave all the movement in their feet. None of it in their arms. They also wear soft shoes. Next is Leonard Reed. The black and whites have always been separated. In the entertainment world there was a thing called “passing”. If you could pass as a white you could work with them. One such man, Leonard Reed, passed. He created the Shim Sham Shimmy.

2) I’m excited to learn about Peg Leg baits. I’m also excited to learn more about Leonard Reed and the Shim Sham Shimmy and incorporate it into my tap dance.

3) I was thinking about maybe signing part of the song in my dance, so I would need to learn ASL. Mostly I just need to work on the tap part at home.

4) My next step is to do some more research at home so I can start putting my slide show and dance together.


What a fun day!

1)  Today I learned about Willie Covan.    Willie started out as a black pick in a white vaudeville show. He later formed a group called “The Four Covans” with his siblings. He was on Broadway in “Shuffle Along”. Eleanor Powell made him the head dance instructor of MGM Studios. The created the Waltz Clog and Around the World – without hands. He taught himself tap from the street cars of Chicago.

I also learned how to do a Waltz Clog, Double Waltz Clog, and a Double Waltz Clog Pullback. I want to use these elements from Willie in my tap dance.

2) Next I need to learn more about tappers over the week and what steps they created so I can start choreographing my tap dance. I also need to make a slide show with all the information I’m going to present.


Yay more SIPS! Here’s what I learned today.

1) Where to start?  To start I’m reading TAP! by Rusty Frank. With this book I’m learning about the history of tap and different famous tap dancers.

What needs to happen first? I need to read and learn about tap so I can make my slide show.

2)  What I learned.

First, tap was all the jazz and everyone wanted to hear it, to be apart of it. Then we hit World War 1. Once the tragedy ended everything sky rocketed. By the mid – 20’s the economy had gone up, because everyone was spending. People went to night clubs and imitated the Hollywood Stars. This sparked yo a time period know as the jazz age. There was jazz style, jazz poetry, and jazz dance also known a tap dance. There are different kinds of from Flash, to legomania, to eccentric, class and soft shoe.

Most of the tap dancers who traveled west were boys 12 or younger. They brought  special punch to the shows and was given  very unique name because of it: pickaninny, “pick” for short. Many tap dancers spent their years as picks. The picks age range was from 6-12.


My SIPS Pitch!

I’m excited to get to work on our SIPS project. It’s a great opportunity to learn about things we are interested in! So here we go!

1) I want to learn about all the famous tap dancers. I want to know what inspired them and their different techniques. I want to watch them and try to pick up ideas for my own tap dances. I want to see the different idea’s they had and how they managed to become so well know. I want to watch them express themselves through dance. I think it would be really cool to understand how life was back then.

2)  Can I inspire others through this?

Where will I get the info?

Will learning about these things help me?

3) I was thinking about creating a power point with all the information I gain about famous tap dancers. To go along with the slide show I wanted to choreograph a dance of my own and perform it. With the power point I want to educate others about the famous tap dancers and how they came to be. I also want to show them the fancy things they do with tap dancing. With the dance I hope to inspire others. I hope to take people away from their everyday life. I want them to relax. I hope to send a message across to them through the dance.

4) If I need help (and I probably will) I will turn to my tap teacher Wendi Isaacson. She could help me with my dance. She is amazing at making dances flow and it could help me improve my choreography. She could also teach me different, harder moves to include in my dance.