SIPS #5

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.

SIPS #4

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.