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A gradual increasing of speed or tempo in music.
A basic movement originated by Jim Bandy, a dancer of the vaudeville days.
A movement wherein the toe or heel of one foot strikes the toe or heel of the opposite foot.
A forceful striking of the heel of the free foot (toe up) in any direction. This movement may or may not take weight.
Eighth Note Rhythm
Two even beats per count, within a measure. 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and...
A forward brush step: With the knee in a flexed position, strike the ball of the free foot against the floor in a forward motion, stepping forward on the same foot; the step takes weight. May be executed in any direction but normally forward.
An uncounted sound. In actuality, involves 32nd notes but is an extra tap sound which falls between the counts of a sixteenth note rhythm.
A tap movement derived from the Charleston Theme Step, consisting of the inward and outward motion of the toes.
(Tacet) Step or steps danced without musical accompaniment; usually from 8 to 16 measures in length and normally occurs in the middle of a dance number.
Direction away from the audience.
A musical introduction, or musical phrase which can be repeated indefinitely.
Names of some tap steps:
shuffle, shuffle ball change, flap, flap heel, cramp roll, buffalo, Maxie Ford, time steps, pullbacks, wings, cincinnati, the shim sham shimmy, Irish, Waltz Clog, shuffle hop step, running flaps, running shuffles, sugar, and the paddle and roll, slap, stomp, running slaps, brushes, and scuffs, hotsteps, heelclicks
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