Crazy Socks Tap™️ :: How to Tap Dance :: The Ball Change

Crazy Socks Tap™️ :: How to Tap Dance :: The Ball Change

Definition ::

A changing of the weigth on the balls of the feet from one foot to other; executed forward, to the side, or in place :

Measure / Count / Movement

and – Step R bk. ) Ball Change
1 – Step L fwd )
And – Step R bk
2 – Step L fwd
And – Step R bk
3 – Step L fwd
And – Step R bk
4 – Step L fwd

This could also be known as Back – Front

As you may have noticed, I have added some variations to the sequence, including a step in between and a faster rhythm.It still all amounts to a Ball Change as the base.

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~ McGlamorous

Crazy Socks Tap ™️ :: How to Tap Dance ::  Rhythms on the Walk

Crazy Socks Tap ™️ :: How to Tap Dance :: Rhythms on the Walk

Welcome to the first post in a series of planned videos! These are short clips of rhythm that randomly enters my head. Like music, I must stop and compose, but with my feet. I hope to share many of these ideas in hopes that you can learn from them and twist them to fit your very own creation and style! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel at The AMcGlamorous if you desire, or my email list on the front of the site.

Here we go. Walk On…Tap On…

You can add as many sounds as you wish.

 

Smile :: You’re A Star

 

Thanks for dancing with me.

 

~ McGlamorous

Crazy Socks Tap™️:: How To Tap Dance :: The Bombershay

Crazy Socks Tap™️:: How To Tap Dance :: The Bombershay

 

 

Bombershay :: A theatrical term for which there were numerous variations

These gradually build from no flap, an added flap, and a hop shuffle. Enter A, B, C, guides.

Measure / Count / Movement

A.

1 – Step R flat ( XF of L )
2 – Step L ( to L side ) – AST ( at same time ) twist on R heel, toe raised to R side
3 – ) Repeat A
4 – )

B.

Step R (flat) XF of L
and 2 – Flap L ( to L side)
AST ( at same time ) Twist on R heel, toe raised to R side
3 – ) Repeat B
4 – )

C.

8 – Hop L
and a – Shuffle R ( to right side )
1 – ) Step R (flat) XF of L
and 2 – Flap L fwd ( to L side )
AST ( at same time ) twist on R heel, toe raised to R side
and – Brush R back (In this video I just did a step)

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~ McGlamorous

La Vida Es Un Carnivale :: In the Spirit of Mardi Gras

La Vida Es Un Carnivale :: In the Spirit of Mardi Gras

In the spirit of upcoming Mardi Gras, we celebrate with dance, music and costumes /  jewelry. I didn’t really want to write another post on the history of Mardi Gras, so you can go to an informative Mardi Gras site of your choice for that. I did however find the following interesting ideas that were very interesting when combined with the art, music, and spiritually of the season.

As taken from the Mardi Gras New Orleans site here :

”The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. From here, the traditional revelry of “Boeuf Gras,” or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies.”

Fatted calf…hmm, where have we heard this. The Bible! If you are a fan. The verse coming from the story of the prodigal son in Luke as seen below.

LUKE 15:23

And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.” Another celebration. Mardi Gras Masks

Comparison of celebration is evident, as well as color.  A trio of color. King of Carnival, Rex, was invented in 1872 to preside over the carnival’s daytime parade. I honor of the visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff, the businessmen introduced Romanoff’s family colors of purple, green , and gold as the official Carnival colors.

 

Purple: Justice

Gold : Power

Green : Faith

Official Tune : “If I Ever Cease to Love” (The Duke was fond of it)

 

Now my favorite parts. Costumes. I had no idea that the costumes were in influence of the Native Americans and their historical assistance from slavery during the time. See here. The masks may be dying out due to cost, but the feathers and colors that come around during this time of year are so exciting. Artists and dancers may see comparison to birds, Brazilian Carnivale, or dance styles. I express visually, so just see my photos in this post to tell where my brain may be going on this!

 

 

And birds. ParrotLet’s not forget the birds and the fashion inspired by them. Oh my goodness at the beauty in the colors and feathers. Think Rio, the movie.Parrot Costume

 

Last but not least, I always think of a certain song by famous artist Celia Cruz. La Vida Es Un Carnivale. The first time I ever heard it was at a salsa event. I was hooked from that moment on ; ballroom dance, Latin dance, culture, everything. Imagine the excitement when she came to perform in Atlanta and I got to dance to the song I loved so much.

 

 

 

May as well add my handmade jewelry here.Mardi Gras Owl Shameless plug. One of my favorite dance instructors and personalities is from Louisiana, as well as some of my family on my father’s side, and it so seems that Carnivale is somewhat in the blood. My mother being a costume designer and musician too, I find the connection to fashion, music, dance, nature, and much more so inspiring. So many choices I can’t decide what to draw, or make, or listen too! Just heaven on earth if you can see it.

Alexander McQueen

 

 

 

I hope this translates some visual energy in your direction. That’s what beauty is all about. Remember : La Vida Es Un Carnivale…So enjoy!

 

 

 

 

~ McGlamorous

 

 

 

 

The Lengths We Will Go To :: Necklace Lengths

The Lengths We Will Go To :: Necklace Lengths

Have you ever wondered about necklace lengths? We did some research and found these as some standard lengths of necklaces (and bracelets coming soon) for design or customization. See our model Mae Mae for reference.

Necklace Lengths

 

Necklace Lengths ::

Choker : 14-16″

Princess : 17-19″

Matinee : 20-24″

Opera : 28-34″

Rope : 37+

 

 

Bracelet Lengths ::

Child

4-5 years : 5  3/4″, 6 1/4″, 6 1/2″

6-7 years : 6″

8-9 years : 6 1/2″

10-11 years : 6 1/2″

12-13″ : 6 3/4″

 

Adult ::

Petite-Average : 7″

Average : 7 1/4″

Extended Average : 7 1/2″

Large : 7 3/4″

X-Large : 8-9″

 

Of course, all of this can be to your own specifications as well. Hope this provides a helpful reference and feel free to share.

 

~ McGlamorous