A Grasshopper’s Journey :: Scaling the Great Wall

A Grasshopper’s Journey :: Scaling the Great Wall

 

Many Springs ago while daydreaming out the garden window I spotted thisĀ natural warrior attempting to scale our garden wall. With the intensity of a littleĀ Karate student, he approached his challenge in silent thought and preparation.

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His legs caught my attention.

Strength building in his joints. Poised and ready.

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Starting the ascent. Looks promising.

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A different angle. A different view of the challenge.

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On the humorous side. As in web development, back ends make for beautiful front ends.

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And finally, he has run the good race. Mountain moved.

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Inspiration comes from everywhere, yet nature provides one of the best shows.

“Patience Grasshopper” still comes to mind. Hope he inspired you as much as me.

 

~ McGlamorous

How to Tap Dance :: Crazy Socks Tap ™ :: The Abe Kabbible

How to Tap Dance :: Crazy Socks Tap ™ :: The Abe Kabbible

 

The Abe Kabbible

 

Part of being healthy is in the exercise, and what a great way to achieve this through dance. That is why I have begun to re-post some older ideas here using basic tap moves for beginners through advanced. The idea of this is to get those people inspired to learn to tap, or for those who always wanted to learn how to dance. The rhythm in this art form is hard to resist and loads of fun for the heart and soul. No impressive moves here, just the basics based on a great tap dictionary book that I have had for years, as well as a funky pair of socks (just for fun).

Here is an interesting article on the author Glenn Shipley, and a link to the book The Complete Tap Dictionary.

I have not included everything in the book, mainly exercises. There is a load of interesting information in it about the art form, including definitions from his extensive background in so many styles of dance. If you are partial to the old days as we are then you will really enjoy the read.

First exercise is below with a description. I hope to keep them coming.

Please enjoy.

 

 

Published on May 1, 2014 (Theatrical Term) – A commonly used movement in tap and jazz dancing.

With counts:

Part A

1-Step L (to L side)

2-Step R (XF of L)

3-Step L (to L side)

4-Heel tap R (to R side)

Reverse

Part B :

With the And Count Added

And-Step L (to L side)

1-Step R (XF of L) And-Step L (to L side)

2-Heel tap R fwd (to R side)

Reverse

Part C :

With the Leap

And-Leap fwd to L ft (to L side)

1-Step R (XF of L) And-Leap fwd to L ft (to L side)

2-Heel tap R fwd (to R side)

Reverse

 

Song : Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar by the Andrews Sisters

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Hope you enjoy playing along, and thanks for tapping with me!

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~McGlamorous