So You Want to Learn How to Tap Dance?

So You Want to Learn How to Tap Dance?

So You Want to Learn How to Tap Dance

It is really not hard to begin and it can be fun immediately!

Tap dancing at its core is about the rhythms you create and how you create them. The rhythms can be as simple or as complicated as you choose. A nursery rhyme can be a great rhythm to start with. It is the same for drummers. Where the beginning tap dancer often gets confused and frustrated is when they can “hear” the rhythms in their head but have trouble tapping out those rhythms in a coordinated way with their feet.

This is where it is important to recognize the other component in tap dancing, weight shifting. As toddlers we learn very quickly how to walk and then to run. But once we master those abilities and are able to get to where we want to go, we typically stop “teaching” our feet. Think about it. When we walk we are usually going in a forward direction while stepping right, left, right, left, etc. But in tap dancing we may move forward, backward, sideways, up and down, or not in any direction at all! We often make several sounds while standing on one foot before shifting to the other foot. In other words, the tap dancer must become very aware of where he/she needs his/her body weight to go to in order to help create the step! Children who skip, jump rope, or play the game of hopscotch learn this at a basic level very quickly.

Although the majority of the action in tap dancing rests at the feet, the truth is the entire body needs to be involved. With this in mind I suggest a game. Think of a rhythm. You can listen to your favorite song to help you find one if you like. Or you can simply use the happy birthday song. Now that you have your rhythm in your head, see how many different ways you can think of to tap out that rhythm with your feet. Do not worry about “looking good”. This is just an exercise in different ways to shift your weight.

When the music moves you, move to the music. Pretend the floor is a big drum and your feet are the drumsticks! The possibilities are endless and so is the fun. Once you get the sense of what tap dancing feels like, you are ready to learn specific steps that will lead to combination’s. Pretty soon you are doing routines and having the time of your life. So do not be afraid to pick up some tap shoes and join in!

So you want to learn how to tap dance?

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You Can Make It in Show Business

How you can make it in show business

Fame – television series

You can make it in Show Business!  

One of the most frequently asked questions is, “What is the secret to making it into show business?” Here’s the short answer; study, study, and study some more! You are just like an athlete, you’ve got to be the best of the best to compete in this business.

The long answer is you’ve got to start with passion for what you want to do. If you love what you do, you work diligently to master your craft, and you persist, you will succeed. First off, let me give you my definition of success. Success has nothing to do with how much money you make or what kind of celebrity status you achieve. Those things do not equal success in my opinion. If you’re doing what you love, it doesn’t matter how much money you make. 

And being a celebrity has very little to do with talent. Celebrity is a plus but not mandatory. There are lots of reasons why people become celebrities and talent is usually not one of them. Ask yourself if you’re happy doing what you’re doing. If the answer is yes, then you are a success! The money will follow your passion, but never let it be your motivation.

I believe the key to being a brilliant performer is being a well-rounded human being. The more skills you have developed combined with a wealth of knowledge give you a much better chance of working in show business. Read the paper and or listen to the news. Know what’s happening in the world around you. Be knowledgeable in as many subjects as you possibly can. This will not only make you a better performer, but a person as well. There is far more demand and way too much supply so you will need every possible advantage.

Always strive to be the best (as a performer and a person as well). I can’t stress this strongly enough; that there are a plethora of performers ready, willing, able, and waiting in the wings, so to speak. Never stop honing your craft. Remember, this is what you love to do. If it stops making you happy, change careers!

I have two pieces of advice that were given to me early in my career and it changed my life:

  1. Be the best you, you can be. No one is going to be better at it than you. Don’t try to be somebody else. Chances are there will be somebody better at it than you.
  2. Learn to love auditioning because you will be doing a lot of it. If you’re enjoying yourself your audience will too.

You can make it in Show Business!

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