TAP STEP OF THE MONTH – MAY

STANDARD TRAVELING TIME STEP

I am getting ready to travel back to South Africa this week for the US – ZA Teacher’s Seminar in Pretoria.  So excited to return and share the classroom with some great South African teachers and studio owners.

In honor of my 17 hour flight…i’m sharing the Standard Traveling Time Step!

Single Standard Traveling Time Step

8&   Shuffle R

1       Step R

&2   Shuffle L

&3   Ball Change LR  (Traveling to the R)

&4   Ball Change LR (Traveling to the R)

5      Hop R

6      Step L (Single Sound)

&7   Shuffle R

&     Step R

Reverse

 

Replace the count of “6” with a Flap L (a6) and it becomes a Double Standard Traveling Time Step

Replace the count of “6” with a Shuffle L + Step L (a&6) and it becomes a Triple Standard Traveling Time Step

 

GOOD TO KNOW:  It is called a “Standard” Traveling Time Step because it begins with a Shuffle.

WHY DO TIME STEPS START ON THE COUNT OF “8”?

I use a little rhythm that answers this question for my dancers;  “They start on “8” to syncopate!”

The strongest beat in every measure is the down beat or the count of “1”.  Therefore, the weakest beat in two measures of music would be the one right before it…..the count of “8”.  When you accent the count of “8” it surprises the ear and causes syncopation.

Syncopation occurs when a musician accents an otherwise weak beat.

 

Stay tuned for pictures and stories from my trip to South Africa!

 

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