In my last STEP OF THE MONTH blog (which was just last week…but I missed a lot over the summer) we discussed a few new ideas about the SHUFFLE and some of its replacement.
Let’s go a little farther into the world of VARIABLE TECHNIQUES and look at a few more SHUFFLE REPLACEMENTS that will change the way you think about SHUFFLES and give you a few more options in the classroom and with your choreography.
We know that a SHUFFLE = BRUSH + SPANK and I gave you fresh definitions for those terms in the last blog, so……..if you haven’t looked at the last blog…..go there first and make sure that you have that back ground info.
We also know that SCUFFLE = SCUFF + SPANK and we used it in SCUFFLE, STEP and then built the SCUFFLE IRISH!
Take all the steps you know that have SHUFFLES in them, replace them with SCUFFLES and enjoy what happens when your students tune back in!
Now, let’s try another one:
FRONT RIFF + SPANK = RIFFLE (3 SOUNDS – &A1)
The FRONT RIFF is a BRUSH that connects with a SCUFF in one movement producing 2 sounds. (a1)
BRUSH + SCUFF = FRONT RIFF
Now combine it with the SPANK and you’ve got a RIFFLE!
BRUSH + SCUFF + SPANK = RIFFLE
My advice is to relax the ankle and do the “sloppiest” SHUFFLE you can. Just allow the heel to hit. Use the drop and lift Shuffle technique that I talked about in the last blog. If you swing it from the knee down it is very stiff and a bit awkward.
Now try RIFFLE, STEP!
How about a RIFFLE IRISH?
STAY TUNED….there are more SHUFFLE REPLACEMENTS coming in future STEP OF THE MONTH blogs. Give these a try and let me know how it’s going! I love to hear back from you!
There are lots of ideas on how you can change things up in your classroom in my book; VARIABLES FOR TEACHING TAP. You can find out about all of my tap education books and products in the the TAP TOOLS tab on the bar at the top of the page.