Meet These Dancing Feet
North-Kelly, Elena, Dance Magazine
High heeled, low heeled, soft leather, hard leather, split soled, and full soled--all tap shoes are not created equal. Different styles of tap shoes facilitate different styles of tap dancing. When shopping for a shoe, you need to consider comfort, flexibility, aesthetic, shape, and, of course, sound. Lynn Schwab, who teaches tap at New York City's Steps on Broadway, says: "While part of a tap dancer's sound is a product of technique, it also relates to the material of the shoe. For rhythm tapping, the best sound comes from a harder shoe with a wider heel." Dancers hoping for a career on Broadway, however, have a little more leeway, partly because most Broadway dancers use different tap …
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Publication information: Article title: Meet These Dancing Feet. Contributors: North-Kelly, Elena - Author. Magazine title: Dance Magazine. Volume: 79. Issue: 3 Publication date: March 2005. Page number: 68+. © 1999 Dance Magazine, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group.
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