Magazine article Dance Teacher

Letters

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Letters

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I am curious about Debbi Dee's comments in the June 2013 issue (pay 12). I do not see how her ABC/123 method has practical value in the classroom. Teachers who want dancers to use a certain part of the ball tap will simply say so; there is no need for a numerical system, which could cause unnecessary confusion.

Also concerning is Dee's suggestion that the enitire leg is inefficient. As a serious student of master teachers such as Brenda Bufalino and Barbara Duffy, I know that beggining movements from the top of the leg is critical. Dances who focus on using their foot will only tighten their ankle and restrict their range of movement, making it impossible to articulate their sounds with speed and clarity.

Her suggestion that dancers need not practice big shuffles because they will not use them is silly. Of course it is possible for a big, exaggerated on the style of tap, the desired rhythm, the visual, etc

- Ryan P. …

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