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Rllink
04-03-2018, 04:05 AM
I have decided to take an adult tap dancing class. I get a dance thing that pops up in my facebook everyday and I just thought tap dancing looked fun. So yesterday evening my wife and I went to the dance studio to sit in on a class to see if it was something we wanted to do. It looked fun. They are actually having a recital coming up, and they were working on that. While I was watching them I got to thinking that is seemed like learning to tap dance and play the ukulele at the same time has lots of advantages. First of all, it would help keep time. Someone was telling me about sitting at their desk and doing tap dancing while sitting. I thought that might be a fun thing to do while I'm playing. Better than just tapping a beat with one foot. I could have a whole percussion thing going on. Anyone who knows me knows that I do some busking as well. I'm thinking that tap dancing while playing the ukulele could be a money maker. The biggest thing is that I'm getting old, and it looked like some good exercise. I hate actually doing exercise for the sake of exercise. Anyway, watching them practice gave me a whole new avenue to explore. We start on the 16th.

EDW
04-03-2018, 04:36 AM
For inspiration


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an1IeBcKrYk

Ziret
04-03-2018, 04:45 AM
Oh yes, please do it! I'd join you and your wife if I could. If you do, I'll look you up next time I'm in Iowa and put money in your hat.

Croaky Keith
04-03-2018, 05:13 AM
Riverdance! :)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoHlrQScWl0

Oldtoolie
04-03-2018, 05:21 AM
Hot Sardines have a tap dancer who does much of his work sitting down. In one number, he takes up a uke, a Fender 52, and plays while tapping. Can't find the song on YouTube but here's the band. https://youtu.be/UV3woVlagPo

Sven-Uke
04-03-2018, 06:37 AM
Stef Pisteffo, the multi talented lead of the Antwerp Deadheadz plays ukulele, sings and tapdances at the same time.
Amazing to look at and wonderful to listen to.

Rllink
04-03-2018, 06:47 AM
For inspiration


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an1IeBcKrYkOMG, that is inspiration. A truly talented musician. I'm gonna bring that one up the next time the "gotta have a strap" crowd starts crowing. Thanks for posting that. I'm shooting for the stars after seeing it.

acmespaceship
04-03-2018, 07:06 AM
You could become the John Hartford of the ukulele :-) I gotta learn this song:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BI1N08FEo0

Jerryc41
04-03-2018, 07:33 AM
I have decided to take an adult tap dancing class. I get a dance thing that pops up in my facebook everyday and I just thought tap dancing looked fun. So yesterday evening my wife and I went to the dance studio to sit in on a class to see if it was something we wanted to do. It looked fun. They are actually having a recital coming up, and they were working on that. While I was watching them I got to thinking that is seemed like learning to tap dance and play the ukulele at the same time has lots of advantages. First of all, it would help keep time. Someone was telling me about sitting at their desk and doing tap dancing while sitting. I thought that might be a fun thing to do while I'm playing. Better than just tapping a beat with one foot. I could have a whole percussion thing going on. Anyone who knows me knows that I do some busking as well. I'm thinking that tap dancing while playing the ukulele could be a money maker. The biggest thing is that I'm getting old, and it looked like some good exercise. I hate actually doing exercise for the sake of exercise. Anyway, watching them practice gave me a whole new avenue to explore. We start on the 16th.

Have you ever seen James Hill do his sitting dance routine while playing? As he plays, he stamps out a rhythm. This video is from 2012, but he's still doing it - with shorter hair.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KV2nZF-pZ1g

Rllink
04-03-2018, 07:41 AM
Have you ever seen James Hill do his sitting dance routine while playing? As he plays, he stamps out a rhythm. This video is from 2012, but he's still doing it - with shorter hair.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KV2nZF-pZ1g

Exactamundo, I see a lot of potential here. It seems like tap dancing and ukuleles just go together. I'm excited.

Booli
04-03-2018, 06:05 PM
Have you ever seen James Hill do his sitting dance routine while playing? As he plays, he stamps out a rhythm. This video is from 2012, but he's still doing it - with shorter hair.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KV2nZF-pZ1g

Ha! I was going to link that same video. Kudos to you!

IIRC, that footwork is an Appalachian thing (that made it's way up to Nova Scotia), taken from influence from Celtic/Ireland footwork that is similar, but I cant remember what it's called...

Sven-Uke
04-03-2018, 08:25 PM
Ha! I was going to link that same video. Kudos to you!

IIRC, that footwork is an Appalachian thing (that made it's way up to Nova Scotia), taken from influence from Celtic/Ireland footwork that is similar, but I cant remember what it's called...

It's called Podorythmie.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podorythmie

CeeJay
04-04-2018, 03:31 AM
Just don't fall into the sink !! :rolleyes:

Rllink
04-04-2018, 06:41 AM
I'm officially signed up at the dance studio and registered for the next class that starts on the 16th. It sounds to me like not a lot of men take dance classes. My wife bought a pair of tap shoes there, but they didn't have any men's size 11. I might have to get them to order a pair, or maybe I'll just order them myself on line. The lady actually recommended an on line site for whatever else I might need or want. I told the instructor that I wanted to learn to tap dance and eventually play my ukulele at the same time. She thought that was a great idea. Anyway, I once took a cake decorating class on a dare from some female coworkers and being the only man in the class I got a lot of attention from the teacher. I'm hoping that is the case in the dance class, as I am going to need all the help that I can get. I was also told that they have a recital in June, and it was totally voluntary for adults. That may be taking it too far.


Just don't fall into the sink !! :rolleyes:

I don't know what you mean by that, but I won't fall into a sink.

mikelz777
04-04-2018, 06:57 AM
I could see doing the James Hill tap thing but not so much the tap dancing while playing the uke but that's me. I can't even tap my foot to keep time while playing the uke because it throws me off. :cool:

Rllink
04-04-2018, 07:31 AM
I could see doing the James Hill tap thing but not so much the tap dancing while playing the uke but that's me. I can't even tap my foot to keep time while playing the uke because it throws me off. :cool:Actually one of the big reasons that I started thinking about taking tap dance was because I thought that it would help me with timing and rhythm. I need a sense of timing.

mikelz777
04-04-2018, 07:47 AM
Actually one of the big reasons that I started thinking about taking tap dance was because I thought that it would help me with timing and rhythm. I need a sense of timing.

Helping you with a sense of timing and rhythm while doing them simultaneously or the timing and rhythm of tap dancing independant of playing would help with your playing? I might be misunderstanding your aim here.

Croaky Keith
04-04-2018, 07:56 AM
Quote Originally Posted by CeeJay View Post
Just don't fall into the sink !!

I don't know what you mean by that, but I won't fall into a sink.

British humour - a tap is what you call a faucet. :)

(& I think you call a sink a basin.)

Rllink
04-04-2018, 08:12 AM
Helping you with a sense of timing and rhythm while doing them simultaneously or the timing and rhythm of tap dancing independent of playing would help with your playing? I might be misunderstanding your aim here.The timing and rhythm of tap dancing independent of playing would help with my ukulele playing. The idea of playing while tap dancing is something to joke around about. Until it actually happens at least.

Sven-Uke
04-04-2018, 09:32 AM
I'm officially signed up at the dance studio and registered for the next class that starts on the 16th. It sounds to me like not a lot of men take dance classes. My wife bought a pair of tap shoes there, but they didn't have any men's size 11. I might have to get them to order a pair, or maybe I'll just order them myself on line. The lady actually recommended an on line site for whatever else I might need or want. I told the instructor that I wanted to learn to tap dance and eventually play my ukulele at the same time. She thought that was a great idea. Anyway, I once took a cake decorating class on a dare from some female coworkers and being the only man in the class I got a lot of attention from the teacher. I'm hoping that is the case in the dance class, as I am going to need all the help that I can get. I was also told that they have a recital in June, and it was totally voluntary for adults. That may be taking it too far.



I don't know what you mean by that, but I won't fall into a sink.

Have fun!!

ScooterD35
04-04-2018, 10:18 AM
This guy looks pretty happy!



https://youtu.be/PQoqcQNs9PY


Scooter

CeeJay
04-04-2018, 11:20 AM
I'm officially signed up at the dance studio and registered for the next class that starts on the 16th. It sounds to me like not a lot of men take dance classes. My wife bought a pair of tap shoes there, but they didn't have any men's size 11. I might have to get them to order a pair, or maybe I'll just order them myself on line. The lady actually recommended an on line site for whatever else I might need or want. I told the instructor that I wanted to learn to tap dance and eventually play my ukulele at the same time. She thought that was a great idea. Anyway, I once took a cake decorating class on a dare from some female coworkers and being the only man in the class I got a lot of attention from the teacher. I'm hoping that is the case in the dance class, as I am going to need all the help that I can get. I was also told that they have a recital in June, and it was totally voluntary for adults. That may be taking it too far.



I don't know what you mean by that, but I won't fall into a sink.

LOL ...I had a feeling that may have lost something in transatlanticlation as you guys and gals over the pond call the things that we call taps faucets dontcha ? Hence don't fall off the tap into the sink.Basin ? Bowl ?...it's a standard old joke here ...never mind....:smileybounce:

Rllink
04-05-2018, 10:24 AM
LOL ...I had a feeling that may have lost something in transatlanticlation as you guys and gals over the pond call the things that we call taps faucets dontcha ? Hence don't fall off the tap into the sink.Basin ? Bowl ?...it's a standard old joke here ...never mind....:smileybounce:Or it could be that I'm just not quick on picking up on things like that. We drink tap water here, but we get it out of the faucet. You know how your brain sometimes gets stuck in some image and can't see beyond? For some reason I thought that you were picturing me dancing on the counter top and falling off of it into the sink, and I was thinking, "why does he think that I would be tap dancing on the counter top?" My bad.

CeeJay
04-06-2018, 12:02 PM
No probs mate..I won't even go into Morris dancing ...it involves gags about bonnets....hoods....LOL:) Cheers.

Rllink
11-21-2018, 06:36 AM
I found this one that I started back in April. I'm over six months into my tap dancing. It is actually going fairly well. I've never had a problem with singing and playing at the same time, as so many have said that they do. But I have tried to tap dance and play my ukulele at the same time, and I have a whole new appreciation for those who can. I even built a tap dance floor right next to where I keep my ukuleles. I am so far away from playing and tap dancing that I no longer try to imagine it. I'm just saying that I humbly bow to those who can.

Bill Sheehan
11-21-2018, 06:57 AM
Just don't fall into the sink !! :rolleyes:

CeeJay hahahahahaha! If Ronald Reagan were still here, he'd probably say, "Well... there you go again..." (I have to confess it took me awhile to get that one!)
(Took me even longer to realize you posted that back in April !! "Duh" on me !!)

janeray1940
11-21-2018, 02:24 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDDJQeozbLM

Ziret
11-22-2018, 05:35 AM
Six months of tap lessons! That's very cool. Thanks for the update, I think it's still possible in a year or two.