Saturday, March 12, 2011

A different form of dance

Most of my blogs in the past have covered things about either ballet, jazz or modern. But I am leaving out a totally different form of dance all together. Most people wouldn't consider it dance due to the loud nature. But in my opinion both of these shows are a form of dance, just one in their own way. I had the privilege of seeing both these companies perform at the Kravis Center within the past 4 years.

The first show is STOMP. I know that this doesn't look very dancingish, but however, dance is defined as
  1. To move one's feet or body, or both, rhythmically in a pattern of steps, esp. to the accompaniment of music.
Now you tell me if you think this is dancing or not?

Granted they aren't in costumes or dance shoes, but that doesn't make the dancer.

STOMP along with TAP DOGS use different items to make sounds and aren't very conventional.

In STOMP they use 30 brooms, 8 trash can lids, 1 tall bin (in the UK), 5 short bins (in the US), 10 6ft 6in poles, 15 pounds of sand, 4 blocks of athlete's chalk, 12 pairs of drumsticks, 200 Litres of water, 8 bananas, and 12 boxes of matches.

For those of you in FL who want to see STOMP it will be in Ft. Myeres, April 29 to May 1.

Now onto Tap Dogs which is different but yet similar to STOMP.

With Tap Dogs, they have a purpose. They are construction workers who are trying to build something, but yet have fun while doing it. They use so many different objects to make noises, including their tap shoes. They use water, beams, basketballs, those things that make sparks fly when touching metal among others.

Tap Dogs is based out of Australia and you can also attend school there and learn how to do what they do. Unfortunately, it is a male dominated company, but they do offer different classes, such as:
  • Tap
  • Hip Hop
  • Boys Ballet
  • Jazz
  • Acrobatics
They also have the Newcastle Tap Pups.

They also have workshops conducted by Dein Perry who founded Tap Dogs.

The shoes that they wear are very unique and not normal tap shoes. While attending their performance at the Kravis Center we got to attend the lecture before the performance and got to hold the shoes that they wear. They are heavy and bulky, which is no wonder why you have to be a guy to wear these shoes!

If any of you out there have a chance to see either of these performances, I highly recommend you do. I wish they would come back down this way so I can see them again!

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