Our next passage is entitled
Tap and Step Dancing.
This is a humanities passage
which, while very highly detailed,
is going to be focusing on connections between ideas
and not so much building up just a single thesis.
Don't read it like a social science's passage
where you just focus on objective fact,
but focus on how the author likes to connect
the various ideas we'll be examining.
The author states that tap and step dances were those
of motions of the feet which resulted in combinations of
As these ties back into the title of the passage,
I think this is a nice introductory statement.
Then in blue we have George H.
Primrose, the famous American minstrel
who have embodied a lot of the
techniques we're about to discuss.
I then highlighted in a unique color of the titles of each
paragraph, which you can
maybe do with the strikethrough feature if you want a
different type of highlight.
And we have buck-dancing that we are told is done to
and you must get the right accent on those syncopated beats
I think this in a single sentence both connects buck-dancing
the oblique picture while also giving it its distinct
So I think it's both
connecting and distinctive.
If we can jump ahead to straight tap, we have to remember
that all of your counts begin with the left foot.
So, beginnings are always extremely important and so I
think this is important to understanding straight taps.
In the same discussion of straight taps,
we are told that on the eighth count
put the flat of the left foot down on the floor
shifting your weight to the left foot. Okay?
I think this just sharpens my mind, visual image
I have of how straight tapping is carried out.
Lastly, we discuss front taps. The front tap goes front.
It gets its name from the direction it takes.
It's a very literal statement
of how the tap is carried out.
The final sentence of the paragraph states "Now you
have had a straight-tap and front-tap with both feet."
And you can see that the author was building up to you
a connection between learning these 2 types of taps
and presumably these are essential taps
to learn and why not learn them together.