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Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one’s tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument.It is also commonly considered to be a form of music. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (Jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses more on the dance. It is widely performed as a part of musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses more on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the Jazz tradition. The sound is made by shoes with a metal “tap” on the heel and toe. Tap shoes can be bought at most dance shops. There are different brands of shoes which sometimes differ in the way they sound. Characteristics of tap dance Tap dancers make frequent use of syncopation. Choreography typically starts on the eighth or first beatcount. Another aspect of tap dancing is improvisation. This can either be done with music and follow the beats provided or without musical accompaniment, also known as a cappella dancing. Tap dancing can also be done using an a cappella method. Similar to singing without instrumental accompaniment, tap dancers are not dancing to any music but creating a rhythm by using different steps at the same time. In a tap a cappella, the steps are normally kept simple (such as the most common steps listed above) and easy to control. The group of dancers must work together to create the sound keeping their steps at the correct speed to match each other. Tap dance sound in movies and theater : Theater productions use a number of techniques to capture, amplify, and recreate the sound of tapping, from using wireless microphones in the shoes of the dancers to the use of so called “click tracks” with synchronized, pre-recorded sound which is added during the performance. In film, with a higher standard for the sound quality, sound is added during post-production and may or may not include the original tapping.
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