They are called Tap This! and they hail from Lincoln, Nebraska. This catchy act set to the tune of Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” is a blend of different dance forms and percussive footwork. That’s how this fourteen member team delivered this stunning performance and brought the house down.
Those smiles bring the funk.
The moment the music comes on, the steps come as natural as breathing for this awesome group.
You can see them look at each other with knowing smiles before the performance starts. Talk about confidence! They haven’t even started but already, the crowd is buzzing.
Don’t believe them? Just watch.
They move outwards while moving their arms in the air making it seem like they are on fast forward. They rotate and turn towards each other, folding in to what looks like a cocoon to the beat of the music, simulating the melody with their bodies moving as one.
They fall in together during the bridge and for each thump of the bass they stomp to the beat, increasing in tempo and with their right hands, gesture to the crowd that Tap This! is bringing the funk tonight.
The crowd cheers in delight for each sequence the group pulls off. You can bet the audience were singing and dancing too! With a blend of pop and hip-hop, they trade places from front to back. Transitioning to clogging, they skip and kick their feet in a rhythmic sequence.
Now that’s footwork!
Got legs? They sure do.
Clog dancing originated from Wales and the north of England. Slate quarries and farmers would try to out perform each other during lunch breaks in an attempt to impress their colleagues.The slate produced in the quarries could be used as a platform so imagine how much fun they had.
Imagine the stamina and flexibility needed to shuffle your feet and kick those legs to the beat.
Don’t confuse clog with tap dancing though as there are major differences between them.
Clog dancing requires the dancer to move up and down, making sounds with their heels in a percussive manner. Tap dancers try to stay light on their feet while relying on the melody.
Another difference is cloggers usually dance in a group, within a formation and doing the same steps at the same time. Tap dancers usually perform solo and the performance is more intricate.
To the beat of their own drum
Dancing in itself is tough, and not everyone can do it. To have this talent and showcase it to millions of people around the world is no easy feat, but these guys pull it off every time!
The crowd’s reaction speaks for itself. That was definitely a standing ovation! These guys and girls tour the country with this high energy act, holding audiences in awe while giving the next generation something to dream about and perhaps be the next members of Tap This!
Start stepping to the beat by clicking on the video below!
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