I always wanted to dance in 42nd Street, so my covid-19 quarantine challenge is to teach myself the choreography and dance along with the West End cast. If I learn it all before we’re released I’ll dress up for the final performance. UPDATE - Urgh - I need to "pick-up" the choreo again (excuse the pun). Four sessions in and I sprained my ankle walking on the beach. Idiot! I should have been looking where I was walking. This put me off tap for several weeks (it was a bad sprain). I could do other forms of dance while I was injured but tap-tap was a no-no. Injury can really knock your confidence - well, it knocked mine. I look forward to suffling back to Buffalo soon.
This is Day 4 – It goes like this:
Pick up step right, stamp left (repeat L,R,L)
Pick up, ball change Right, stamp R (arms shoot up)
Pick up step right, stamp left Pick up, ball change Right, stamp L
I think we’ve come up against an edit point in the main video where we cannot quite see what’s going on. Nevertheless, here’s the latest installment. Thanks again to Naomi for the breakdown.
Drop R, spring L, drop R shuffle hop ball change L
Step L, toe step [back], step L, toe step [back], step LR
Brush R forward, hop, back, hop, forward, hop, back, hop
Toe R hop, step R, stamp L
Brush L back, hop, for, hop, back, toe hop
Just a small amount to learn and add today. Thanks to Naomi from Dance Matters for breaking down the choreography from the main video.
[turning R] Hop L toe hop, spring R toe (although some dancers do a heel dig here instead) hop, step L
I started by watching the video several times. It seems almost impossible because it is so fast. However, it made me smile a lot so I felt a connection.
I started to learn the routine from when all the dancers are running onto the stage at about 1:25, so I’ve started with 16 runs and then I go in to the routine.
This is the first few 8s.
Check in tomorrow for a bit more
I would be delighted if people could help me out breaking down the choreography.
Thank you Naomi for the breakdown of steps and the transcription
Springs x 16 RL…
Open tap step ball changes x8 RLRL
Open step ball change, step cross, step cross x6
[pivot R to back] Springs RLRL
[facing R] Drop shuffle, hop shuffle, hop shuffle, hop
Drop L, spring, drop, spring, drop
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