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Tapdancing is the American Tai Chi
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03-20-2017 12:51 AM

 



Post: #1
Tapdancing is the American Tai Chi
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I just realized this, after watching a few scenes of an old episode of Married with Children in which someone was tapdancing, and doing it pretty good I have to say.

Tapdancing is the American Tai Chi, invented in the US and originally tailored to Homo Americanus but possibly will be soon for modern man generally speaking (if it isn't lost meanwhile or devolves into something else).

Modern society - and particularly US society - is very unlike old Chinese society.

And Christina Applegate was un-be-lieva-ble in that episode.
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03-20-2017 01:07 AM

 



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RE: Tapdancing is the American Tai Chi
Bouncing up and down exercises work our lymphatic systems. Tap dancing is from afro-americans. Funnest damn thing in the world to do, too, slamming your feet and making all that noise. Who was best - Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire (both straight guys, by the way)? Esther Powell or Ann Miller?

Gene and Ann were the best but how can you compare? Nicholas Brothers, Buddy Ebsen. Tapping used to be the thing, but it is a super-healthy exercise for the lymphatic system.


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03-20-2017 01:09 AM

 



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RE: Tapdancing is the American Tai Chi
Gregory Hines passing the torch to Savion Glover.



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03-20-2017 01:26 AM

 



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RE: Tapdancing is the American Tai Chi
Tai-chi is much more than tap dancing,

much more.
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03-20-2017 01:28 AM

 



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RE: Tapdancing is the American Tai Chi
LoP Guest  Wrote: (03-20-2017 01:07 AM)
Bouncing up and down exercises work our lymphatic systems. Tap dancing is from afro-americans. Funnest damn thing in the world to do, too, slamming your feet and making all that noise. Who was best - Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire (both straight guys, by the way)? Esther Powell or Ann Miller?

Gene and Ann were the best but how can you compare? Nicholas Brothers, Buddy Ebsen. Tapping used to be the thing, but it is a super-healthy exercise for the lymphatic system.


Modern American society is a composite, we all know this I suppose, and black Americans have had an important influence on its culture. Nobody will deny the existence of jazz, blues, etc. which have been exported to the rest of the world through the US - and as you are saying, including tapdancing although this has been less quick to spread internationally.

Otherwise I am far from an expert on tapdancing - I just wanted to tell this about what I feel might be its role in American society, more or less equivalent to that of Tai Chi in traditional Chinese society. What you are saying about its benefits for the lympathic system does not surprise me. I'd also add that it most certainly helps to balance energy in the body - the "modern", American way as opposed to the old Chinese way, Tai Chi.
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03-20-2017 01:37 AM

 



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RE: Tapdancing is the American Tai Chi
LoP Guest  Wrote: (03-20-2017 01:26 AM)
Tai-chi is much more than tap dancing,

much more.
I know what you mean. Tai Chi is also some sort of martial art, but more centered on inner energy than on outer effects.

Tap dancing may seem very superficial compared to Tai Chi and may not have been consciously intended to do something along the lines of Tai Chi, but still.

It does happen to be something which was born in modern American society, so we shouldn't be surprisng it does not look at all like Tai Chi, and I am not saying it is exactly the same either.
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RE: Tapdancing is the American Tai Chi
uhm
No





Sorry bout the Noise
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03-20-2017 10:36 AM

 



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RE: Tapdancing is the American Tai Chi
DanG  Wrote: (03-20-2017 02:08 AM)
uhm
No
If you say so.....
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03-20-2017 11:04 AM

 



Post: #9
RE: Tapdancing is the American Tai Chi
Not really sure there is anything in European culture that could equate to eastern martial arts and the kind of philosophies that seem to go along with them..

Fighting styles never really evolved in the same way.. but I do understand why some are attracted to the eastern ones, and want to see some connection, but alas I don't think any can truly said to exist in parity.
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Post: #10
RE: Tapdancing is the American Tai Chi
Yes, there is of course the deeply spiritual element in eastern martial arts generally which is lacking in the western ones (e.g. boxing).
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07-16-2017 10:31 PM

 



Post: #11
RE: Tapdancing is the American Tai Chi
As the LORD said, 'TAP ON WOOD".

It has to be wood!


Lmao
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