SNEAK PEEK PART 3: The Shoes Of I Think I Can

SNEAK PEEK PART 3: The Shoes Of I Think I Can

Tap Dance Shoes for I Think I Can Show

Tap Dance Shoes for I Think I Can Show

Shoes. OMG, SHOES.

So as you’ve learned, it’s a tap dance show. And we have a LOT of shoes! Each character has a signature step when entering to the stage, and their shoes are no different. Here’s what the cast of I Think I Can are rocking on their feet:

Tap shoe supplies

Tap shoe supplies

So the metal thingys on the top right? Those are metal taps made from aluminum alloy. They come in different sizes based on the shoe size and width. We’ve had to custom grind a few edges down to make them a perfect fit for our cast.

Metal screws attach to the metal plates or black fiberboard, never directly to the leather sole. The screws that come with the taps are a bit too small so our wardrobe team had sourced out screws that were slightly longer.Also, the screw head widths have to fit perfectly in the holes or they scratch the floor. NOT good. We’ve had to grind some down.

Check out the soft-shoe slide show:

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As you can see, different styles of tap shoes are featured. Newton has sport tap runner shoes, since he’s the sport junkie in the production. Frufie, well hers are blue. Because she’s cute. Notice the unusual looking pair of clown shoes and boots? They were custom made from our awesome wardrobe department for additional characters in the show…

Most of the cast tap shoes are built up- which is when you add another sole of leather to the bottom. This gives the shoe a bit more weight, which allows for a heavier sound. It also makes steps like toe stands easier to do. They all have different shoe laces to match their wardrobe.

Everyone has TWO pairs of tap shoes because they’ll be worked pretty hard over the next couple of months in Toronto (Lorraine Kimsa Theatre) and in Ottawa (National Arts Centre).

I Think I Can custom tap dance floor

The stage FLOOR is just as important. It was custom built specifically for this show, tap-dancer ready. It’s a sprung floor with a masonite wood surface. The spring gives the tap dancers a bit of cushion when they land, which helps absorb shock and impact to their ankles, knees and hips. Plus, the sound their taps make resonates better on a sprung floor.

Now you know.

Come check out the good lookin’ feet!

– Shawn B

i Think i Can dance show - Toronto Ottawa

i Think i Can dance show - Toronto Ottawa

i Think i Can

TORONTO:
Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People

April 4th – May 5th, 2011
Get TORONTO Info And Tickets

OTTAWA:
National Arts Centre

May 11th – 28th, 2011
Get OTTAWA Info And Tickets

New Study Reports Negative Effects Of Homework

i Think i Can - Miss McColl's shoes

i Think i Can - Miss McColl's shoes

New Study Reports Negative Effects Of Homework

A new study on younger school-age students shows that doing too much homework can decrease grades and actually diminish interest in the classroom. The excessive workload prevents kids from demonstrating comprehension, especially when studying scientific principles.

“It’s true. Too much homework can be overwhelming and creates an undesirable, negative response,” states Shawn Byfield, a former student of Miss McColl’s Toronto science class. “Especially when different subjects are combined- like math, spelling and Shakespeare’s first folio in one night- the effect it has on learning is, well… basically, it sucks.”

To keep McColl’s current students engaged and attentive to their homework studies, Byfield suggests only one dollop of assignments per night. Her students will enjoy learning more, which causes them to be more attentive. And with less boring stuff to do, “homework won’t suck as much.”

i Think i Can dance show - Toronto Ottawa

i Think i Can dance show - Toronto Ottawa

i Think i Can

TORONTO:
Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People

April 4th – May 5th, 2011
Get TORONTO Info And Tickets

OTTAWA:
National Arts Centre

May 11th – 28th, 2011
Get OTTAWA Info And Tickets

 

Tap Dance or Hip Hop Dance Class? Toronto Speaks Out

I’m back in Toronto from an inspiring near two weeks in chilly Scotland and sunny California!

I choreographed HAIRSPRAY at GAMTA, a music theatre university in Glasgow (Glasgow Academy for Music Theatre Arts) and attended a weekend marketing summit in Anaheim. Here’s some pics of me hangin’:

Me and Miss UK (also Miss Scotland)

Hangin with my friend Nieve, Miss UK 2007

Hangin’ with ma wee friends in Glasgow!

Hangin’ with two of my favourite entrepreneurs: Tim Knox and Derek Gehl

Even though I had a powerfully motivating experience away, it feels great to be home in Toronto. I missed my dance classes!

On that note… if you’re yearnin’ and burnin’ for some dancin’, thinking of coming to class, and wondering what other people have to say, check out this recent dance video about our fun tap dance classes and hip hop dance classes in Toronto– straight from current students.

It also shows what our energy is like in the hip hop classes and the tap classes. Check it:

Maybe watching that video was just the one thing you needed to make your day that much better. 🙂

Shawn B
http://www.ShawnByfield.com