Tap Dance – Buffalos

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dance instructor Roger Riggle demonstrates how to do buffalos.

    Roger Bennett Riggle: My name is Roger Bennett Riggle and today we are exploring the world of advanced tap dancing, and this is one of my advanced tap dancing students, Allison Taylor. We are going to show you how to do a Buffalo, and most people who are maybe one year beginners or going into intermediate have learned the Buffalo. At the end of the Buffalo, we are going to put a Falap ball change; remember a Falap has two sounds and takes the weight, Falap, and then ball change, left, right, that's Falap ball change. Do it once again, Falap ball change, that's it, Falap ball change. So in front of that we are going to put a Buffalo, and I like the feet turned out in a Buffalo, and I definitely like the Falap foot to pull up in front of the knee when the Shuffle foot goes back, and I will show you exactly what I mean. So with the Buffalo we will start with Falap to the right, and then you are going to Shuffle left, and you are going to put that toe down and pull the right ankle up, yes. So both feet are kind of turned out, it makes it very interesting looking. Falap again, Shuffle, and release, okay, it goes up like that. Then we are going to do three Buffaloes in a row and we will add Falap ball change at the end of them. Here we go, 5, 6, 7 slowly, Falap, shuffle back, Falap, shuffle back, Falap, shuffle back, Falap ball change.

    Now, the left foot is free and we can do it on the other side, Falap, shuffle back, Falap shuffle back, Falap shuffle back, Falap ball change. Okay, let's do all of them together; right foot and then left, this allows you to finish on the right foot, and to transfer on to the left. Here we go, 5, 6, 7 and a Buffalo one, a Buffalo two, a Buffalo three, Falap ball change, a Buffalo one, Falap, Shuffle back, Falap, Shuffle back, Falap ball change. There we have the demonstration of the Buffalo. Now I am going to show you a new ending to the Buffalo, called Shuffle Heel, Shuffle Step, which is a little bit tricky and gives it a very, very advanced look at tap dancing with Buffalo.