The author’s objective is to capture these steps and unusual musical counts in written “Dance Notes” format, going to great lengths to “break down the steps” and “insure the dancer has WEIGHT on the correct foot”, etc, to accomplish a faithful execution of some tricky foot work complicated by some unusual musical dance counts. A corollary objective is to “set the record straight”, dispelling ALL variations. The completion of this book was a labor of love, dedicated by the author to his late mother, Gertrude LeBlanc Foreman, a pioneer of the dance industry in southwest Louisiana (Acadiana) who taught dance for over 50 years and fueled my passion to dance.
A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, the author (AKA “Happy Feet”) currently resides in the Dallas suburb of McKinney, TX and is eternally grateful to God for carrying him through two strokes, 4 stints, and a triple heart bypass, allowing for this “Second Edition” to reach fruition. I am deeply grateful to Art Stone for his very meaningful and encouraging words that introduce this Second Edition. His sign off (Fellow Tap Dancer) is very modest. He is the same Art Stone listed under DANCE FACULTY OF NATIONAL STATURE on Page 35 of this book. I so greatly benefited from his teaching that this kind gesture is “doubly meaningful” to me. The dance world may better know him currently for the “Competitor” and very possibly have worn dance costumes from his aforementioned company. Thanks again, Art, for your kindness. May God continue to bless you and your work.