Tappity Tap Tap – Week 1

My early tap pics
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Sunday was the first day of tap lessons – yippeee!  I was so excited to finally tap.  After 4 years of trying to find a class with enough adults enrolled to hold the class, I am finally going to learn how to tap.  This is something that has been on my bucket list for a long time now so it is exciting to actually do it. Besides, who doesn’t want to learn to tap???  Not only are you dancing, but you are making music with your feet too!  The perfect combo.

Now, tapping is something I’ve done before, way back in the day when I was a wee lass (as you can see from those amazing pics above).  I remember putting on my tap shoes and dancing in the front entrance of the house since it was the only place in the house that had a hard floor that I could hear my taps on. Oh, the sweet music those taps made. How I’ve longed to hear you on my feet again.

It was great to see the range of people taking the class – men, women, young, old, new, experienced, but all of us thrilled like 4 year olds getting a new toy.  Everybody had a grin before we got started, and most of us had one at the end, regardless of the stifling heat in the ballroom.  I had to show Tony what I learned as we walked the streets of Capitol Hill after my lesson – flaps, stamps, shuffles, they were all somehow amazing because I just did them in a real class with other “tappers”. Harder to do in flip flops, and not as satisfying without the sounds, but I still had to show off.

Logistics:  The class I’m taking is for beginners and lasts 5 weeks, 1 hour each week.  The cost was $99 + shoes ($35), so about $27/lesson.  Not a bad deal considering I’ve always wanted to do this and it is much cheaper than one-on-one lessons.

My questions for you:

  • What dance have you wanted to learn?  Have you always wanted to glide across the floor in a waltz, shake your booty in a sexy salsa, break it down with hip hop or breakdancing, or do an Irish jig? Pick one to start, which is probably the hardest part of this entire process!)
  • How can you make it happen?  Think specifics here – Are there classes in your area? Try community colleges, universities, dance companies, etc. What about video tutorials – Youtube videos or DVDs?  How about friends or relatives that could teach you?  You could always reach out and see if anyone you know knows anybody that is skilled in the dance you want to learn.  There is always a way, you just might have to get a little creative.

My favorite tapping movie is “Singing in the Rain” (if you haven’t seen this movie, OMG, put it on your watchlist now!). However, I love Shirley Temple’s cuteness and light heartedness in the following video, which I think embodies those of us in the class who’ve wanted this since we were a little girl (or boy).  I especially like the dance that starts around minute 4, so cute!

Until next time, this tapper will be practicing her shuffles and flaps.

Melanie