February 03, 2006

Click click

Last night I took my first tap class in absolutely ages (six years, I think?) -- holy crap was that fun. Before I went to class, I mentioned it to an older coworker, who replied that as a child she'd always wanted to take tap and her parents made her take ballet instead, which she hated. I said, well, tap dancing is awesome, you could still take a class if you felt like it -- and was surprised to find her response to be kind of offended! Something like "Well, I have enough in my life," but phrased and with intonation such that the subtext sounded very much like "My life is not so empty that I have to chase my childhood tap dancing dreams, as you seem to think it is!" Well...okay. But really, it's fun.

Anyway, because I figured I'd be pretty rusty, I took a class that was a bit simpler than the ones I was taking when I drifted away from it, but for the most part, it all came back really easily, so next time I think I'll try the next level up. I guess all that idle half-assed tap dancing to MP3s while waiting on subway platforms was actually useful! Also nice: I got a compliment from the teacher on my tap skillz. Seriously, what is better than getting a compliment from a teacher in your first class after six years? (Note: rhetorical question. Yes, there are things that are better than that.)

Actually, the whole evening was great, but I've gone on long enough about my day -- I mean, really, what is this, a livejournal?

Posted by Francis at 10:22 AM

People often seem not to understand that tap really IS an activity you can pick up easily as an adult, moreso than you-must-weigh-100-pounds-and-be-willing-to-abuse-every-part-of-your-body ballet, for instance. I feel sorry for your co-worker, who could well have finally achieved her childhood dreams and found ultimate fulfillment in her life, rather than the empty rhythmless void in which she currently exists. [PS, adding the fact that you're a TAP DANCER to the fact that you're a top-notch wordy humorist might make you the number one absolute coolest person ever ever ever. I know plenty of tap dancers and plenty of wordy nerds, but only two who are both (including me). Can we get a Six Things about tap?!]

Posted by: polyglot conspiracy at February 3, 2006 03:49 PM

I think a "Tap to Tap" video of you hoofing it to Big Bottom or Stonehenge would be nice.

Posted by: Rick at February 3, 2006 04:18 PM

I would like to second the motions of each of the above posters. In the case of Rick's idea, please add juggling...and add a scuffle to those double-triple time steps!

Posted by: Lorinne at February 3, 2006 04:59 PM

I do juggle, although I'm a better tap dancer than juggler, so I guess that's theoretically possible. But somehow I don't think such a video would achieve internet-meme status based on my precision performance so much as for the inevitable moment where I hit myself in the face with a beanbag while wiping out in mid-wing.

Posted by: Francis at February 3, 2006 05:20 PM

Do you wipe out because you trip on the 18" Stonehenge? Just wondering.

Posted by: Lorinne at February 3, 2006 06:00 PM

The damn dwarves are always putting it in the wrong spot!

Posted by: Francis at February 3, 2006 06:06 PM

Yet another reason to regret missing Stamford last year—you could have been in the talent show, the famous tap-dancing crossword-solving humorist memorialized on film for the ages.

Posted by: Orange at February 3, 2006 06:29 PM

Oh don't even get me started on that.

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