Jill – Contributer
My first time at tap class… Read this story about Jill who decided to try out Tap Dancing
I once said my daughter – ‘Oh I would love to do tap dancing again – I used to love it as a child!’ and within 5 minutes she had looked it up in Google and found a class close to home – she said she would come with me to keep me company – so I couldn’t say no could I?
I then started doubting myself as to whether I could remember what to do, whether I would actually enjoy it – had I kidded myself that I did really want to give it a go ? What if everyone else could do it and I can’t – all of a sudden I imagined a bunch of ‘Fred Astaire’s all tapping away at top speed and jumping over couches ( have you seen that film ….. XXXXXXXXXXX ).
I wasn’t going to invest in tap shoes before I knew if I was going to enjoy it so I just wore some ‘ sensible’ shoes with a small heel so I could at least get the feel of the tapping sensation. When we got there , there was about 12 people – some who were coming back for the second or third time but also some beginners like myself – so that was a little reassuring.
The teacher was lovely and made everyone very welcome. There were 3 classes after each other – each progressing to a slightly more advanced level. We started the warm up in a circle and as soon as the music started I loved it ! Part of the reason that I wanted to tap dance again was being able to dance in time to some great music – and that is still what I really enjoy.
After the warm up and some basic steps ( some of which I remembered from a child ) we even started learning ‘a routine’. When we had finished the class I realised that I wanted to buy some tap shoes before the next lesson so I could get all those great noises !!!
I went back the next week and enjoyed it even more being able to hear the right sounds with the steps and it wasn’t long before I was asking to stay to the next class and be pushed a bit further.
My daughter meanwhile had to give up due to work commitments and I was completely happy going along on my own and as usual with these types of things – made friends with a few people and walked home with people that lived locally.
2 years on I am still loving the classes and have progressed to the most advanced class – we do something different very week and quite often the teacher will do routines that they have been taught by their professionals – which feels great!
We are all different standards and you can tell that people have strengths in certain areas – so steps that I find easy, someone else may struggle with and other steps that I see people do with ease – frustrate me like mad!
All in all its such an enjoyable evening – you get to listen to some great music – have some good exercise – learn new steps ( and test the brain with learning steps in a certain order ! ) and meet lovely people. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone of any age!