Sep 6, 2010

I wanna TAP!

I think I must've mentioned this book in my tweets and blog over a baker's dozen times, but it's really been such an inspiring read for me as far as giving that little push to take up the things I haven't yet got to in my life. One of those things is TAP DANCING! Years ago, when I used to work in a daycare at the YMCA, I would walk by the dance studio where tap was being taught and always catch myself staring in with that certain feeling of longing (do you know this feeling?) that kept telling me to get myself signed up for lessons. Well, I never did unfortunately, but hopefully plan to within the next year.

Do you know how there are some things you just know are true about yourself? For me, one of those things is that I love to DANCE. I think dance is one of the most exhilarating and powerful forms of self-expression that exists. In the past I've taken ballroom, ballet, beledi, and even hula lessons if you can believe it. I loved aspects of all three forms, but there still remains in me this desire to put on those shiny black shoes and make some fireworks with my feet!

Do you have a preferred dance form, or have you taken tap? Any advice on this new little tappin' adventure you can give me? I would be ever so grateful!

Right now I'm doing a bit of research on Eleanor Powell, the incredible tap dancer from the 30's and 40's. Of course she and Fred Astaire make it look like a BREEZE in this video.

Isn't she amazing? And thank goodness for youtube, because I even found these videos to give myself a little warm-up before I start taking classes. :)


  1. Oh awesome!!

    I was a tap dancer for 9 years, competitively. Super fun! We performed on cruise ships, Ny, Bermuda and even Disneyland, haha! Tap dancing is definitely awesome, I want to get myself a pair again since I'm always time stepping around the house anyway!! :D

  2. Me + dance do not equate, but if I were to ever take up a form of dance, tap is the most tempting! Love the sound of the taps and those shoes are the cutest. Do it, J--I want to hear all about it and live vicariously through your tap lessons!

  3. Can't dance to save my life but I have always been a big fan of tap dancing. I loved Ann Miller & Ruby Keeler from the golden age of musicals. I did find a guy who teaches tap dancing on You Tube & I tried it for a couple of lessons but I am afraid I just have two left feet. I just saw a pair of tap shoes at the Salvation Army today! I might have bought them if they had been my size. Good luck & have a blast!


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