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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tap Tap Tappin'


I started a tap class yesterday! I took dance classes from the time that I was three until I graduated high school at a wonderful little studio in Abilene called Patty Harper Dance Studio. I had the same dance teacher for all fifteen years and I just loved her. She is extremely talented, hilarious, and doesn't take dance class as seriously as many. Which I like.

When I left for Lubbock to go to college in '04, I knew I would miss dance but figured I could use a break after doing it 3 or 4 nights a week for the past 15 years. Plus... there was no way I was going to find a studio that was the same as Patty Harper.

Fast forward six years. Yes six. I move back to Abilene and so does my friend Kasey who took dance with me forever. We meet for a random lunch and all of the sudden we're planning to try our hand at dance class again. Our specializations back in the day included ballet, jazz, lyrical, and pointe. So why did we decide to take tap class, you ask? Great question. Maybe to try something new and exciting? Maybe so we could avoid possible embarrassment if we were to try one of our old dance classes and then be the worst dancers in the class because they are all like 18 and limber? Yep, that's it.

I figure that it's okay to be a little rusty at tap when you have an excuse like "Oh, yeah, I'm not real good at that move because I haven't taken tap since I was 5 years old." That's right... FIVE!

Last night in class Miss Mary was introducing Kasey, Toni (another dance friend cirque 2004), and I to all of the others in our class and she asked us to tell the class how long it had been since we last took tap. I had to tell them it had been 20 years for me. That's the first time I have ever used such a huge number when describing a past life event.

I have never felt so. old.!!!

Tapping is more difficult than I thought. Apparently I didn't learn all of the necessary moves back when I was 5. Regardless, it was a ton of fun and I'm already looking forward to next time!

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