50 Weeks to 50: Foot Percussion
One of my favourite activities growing up was tap. For as long as I can remember, when I wait in line or am nervous about something, I tap. Over the years my repertoire of steps has dwindled to a handful.
I never thought I’d find others who would like to do the same until I was nervous tapping one day and someone mentioned a friend who took a class nearby. I began researching and did a summer camp to find my tap level. I tried a beginners class but it was clear that my 12 years of tap as a child was still in me. Cue Travis Knights and my Wednesday night intermediate class. Most people would say Friday or Saturday are their favourite nights of the week. Mine is Wednesday. I come home sore and smiling and flop into a hot bath to ward off the swollen tootsies. I’m having a blast! I am far from getting every step, but when I do, I’m crazy proud of myself. You see, tap has changed in 33 years… most things have. It is syncopated rhythms and starting on the downbeats and much closer to the ground than it ever was when I was a kid. There is a lot of learning and practice, but it is always fun even when it is frustrating.
It wasn’t until after our recital that I fully realized how phenomenal our choreographer is. Sure, some of the ladies had actual dreams of doing his choreography, and I thought he was fabulous, but that seemed extreme. But Daphne saw him at my recital and wondered if I had met THE Travis Knights. She takes tap and has a working knowledge of tap culture. I told her that he was my choreographer and she was actually excited. To be clear, that means she smiled and didn’t roll her eyes. That’s good. When I look back on my tap class so far, I might add a touch of reverence to my interactions with Travis from now on as I’m going to be spending more time there because I’m a tap addict. It’s a thing…
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