Ever wondered what Gene Kelly felt like when he shouted “gotta dance” in the musical Singin’ in the Rain? If you answered “yes,” then you might want to “shuffle off” to your nearest tap class. Tap dancing as a hobby is a wonderful low-impact workout that improves coordination, balance, and mental focus. Plus, it’s super fun.
Broadway performer and one-time dance assistant to the legendary choreographer, Bob Fosse, Gail Benedict knows the benefits of tap dancing all too well., “I always say tap dancing is just walking in time, so you’re still getting in your steps for the day.” Gail teaches beginning tap at The Louisville Ballet School and explains that her class focuses on the basics and fundamentals of Standard American Tap. “My classes are small so my students get lots of personal attention,” she says.
Taking a tap dance class is a great way to make new friends, listen to good music, and get in your exercise. Gail suggests wearing comfortable pants above the ankle to your first class and bringing your own pair of hard-soled shoes. You and your instructor can have a discussion about what kind of tap shoe is a good fit for the future. Your next step? Immerse yourself in the joy of your new tap dancing hobby. “If you have a feeling for music and you can walk, you can learn how,” Gail says.
By Tonilyn Hornung
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