I am woman, hear me stuff up my steps

I went to my tap class today for the first time in a thousand years. Well, since August. Weddings, Saturday shifts, hangovers, laziness, and suddenly it’s been nine months. I am a bad student. And because it had been so long since I put on my tap shoes, I was rubbish. Not only did I know I wasn’t getting the steps right, I could hear it.

One of the things I love about the adult classes – apart from the adorable teacher Tracey (the link isn’t my class, but she’s at the front in the blue t-shirt) – is being around women of all ages. Women who are smiling, and learning, and laughing when they get it right and when they get it wrong. I don’t have aunts and grandmothers in my life, and it’s been years since I worked in an office with people over the age of 45, so it’s really nice to be around women who look at the world with eyes that are older and wiser than mine.

I’ve posted this video before (here, where you can also see the amazing Jared Grimes), but this is Savion Glover, the fastest feet in the world:

5 responses to “I am woman, hear me stuff up my steps

  1. Women who are smiling, and learning, and laughing when they get it right and when they get it wrong. I don’t have aunts and grandmothers in my life, and it’s been years since I worked in an office with people over the age of 45, so it’s really nice to be around women who look at the world with eyes that are older and wiser than mine.

    I love everything about that paragraph. It just made me smile.

  2. I did tap classes with my mother in the years from 18-24 when I left the family to travel. It is a great way to meet women of all ages. I have a photo somewhere of a show we did and the oldest woman there must have been close to 80. My mother tried to start again last year but found the beginners class way too frustratingly slow but the intermediate was beyond her. I don’t think she can bring herself to do ballroom (which would be achievable for her) after years of Spanish dancing and tango.

    • Has she thought about Jive classes? My Nan used to take me every school holidays. She used to assist in teaching the class. There was always a wide age demographic from my age (13+) through to men and women in their 80’s.

      • Or swing? ManFriend and I did a swing class and it was great fun. I enjoyed it more than rockabilly, because in rockabilly the man controls all the moves and the woman just follows. Gee, wonder why I didn’t like that?

        • She has osteoarthritis of the hip so any of those dancing styles which involve a lot of hip and leg movement are too hard. She was of the generation that danced the jive originally so if she never partook of it to my knowledge as I grew up then I can safely assume it was a dancing style that never took her fancy.

          I am sure that even in rockabilly the woman can be subversive. My tango teacher has been teaching me how women can subvert the moves of the man and it is evident that tango is a dance for assertive women and not submissive.

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