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You Haven't But You Should…Tap Dance!

I know what you’re thinking.  All the time.  Not really.  But when it comes to tap dancing you’re thinking, Uh, blarf.  I can barely regular dance and you want me to try tap dancing?  And nobody tap dances anymore anyway.  What am I supposed to do with that skill in my tool belt?

First of all, remove that tool belt. After all, you’re not Mario and/or Luigi here. Furthermore, it will hinder your dance abilities.  And I’ll tell you what you do with tap: you make merriment and joy wherever you go!  People are weirdly impressed or at least very amused when you bust out some shuffles and time steps.  It’s super fun to do and if you ever perform onstage you most likely will get to wear a very sparkly outfit.  Possibly you’d even get to wear a glittery top hat.  Not to mention you can dance any combination of steps and then you get to make up a crazy name for it: The Alabama Cookie Cutter, The Lazy Caterpillar, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3.  These should be enough reasons for anyone.

And if you think tap dancing is just for nerds or weirdos, just remember Kirsten Dunst in Drop Dead Gorgeous.  She was the nicest, coolest girl at that pageant – and what was her talent?  That’s right, tap.  Or, you know, there’s always Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Eleanor Powell.

But if you’re still in doubt, just remember: it provides occasion for donning a sequined leotard and dancing with inanimate objects or dogs, and no one can say a word.


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