Aside from reading and writing, another one of my hobbies is dancing. In particular, tap dancing.
During my senior year of college, I had one more class I needed to take for my last semester. I already had everything I needed for my major, so I decided to take something for fun: jazz dance. I had wanted to take dance classes for years, but never had the opportunity. Well, on the first day, I quickly realized this class was completely out of my league. We had to go around the class and introduce ourselves, including what kind of dance experience we had. My class was full of music theater students and a girl who was on poms. Then there was me. I took ballet when I was about five years old, and I took some kind of summer class in Scottish Highland dancing once. I was in poms in junior high. Aside from that, my dance experience was limited to a "Dance Funk Workout" VHS tape and episodes of MTV's "The Daily Burn," which my sister and I would do in our parents' living room.
I had to work harder than everyone else in the class just to keep up with them, but I absolutely loved it. I even got an A in the class! I like to think this means I must have some natural dance ability.
Unfortunately, after graduation, it was back to the VHS tapes.
Then, in 2004, I was out at a bar with some friends. One of my friends invited a friend of hers that I had never met. She left early, explaining that she had to go to her tap dance class. I had seen the movie "Chicago" and thought tap looked really cool, but I had no idea where to take classes. So I asked her and it turned out she went to this studio right by my house AND I knew the owner! I signed up for tap that summer and I've been dancing ever since. Over the years, I've also taken jazz, ballet and hip hop. Tap is my favorite though, and the only one I've stuck with over the years. Side note: I also do Zumba now, but I can't say I really love it. I like it. Some days it's really fun. Other days it kind of sucks. It doesn't help that our class is so packed you can barely move.
I'm currently taking classes through the park district. It's a great class and our instructor is so talented and fun. We had our recital last week. It was a blast. We performed twice, on Tuesday and Friday nights. Here's the costume we had to wear... (no, I am not posting a picture of ME wearing it!)
(We wore the black version, and added a silver sequin cummerbund.)
The recital was SO much fun and I'm already looking forward to next year!
Have you ever taken dance? Ever tried tap? What is one of your hobbies?