Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Station Street Fiesta

Lady Shoes. I've been dancing in flats for years now, because you can do everything in them with ease and accuracy. My last pair of Mary Jane tap shoes got trashed by the ex-proprietor of the school I taught at; between her and the beginner students who borrowed them I had the heel knocked off twice and one of the tap plates was lost for ever. Now here I am years later, back in heels, and enjoying myself. This weekend my ladyshoes and I performed at the Station Street Fiesta in Fairfield. Joining us were the beautiful Tap Kids and the Glamorous Tap-pets.

If you can bear it, here is some video footage of the little kids performing. I haven't posted the grown-ups' troupe stuff because I'm ridiculously paranoid about having my choreography copied. *mutters darkly* ...It's happened before...*end mutter*. But our stuff was very well received. Cute kids always steal the show though, don't they? If you're looking for Climber & Cherub, they're standing near me. Climber wears a red shirt, and Cherub has the tap hat on. He loves to wear the tap hat. When I wander in amongst the kids I'm pretending to spray them, the music they are dancing to is a very famous advertisement for Mortein Flyspray.

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The second video is just a snippet, indulging my motherly pride at the way Climber can just jam like a pro when you ask him. He's good and comfortable about it, and once he starts, the other kids fire up and have a go too. He is second from the left in the red shirt.

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Ah, public performances! I always feel sick in the stomach for a couple of hours prior to the show, have a ball when I'm out there and am inordinately relieved when it's all over. Having to be the producer and a performer doubles the stress. I will be enjoying a celebratory and soothing glass of wine tonight.

These two seem to take it in their stride though.

30 comments:

  1. How good are they! And I remember dancing to absolutely crap 60s music when I learned to dance as a kid... go the funky beats!

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  2. First time I've heard your voice!

    Climber is very well balanced as he dances. He is going to grow into a confident teen. Cherub just looks like he's having a ball!

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  3. Awwww, gorgeous!

    Climber can dance, that was great!.

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  4. Those two girls in blue shirts were very talented I thought....
    Great show, can't you show the shim sham? You guys were great!

    Jenny

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  5. Look at you all. You're famous.
    Way to go Climber! He's got some serious moves, and that Cherub, he won't be far behind.

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  6. Ooo yes I can see how he is an 'infectious' kind of a guy!
    Best wishes

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  7. So cute! And I love the lady shoes!

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  8. They look like they're having so much fun!

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  9. Thank you for sharing these with us!!
    Great moves from Climber- you are right he is infectious!

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  10. Jenny those two girls in the blue tops ARE very talented, I agree. And Tracey, you heard what was LEFT of my voice, I've had a revolting throat infection in the lead-up and was reduced to a squeaky rasp on the day.

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  11. Hey, don't knock it. Lots of 3rd World millionaires would pay good money for someone to teach their assorted ladyfriends to speak with such a rasp.

    -J.

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  12. Oh, Climber is fantastic. And they all looked as if they were having such fun. And what lovely legs you have!

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  13. Mary Janes eh?

    I know someone with some lovely clanky hammertaps you can have....

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  14. ohhhhhhhhhh, gorgeous !!!


    And what a great day for it !
    Go Teach' !

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  15. Oh this is where I scream and curse that my computer wont' show video or youtube. Now I have to wait until Thursday when I can sneakily watch you on my work computer.

    Love love love that top pic of your ladyshoes. Glorious. Who took it then? Are you incredibly flexible, or did you hand someone else the camera?

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  16. Nell is the photographer for the ladyshoes picture, lying flat on the ground and firing away.

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  17. Put on your boogie shoes! Love it! Check that Climber out! God love Nell.... what she won't do for a friend!

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  18. Damn! Nice legs lady!
    That was so cool!
    The Boy has asked about tap dancing, we are going to enrol for next year, I can't wait to show him this!

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  19. Love, love, love the Ladyshoes! And so glad to see y'all are still tappin' :-)

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  20. sooooo good! Climber is a star - what a hip hop grooving dude. I loved it all - they are just gorgeous! Well done xx

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  21. That is the cutest thing I've seen today. The kids are hilarious, but Climber is an absolute star.

    Maybe moving to Melbourne would be a GREAT idea after all!

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  22. Oh I loved those videos!!! They are gorgeous. You always make me want to strap in some shoes and tap around the house :)

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  23. Those performances were gorgeous! I love watching kids tap.

    Fantastic!

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  24. Lots of talent there! Great post- thanks for sharing and for dropping in on my little blog!

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  25. How fun!!! I always wanted to tap but my mom opted for silent dancing so I did Ballet.

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  26. Too cute! They look like they're having a blast.

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