Sunday, May 25, 2008

Celebrating International Tapdance Day, Melbourne style

Hey, we had a really great morning and good news, it was not too cold. Even for me and my Tap-pets, the only dancers in little skirts and tights. A good size crowd there, including some of my friends who I never see any more; so after I performed (the pre-show adrenalin & nausea mean that I can't converse properly beforehand) I was able to marvel at how their babies had grown and have a lovely catch-up. The guy on the left of the photo is organiser Grant Swift. He has made such an amazing impact on the tap scene in Melbourne. He made it a great day for everyone; a day when tap-dance and not the ego of the organiser was what we celebrated.

Sadly, my camera battery failed, so by the time we came on Fixit could only manage 3 photos. And there were a few other acts after us that missed out altogether. Here's us, though.

I think we did well. A lot of the groups in this scene are into fast and stompy tap - which I love, by the way and certainly have in my repertoire - but last year we concentrated on slow. A tribute if you will to the famous Slow Soft Shoe Shuffle by tap legends Honi Coles and Cholly Atkins. Finesse as well as slowness, harder to bring off than you'd think. And I'm not sure if we achieved finesse today, based on the 3 photos. But we can hope we were perfect and elegant for the rest of our time up there.

A more elderly member of the audience clapped us all the way off stage, clearly girls in skirts doing pretty tap was to his taste. And Grant called us classy as we finished up, so there you go, if you think of me dancing I want you to remember me as classy. As opposed to skanky.

Happy International Tap Dance Day, everybody.

21 comments:

  1. So long as no one said the word 'chor-ey' or called each other darl or ended every sentence with an upwardly inflected 'yeah'.

    You guys look fabulous. What great tap ambassadors you made!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Now, I posted my comment on the previous post not realising I was a day behind!

    Glad you had a great tap day.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I want a pair of two tone shoes like that!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh, I wish I'd known this was on. I would've loved to have seen everyone again! I miss tap. Am starting a new job in a few weeks, so hopefully I'll be able to make it back to some tap classes again. Looks like it's a small class at the moment... or are the others just stage shy??

    ReplyDelete
  5. We had all of a week's notice to prepare so just didn't have time to do something that the whole Advanced Class could perform at a high standard, had to fall back on what last year's mob (minus Jodie who just left for an overseas holiday) already had under their belts.

    ReplyDelete
  6. happy tap day to you too! I'm sorry I didn't know that it was on otherwise I would have hit Federation Square with you! You looked like you did really well in your routine. Congrats!

    ReplyDelete
  7. you guys look fantastic, love those swirly movement photos!

    ReplyDelete
  8. You look GREAT! And how fun - I would've loved to see it in person. I guess you are only half around the world...

    Heidi

    ReplyDelete
  9. Yay, you! I picked you out of the photo mosaic right up top, before I saw the individual photos. Because I recognized those gorgeous legs. Classy? Definitely!

    ReplyDelete
  10. You look gorgeous, and I bet it was great fun. Congratulations!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I'd take classy any day. The most important thing is the fun. And it looks like you had that in spades!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Love your matching outfits - glad you had a good day!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I thought it was sunday and then saw those drag queens on the news and thought ' ohh ive stuffed up the dates!!' oh well, glad you tapped away.....

    And Im glad to see your nice straight arms!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I believe the gentleman who applauded so vigorously has his head screwed on properly.

    -J.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I will always remember you as classy! Glad you had fun - you look adorable.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Looks great, but what we really need is a u-tube!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Oh definitely classy. I say you and your gals can compete in the 'classy' division when tap becomes an Olympic sport. Although the skanky division...now that could be fun to watch too!

    And like M, I'm behind and confused in my days. Of course, I wouldn't have been able to come watch, ensconced as I was in the Sin City Writers Fest!

    ReplyDelete
  18. You sure look Classy! Happy Tap Day to you!

    ReplyDelete

Don't let the cat get your tongue.