I passed by my former workplace this morning and was intrigued by the appearance of a neighbouring harbourside pub to which we occasionally retreated in bygone days; it having been closed since the summer of 2016.
A closer look revealed that despite hosting a bar since the mid-19th century, it is now a dance academy!
Just think of the possibilities were its former and current functions merged…
If life seems a little banale Don’t just sit there and grumble or snarl! Soft-shoe the Shim Sham And knock back a wee dram At a harbourside taproom locale!
Postscript: For non-tappers out there, the Shim Sham is considered to be the ‘national anthem’ of tap (being a bit of a pedant, I can only assume it is the tapping sounds that are anthemic rather than the dance!). In fact, my tap group has just begun to learn it, and you can see what it (or its variations) look like here. The reason for the ‘freezes’ when danced the second time through is because you don’t dance the breaks a second time. Simples … if only!
The end of term brought some sad news to our tap dance class as Gillian, our teacher, won’t be taking us again. She told us that she had been promoted and wouldn’t be able to front as many classes as she currently taught.
So, while we look forward to next term with a new tutor, we’re left wondering why our class was one of the ones that Gillian cut. I think I know…
There was once a dancer called Gill Tried to teach how to tap to our Phil But he dragged the class down ‘Cos he danced like a clown. Now she’s quit as ’twas making her ill!
In my youthful, rugby-playing days I lacked the ability to sidestep or jink so I was never picked in the backs, but played as a forward where the game was less finessed and just a bit more ‘agricultural’.
I have since learnt that I bring the same agrarian attributes to my attempts at tap. I’ve missed them, but, as Aberdeen’s Citymoves dance classes recommence after lockdown, never has the Gershwin classic been so ill-suited…
A dancer once thought that he would Tap just as fast as he could. Though his footwork was crass He brought joy to his class ‘Cos he made all the others look good!