At one point in my life I moved to New York City to try my luck on Broadway. I had no training whatsoever, but I had a dream. And that seemed to be enough for me to leave my job, my boyfriend and my life. I set out to accomplish something some people only dream about.
I was there for a better part of a year and went to audition after audition only to realize that if I was ever going to get called back, I needed me some training.
So I took this tap dancing class with one of the coolest guys I have ever known. He must have been about 65 or 70 years old with the energy of a 12-year old. He’d show up to class every morning in jeans and sneakers with taps on the soles. This man loved what he did and it showed in not only his ease of the dance, but the look in his eyes when we actually got his steps down. Which for me wasn’t that often, admittedly.
Though my only stint on Broadway was tending bar in the lobby of Cats, I’ll never forget how good I felt every morning going to that dance class. I don’t know if it was the music, the sound of the taps or watching this teacher but I’ll never forget how much fun I had dancing on Broadway.
I don’t know of any similar dance classes here in Vermont. Though I can’t say I have searched much either. I do however, appreciate when a good dancer comes to town to share their talent and teach us less trained folks how to loosen up, have fun and learn a step or two. This weekend, Irish dancer, Siobhán Butler, will be doing just that.
She will be offering an Irish percussive step dance workshop that is open to all levels so don’t feel bad if you haven’t done it before. The workshop is on Saturday, June 8 from 10-11:30am at the Chai Space above Dobra Tea in Burlington, VT. The cost is $20. To reserve a place email Dominique.
Here’s a little taste Siobhán’s dancing: