Last night I had the opportunity to attend tap class with Derick Grant of Steps on Broadway here in NYC. I haven’t put my taps on in almost three months so it was really good to get back into the rhythm of things.
Check out Derick in this clip from the Third Coast Rhythm Project back in 2005.
I’ve had a lot of opportunities lately to interact with various tap dancers, even having the opportunity to see Terrence tap with one of my favorite bands at Banjo Jims; you can check out his trip to New York in these two posts.
Back to Steps. It was a beginner class (one step up from a basic) where you should really know your basics. We began with some various steps facing the front to warm up and practice some really fun rhythms. Then he had us turn around and listen and repeat the sounds. I had a very difficult time figuring out what to do to make the various sounds, but it was a great exercise to focus on the listening side of things.
The middle section of the class was a progressing step that we traveled down the floor with. The first one took me a few tries to get the hang of, but the second one had me stumped almost the entire time. I need to work on my drags.
We finished the class with a routine. This was probably the easiest, and I use that term loosely, part of the class for me. I’m used to jazz routines so I could really focus on trying to get the sounds I wanted and cleaning up each of my steps without worrying too much about where my feet were going.
Having dropped off of the tap wagon for a while, I’m excited to get back to it and work some more on something that is new and challenging for me.
Have you taken classes at Steps or with Derick Grant? Or what is your latest class experience like? Leave a comment and let me know.