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If over the last 24 hours you've heard a strange noise in the distance, a noise that sounds like it could be a bag of buckets falling down the stairs, and you've been wondering what it is, well, wonder no more! For the noise is ME, me and my tap shoes, who were gloriously reunited yesterday afternoon in my parents' house in preparation for my new tap dancing classes, which begin next week. Yes, I've transfered from ballet to tap and already I've been reveling in the difference between tapping about the house in your ordinary shoes - even ones with hard soles - and gloriously flapping away in shoes with metal taps on the soles. So satisfying! So incredibly noisy! And the shoes look really cool - a few years ago I considered actually wearing them out and about. But mostly, they are great for dancing in, and I have just spent ten exhausting minutes time-stepping and flapping away to 'The Continental' with great enthusiasm.

Alas, I have had to wait until now when I am alone in the house to dance with real gusto, as the noise can be somewhat....annoying for those who are not in a dancing mood. But I am not the only person in the house producing an annoying noise. No! On Saturday I had a giveaway of my many, many spare review books, and one of the guests was a friend of Patsington who returned Patsington's trumpet, which has been thankfully absent from our lives for months. Patsington can't play the trumpet very well, and produces a dreadful squawking sound, so between that and my ferocious tapping, the house is, well, not exactly placid. We have discussed starting the most annoying band in the world, which would consist of him playing the trumpet while I tapped a beat, but decided that no audience could stand it.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some more dancing to do. Heel toe, heel toe, hop, flap flap AND STAMP....


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Mar. 20th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
For years, my 'good' shoes were tap shoes with the taps removed. They're still in decent condition although one of the buckles is hanging by a strap.
Mar. 20th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
Aha, I knew I was right to view them as non-dancing shoes! That's very cool. You could probably get the buckle mended easily too...
Mar. 20th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
And I knew someone else who said that she wore character shoes for not-dancing in, too!

The buckle is almost certainly mendable, but I am being lazy about it, and don't go to enough formal things these days to make it a priority. Still, now that you have reminded me of the coolness of those shoes, which are the only heels I've ever worn....
Mar. 20th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
What on earth is yon flapping? it sounds most painful, says Miss WimpyAnkles here!
Mar. 20th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
The basic "tap" noise is often called a flap - I'm very bad at describing this sort of thing, but it consists of brushing the ground with your foot and tapping your toe on the way out and back, very quickly. So it sort of sounds like a very fast 'clip-clop'. I found it actually really hard to do at first, back in about 1981, but once you master it you can perform basic tap steps. It's all in the toe, so your feeble ankles should be okay!
Mar. 20th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
Wow! I can hear you from here...six thousand miles away!
Mar. 20th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
I hope it doesn't wake up the Woo....
Mar. 20th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
That sounds completely fabulous. Have tons and tons of fun at the dancing lessons.

You probably would get one-off audiences - people going along to see the crazy trumpet guy with the crazy tap-dancing lady to see what it's all about.
Mar. 21st, 2006 09:57 am (UTC)
Hee! Where are the tap classes, by the way? I wouldn't mind starting again myself, though God knows where my last pair of tap shoes are (you didn't find a pair of size 6s, did you?).
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