So, I finally got my first pair of tap shoes. Like the first pair ever.
I started taking adult beginner drop-in tap dance classes not too long ago; and recently decided that I want to continue taking them after all, at least for a decent while.
Hence the shoes. 🙂
Don’t think I’m going to suddenly and magically become better at tap, just because I now have the appropriate footwear; though of course, there is no longer any excuse to not try harder during class.
It’s hard to account for this sudden keen interest in tap (given that dancing of any kind did not figure prominently on my radar at all, from young till much of my adult years); but I suppose it might have something to do with how free and uninhabited — and alive — tap dancers seem when they are performing — and wanting very much to be able to do at least a little bit of that. Like Savion Glover in the YouTube clip below:
Given that today is International Tap Dance Day (May 25th), it will be good to keep in mind a little bit of tap dance’s history (for it’s always good to have at the back of your mind an awareness of how an activity that you’re involved in came about and evolved through time); Michelle Dorrance gives an excellent and engaging overview of tap dance’s history in the YouTube clip below:
I wonder if I would be able to get better at tap?
Regardless, from this point on, I look forward to having lots of fun learning more about tap dance; as well as getting better at it! As best as I can! Somehow! 😂
(Preliminary thoughts. Just to figure out some stuff for myself…)
What does it mean, to say that you have ‘a/an [X] practice‘? Like say for instance ‘an art practice’, or ‘a writing practice’?
A quick check via Google on dictionary definitions of the word ‘practice’ led to the following (just type ‘practice’ into the search box; they will appear at the top of the search results):
1. the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method, as opposed to theories relating to it.
2. the customary, habitual, or expected procedure or way of doing something.
3. repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it.
So therefore, arguably at least, to say that you have ‘a/an [X] practice’ necessarily involves the following:
there is an actual doing; a doing of [X] that’s connected to your thoughts and ideas about [X].
this doing is done deliberately, and with regularity.
And what’s perhaps implicit in all of this, is that something tangible has to result from the doing; that you should be preferably accumulating a body of work (like a series of projects?) that can demonstratepersuasively that yes, you do have ‘a/an [X] practice’; and that it’s something that you’re committed to for the long-term.
The next thing to do, is to figure out what does one mean exactly, when one speaks of the doing of [X], with regards to one’s ‘[X] practice’…? What constitutes this ‘doing’?
There’s really no need to think too much about it. Overthinking has never done anyone much good. You’ll just end up feeling more and more overwhelmed; and then finally too paralyzed to do anything actually helpful to move things forward.
And at any rate, it’s really not so much about the act of writing itself, as much as it is about engaging more with the things that you’re interested in, by writing about them. Writing is merely just an avenue, at the end of the day; your focus should really be on those very things that you’re interested in, and want to engage more with.
So what are the things that I’m interested in? These days, it seems to revolve mostly around the following: food (both eating and cooking), and learning and trying new things (mostly languages, improv, and tap dancing).
This list will change, of course, as time goes by.
But I suppose this is ultimately the larger, overall theme that I hope to explore on this blog: how to best live the life that I have now. Not the one in the past; nor the one in the still unknown future; but the one right here in the present.