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Updated: Tue., Jan. 5, 2010, 11:07 AM
Tap on, tap off: It’s clickety, clack, dancing for adults
By MANDY STADTMILLER
Last Updated: 11:07 AM, January 5, 2010
Posted: 12:21 AM, January 2, 2010
Indulge the 5-year-old within and become a tap dancer already.
Only difference? You’re no longer 5, and now you can do it in a bar.
Presenting the advent of . . . Tappy Hour. “I realized I wanted to do something nontraditional besides adult tap dance,” says Dana Fisch, founder and artistic director of the Undertoe Dance Project and the mastermind behind Tappy Hour, a class for the nondancer at Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village.
The tapping revelry resumes on Jan. 7, with updates at danafisch.com. On Feb. 28, the company celebrates its two-year anniversary.
“Dance has such a stigma,” says Fisch, who’s been soft-shoeing since she was 5, when she saw the movie “Annie” and begged her parents to pay for lessons.
“People just assume they’re not going to like dance, that they’ll be bored.”
Far from it. If you’re lucky, you’ll channel your inner Gene Kelly and Savion Glover. If you’re unlucky, you’ll wipe out. “One of my best friends totally bit it,” says Tappy Hour aficionado Susan Cohen, 29.
“But it’s fun to make mistakes and look silly and follow the music. It’s a calming feeling.”
Coming in work attire, most Tappy Hour participants don’t have much knowledge of tap, but as long as participants aren’t outfitted in spike stilettos, Fisch says, you can use your dress shoe to imitate the rhythm of actual taps.
“What happens is you end up tapping out a melody,” Fisch says. “We call it ‘speaking to each other’ — you’re singing a song. So you aren’t necessarily just thinking about the steps, and oh, I need to put my toe down, but it’s ‘dah-dah-dah-dah.’ We’ll do ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’ and then a Lady Gaga song.”
Mostly what it comes down to, Fisch says, are unfulfilled dreams.
“There are a lot of people my age, like I just turned 30,” she says, “and maybe they want to explore a lot of things that they’ve always wanted to do. It’s not just for the elitist, snobby-type people. It’s to get people excited about the world of dance.”
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