Rainy Days and Improv

Rainy Day

Yesterday was such a miserable, rainy day in London. I’ve been really stressed out recently and I really wasn’t feeling like going to Tap after work, but I knew that it would cheer me up and I would be energised…which it did, and I was!

I spoke to my teacher when I was grabbing water before the class started and told her I have booked a place on her Tap Shim Sham class, but I wasn’t sure about the Improvisation & Composition class the following week, and if I would be the right level. (Told her about my previous experience of Improvisation when I was still a beginner and didn’t have enough steps in my vocabulary to do a lot) She said I should definitely do it. It sounds as though it will be a relaxed and fun 2 hour workshop for level two upwards, so I am booked on!

So my summer programme is looking like this:

Weds 12th July – Tap Shim Sham 7-8pm

Weds 19th July – Tap Improvisation & Composition 6-8pm

Monday 31st July – Rambert 1 Day Adult Dance Intensive 10-4

I’m really looking forward to it, and I’ve got a day off after each event so I pace myself and don’t end up ill again.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to mention the workshops to my friend last night, and she zipped off as soon as the class was finished.

It’s funny, a girl at the level 1 class last night was asking me about other classes I’ve done as she’s interested in doing ballet as well, but is not sure about days and timings. She said she has a habit of overcommitting and burning out. Yeah, me too!

To alleviate some of the stress and back ache I am feeling at the moment, I have booked a 1 hour aromatherapy massage tomorrow afternoon. I was only going to get a half hour back massage, but the receptionist said they have a new therapist and all of her treatments are currently half price! So I went for the full hour. Hopefully it will be good…

 

Summer School

This week I have sorted out what dance I am going to do this Summer, after hearing that there is no Brighton Tap Festival this year.

Shim Sham

Yesterday I booked onto Tap Shim Sham with my usual tap teacher, which takes place at Morley on Wednesday 12th July. As it will be a late one getting home, I’m taking the next day off work!

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Secondly, I have gone all out and booked a place on the first day of the 2-day Adult Summer Dance Intensive with Rambert, based at Waterloo! I’m nervous, but also really excited! It will give me a chance to do something non-Tap. I’ve been chatting with a lady at Tap class about doing something along the lines of ballet barre or yoga to stretch out a bit, so I might mention it to her if she’s there this evening. It involves Contemporary dance technique, repertoire, choreography and some yoga and Pilates to finish! I’ve booked the following day off so I can recover LOL.

I’ve also since discovered, that my tap teacher is also doing a 2 hour Tap Improvisation & Composition class on Weds 19th July! That would be great, but not sure if that will be one thing too many, with work and the possibility of moving house… Must pace myself.

Anyone else doing any summer schools or festivals this year? How do you find fitting in dance classes and work (and commuting?)?

Move It 2017 

Had a great day today at the Move It exhibition over at Excel in London’s Docklands. I took an intermediate class with Tap Attack at 11am. It was a big class and you couldn’t see the teacher unless you were in the front row…which I was not. However, I managed to pick up most of it, but it was so hot in there, you wouldn’t believe!

Pussycat Dolls Kimberley Wyatt was on the main stage at 12.30pm performing solo and with the Well Fit Dance Crew, which was cool.

Decided to get a chair massage as my upper back has been aching a lot lately from working at a desk :(( and you could pay what you thought it was worth, anything between £10-20. It started off really good, but then took a nasty turn in which the lady had her knee in my back and I was convinced I was about to end up paralysed…I couldn’t even speak to tell her to stop!

Anyway, later on after browsing the numerous dance and Move Fit stands, I did a holistic mat-based class upstairs to stretch out and unwind.

4 Days to Go!

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The UK’s biggest dance event at ExCeL London. I’m going on Friday, but it’s on all weekend (10th-12th March 2017). Loads of classes have sold out, but I managed to get in on Tap Attack’s intermediate class and a holistic class in the MOVE FIT sister event. However, there are still lots of classes still available, plus loads of exhibition stands to browse…Can’t wait!

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