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Career Discourse

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Listen to my feet, and I will tell you the story of my life

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Maxi ford, broadway, buffalo, and timestep are all words that have become an active part of my vocabulary. By the age of ten I was doing wings, pullbacks, and paddle rolls. In fifth grade when my original studio was shut down (due to Ms. Colleen getting married to an idiot), I was forced to attend our rival dance studio, Tinka's. During tap classes we would go over the basics and never learn anything new. I was stuck in the beginning of tap history, without being able to create new steps. I quit before recital and vowed that when I was a dance teacher I would teach quickly to help my students learn more efficiently. Now during my tap classes, although my students do get frustrated, they learn about three steps relative to their status(beginner, intermediate, and advanced) along with one step that is a level above their status. During the first couple of weeks they seem to be really confused but about a month into the class they finally start to get everything. I couldn't imagine life without tap, as weird as that sounds. The rhythms of the feet can convey a story (not as much as a lyrical dance) and awe audiences everywhere. Going to Tremaine Dance Conventions, I met a lot of famous choreographers, but there's one teacher that never fails to amaze me. A motivation speaker and brilliant tap instructor, Laurie Johnson, uses her skills to speak, create, and inspire. She is the only member of Tremaine Dance Studio that attends every dance convention as the tap instructor. While most switch off with other people, Laurie is always there, moving her feet like it's nothing.

I always knew I was going to UT but going into college I wasn't sure about my major. UT has a great dance program, but it mainly focuses on ballet, my weakness. I did know that after dance I was going to either take over the studio that I currently work at or open my own. So I thought that maybe I should take business, but then I decided that I wanted to become a better dance instructor, not just learn how to run the business. So I decided to major in kinesiology.

 

 

 

Quote at top from the father of rhythm tap, John Bubbles.

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