Tap dance is commonly associated with musicals from decades past – films and theater productions that promise incredible dance numbers, exhilarating music, and superb acting. As an integral part of musicals, tap dancing has ushered into the spotlight icons such as Fred Astaire, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and Shirley Temple, names that have become synonymous with the dance style.
The rhythmic tapping is as captivating to watch as it is challenging to learn.
It takes so much more than just the ability to clickety-clack your way across the dance floor.
You’ll need sharp focus, a good ear for music, and perfect coordination.
It may sound like quite a lot for a beginner but you’ll be happy to know it’s precisely these skills that bring out the enjoyment that tap dance brings.
Take this little girl who just had to show off her moves.
Positioned in front of a large television (you know, to make sure all eyes are on her and not on the screen), the adorable tiny dancer named Faith wore what looked like brand new tap shoes and a black top with ruffled sleeves.
There was no fancy or dramatic prelude. Just some tapping, shuffling, and a whole lot of cuteness.
Apparently, Faith was warming up before her first tap dancing lesson and she just had to show her family what she could bring to the table.
There’s nothing more delightful than an eager student brimming with confidence!
Can you imagine Faith when she finally gets up in front of a bigger audience and demonstrates what she learned in dance class?
Studies show that a creative outlet may help foster self-esteem, promote self-expression, boost brain function, reduce anxiety, and aid in processing negative emotions to name a few. These potential emotional, physical, and mental health benefits allow kids to navigate better as they grow and explore the world around them. Moreover, these are great tools for better interaction with their peers and individuals beyond their age group.
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While kids don’t sign up for lessons with these benefits in mind, they’re aware that they have the chance to have fun as they learn something new and meet potential good friends. Not only that, they unknowingly develop critical skills such as patience, resilience, and discipline.
Faith’s happy dancing is more than just a sweet and entertaining performance for the entire family to enjoy.
It’s indicative of what a healthy environment and a fun creative outlet can do for kids. Encouragement and support arms kids with confidence and determination: to pursue what they want, stay committed to learning, and understand the hard work that comes with honing one’s skills.
It was a short performance alright, but it had so much spunk and pizzazz.
Be sure to pay attention to the facial expressions, arm sweeping, and the jumping of this promising tap dancer!
All the world’s a stage, but Faith isn’t merely a player; she’s a star and the spotlight just naturally finds her.
Watch the video below and let this tiny dancer charm you with her moves.
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Source: Kevin Farrar