Last night I went to the last Rhythm Tap classes before the school Half Term next week. It was a chilly walk from Elephant & Castle to Morley College, with a pit stop at Costa, where I managed to crush the end of my middle finger between the chair and the loose seat pad as I pulled the chair forward to sit down…OUCH.

When I arrived at Morley, an older lady burst out of the front doors and said “ahhhh, some cool air!” I told her I was looking forward to getting inside – brrrr! Anyone that’s been to Morley College knows that it’s an oven.

For some reason, when I get there, I get nervous butterflies in the stomach. I have no idea why; I love the class and look forward to it every week. Weird.

Anyway, lots of people who were missing last week were back this week, but numbers were still down because I think the lurgy is getting everyone at the moment! Level 1 was good fun. We practised 4 and 5 beat riffs, which were part of the routine we were learning. With the pick-ups I managed not to get my toes involved this time!

Level 2 was pretty fast moving, but this was because we had quite a lot to fit in and we started a few minutes late, plus had to take the register from the week before because it had gone walkies. I LOVE that fast, fun routine but I did get a bit tangled a few times with what was coming next (brain blank!) and everyone groaned when our teacher suggested we perform it in 2 groups, i.e the other group watching! But, as I keep saying, it is good to get used to being watched, and watched going wrong too! It’s fine! I think when you perform it in one group, you tend to watch yourself in the mirror and think everyone else is getting every step right. Then you watch each other, and realise that’s not the case at all!

Great news – there are more Rhythm Tap 1 & 2 classes available at Morley due to high demand!  My teacher mentioned that she’s started a level 2 class straight after level 1 daytime on a Thursday lunchtime if I was interested. I am very interested…but I wouldn’t be able to take a 2+ hour lunch (15 walk +45 class +45 class + 15 walk + 15 shower?!?). Maybe I could do Thursday level 2 as a one-off block when I want a break from late Wednesday nights, or I decide to Wednesday Ballet for a bit. Also good to know I can drop in on Thursday if I happen to miss a Wednesday for whatever reason 🙂

Do you ever get butterflies before a class?

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