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May 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
What is Chair Tap? Chair tap is traditional Broadway style tap dance modified to be done in a seated position such as in a chair. We do tap steps with our feet and our hands.
What to Expect: This class is best for folks who are in a seated position! Mindy teaches from a chair and uses her legs to tap. You can also take this class if you can’t use your legs because Mindy provides upper body instructions as well.
Agenda: The class will start with a warm-up and then transition to learning specific moves and practicing them at different speeds to various music.The class will end with a cool down and stretch.
Chair Tap is rooted in technique – you will learn a lot of tap steps and get chances to practice them. She will break down our tap steps to the basics of stepping, marching, and foot placement as well as how to “tap” with your hands. Mindy will be using a wide variety of music from the 1940s to today.
Mindy teaches these classes with playfulness and lightheartedness. She uses lots of repetition and rhythmic beats of music to instill the steps. She teaches hoping that her students leave the class feeling better (physically and mentally) than when they first arrived. Her focus is to help students feel accomplished after class. Whether it be a mastery of a step or more flexible ankles, we always achieve something.
Musical/rhythmic, informative, skill-building, mid-slow class pace.
Instructor: Mindy Kim
Mindy Kim began dancing at 3 years old in her hometown of Redlands, California. She immediately loved the art and has been dancing ever since. In her first ever dance class — “Introduction to Ballet and Tap”— she fell in love with Tap.
While running her successful dance company in Texas she was diagnosed with Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy. It was a career ending diagnosis as Myotonic Dystrophy is degenerative. Over time, Mindy would lose more and more muscle tone throughout her body. Devastated with this news and her new title as “disabled”, Mindy took it upon herself to find a new way to dance. It was then she began Chair tap.
Mindy has been teaching a variety of dance styles to a variety of students for over 20 years now and loves Chair Tap the most. Currently she lives in North Carolina, where she teaches Chair One Fitness to differently-abled people in her community. She hopes to continue to share Chair Tap with people all over and spread Adaptive Dance, and an appreciation there-in, to all people who might have questioned their danceability.
This is a Dance for All Bodies class; registration is through the link below.