By Robin Goettel
Tap Dance is a wonderful way to have fun and get some exercise, but it is also great for improving memory skills.
Instructor Robin Goettel is offering a class in which you can learn simple dance steps on Mondays from 2-2:50 p.m. at the Phillips Recreation Center in Urbana. A new session runs Jan. 27 to March 2.
Although a sense of rhythm will help, no previous dance experience is required — just an interest in learning tap steps and having a good time! This class is great for boosting your cardiovascular endurance while improving balance and coordination. We will begin with a chair-based warm-up of our legs, ankles, and feet. Then we’ll do standing warm-ups to include the upper body, followed by a simple tap dance warm-up. Two routines for Session I are the Tea for Two dance and a jazzy routine to Ballin’ the Jack.
As I assume most students will not have had experience with tap dance, I will ALWAYS emphasize proper alignment of feet, knees, and hips for joint safety. Please wear comfy clothes and tap shoes if you have them. It is also acceptable to wear soft-soled shoes with smooth bottoms that glide easily on the floor. For safety, it is important that you do not have challenges with knee or ankle joints, as this style requires frequent bending and straightening of the legs and flexing and pointing of the feet.
To enroll call (217) 367-1544 and use course code 8689.
Robin has tap danced for 25 years and recently taught tap dance for seniors at The Mettler Center and through the U of I’s OLLI Program. She also has taught tap dance for kids as an extracurricular activity at Wiley Elementary School.