Well I finally did it! After weeks of passing by tap classes at Pineapple Dance Studio in London (a main reason I arranged an apt in Covent Garden to begin with) I successfully made it through a Derek Hartley tap class (“elementary”). First time since the bizarre knee injury of
October September (doctors never did say just when I could go back). It’s quite amazing to walk in off the street, and see he is doing exactly what I have seen him do for years—teaching super-cool jazz-tap routines, telling the same tap jokes, and dancing just as great as ever! Mind-altering to find myself tapping to a smooth and jazzy “Lullaby of Birdland” again,(a favorite). Limping just a little, but exhilarated. Now it’s back to tapping my way through philosophical minefields, or perhaps, pirouetting (as Christian Robert put it).
I don’t know why some of the pictures on this blog do not appear on some devices—need the Elba crew to get to the bottom of this. I’ll be traveling back there soon enough….