STAYING IN STEP IN LITTLE ROCK

 

November 2011

Helaine R. Williams / Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Tap dance classes move students over 50 to be active and alert

 

 

"Ok, let's all line up at the barre for a warm-up," tap dance instructor Deede Phelps tells her students on a Thursday morning.

 

She starts a perky number on the CD player.  The students stand at the barre, toe-tapping their right feet, then turning and switching to the left feet.  Front tap, side tap, front tap, side tap.  They turn and switch feet several more times.  As they switch, the moves get a bit more complicated.

 

"Are we going to do "Let's Go?" one student asks.  "Let's do 'Let's Go.'" Phelps agrees, changing the music.  Some of the students express doubt at remembering the routine. "Let's fake it, guys," Phelps says.  "Ok, be ready because it starts right on the downbeat."

 

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