Seattle Times: Tap dancing is a joyful way to exercise

Originally published in The Seattle Times.

As soon as I heard the sharp clicketyclack of my teacher's tap shoes on the floor, I was smitten.

People look joyful when tap dancing for a reason. Dancing boosts energy. Add in the satisfying, rhythmic clicking sound that amplifies when people dance together, and even the least coordinated dancers will succumb to the joy of tap.

I felt a little more concern than usual before my tap class. I knew it would be technical, and I lack a foundation beyond a few tap classes in college. Jumping into a class with people who had been dancing for the past six months felt bold.

But teacher and studio owner Steven Oelrich seemed confident I would be OK in beginner tap at The Studio in Issaquah, so I borrowed some tap shoes and headed over.

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