By Guest Blogger: Stefanie Huebner
Stef is an avid dance enthusiast,mother, wife, lover of flowers and life, a pharmacist and fiber artist (crochet is her passion, follow her on Insta @stefsserenitycrochet).
When we think of September, we think of many things: the start of fall, the beginning of a fresh school year, football season, and the pumpkin spice latte’s triumphant return to the coffee shop. September can also be a time for change and a fresh start within ourselves. Gretchen Rubin, in her podcast, "Happier", mentions September as being “a Second January.” With a new season and a new school year, we can start something NEW. We can set a new intention, begin a new schedule or hone a new skill.
And that’s where a Shuffle-Ball-Change and Triple Time Step have come into play for me. September 21 is National Dance Day, and it couldn’t come at a more perfect time. I’m 100% HERE FOR IT. I’ve been a fan of dance since I was 6 years old and my parents placed me in tap and jazz classes. I caught on quickly and took class for 10 years. From my first recital where I was Spunky the Monkey to the oh-so-cool jazz number we did to U Can’t Touch This, the 1980s and 1990s music and dance scene were an integral part of what made me happy.
Stefanie's Daughter - Dancer Extraordinaire
Fast forward to my thirties when my daughter showed an interest in dance. OF COURSE, I put her in Fairytale Ballet class at 3 and tap at 5. Now she’s 11 and takes class every night of the week. She dances around the house and down the aisles of the grocery store (much like her mother still does...truth). What I realized quickly when I watched her dance her heart out, was that I MISSED IT SO MUCH. I really wanted to join her in class! I love to move my body to music. So, I found myself an adult tap class, and it was glorious.
If you have never taken a tap class, I’m here to give you 5 reasons why you SHOULD. All adults need something in their lives that brings them joy. We all rush through life focusing on our career and family, and forget about what makes us tick deep down inside. Learning new things is good for the body and soul. It keeps our brains sharp and gives us some much needed “me” time to refresh for the next thing. Whether you start a tap class at age 36 like me, learn to decorate cakes, go birdwatching, or take a DSLR photography class, now is a great time to try something new just for yourself.
Stefanie and her daughter on a dance recital night.
5 Reasons to Take an Adult Tap Class:
If I still haven’t quite convinced you to try tap as an adult, check out some of the inspirational tappers out there right now. There are some amazing people bringing tap into the mainstream and making it even cooler than it already is. Check out the Syncopated Ladies and some of their amazing (and tiring) combos to trending tunes. Or check out Shelby Kaufman’s TAP-torials and YouTube videos. Get started in your own home! Nigel Lythgoe started National Dance Day and it’s just a fun nationwide celebration. There is a dance you can learn just for this day. Try it!
Whether you start a tap class or find another class to try, I hope you use September as a “Second January” to do something new FOR YOURSELF. It can be an hour a week or a daily practice, but continually learning new things and finding those things that bring us joy is so important for our body, mind and soul.
Erika Fehrenbach Prell is passionate about inspiring and educating, others on their path to complete wellness-mind,body, and soul. This desire led Erika to the helping profession of nursing, and she obtained her Master's Degree as a Nurse Practitioner in 2007. Erika specialized in cardiac surgery, largely influenced by her personal experience with heart disease. While she loved working with this population, her heart's desire has always been to impact lives on a larger scale and from a proactive, not reactive, place. The universe answered when her path crossed with Jackie and SoulShine was born. Erika finally feels she is walking in her purpose and is excited for this journey to unfold.