I have found a tap class! It's 4 Mondays, at 8 PM, and it's practically right down the street! I could ride my bike there if I weren't such a terrible street rider (I tend to stick to trails). I've also found a discount dance supply shop that will sell me ready-made shoes for $30. But I don't even need the shoes right away; they ask that we start off in athletic or jazz shoes until we decide we want to continue. How cool is THAT?!
I'm also going to be teaching another mat Pilates class, on Thursdays, at a community center nearby. It'll start in September and will be at 5:30 PM, so I can be home in time to get the kids fed , bathed, and into bed.
I've also proposed a specialty class at work. Every month we have Free Bring-A-Friend-Fridays, which culminates in a class offering that isn't on the schedule. My boss sent out an email asking for suggestions, and here is mine:
"Pil-80's! A combination of standing and traditional Pilates incorporating light weights, all set to an 80's soundtrack. Come dressed in your best 80's gear: leotards, headbands, leg warmers, etc. Sequins are optional, spandex is awesome!"
(I was going to say that sequins are optional but DESIRED, but we're trying to get a mix of men and women into the class. Even in Nor Cal, the sequins might turn off the dudes, unfortunately.)
My boss says she loves it, but I think she needs to hear other options before deciding which one to go with.
When I was training to be a teacher, I imagined having theme nights. One, of course, would be 80's, while others could include heavy metal, country, goth, even science fiction and various eras. But it's not really allowed; it is, after all, a gym and not a theater. And I kinda wanted to be taken seriously and keep my job, lol!
This would allow me to live the dream, if only for one night!
So let me get your opinion: would YOU go to an 80's-themed Pilates class? Even if you've never done Pilates? Would it turn you off if you're a regular Pilates attendee?
Let me know what you think.
In other news, I finally heard from a couple of folks at the synagogue. They were both very supportive and understanding. Also asked if I've spoken with my co-teacher and immediate supervisor. But still not a word. Maybe she's on vacation (Like Geosimin suggested, because she's waaaaaaaay smarter than I am). Either way, it's done. Hopefully they can find someone who will be a little less scattered than I was.
Finally, did anyone watch the Tony Awards last night? I always watch, even though I no longer live in New York and am not part of the "in" crowd. (There was a time when I'd seen almost all the nominated shows; these days I haven't even heard of most of them, lol!) Neil Patrick Harris hosted again, and did a terrific job. The opening number (It's Not Just for Gays Anymore!") was hilarious, and his rap at the end was brilliant. Hugh Jackman sang and danced, which is always a highlight, and the horses from "The War Horse" were AMAZING!!!!!! Plus, hey, Joel Grey, "Anything Goes," Chris Rock, and just getting to see hugely talented, deserving folks get their due is always a good time. And the speeches by Nicki M.James and Norbert Leo Butz (who mentioned his sister, who was murdered 2 years ago) were very moving. Mark Rylance proved once again how wonderfully nutty he is, while Daniel Radcliffe showed off some serious hoofing skills.
I must say, though, that even as a U2 fan (and former rabid fan), the "Spiderman" musical looks pretty bad. Sorry.
Anyway, I'm off to lift some weights and resurrect my dram of tap dancing on Broadway!
And take LG to the pool, if it ever warms up.