Take tap lessons? Check.

3rd July 2009

My favorite thing about this video is how gobsmacked I look at the end of each section I complete. After the 50-second mark, it’s all celebratory improvisation, so please don’t blame Mr. Kloss for my lack of form.

Ready? Let’s do this thing:

Next time? Sparklers.

Ed note: Intel is making my site more interesting by sponsoring my Mighty Life List over the next few months. Things will be a little hectic over here for a while.

105 thoughts on “Take tap lessons? Check.

  1. dd

    So great! Awesome moves there, for real. Not what I was expecting for your beginner debut!

  2. Brandy

    Oh, Maggie! You look fantastic! This makes me think of a young Ginger Rogers audition tape. Thank you for sharing this incredible experience!

  3. Gig

    Wow, so impressed. I had a life list ages ago, have been working on a new one lately, you’ve inspired me.

  4. Aisha

    You really need a shirt that says ‘real mighty’ or a sweater with a giant M in the middle.

    Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  5. Susie

    This is one of the most excellent things I have ever seen. I think it would be impossible for me to have loved this more.

  6. Dawn

    Coming out of lurking status to say that you are quite the bit of fantastic. Congrats on conquering your life list!

  7. Lola

    Long time Might Girl fan, first time commenting. The outfit, the hair, the music, the routine, the execution . . . perfection!

  8. Joy

    I’m mighty envious of your new talent – tap dancing. Great job. Love it. You’re so adorable. Congratulations on having a sponsor for your life list. :)

  9. Rebecca

    Maggie! I’ve been tap dancing as long as I could walk and I’ve done quite a bit of teaching too. There’s a special place in my heart that gets all warm and fuzzy watching a beginner tap routine executed with such panache. Congrats. You were fabulous. I hope you loved it enough to keep taking classes!

  10. amy

    You rock and all the WW2 service men are all lined up watching you on the floor :) I can just see it.

  11. Asha

    Hi Maggie,

    That was fantastic!, and super cute.. You are amazing! Congrats for crossing one more off from the list.

  12. Megan

    Thank you for wearing the perfect tap dancing outfit for that song. Where the hell is Gene Kelly when you need him?

  13. emma

    watching this made my crappy day like 800% better.
    go maggie! what a lovely, lovely thing to have happen to a lovely, lovely person.

  14. Jennifer

    You are simply glowing with happiness and are so fun to watch tap-tap-tapping away! Great job~ you seem to have a knack for tap, if I may say so myself. :)

  15. Shannon

    That video clip made me smile. I applaud your bravery and look forward to more updates. Good luck. :)

  16. Em

    My dad has been tap dancing my entire life, and I have to say, you looked pretty great for having one lesson!

  17. Rebekah

    Wow Maggie! That was great! You are such an inspiration to me. BTW – the clothes, hair, dance & music make it seem like you stepped right out of Singin’ in the Rain or some other fabulous musical. :) Too cute!

  18. Katie

    Those 11 hours really paid off! You look like a natural with the jump-with-your-hands-up classic tap move. And that work is saved for posterity.

    Good work, Mason.

  19. Lynda

    Oh, Maggie! I agree with everyone here, especially Megan #44!

    You don’t need sparklers – YOU sparkle!

    Standing ovation from up here in Canada!

  20. David b

    What happened to your design? It was so nice and clean before. As an admirer, and someone who cares, I won’t sleep well at night unless I advise you to revert to previous version.

  21. Amy

    I cannot even tell you how adorable you are, how proud of you I am or how much I’d love to be you! You’re so MIGHTY!!

  22. Vanessa

    Ha, that’s awesome! I think you learned more moves in one weekend than I did in the entire year of lessons I took as a child. *applause*

  23. Stephanie

    I’ve taken classes with John before…although it’s been a few years, I still remember how much fun I had. Congrats and great shuffles and flaps.

  24. Liz

    wiiiiiings! you did wings! I took tap for 14 years and never executed them with as much grace as you just did after a few lessons, bravo!

  25. Rachel

    That is so awesome! You are adorable, and watching this put a smile on my face while I was at work this morning.

    Keep up the fun and inspiring good work!

  26. Franca Bollo

    What a hoot! Too bad the Lawrence Welk Show wasn’t still taping. You’d be a shoo-in.

  27. Dawn

    As if you weren’t awesome enough!! You were totally cut out for tap dancing, and look fabulous doing it! Can’t wait to watch you on this journey, you are truly an inspiration. And, oh to be a fly on the wall with you and Melissa next week….

  28. MissusB

    That was great! Will you keep it up until you are able to dance professionally? Or was this a one-off?

  29. Christian

    You look fantastic! I love that little prance-in- a-circle move, and that arms-and-legs-kick-out-in-synchronicity move (as you can tell, I have no formal training in either dance or dance nomenclature). BUT! Let’s not forget the point – you did great!

  30. Lisa

    OMG! You are fantastic!
    I took my first tap class when I was three, and I’ve been dancing in one form or another ever since. I took adult lessons in college, and OMG! you are incredible! I’ve never seen anyone get it so quickly! very impressive!
    I love the life list! Thanks for sharing.

  31. --V

    “Knew,” not “new.” Sigh. When am I going to learn to proofread before I hit the “submit comment” button?

  32. Natalie

    I love your style! You are my favorite blogger. I swear. Your trench runs and wings were FAB! Not to mention your flaps and shuffle ball changes. You are one juicy chick.

  33. Jamie

    I was watching this with my laptop on mute, and “Green Light” by John Legend playing on my iPod. Your routine, in a strange “walk it out” way, goes perfectly with that song!

    Love it!

  34. aimee

    hey, i liked that! as a tap dancer from age 5-17, you reminded me of how much fun it was/is. darn it, i do not currently own a pair of tap shoes.

  35. leandra

    This reminds me how much I loved the fact that we had to learn tap in gym glass in high school. Now I want a pair of tap shoes. (shuffle ball change!)

  36. hippittee

    you did all that with ONE lesson!! incredible! stylistically, the you rock the piece as well: hair, clothes and music – nice.

  37. Moose

    You’ve inspired me to unearth my tap shoes and renew my dedication to the time step. Also: When I read John’s comment, my heart actually stopped. Oh, how I dreaded the call of: “And…other side!” This was always the point at which I would fake asthma and broken legs.

    I applaud the sparklers idea and eagerly await the sequel.

  38. Julianna

    Maggie, I started reading your column almost 3 years ago. Your wit and candid outlook hooked me immediately. I giggled and Woo’d along with you in this video…your appreciation for even the mundane is joyful and inspiring. Thanks for sharing the idea of a Life List, and may you continue to discover the mighty things in yours.

  39. carrie

    Absolutely fantastic awesomeness to the tenth power! Whoa. I’m so inspired. Way to live sister, love love love it!

  40. Susanne

    Tap dancing WITH some Shorty Georges! I’m impressed. (The move when you point down with your fingers.)

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