The old saying goes, "If you can walk, you can dance!" Maisie figured that out pretty quickly. She’s been walking now for about six weeks, and she’s been wanting to dance since she first started watching the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE) practice on Saturday afternoons.
Maisie finally got her wish.
On Wednesday afternoon, Gene Medler, the founder and director of NCYTE, presented Maisie with her first pair of tap shoes. Obviously they don’t make tap shoes small enough for a very tiny 17 month old. But that didn’t stop Gene. While in historic Washington N.C., where NCYTE performed over the weekend, Gene and his friend Aimee searched for the perfect shoe to apply taps to. The two decided on an old-fashioned pair of black and white wing-tipped boots. When Gene got home he went to work gluing the taps on. The following day, Gene gave Maisie her new fangled tap shoes. After studying them on her feet for a moment, Maisie soon figured out they made noise. Once she got home in her own environment, she let loose and started tapping all over the place.
Watch out hoofers of America…here comes Maisie! If you want to see her in action, check out the video by clicking on Movies/Photos above.