HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
On behalf of OPTAP, I want to say Happy Mothers Day to all of the Moms out there! I would also like to welcome you to Operation: Tap's Astaire Week! My mom is single handedly the biggest influence on me not only as a human but as an artist. As a kid she practiced with me, she cut my music for competition, she spent money she didn’t have so I could pursue my life as a dancer, and most importantly she loved me unconditionally. As we embark on a week dedicated to Fred Astaire I wanted to share a dance I did when I was 7 years old because my mom introduced me to Fred Astaire and he was the reason I truly fell in love with tap dancing. I owe him so much, but I owe my mother everything. I hope that all of the moms out there have an amazing day surrounded by family and love!
THE THINGS MY MOTHER TOLD ME THAT I TRY TO LIVE MY LIFE BY:
“With hard work, practice, and some more practice you can be anything in this world you want.”
“You will experience failure, look at yourself and what YOU can do better. Don’t blame others.”
“You will experience success, remain humble and make sure you acknowledge everyone who put you in that position to be successful. Nothing matters more than humility.”
“You are not competing with others when you dance. You are only competing with yourself to be the best possible version you can be. Don’t be envious of others because no matter how good you may think you are getting, there is always going to be someone who is better.”
“You can learn something from every teacher you take from, in any subject. If you didn’t learn something that wasn’t their fault, it was yours.”
“You are not perfect, and you will never will be, but you need to aspire to perfection. Practice it again…and again….and again!”
“Be inspired by masterful work of others, learn from them, pay homage to them, and aspire in your own way to be like them.”
“Be respectful, be kind, if you are in a position to give to someone, make sure you give your best.”
“Do what you love and do it as well as you can.”
“I love you with all my heart” SAID EVERYDAY ACCOMPANIED BY AN INFINITE NUMBER OF ACTS DEMONSTRATING THAT.
Anthony performing in 1992