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National Tap Dance Day

The Tap Dance Day Performance
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4

     challenging words:    Bojangles, exertion, Tippity, charitable, robinson, frequently, tile, distinctly, celebration, blister, reading, agreement, instructor, opposite, procession, rehearsal
     content words:    National Tap Dance Day, Miss Tanner, Tap Dance Day, Dance Day, Tap America Project, Shirley Temple, Will Rogers
The Tap Dance Day Performance

By Phyllis Naegeli
1     Jennifer waved goodbye to her mom and went into the dance studio. She walked down the hall to the dressing room and put down her bag. Reaching into her bag, she pulled out her new tap shoes. She held them up and admired the beautiful, shiny, black leather. After she put them on, she noticed they were tight in a few spots. She hoped they would loosen up as she wore them. She didn't want to get a blister before the performance for National Tap Dance Day.
2     She practiced a few steps. "Tippity, tap, tap, tap," went her shoes on the tile floor of the dressing room.
3     More of her classmates came in to get ready for class.
4     "Hi, Jenny," said Marybeth as she put her bag down on the bench.
5     "Hi, Marybeth," said Jenny. "How are you?"
6     "I'm great. Hey, you got new shoes! They're pretty. Are they for the performance?" asked Marybeth as she sat down on the bench.
7     "Yes, Mom took me shopping the other day. I hope they loosen up for the show. They're a little tight in a few places," said Jenny, moving her feet around on the floor.
8     Marybeth pulled her shoes out of her bag. She put them on her feet and tied the bows. "I'm sure they will be fine. My shoes were new at the beginning of the year, and they loosened up pretty quickly."
9     "That's nice to know," said Jenny, smiling and tapping her toes on the floor.
10     Their instructor, Miss Tanner, came in and called to the girls. "Time for class. We have a lot to practice for the show."
11     Marybeth closed up her bag and put it under the bench. She and Jenny followed the other girls into the dance studio. They lined up along the mirrored wall and started doing their warm up stretches and taps.
12     Miss Tanner stood in front of them and smiled. "Hi, girls. I hope you all had a good week and took the time to practice for the performance. It's exciting to be part of the celebration of Tap Dance Day here in town. After we're done with practice, I want to tell you a little bit about Tap Dance Day - if you can stay a few extra minutes."

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Reading Comprehension
     English Reading Comprehension: The Tap Dance Day Performance
     French Reading Comprehension: Le spectacle pour la journée de claquettes
     Spanish Reading Comprehension: El espectáculo del Día del Baile Tap
     Italian Reading Comprehension: Lo spettacolo per la giornata del tip tap
     German Reading Comprehension: Der Tag der Stepptanzvorführung

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