Theory Thursday - History of Tap Dance
Welcome to Theory Thursday - on a Tuesday this time!
You may think I've a bit mad, but there is a good reason for this. It is to coincide with National Tap Dance Day (25th May) which is a celebration of tap dance as an American art form. So what better day to look at the history of tap dance?
Here is the video of our history of tap presentation that the students watched during our lockdown theory sessions.
And if you want to watch the videos linked in the presentation you can do that by using these links - I've included a few bonus links not in the presentation also:
Bojangles “stair Dance” captured the public’s imagination: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6T09PvUnyE
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers; the start of an historical partnership: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmut0FMoK9E
Savion Glover's The Rhythm of Freedom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXHHLtG_iGQ
Syncopated Ladies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDmcuTeYX1g
I hope you enjoy this little bit of Theory on a Tuesday and let me know what you think about the different tap styles you see as it has developed over the years.