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History of tap dance?

ive always wodered how did it get started, where the idea origionated? whats the history of it?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The American style of rhythmic foot stomping known as tap dance was born in the United States during the 19th century, and today is popular all around the world. The name comes from the tapping sound made when the small metal plates on the dancer's shoes touch a hard floor. This lively, rhythmic tapping makes the performer not just a dancer, but also a percussive musician.

    Its evolutionary grandparents may well have been:

    1. African dance to drum rhythms

    2. African welly boot dance

    3. Irish Sean-nós step dancing

    4. Spanish flamenco, where nails are hammered into the heel and the front part of the dancers' shoes, so that the rhythm of their steps can be heard

    5. Step dancingĆ

    6. Clogging, for example from Lancashire, where there may be no accompanying music, just the noise of the shoes


    Tap may have begun in the 1830s in the Five Points neighborhood of New York City as a fusion of Irish and African Shuffle. Perhaps the most influential of all was the Irish jig. Dancers from different immigrant groups would get together to compete and show off their best moves. As the dances fused, a new American style of dancing emerged.

    Tap flourished in the U.S. from 1900 to 1955, when it was the main performance dance of Vaudeville and Broadway. Vaudeville was the inexpensive entertainment before television, and it employed droves of skilled tap dancers. Many big bands included tap dances as part of their show. For a while, every city in the U.S. had amateur street tap performers. At the time, tap dance was also called jazz dance, because jazz was the music that tap dancers performed with.

    In the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, the best tap dancers moved from Vaudeville to the movies and television. Steve Condos, with his innovative style of percussion tap, created a whole new tap style that he introduced to audiences in Vaudeville, and later to the audiences of film and Broadway.

    During the 1930s tap dance mixed with Lindy Hop. "Flying swing outs" and "flying circles" are Lindy Hop moves with tap footwork.

    In the 1950s, the style of entertainment changed. Jazz music and tap dance declined, while rock and roll music and the new jazz dance emerged. What is now called jazz dance evolved out of tap dance, so both dances have many moves in common. But, jazz evolved separately from tap to become a new form in its own right.

    No Maps on My Taps, the Emmy award winning PBS documentary of 1979, helped begin the recent revival of tap dance. The outstanding success of the animated film, Happy Feet, has further reinforced the popular appeal

  • 1 decade ago

    "Created in the United States during the nineteenth century, and today is popular all around the world. The name comes from the tapping sound made when the small metal plates on the dancer's shoes touch a hard floor. This lively, rhythmic tapping makes the performer not just a dancer, but also a percussive musician (and thus, for example, the American composer Morton Gould was able to compose a "concerto for tap dancer and orchestra").

    The Encyclopedia Britannica definition for tap dance is: A style of American theatrical dance using precise rhythmical patterns of foot movement and audible foot tapping. It is derived from the traditional clog dance of northern England, the jigs and reels of Ireland and Scotland, and the rhythmic foot stamping of African dances. Popular in 19th-century minstrel shows, versions such as "buck-and-wing" (danced vigorously in wooden-soled shoes) and "soft-shoe" (danced smoothly in soft-soled shoes) developed as separate techniques; by 1925 they had merged, and metal taps were attached to shoe heels and toes to produce a more pronounced sound. The dance was also popular in variety shows and early musicals.

    For more information visit the International Tap Association webpage."

    Source(s): courtesy of Wikipedia
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    there have been alot of theorys besides the indisputable fact that the reality is that it actualy originated from Irish dance. besides the indisputable fact that some believe it really is from the classic sweedish clog dancing it really derives from an advanced version of Irish Dance. it really is why there are such dissimilar similarieties discovered between Irish Dancers of perfect now (Riverdance, LOTD) and faucet dancers. the major distinction is the way the feet face and the better body. In faucet the better body is exceptionally loose yet in classic irish it continues to be nonetheless to instruct a dancers skill to regulate ones body. also in case you've been to judge an Irish Dancers faucet shoes (regular as demanding shoes) they are strikingly resembling that of faucet. in case you've been to judge and comparison faucet with Irish Dance you'll see many similarites and could also see how one has advanced from the different

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