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TAP! BY RUSTY FRANK - From the vaudeville era, through the Astaire-Rogers movies, to the intricate artistry of bebop, tap has dominated American dance with its rhythm, originality, and humor. This book collects the voices and memories of thirty of America's best-loved tap-dance stars and two hundred rare theater, film, and publicity photographs. Here Shirley Temple recalls her magical duo with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson; Fayard Nicholas describes his days at Harlem's Cotton Club performing with Cab Calloway; Fred Kelly visits his and his brother Gene's Pittsburgh dance studio; Hermes Pan reminisces about his work with George Gershwin, Ginger Rogers, and Fred Astaire; and, in a chapter new to this edition, Toy and Wing tell about their days as the world's leading Asian tap duo. Appended with the most comprehensive listing of tap acts, recordings, and films ever compiled—newly updated for this paperback edition—Tap! brings to life the legends of one of America's most cherished and enduring art forms.
BROTHERHOOD IN RHYTHM BY CONSTANCE VALIS HILL - Tap dancing legends Fayard (b. 1914) and Harold (1918-2000) Nicholas amazed crowds with their performances in musicals and films from the 30s to the 80s. They performed with Gene Kelly in The Pirate, with Cab Calloway in Stormy Weather, with Dorothy Dandridge (Harold's wife) in Sun Valley Serenade, and with a number of other stars on the stage and on the screen. Author Hill not only guides readers through the brothers' show stopping successes and the repressive times in which their dancing won them universal acclaim, she also offers extensive insight into the history and choreography of tap .
TAP DANCING IN AMERICA BY CONSTANCE VALIS HILL - Here is the vibrant, colorful, high-stepping story of tap--the first comprehensive, fully documented history of a uniquely American art form, exploring all aspects of the intricate musical and social exchange that evolved from Afro-Irish percussive step dances like the jig, gioube, buck-and-wing, and juba to the work of such contemporary tap luminaries as Gregory Hines, Brenda Bufalino.o, Dianne Walker, and Savion Glover.Click here to add text.
SHOOT ME WHILE I'M HAPPY BY JANE GOLDBERG - This is not a history of tap dancing. It is one determined woman's highly personal account of falling in love with and living the tap life. One of the linchpins behind the Great Tap Revival of the 1970s and 80s, Jane Goldberg tracked down, studied with, and performed alongside some of the tap greats of the twentieth century. In the process she discovered her happy feet. Those feet, combined with great tenacity and endless curiosity, led her to ferret out a generation of show biz hoofers who had involuntarily gone underground.
THE SOULS OF YOUR FEET BY ACIA GRAY - Numerous references are made to the legends of tap dance including Charles "Honi" Coles, Brenda Bufalino, Jimmy Slyde, Sarah Petonio, Savion Glover and many others securing the artform to its historical roots.
TAP ROOTS BY MARK KNOWLES Traces the development of tap dancing from ancient India to the Broadway stage in 1903, when the word "Tap" was first used in publicity to describe this new American style of dance, this text separately addresses the cultural, societal and historical events that influenced the development of Tap dancing. Section One covers primary influences such as Irish step dancing, English clog dancing and African dancing. Section Two covers theatrical influences (early theatrical developments, "Daddy" Rice, the Virginia Minstrels) and Section Three covers various other influences (Native American, German, Shaker). Also included are accounts of the people present at tap's inception and how various styles of dance were mixed to create tap dancing.
THE TAP DANCE DICTIONARY BY MARK KNOWLES The language of tap dancing is as rich and varied as that of any art, and different choreographers, teachers and performers often use totally different terms for exactly the same step. The various names of all steps and clear descriptions of them are collected for the first time in this reference work. The emphasis is on all variations of a name, from universally recognized terms to simple pet names that individual performers and choreographers have created, with extensive cross-references provided. Each of the steps is fully described, with appropriate counts, explanations and history. Many antique and unusual steps such as the Patting Juba, the Quack, and the Swanee Shuffle are included.
SAVION – MY LIFE IN TAP BY SAVION GLOVER
Born to save tap…Fuh-duh-BAP! Fuh-duh-duh-BAP! A new language, a new sound. Savion Glover has redefined tap dancing, and it can never be the same again. He speaks to the world with a power and ease that has stunned and captivated millions. This exciting biography captures that essence--often in Glover's own voice--and treats readers to an inside look at his work while also providing a brief yet compelling history of tap dancing. Reverberating with the rhythm of a unique musical language, the book includes more than 50 photographs and features an eye-catching two-color design.
RHYTHM IN THEIR FEET BY HEATHER REES
This book explores a fascinating form of dance. Dance teacher Heather Rees first offers insight into the history of tap and the influence of some of the great "foot percussion" artists. She then delineates the principles of rhythm and timing, the tempo of tap music, techniques, style, and choreography. Topics include the history and development of tap dancing; floors, shoes, and costumes; music, rhythm, and choreography; traditional steps and time steps; planning classes and exercises; sequences and routines; and improvisation and developing personal style. Heather Rees trained in classical ballet with Marguerite Thomas, learned American tap with Gertrude Beaton, and teaches dance both in Britain and Europe.
TAP WORKS BY BEVERLY FLETCHER. As the official reference manual of the Dance Masters of America, this tap dance resource contains more than 1,500 up-to-date entries about every facet of this uniquely American art form. It provides a history of tap dance as well as the dancers who defined it. This manual also includes a comprehensive dictionary of tap and dance terminology with a special section devoted to teachers.
TAPPING THE SOURCE, TAP DANCE STORIES, THEORY & PRACTICE BY BRENDA BUFFALINO Miss Buffalino is a performer, master teacher, choreographer, author, actress, producer and director. Choreographer and founder of the celebrated American Tap Dance Orchestra, she has been a trailblazer in the renaissance of jazz and tap dance and a guiding force in the creation of countless tap festivals and workshops world-wide. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts and was recently awarded the prestigious Flobert Award, The Tapestry Award, and The Hoofer Award for contributions to the field and lifetime achievement. to add text.
THE BOOK OF TAP BY JERRY AMES & JIM SIEGELMAN. No information available for this book, except that the INTRODUCTION WAS WRITTEN BY ELEANOR POWELL and copies still exist..
WE DID BELIEVE IN SPRING BY LORRAINE MCCLUNG CONDOS is the endearing love story of a mother of four who meets the man of her dreams, the true love of her life. When Lorraine met Steve Condos, she seemed to know that he was the one, even though he was over twenty years her senior. He was a unique entertainer- a teller of tales, a musician, and most notably a jazz tap dancer of renown--previously a part of the Condos Brothers, an international tap dancing duo who had appeared in several movies with stars like Betty Grable. Steve was now in the process of restarting his career as a solo performer, working cruise ships, nightclubs, and finally Broadway in the musical Sugar, which later went on the road. He worked with such greats as Robert Morse, Cyril Ritchard, Gregory Hines, Jule Styne, and Producer David Merrick. Lorraine and Steve Condos lived a wonderfully exciting life and while he was the entertainer, she played a huge role in his life as loving wife, confidante, and his business manager... all this right up until his tragic death after a performance in Lyon, France.
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REGGIO MCLAUGHLIN -TAP DANCE OF LIFE is an autobiographical account of the fascinating life of Reggio "The Hoofer." Every chapter can teach you something about the ups and downs of life. At the young age of seven, Reggio saw tap dancing for the very first time and knew this was what he wanted to do. Fate will take him through a course of events before becoming a tap icon. Reggio grew up in a large family on the tough streets of Chicago's south side. He was given an ultimatum that led to the decision to drop out of school at the age of fifteen to play in Chicago's blues clubs and travel as a professional bass guitar player for Brunswick Records. One thing led to another—from hanging out in San Francisco's historic Haight-Ashbury district on "Hippy Hill" to tap dancing in Chicago's subways, on the streets of New York and traveling to Spain to study flamenco with the Spanish Gypsies. Reggio has used the magnificent and powerful art form of tap dance to tell amazing stories and connect with people all over the world. The book includes many beautiful full page color photographs that enhance each chapter and the text is a fun and interesting read.
GOTTA MOVE - WOMEN IN TAP -The best of the Women In Tap Conference. Available on DVD Now…..GOTTA MOVE: WOMEN IN TAP, a lively documentary that chronicles one weekend in the life of some of today’s most extraordinary tap dancers, who just happen to be women, acknowledging their contributions to the renaissance of tap. GOTTA MOVE: WOMEN IN TAP is a tribute to their creativity and brilliance.
TAP DANCE HISTORY - This one-of-a-kind DVD is a collection of rarely seen original film footage from Soundies and short films of the 1930’s and 1940’s. The films come from the private collection of Mark Cantor’s Celluloid Improvisations Music Film Archive, a collection of 4000 preserved jazz-musicals , and from the Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
BEEN RICH ALL MY LIFE - The focus of this documentary film is a troupe of tap dancers known as the Silver Belles. These five women were former showgirls who danced during the 1930s and 1940s at such legendary Harlem hot spots as Small's Paradise, the Apollo and The Cotton Club. After reuniting in 1985, the Silver Belles began performing again at venues such as Carnegie Hall, where these spunky ladies, now in their late 80s and early 90s, always receive a standing ovation.
ABOUT TAP - This captivating film focuses on the artistry and style of three of America's leading male tap dancers, Steve Condos, Jimmy Slyde and Chuck Green. Introduced by Gregory Hines, who shares his childhood memories of watching and imitating the tap dance greats at the Apollo Theater, ABOUT TAP features simply staged but bravura performances that display this engaging and graceful art at its finest. .
NO MAPS ON MY TAPS -This spirited film offers unique insight into jazz tap dancing as an indigenous American art form. The spirit of tap in its heyday, shown in rare photographs and Hollywood film clips of the 1930s, provides a backdrop for intimate portraits of three surviving "hoofers." Sandman Sims, Chuck Green and Bunny Briggs tell the story of tap as an expression of black heritage and culture. For all dance afficionados,.
AT THE JAZZ BAND BALL - A rare collection of archival film clips from the '20s and '30s showcasing the musicians, bandleaders, singers and tap dancers that gave jazz its start. From the Boswell Sisters to Charly Wellman, to Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington-there's not another collection out there that even comes close.
"TAP WORLD" - MOVIE NOW AVAILABLE ON Itunes!
TAP WORLD is an award-winning feature-length documentary starring the most cutting-edge tap dancers from across the globe. Brought to you by the Executive Producers of the highly acclaimed short film, TAP HEAT, this documentary follows leaders of the art form who are shaping the community around them. Their personal stories of inspiration, struggle, and triumph are keeping this art form alive and thriving internationally. For the first time, tap dancers of all ages were encouraged to share their individual journey through tap dance to be included in the film. The most compelling were chosen and weaved into the film alongside some of the Masters of Tap.
WHAT THE EYE HEARS - BRIAN SEIBERT shares his big, smart, wonderfully anecdotal and definitive history of tap dance. Both eyes and ears are needed to get the full effect of tap, the only purely American dance genre we’ve got. Tap, writes Mr. Seibert, a dance critic for The New York Times, “is dance andmusic, sound and movement.” Here he takes us back a couple of centuries to search out the art’s two-pronged beginnings, then scrolls up to a survey of its revitalized present.
But this book’s definitive status is not the only reason to read it. It also offers passion about its subject, deft evocations of dance action and a narrative mischief suited to tap’s trickster mentality. Mr. Seibert signals that mischief right up front.
TAPPIN' AT THE APPOLLO. THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALE TAP DANCE DUO -
SALT & PEPPER BY CHERYL M. WILLIS
In the 1920s and 1930s, Edwina "Salt" Evelyn and Jewel "Pepper" Welch learned to tap dance on street corners in New York and Philadelphia. By the 1940s, they were Black show business headliners, playing Harlem's Apollo Theater with the likes of Count Basie, Fats Waller and Earl "Fatha" Hines. Their exuberant tap style, usually performed by men, earned them the respect of their male peers and the acclaim of audiences. Based on extensive interviews with Salt and Pepper, this book chronicles for the first time the lives and careers of two overlooked female performers who succeeded despite the racism, sexism and homophobia of the Big Band era.
PLENTY OF GOOD WOMAN features exceptional Philadelphia African American women tap dancers whose active careers spanned the 1920s-1950s. Restricted to few roles, often unnamed and uncredited, these women have largely remained anonymous within (and outside) of the entertainment industry and sometimes even within the communities in which they reside. Historic film clips, photographs, and dancers' own vivid recollections provide a dynamic portrait of veteran women hoofers prominent during the golden age of swing and rhythm tap. "Plenty" features 1995 performances by Edith "Baby Edwards" Hunt, Libby Spencer and Hortense Allen Jordan, with LaVaughn Robinson, Germaine Ingram, Delores and Dave McHarris, Kitty DeChavis, Isabelle Fambro and the cast of "Stepping in Time," and historic footage of these and other artists. FOR FREE ONLINE VIEWING GO TO - http://www.folkstreams.net/film,293
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