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Tap Roots

Tracing 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 a new art form.
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Mark Knowles, choreographer of more than 300 theatrical productions, is on the faculty of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California.


"extensive research...recommended...will satisfy readers who would like more early history"--Library Journal; "photos are outstanding...a superior contribution...more than commendable, it's indispensable...fascinating"--Classic Images; "this lively and engaging book embodies the vitality, energy, and syncopated rhythm of the dance form it excellent resource guide"--Choice; "comprehensive...highly readable"--Dance Spirit; "represents some of most extensive and contemporary writings available on the subject...definitive"--Dancer.

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