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Sharing the Copasetics’ Canon

July 1, 2014 by

The American Tap Dance Foundation launches the first rhythm tap teacher-training program.

This month, with the launch of the Tap Teacher Training Certificate Program, the American Tap Dance Foundation welcomes the first green shoots … Continue reading

Back It Up

May 1, 2014 by

How backward curriculum design applies to tap class
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In a well-known scene from the 1989 movie Tap, a young Savion Glover lingers outside a sunlit studio. Inside, Gregory Hines engages in a genial challenge with Sammy … Continue reading

Fine, All Right, Cool

November 1, 2012 by

The Copasetics provided fellowship for tappers in lean times and laid the groundwork for the rhythm tap of today.
In grainy footage from 1975, members of the Copasetics Club, including Charles “Honi” Coles, Leslie “Bubba” … Continue reading

Leading the Charge

October 1, 2012 by

77 years of the New Dance Group
Lurching slowly forward, a homeless woman appears from the wing with her body hunched and arms extended. With ambient street sounds as the score, she traverses the stage, crawling, … Continue reading

Two for the Ages

July 1, 2012 by

The Nicholas Brothers’ mastery of movement
Best known for impressive acrobatics, the stage and screen tap duo Fayard and Harold Nicholas were agile technicians and fearless stunt men. But the brothers, who earned Hollywood fame in … Continue reading

Recommended: The Dorothy Shim Sham

June 30, 2011 by

The Dorothy Shim Sham
by Dorothy Wasserman
Saint Cloud Productions, 2010
 
It’s a jazz tradition to take a standard and make it your own—which is precisely what Dorothy Wasserman has done with the Shim Sham Shimmy. Leonard Reed … Continue reading