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Hines in White Nights (1985). Photo courtesy of Dance Magazine archive

During tap dance's waning popularity from the 1970s to the 1990s, Gregory Oliver Hines kept it alive with his show-stopping performances on Broadway, television and in film. A triple threat, Hines was best known for his sensational tap skills—namely his natural rhythm, creativity, elegance and speed. Throughout his career, Hines served as a tireless advocate for tap and mentor to dozens of today's most notable hoofers.

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Looking for your next audition shoe? Shot at and in collaboration with Broadway Dance Center, Só Dança has launched a new collection of shoes working with some pretty famous faces of the musical theater world! Offered in two different styles and either 2.5" or 3" heels, top industry professionals are loving how versatile and supportive these shoes are! Pro tip: The heel is centered under the body so you can feel confident and stable!

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Tomorrow night, L.A.'s fiercest lady hoofers are lighting up the stage at the Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood. Chloé's Arnold's Syncopated Ladies present Syncopated Ladies: Live Concert—a one-night-only tap-dance extravaganza.

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Duke Ellington (right) with John Bubbles in a scene from Cabin in the Sky (1943). Photo courtesy of the New York Public Library

Tomorrow night at 7 pm, the American Tap Dance Foundation will host a special performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room in honor of legendary jazz pianist and composer Duke Ellington. The program, aptly titled "Tap Ellington," will feature the Duke Ellington Center's Big Band and tap stars like Tony Waag, Brenda Bufalino, Sam Weber, Sarah Reich and Josette and Joseph Wiggan.

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This month, Steps on Broadway tap teacher Claudia Rahardjanoto teaches a crossover step—a traditional rhythm tap step first performed by the great Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. The step is usually done three times with a break at the end, and is a great way to practice weigh shifts.

Here, some of tap history's greatest hoofers perform the crossover step.

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Coles in a studio shot for My One and Only. He was known for wearing fine tailored suits, giving him an air of sophistication. Photo by Kenn Duncan, courtesy of Dance Magazine archives

Charles "Honi" Coles was an American rhythm tap dancer known for his speed and sophisticated style. He was a founding member of the Copasetics, as well as one half of the popular vaudeville duo "Coles & Atkins," whose song-and-dance routines epitomized the vaudeville class act—routines that countered blackface stereotypes. Coles' later collaborative work with tapper Brenda Bufalino helped revive tap dance in the 1970s and led to the founding of the American Tap Dance Foundation in New York City.

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Photo courtesy of Chloé Arnold

As soon as she hears a song, Chloé Arnold knows if she wants to tap to it. "I'm a very feeling person. I like to feel the rhythm in my soul and feel like I have no choice but to dance," she says. "Tap is music, so it's a dual experience of creating. I hear rhythms in my head all day, and it's about how those rhythms, the tap rhythms, complement the rhythms that already exist in a song."

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Katharine Pettit teaches tap at Peridance Capezio Center in New York City, where she focuses on fundamentals in all of her classes. In this video, she explains the weight shift necessary for a five-count riff.

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