There were plenty of reasons why we were happy to bid 2020 a not-so-fond farewell, but for tap dancers, the end of such a difficult year was the final curtain on a decade in which the art form experienced remarkable growth.
Over the past 10 years, The School at Jacob's Pillow launched its first-ever tap programs; companies such as Dorrance Dance and Caleb Teicher & Company emerged and produced award-winning work; Operation Tap became an important voice in online tap education; the American Tap Dance Foundation established its new home in Greenwich Village; The Kennedy Center presented its first full-length tap concert at one of their major venues; and so much more.
As the new year sees tap dance trying to maintain this positive momentum despite the ongoing restrictions of the pandemic, we invited several of the field's living legends to meet on Zoom and discuss how they perceive the current state of tap dance and tap education.
And Still You Must Swing at The Joyce Theater, one of the tap shows programmed by Aaron Mattocks. Photo by Christopher Duggan, courtesy Richard Kornberg & Associates
Michelle Dorrance teaching at Jacob's Pillow in 2019. Photo by Grace Kathryn Landefeld, courtesy Jacob's Pillow
Deborah Mitchell rehearsing with NJTAP. Photo by Vibeckedphoto, courtesy Mitchell
Tony Waag teaching at an ATDF intensive. Photo courtesy Waag