A Tribute to the Talents of Tap Dancers

When listening to your favorite song, you might find yourself Tapping to the beat. We tend to Tap or snap our fingers, shoes or any part of our body that moves to the music. The rhythm may not be front and center, yet it is the most recognized part of a song. When you kick up your heels and dance around the room, it is rarely to the lyrics. We align each step to the music and style that inspires us. When we look at dances such as clog dancing and cultural dances, we see vibrant movements that move in step to varying instruments. In their expression, an entirely new dance emerged. The start of Tap Dancing was seen as early as the mid 1800’s. As a part of sidelines and performances, it did not reach its peak popularity until the earlier decades of the 1900’s.

Tap Dancing Tributes

It wasn’t until 1910 that it was decided to add metal to the Tap shoes. This gave Tappers a distinct sound that allowed them to make their own music. With hints of folk and tradition, Tap Dancing clicked in a parallel line to the ever popular stylings of Jazz. Old time Vaudeville shows featured some of the greatest Tap Dancers of our time. William Henry Lane pioneered Tap Dancing taking leaps down a social and political path. He was known as Master Juba the creator of the Juba Dance. Using all areas of his foot, he was able to manifest a diverse sequence of sounds. His creativity opened the door for persuasive forms of Tapping.

Tap Dancing Tributes
Tap Dancing Tributes

Tap Dancers began to infuse their personal signatures to the stage. As Jazz became prominent, Tap Dancers had other avenues to explore. It soon became a cheerful collaboration of the world around them. Bill Bojangles Robinson is a famed Dancer known for his rhythm and intricate footwork. He began his fancy for Dancing at the young age of five years old. From there he moved on to various shows, Broadway and then appeared in Movies.

Tap Dancing Evolved

With all of the new scenes on site, Tap Dancing evolved into an inclusive method of movement. Taking cues from its past and adding a twist came the Nicholas Brothers. Acrobatic jumps and turns with the tones of Tap became a sensation that set a new legendary precedent. Speaking of legends, a Tapping discussion is not complete without the esteemed Fred Astaire. Renowned for his suave sophistication, stage presence and incredible talent, Astaire charmed the any audience he performed for. A genius pairing of ballet, jazz and tap made him a household name. Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers and Ann Miller are Tap Dancing greats tat made their way across the stage and the screen.

Tap Dancing Evolved
Tap Dancing Evolved

Tap Dancing may not be as “hip” as it once was in the swoony glory days, yet it continues to thrive in any era. As the years go by, we will continually experience new trends that transform to the nuance of today.