Tag: tap dance

How Chloé Arnold Is Shaping the Future of Underserved Youth Through Tap

Emmy-nominated choreographer Chloé Arnold’s career has been (and continues to be) groundbreaking. But it’s her outreach work that’s really turning heads these days.In November 2023 she was named one of the Black Future Makers through AT&T’s “Dream in Black” program which honors creators who are, “making a significant impact and advancing culture at large.” The $25,000 […]

Gregory Hines: America’s Ambassador of Tap

Gregory Oliver Hines (1946–2003) spent his boyhood days at Harlem’s Apollo Theater with his brother Maurice, watching tap dancers like Chuck Green, Charles “Honi” Coles, Teddy Hale, The Nicholas Brothers, and Howard “Sandman” Sims. Between performances, the hoofers would gather in the dimly lit, costume-cluttered basement to jam on the worn-in rehearsal floor. It was […]

The Nicholas Brothers: Tap Dancing With Flash and Class

Fayard and Harold Nicholas, aka the Nicholas Brothers, were known for their one-of-a-kind “flash act” performances, characterized by full-bodied animation, rhythmic perfection and fearless stunts. They were among the first African-American entertainers to break through the segregation of pre-Civil-Rights-era America and be featured in integrated films. Growing up in Philadelphia, Fayard learned to dance by […]

Broadway Dance Center’s Tap Teacher April Cook Shares Her Tips for Teaching Musicality

April Cook never planned on becoming a dance teacher, but it seems her unexpected career path was meant to be. After all, her natural tap talent and thoughtful teaching practices have made her a wildly popular tap educator at Broadway Dance Center (BDC) in New York City. Cook grew up dancing at a school in […]

Ailey Extension’s Marshall Davis Jr. Shares Knowledge Gained From His Life in Tap

Marshall Davis Jr.’s introduction to tap dance began at 10 years old at African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, where his father is director, in Miami, Florida. Training began in sneakers and dress shoes that Davis Jr. did his best to get sound out of. “My father was reluctant to invest in tap shoes, because he […]

Tap Icon Savion Glover Is Bringing His Unique Style to Convention Classes

Savion Glover is one of the biggest names in the dance world, and perhaps the biggest in the tap world. The trailblazing hoofer’s hard-hitting, rhythmically intricate style has fundamentally altered the tap landscape. Glover is also a master teacher. But during his many years on the scene, he’s never appeared regularly at a major dance […]