Tag: tap

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 […]

If You Thought Teaching Dance Online Was a Challenge, Try Teaching Tap: Three Tappers Share What Works

Like most educators, I have been teaching online since early March. My undergraduate Dance and Culture course was relatively easy to deliver remotely (as long as I could pre-record lectures while my son was taking a nap), but my tap classes? Not so much. This is because tap is a percussive dance form. Sound matters. […]

Só Dança Is Taking Musical Theater to the Next Level

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 […]

The Syncopated Ladies Light Up the Dance Floor Tomorrow Night in L.A.

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. Want more Syncopated Ladies? The ensemble’s Los Angeles Boot Camp begins tomorrow at Universal Dance Design in L.A. and goes through Sunday, July 30. Participants will […]

Celebrate Tap Dance's Unsung Hero and Watch Two Restored Tap Documentaries

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 […]

Check Out Tap History’s Greatest Hoofers Dancing the Crossover Step

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 […]

Video of the Month: Rhythmic Layers

Congratulations to Anthony LoCascio, our Editors’ Choice for the Dance Teacher Video of the Month! In this video, LoCascio and other professional hoofers (some are members of his company, Taplife) perform at The Big Apple Tap Festival in New York City. The group had only two one-hour rehearsals prior to their performance and learned the […]

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