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Jazz DanceA History of the Roots and Branches$
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Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049298

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049298.001.0001

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Tappin’ Jazz Lines

Tappin’ Jazz Lines

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Jazz Dance

Ray Miller

University Press of Florida

Tap dance is a twentieth-century American art form that has strong roots in popular theater dance forms of the nineteenth century and is continuing to reinvent itself in new and interesting ways in the opening years of the twenty-first century. Originating as a complex fusion of African-based dances, like the Ring Shout and Juba, with popular European jig and clog dance styles, there emerged a form of hoofing or step dancing that was uniquely American. The popularity of the black musical on the Broadway stage in the 1920s introduced tap dance hybrids like eccentric dancing, comedic dance routines, and flash tap. The following decades saw a surge of tap dance on stage and in film, by the likes of Bill Robinson and Fred Astaire. After a lull in the mid-twentieth century, tap is again thriving with stars such as Savion Glover and Brenda Bufalino.

Keywords:   African-based dance, Bill Robinson, Black musical, Fred Astaire, Jig, Juba, Tap dance

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