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    • Imported from USA.

    Here is the vibrant, colorful, high-stepping story of tap--the
    first comprehensive, fully documented history of a uniquely
    American art form, exploring all aspects of the intricate musical
    and social exchange that evolved from Afro-Irish percussive step
    dances like the jig, gioube, buck-and-wing, and juba to the work
    of such contemporary tap luminaries as Gregory Hines, Brenda
    Bufalino, Dianne Walker, and Savion Glover.
    In Tap Dancing America, Constance Valis Hill, herself an
    accomplished jazz tap dancer, choreographer, and performance
    scholar, begins with a dramatic account of a buck dance challenge
    between Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Harry Swinton at Brooklyn's
    Bijou Theatre, on March 30, 1900, and proceeds decade by decade
    through the 20th century to the present day. She vividly
    describes tap's musical styles and steps--from buck-and-wing and
    ragtime stepping at the turn of the century; jazz tapping to the
    rhythms of hot jazz, swing, and bebop in the '20s, '30s and '40s;
    to hip-hop-inflected hitting and hoofing in heels (high and low)
    from the 1990s right up to today. Tap was long considered "a
    man's game," and Hill's is the first history to highlight such
    outstanding female dancers as Ada Overton Walker, Kitty O'Neill,
    and Alice Whitman, at the turn of the 20th century, as well as
    the pioneering women composers of the tap renaissance, in the 70s
    and 80s, and the hard-hitting rhythm-tapping women of the
    millennium such as Chloe Arnold, Ayodele Casel, Michelle
    Dorrance, and Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards.
    Written with all the verve and grace of tap itself, drawing
    on eye-witness accounts of early performances as well as
    interviews with today's greatest tappers, and richly illustrated
    with over ninety images, Tap Dancing America fills a major gap in
    American dance history and places tap firmly center stage.

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    Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History