As a quintessentially American art form, the origins of Tap Dance wind through our history from Congo Square, through Minstrelsy, the Jazz Age, World War II and into modernity. Fueled by genius and challenged by adversity, it has undergone recession and rebirth to emerge vital and relevant in the new century. Not just a dance form, Tap is a mirror through which we can examine and better understand our American cultural heritage. As we dig into the heritage of American tap dancing, we discover that elements of our history which have the potential to tear us apart – the stigma of slavery and the friction caused by immigration – are the same forces which bind us together and fuel our dynamic society. This shared experience is the cultural fire that forged the art form of tap dancing.
Run time 1:30
Director: Mark Wilkinson