THE BOOK OF TAP by Jerry & Jim Siegelmen Ames

THE BOOK OF TAP

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Stamp-hop-shuffle-step-flap. Yes, those incredible things that Fred and Gene and Eleanor and Ruby did with their feet can be broken down into words, and that's the last chapter here--a self-instructor for those caught in the current tap-dancing renaissance but unable to go out for lessons. Earlier chapters do a breezy, illustrated cramp-roll through tap's history, including filmographies for the dance greats (yes, Vera-Ellen too). Sprinkled throughout: quotes from stars, critics, tap teachers, and amateur enthusiasts. And best of all: an introduction by Eleanor Powell (a shockingly late starter considering her ultimate preeminence) that goes into juicy detail on the single Powell-Astaire duet. Brush-toe-scuff-slide-heel.

Pub Date: Feb. 20th, 1977
Publisher: McKay