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Product Details

  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; REV edition (March 22, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306806355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306806353
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This account of great tap dance stars begins in 1900 and ends in 1955, covering the heyday of tap dance and including the memories of thirty fine dancers from Shirley Temple to Fayard Nicholas. The lively, fun stories detail individual artists' achievements as well as the evolution of the tap dance industry as a whole. -- Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Rusty E. Frank is a tap dancer, producer, historian, and tap dance preservationist. She studied with many of the great tap masters; she produced, directed, and appeared in the all-star tap revues Jazz Tap!; and she owns and operates On Tap!, which promotes tap productions and markets tap supplies. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is producing the documentary TAP! The Tempo of America.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Weber on September 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
when this book used to be out of print, legions of ambitous tap dancers - including myself - were searching used-book stores across the country to find a copy. i know some who ended up copying every single page in the lincoln center library. the reason is very simple: there is no other book on the subject that even comes close to gathering this much information on the history of tap dancing. even though historians may argue about some details, the book is usually considered the standard by all the tap pros i know and whoever reads it will have a good understanding of where the art form comes from, what the important issues are, what stages of development tap dancing went through, who the important dancers of different times and styles were, and what the characteristics of different styles and approaches in tap dance are. if you want to know about the history of tap: get this book. otherwise you will find yourself digging through the shelves of rare book stores when it is out of print again.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Elle on January 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderfully written with first-hand accounts about show business during the first half of the 1900's. It is not just for tap dancers, but for anyone interested in getting a feel for the way of life during that period. The amount of information I learned about vaudeville, movie musicals, and even black history in America is much more than I expected when I picked up this book. I would highly recommend it to anyone!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "tapnfool" on November 30, 2000
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This is a fantastic book! In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I made my college advanced tap class read it, as well. They were truly inspired by this book and have gained a renewed since of determination as far as entering the field of "commercial entertainment" with an emphasis on tap. Each person has a truly unique account of how it was back in the day, when people actually went to "tap clubs" just like we would go to dance clubs nowadays. What an experience to see this exciting time through their eyes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Zaragoza on August 19, 2006
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I total am ejoying this book. Being a dancer my self it is wonderful reading about all the dancers during my time. Thank you so much Mr. Frank.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1999
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I just dont understand why tap dancing is disapearing it is the most intruiging type of dance i have ever taken and am still taking...hoping to go pro someday since i am only a teen. To make a long story short this book and it's amazing Gregory Hines has inspired me to go for my dreams, and to keep tap dancing alive.
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