- Hardcover: 264 pages
- Publisher: McFarland Publishing; Casebound edition (July 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786403527
- ISBN-13: 978-0786403523
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,272,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tap Dance Dictionary Casebound Edition
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During his career as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer, the author collected tap-dancing terminology, steps, combinations, and stories about their provenance. His teacher, Louis DaPron, was his inspiration for starting this project, the source of much of his information, and the originator of the notation for writing down how the steps are done. Knowles' later research consisted of searching old books and articles for names of steps, and personal interviews with people in the tap field. Primarily a record of steps, this volume does not have entries on performers or other aspects of the field. It will not teach readers how to tap. It does, however, give the basic information necessary for dancers to perform the steps, from A,B,C Step to Zink.
Tap steps can be named for the way they sound when danced, the way they look, the person who created them, or the place they originated. Many tap steps have several names, and these are cross-referenced. Entries are broader than just tap. A few terms come from ballet but are used in tap dancing (cabriole, pas de Basque). Entries explain and describe many ballroom dances (boogie woogie, bunny hop, rumba, waltz), folk dances (clog dancing, polka, schottische), and African American dances (black bottom cake walk). Some entries include brief historical information.
This unique reference book will be a welcome addition to academic libraries supporting curricula in dance and theater arts, and public libraries with comprehensive dance collections. While concentrating on notation, it also sheds some light on a slice of the history of popular dance in America. Other libraries may purchase as needed.
"Most thorough compendium...to date on the tap dance scene...extensive research...this book is exceptional" -- Reference & User Services Quarterly
"The rich and varied language of tap dancing is documented here...useful...valuable" -- ARBA
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"the rich and varied language of tap dancing is documented here...a useful tool and a valuable source of information" -- ARBA
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