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Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History

Constance Valis Hill


This is the first comprehensive, fully documented, intercultural history of tap dance, a uniquely American art form, that explores 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 contemporary tap luminaries. Tap dance evolved from the oral traditions and expressive cultures of the West Africans and the Irish that converged and collided in America, and was perpetuated by such key features as the tap challenge—any competition or showdown in which dancers compete against each ... More

Keywords: tap dance, Afro-Irish, tap challenge, buck-and-wing, ragtime stepping, rhythm tap, jazz tap, swing, bebop, hip-hop

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195390827
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390827.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Constance Valis Hill, author