The Tap Dance Dictionary / Edition 1

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Overview

Tap Steps go by all kinds of names. Some describe the structure of a step ("A, B, C Step") or enumerate its parts ("Shuffle Hop Step"). Some attempt to capture the sounds of the feet ("Thanks for the Buggy Ride"). Some steps are named for the people who invented or popularized them ("Emery Clay Time Step"). And some names are just for fun ("Bombershay," "Perrididdle").. "Hundreds of names are at your finger (and toe) tips in The Tap Dance Dictionary, all fully articulated in standard dance notation. You'll find everything from the well-worn "shave and a haircut" to steps from social dance, folk dance, clogging, Irish step dancing, and eccentric dance, along with terms significant to the history of tap.
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Booknews
In standard dance notation, Knowles (choreographer, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Pasadena) articulates intriguingly, multiply-named steps<-->from "A, B, C Step" to "Zink"<-->derived from folk dance, social dance, clogging, and Irish step dancing, as well as terms and names significant to the history of this unique American dance form (e.g. Fred Astaire's formal tap training in 1919 was among the first). No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Reference & User Services Quarterly
the most thorough compendium...to date on the tap dance scene...extensive research...this book is exceptional. The great resurgence of interest in tap dance...demands that both academic and public libraries have this book
Booklist/RBB
unique...welcome
Rettig on Reference
many of the artful black-and-white photographs illustrating articles convey the fluidity, kinetics, and eclectic range of modern dance...serious and informative reference
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786403523
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Knowles, choreographer of over 300 theatrical productions, is currently on the faculty of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

How to Read the Notation 3

The Dictionary 7

Bibliography 253

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