The Biggest Dance

The Biggest Dance

by Beth Obermeyer


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The Biggest Dance by Beth Obermeyer

One October evening 1,801 tap dancers shuffled and clicked down Hennepin Avenue to open their arts center—the first flash mob, decades before the Internet—and set a Guinness World Record. The upbeat tapping paved the way for a new image for the downtown thoroughfare, for all the townspeople had signed up. Church ladies tapped beside ladies of the street already in fishnets. Families, lovers, and dancing schools too, joined in the dance, more alike than different with tap shoes on their feet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780878394364
Publisher: North Star Press of Saint Cloud
Publication date: 05/15/2011
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Legend xi

Part I Open It!

1 Not Wine, Not Cheese 1

2 Go For It! 10

3 A Record Breaker 18

4 Mr. Teener's Theatrical Therapy 30

5 On the Avenue 39

6 The Temple Turns Arts Center: Our Lady of Sandstone 48

7 But "Fools Rush In …" 53

8 The Flanagan Report 58

9 Three Weeks Out: My First Tap Dancers 64

10 Around the Block: Shuffle It Right 67

11 On the Comer: The Ladies of the Street 71

12 Out of the Closet 75

13 In the Basement of St. Thomas the Apostle Church: The Tommie Tappers 78

14 Just Mail It! 81

15 The Mail Taps In 84

16 I Love Loyce 89

17 One Week Out: On the Snowy Side of the Street 96

18 Tappers on Top of Trucks 101

19 Two Days Out: "Is 300 Too Much?" 107

20 Lynn Finds A Way 110

21 The Rehearsal at Farmers' Market 114

22 On Tap on Hennepin 119

23 Our Chorus Lines Up: Taps Tied to Flip Flops 124

24 The Tappers Night Out 132

25 Our Chorus Line, Launched 140

26 The Morning After 144

Part II The After Tap

27 The Press 159

28 The Awards 173

29 The Thank You 178

30 All Those T-Shirts 182

31 The Guinness Book of World Records 185

32 Yamagata and His Serigraphs: "Life Isn't So Bad after All…" 190

Epilogue: Thirty Years Later: The Revisiting of an Avenue 199

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