A group of tap dancers join choreographer Katherine Kramer in a “tap jam” in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. The tappers demonstrate a variety of steps, perform in unison, and take turns improvising solos.
Tap dance is the art of jazz expressed as dance. It’s a percussive form of dance and, like other percussive dances, the tap dancer is both dancer and instrument. The taps clicking on the floor surface provide at least a part of the musical accompaniment.
Tap is also an example of how the dances of various cultures blend to become a new art form. Tap borrows from West African dance and music, Irish step dance, and English clogging.
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