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What The Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing

Brian Seibert.
Item #: D12137
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 624 / 2016
Publisher: FSG
ISBN: 9780374536510
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It probably began when jig and clog dancing from the British Isles blended with dances brought from Africa by slaves, making tap dancing into a type of cultural exchange—one that would take popular culture by storm. In this National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, Brian Seibert tracks tap through blackface minstrel shows, the vaudeville circuits, and Broadway and Hollywood, where it created new opportunities for African-American performers. In tracing the rise, fall, and resurgence of the art form, Seibert highlights the achievements of Bill Robinson, Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, and a host of talented yet neglected figures.


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