The Tap Dance Dictionary

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About the Book

The language of tap dancing is as rich and varied as that of any art, and different choreographers, teachers and performers often use totally different terms for exactly the same step. The various names of all steps and clear descriptions of them are collected for the first time in this reference work. The emphasis is on all variations of a name, from universally recognized terms to simple “pet” names that individual performers and choreographers have created, with extensive cross-references provided. Each of the steps is fully described, with appropriate counts, explanations and history. Many antique and unusual steps such as the Patting Juba, the Quack and the Swanee Shuffle are included.
Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

About the Author(s)

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

Bibliographic Details

Mark Knowles
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 264
Bibliographic Info: bibliography
Copyright Date: 2012 [1998]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7164-5
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8746-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Introduction      1

How to Read the Notation      3

THE DICTIONARY      7

Bibliography      253

Book Reviews & Awards

“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”—Reference & User Services Quarterly; “unique…welcome”—Booklist; “many of the artful black-and-white photographs illustrating articles convey the fluidity, kinetics, and eclectic range of modern dance…serious and informative reference”—Rettig on Reference; “the rich and varied language of tap dancing is documented here…useful…valuable”—ARBA; “intensive and comprehensive…endlessly fascinating…highly recommended”—Backstage; “serve[s]…tap dancers…teachers, and choreographers…very well”—Reference Reviews; “a complete reference guide for tap dancers of nearly all levels…an excellent resource!”—DanceArt.com; “a welcome addition to the tap reference literature”—DCA News; “comprehensive…highly readable”—Dance Spirit; “most thorough…writing is clear…an illuminating look at a rich history. Even the footnotes brim with salient detail and good stories”—Voice Choices.