Tap dancing was more or less an absolute must in vaudeville and theatres back in the glamorous era of American show business of the golden age of pre-jazz and jazz. A percussive dance based on rhythm, timing and balance, where the executor is also a front line musician. Popularized all over the world in thousands of Hollywood movies with dancers such as Betty Grable, Ruby Keeler, Eleanor Powell, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Bill Robinson.
Origin: various places and time periods all over the U.S. during the late 1800s as well as the first half of the twentieth century.
Music: primarily different forms of pre-jazz, jazz and jazz related music in general.
Synonyms: Hoofing, Clogging, Jig, Stomp and Buck dancing.
Film clips: Varsity Show (1937), Down Argentine Way (1940) and Pin Up Girl (1944).