Today is National Tap Dance Day!

I assume this is USA-only, but heck, if you want to celebrate, why not?

May 25 is National Tap Dance Day!

Celebrated annually on the birthday of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, this is an invented holiday for those who love musical theater and/or who can actually manage a time step. Jazz hands, everybody!

Supposedly, tap came out of the traditional clog dance of northern England, the jigs and reels of Ireland and Scotland, and the rhythmic foot stamping of African dances. But I dunno . . . kids have ALWAYS skipped and hopscotched, and it’s a short jump from there to some of the famous tap steps. From the old soft-shoe to “Riverdance,” tap has epitomized the type of musical in which people burst into song-and-dance to explain stuff. Nobody’s ever going to do it like Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, but many of the Golden Age performers were dancers: Dan Dailey, Alan Hale Jr. (“Captain!”), Dick Van Dyke (and he could still dance when he was on Diagnosis: Murder!), Donald O’Connor (he is an overlooked great–watch him in “Singin’ in the Rain” sometime), et alia. And don’t forget greats like Ben Vereen and Gregory Hines! But nowadays you don’t see too much tap dancing or very many great musicals.

One . . . two . . . one-two-three!

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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